Integrated care systems and place-based partnerships (virtual conference)

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Drawing on recent research led by The King’s Fund, this conference explored how place-based partnerships are forming and identified emerging lessons for success, including how integrated care systems can enable and facilitate work at place.

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    I found this to be the most useful conference I have attended in many years [...]  as it was virtual I was able to google reports and links as they were mentioned in the chat, so was a really efficient way to learn. 
    Zeph Curwen, Divisional Managing Director, Pennine Acute Trust 

    This virtual conference not only allowed me to access - in my own time - presentations from some amazing thought leaders in change, but to also access a huge suite of resources relevant to the topic. The discussions were robust and provided inspiration for the road ahead. 
    Kim Eland, Coordinator Primary Care Integration, Whanganui Regional Health Network 

    The King's Fund conferences are superb. As a service user I am very grateful for the opportunity to attend and to learn what is going on, at many levels, to improve care for people like myself. The conferences are inclusive and you are made to feel that everyone's contributions are worthwhile, valid and respected. I love the opening mantra that "no question is considered silly here". The support staff in the chat box are so helpful and encouraging - they are also so very mindful that there are service users present who may not have the vocabulary of the paid professionals. I feel I have learned so much, especially regarding the integration of governmental responses and the challenges facing the providers. Thank you King's Fund for everything you do - I wouldn't have a clue what was happening if it weren't for your conferences and website. 
    Haley Smith, Service User 

    The King's Fund is a life line for anybody involved in transforming health and care systems. 
    Helen Jellicoe, Consultant Clinical, Coaching and Neuropsychologist, Quality Futures CIC 

    As a Trustee of a local voluntary sector infrastructure organisation, the virtual conference provided me with what I needed.  Real understanding about all the organisations and people involved in improving health and reducing health inequalities and consideration for those of us working as volunteers with our own IT. 
    Kathy Elliott, Board member and Chair, Voluntary Action Camden and UK Public Health Register 

    I found the conference extremely informative and interesting. It was very well run. Thank you! 
    Maggie Grady, Director of Music Therapy, Mindsong 

    A great opportunity to learn and hear some big ideas from people with lots of experience. The exhibition stands were also really helpful and opened my eyes to what's out there to support the health and social care system to grow and develop. 
    Charlotte Redmond, General Management Trainee, East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust 

    The range of speakers gave me a diverse insight into how integrated, place-based work happens on the ground and a firm foundation upon which to progress this work in our local area. 
    Lou Hudson, Locality Development Manager, Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire CCG 

    This has been an inspirational conference for the future of healthcare and brought to with real life examples of best practice. I would attend another King's Fund conference - time well spent 
    Alison Pearce-Smith, Leadership Fellow, Nottingham University Hospitals Trust 

    Once again a well organised, well paced and thoughtfully designed event. Great tech platform that is engaging and multi-channelled; session info, speaker presentations, delegate Q&A, polls and bios etc on one screen which I found immersed me as a delegate without overwhelming me. The pre-recorded presentations and live Q&A work very well. As ever you attracted a great range of presenters including the user voice. 
    Angela Sharp, Deputy Director of Strategic Partnership, Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust 

    An excellent format, with a great variety of speakers and expertise. 
    Dominic Thomas Scott, Board Member, Healthwatch County Durham 

    This is an excellent and user friendly format. It is so helpful to hear from others about what has or has not worked for them. Presenters always get to the heart of the topic. There is always follow-up or related reports, explainers or blogs. An absolute King's Fund fan. 
    Marilyn Jones, EbE and Autism Advocate, Shropshire Autism Hub 

    After attending various virtual conferences on a variety of platforms, I found The King's Fund event to be easy to navigate, simple to access and engaging to take part in. 
    Pippa Robson, Deputy Chief Officer, Forum 

    Having the opportunity of listening later on demand, when work demands dictated dipping out of some sessions is a fantastic feature! 
    Rich Painter, Director of Safeguarding and Patient and Family-centred Care and Lead for the Homeless and Rough Sleeper Nursing Pilot, Somerset NHS Foundation Trust

    Really insightful work and inspirational way of thinking and moving forward! 
    Christos Tsounis, Divisional Head of Nursing, Moorfields South Division, Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust 

    As expected, insightful and informative discussions with expert contributions from senior leaders. Time well spent! 
    Anne Clarke, Regional Director, Skills for Health 

    Excellent event and a really interesting range of topics covered. The speakers and the Q&A sessions were also fab!  Well done King's Fund for an excellent 5 star event. 
    Siobhan O'Donnell, Senior Manager, Pathfinder Project, Western HSC Trust ( Northern Ireland) 



    Richard Murray

    Chief Executive, The King’s Fund


    Professor Donna Hall CBE

    Former Chief Executive, Wigan Council, Chair, New Local Government Network and Chair, Bolton NHS Foundation Trust


    Alison Lowe

    Chief Executive, Touchstone


    Bill McCarthy

    North West Regional Director, NHS England and NHS Improvement


    Melanie Brooks

    Corporate Director, Adult Social Care and Health, Nottinghamshire County Council


    Councillor Les Caborn

    Chair, Coventry and Warwickshire Place Forum and Chair, Warwickshire Health and Wellbeing Board


    Michael Wood

    Head of Health Economic Partnerships, NHS Confederation


    Rob Webster CBE

    Chief Executive Lead, West Yorkshire and Harrogate Integrated Care System, and Chief Executive, South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust


    Councillor Paulette A Hamilton

    Councillor, Holyhead Ward; Cabinet Member, Health and Social Care; Chair of Birmingham Health and Wellbeing Board


    Rt Hon Patricia Hewitt

    Independent Chair, Norfolk and Waveney Health and Care Partnership


    Dr Tom Rustom

    GP and Clinical Director, Healthy Horley Primary Care Network


    Lord Victor Adebowale CBE

    Chair, NHS Confederation, and Co-Founder and Chairman, Visionable


    Andrew Bland

    Accountable Officer, NHS South East London Commissioning Alliance, and Lead, South East London Integrated Care System


    Dr Carolyn Wilkins OBE

    Chief Executive, Oldham Council, and Accountable Officer, NHS Oldham Clinical Commissioning Officer


    Richard Mitchell

    Chief Executive, Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, and Executive Lead, Mid Nottinghamshire Integrated Care Partnership


    Pat Ritchie

    Chief Executive, Newcastle City Council


    Carrie McKenzie

    Voluntary Partnerships Manager, NHS England and NHS Improvement


    Jane Lewington

    Chief Executive, NAViGO Health and Care CIC


    Dr Yasmin Razak

    GP partner, North Kensington, and Clinical Director, Neohealth Primary Care Network


    Dr Sarah Elkin

    Respiratory Consultant and Clinical Director, Integrated Care, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust


    Sarah Pickup

    Deputy Chief Executive, Local Government Association 


    Andrew Eyres

    Strategic Director, Integrated Health and Care, Lambeth Council and NHS South East London CCG


    Hannah Davies

    Chief Executive, Healthwatch Leeds

    Contact details

    Booking enquiries

    If you’d like to make a booking enquiry, please email Anna Viralainen at

    Programme enquiries

    If you have any queries relating to our event programmes, please contact Caroline Viac at

    Sponsorship and exhibition enquiries

    To find out more about our sponsorship and exhibition opportunities, please contact Chloe Smithers at


    High-quality, up-to-date content is delivered to you via an online platform that is open for four 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 four.

    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 is a 'main room' for public conversations and the option of one-to-one networking. Virtual exhibition stands enable you to interact with a range of organisations who will share expertise and information – all at a time that suits you.

    • Before the event, tell your colleagues that you are taking part and block out the time in your diary
    • Make sure you are using an up-to-date web browser on a laptop or desktop. We recommend Google Chrome or Firefox for the best delegate experience.
    • In week one, introduce yourself in the main chat. 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 third or fourth 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 and opting in to one-to-one networking
    • Make sure you secure time in your diary at some point over the four 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.

    When the event is taking place, there will be technical support available at all times but it is worth using the extra time before the first session to log in and test your connection, just in case.

    Throughout the conference, we will share PDFs of the presentation slides in the lecture theatre, links to resources in the networking area and various materials in the exhibition

    The portal is open for four weeks from Monday 19 April- Sunday 16 May, when you will have the opportunity to either watch, save or download these resources. 

    Once the platform closes, you will no longer have access to these materials so please ensure you save everything you need beforehand. 

    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.

    When you register for this event, we will ask you to email us at if you have any accessibility requirements.