Integrated care systems: where next? (virtual conference)

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May 2020 saw the announcement of four new integrated care systems (ICSs), taking the total number to 18 and meaning that half the country’s population is now covered by an ICS.  

This virtual conference draws on the learning from existing systems as we approach the deadline to have every part of the country covered by an ICS by April 2021, as set out in the NHS long-term plan.

In recent months, systems have moved quickly to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic. This has accelerated some aspects of integration and collaboration between local organisations. The event provides insight into how local areas must now make the most of this important opportunity to embed and enhance these changes by creating the right conditions for system working in the Covid-19 recovery and beyond. 

Join us to hear from local examples of care models being transformed and collaborative relationships and trust between partner organisations and their leaders strengthened. You will learn about how ICSs are intended to play a central role in the co-ordination and delivery of services, bringing together hospitals, care homes, primary and community care and local government. You’ll also hear about the role of places and neighbourhoods within ICSs, and how these layers of the emerging system architecture fit together. 

This virtual conference takes place over four half-days. If you are unable to join all of the sessions, you will have the opportunity to catch up on demand until 25 October.

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High-quality, up-to-date content is delivered to you via an online platform that is open for three weeks. During the first week, you will have the opportunity to log in, test your connection and become familiar with the set-up. The live sessions will take place over four half-days in the second week, giving you the option to catch up on demand until the end of week three.

Virtual conferences mean you can digest content at your own pace and work around a busy schedule. You can pause and rewind presentations and put your questions to our expert speakers. There are facilitated chat rooms on specific topics, a news feed and the option of one-to-one networking. Virtual exhibition stands enable you to interact with a range of organisations who will share resources and information – all at a time that suits you.

The online platform will be open for three weeks in total:

Test your connection

Week one: test your connection

  • On 5 October, you will receive an email asking you to log in and test your connection. 
  • Once you are logged in, you will have access to the news feed where you can introduce yourself and join conversations.
  • The exhibition will also be open if you would like to explore the stands and download free resources.
Attend the event

Week two: attend the event

  • On 12 October, we will email you in the morning to remind you of the day’s sessions.
  • You will have the opportunity to submit your questions and watch live or catch up later on demand. 
  • Join the facilitated chat rooms to discuss specific topics in more detail and to share learning and experiences with other delegates.
Catch up and complete

Week three: catch up and complete

  • In the third week, we will email you to ask for your feedback and to send your certificate of attendance.
  • We will remind you to watch any presentations you were unable to join live and after this week, the online platform will close.
  • PDFs of the presentation slides will be available to download at any time after the event. 
  • Before the event, tell your colleagues that you are taking part and block out the time in your diary
  • In week one, introduce yourself on the news feed. This is an easy way of ‘getting your voice in the room’, starting conversations and establishing new relationships with colleagues in health and care. 
  • Avoid as many distractions as possible so you can immerse yourself in the sessions as you would at a physical conference. Treat each session as a meeting, put your phone on silent and close down your emails.
  • If you know you won’t be able to watch certain sessions live, you can submit your questions in advance and put aside time in the second or third week to catch up on demand.
  • Each session is approximately one hour long and there is always at least a half-an-hour break between sessions so you can take a screen break or catch up on emails.
  • Make the most of the online community by taking part in the live Q&As, joining facilitated chat rooms and opting in to one-to-one networking. 
  • Make sure you secure time in your diary at some point over the three weeks to visit the exhibition stands, where you will find free resources and can have conversations with experts from across the health and care system.

We are using a trusted third-party technical supplier that already produces our high-quality online events, so hopefully there shouldn’t be any technical issues. It’s worth using the extra time before the first session to log in and test your connection, just in case. 

When the event is taking place, there will be technical support available at all times. 

The King's Fund is an independent charitable organisation working to improve health and care in England. Our events are a key source of income, and this income enables us to continue with our charitable objectives

The cost of running a virtual conference is similar to that of a physical event. Although a virtual conference has fewer room hire and catering costs, in order to produce a high-quality event, we still need to pay the costs for the technical supplier, support and developing the platform. With some sessions taking place in our building, we do have to cover some venue costs. We also have a team of dedicated events professionals, content experts, digital, marketing and finance support that work on these events.  

Any profit that is made from these events goes directly towards achieving our strategic priorities. You can find out more about how we are funded here

We offer a number of free bursary places for patients and carers. These places are limited to maintain a balance of voices in the room between patients, service users, carers, and health and care professionals. To apply for a bursary place please email us a short paragraph explaining why you wish to attend.

Confirmed speakers include:


Richard Murray

Chief Executive, The King's Fund


Nicola Walsh

Assistant Director, Leadership and Organisational Development, The King's Fund


Anna Charles

Senior Policy Adviser to the CEO, The King's Fund

More speakers to be announced soon

Key times for your diary

Monday 12 October

  • 9.30-10.30am: Integrated care systems – what’s it all about?
  • 11.00am-12.00pm: Driving improvements in population health

Wednesday 14 October

  • 9.30-10.30am: Working in partnership across systems
  • 11.00am-11.45am: Session details to be announced soon
  • 11.45am - 1.00pm: Speaker takeover in the exhibition
  • 1.00pm - 2.00pm: Realising the ambitions of NHS-led provider collaboratives

Thursday 15 October

  • 9.30-10.30am: Exploring the provision and delivery of services at the neighbourhood level
  • 11.00am-11.45am: Session details to be announced soon
  • 11.45am- 1.00pm: Speaker takeover in the exhibition
  • 1.00pm - 2.00pm: Achieving vertical and horizontal integration: looking at meaningful measures of impact 

Friday 16 October

  • 9.30-10.30am: What needs to happen next to achieve the April 2021 deadline?
  • 11.00am-12.00pm: Lessons from the Fund on how ‘places’ are developing 

If you are unable to watch any of the sessions live, you will be able to catch up on demand until Sunday 25 October 2020. 

Ticket prices

Please note, there is a £20 surcharge to cover the cost of processing invoices. This is an addition to the ticket price and will be added to your invoice. There is no charge for paying by debit or credit card.

Early bird rates

Book before 30 August 2020 for the following early bird rates:

  • Public sector, charity or university - £95 + VAT
    (Full price ticket price -  £135 + VAT)
  • Small-medium sized enterprise (SME) - £135 + VAT
    (Full price ticket price - £190 + VAT)
  • Commercial/profit-making organisation - £190 + VAT
    (Full price ticket - £270 + VAT)

Student tickets

If you are a student in full-time education, please email us for a promotional code, with a photograph of your valid student ID. Student tickets are £45+VAT.

Bursary tickets

We offer a number of free bursary places for patients and carers. These places are limited to maintain a balance of voices in the room between patients, service users, carers, and health and care professionals.  To apply for a bursary place please email us a short paragraph explaining why you wish to attend.