The King's Fund annual conference

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Bringing together leaders from across the health and care system, The King’s Fund annual conference 2023 examined current and future challenges for the health and care system. Through keynote speeches, panel debates and interactive workshops, we explored how best to ensure the system works for both staff and people who draw on health and care services.

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2023 programme

Conference sessions explored what the landscape for integrated care systems looks like post Hewitt review. Leaders from across the system shared their approaches to reducing health inequalities and their priorities for improving people’s access to, and provision of, out-of-hospital care. Sessions explored how the health and care system can adapt to face future challenges, including:

  • an ageing population and more people living with long-term conditions, chronic illness or disability
  • the challenge of moving to a prevention-first health service
  • realising the potential of innovation to transform patient pathways
  • making health and care careers attractive to the workforce of the future.

This two-day flagship event attracted a wide-ranging audience from central and local government, the NHS, private and voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations, and people with lived experience.

Day 1: How do we meet the needs and expectations of those working and accessing services now?

Day one focused on the key challenges facing the health and care system 75 years on from the anniversaries of the NHS, the National Assistance Act 1948 and the arrival of the passengers of the Empire Windrush to the UK. 

Sessions provided the opportunity to discuss what the landscape for integrated care looks like post Hewitt review, and how integrated care systems (ICSs) are approaching tackling health inequalities. They also provided an opportunity to assess the challenges in improving access to out-of-hospital care, including social care and primary care, and meeting the challenge of an ageing population.

Day 2: Meeting future challenges 

Sessions in day two explored how the health and care system can enable people to live better-quality lives for longer. We also explored the key challenges in attracting the workforce of future and equipping them with the skills they need to be able to realise the potential of innovation. Drawing on domestic and international case studies and approaches, attendees also considered how we can tackle the biggest risk factors affecting people’s health and ensure the health and care system can meet the challenges of the next 75 years. 

2023 sponsorship

If you’d like a conversation about your business goals, and how being involved in this event can help you, please email the Partnership team at

This event has been co-sponsored by Novartis Pharmaceuticals UK Limited by the provision of funding and the selection of topics for discussion; and delivered as part of The King’s Fund and Novartis Pharmaceuticals UK Limited Corporate Partner agreement. Editorial control of the content remains with The King’s Fund and this partnership is governed by The King’s Fund ethical collaboration policy. 

Eli Lilly and Company has provided sponsorship funding to support this event, and has had no influence over the content of the event or selection of speakers.



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2023 exhibitors

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2023 event supporters

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2023 speakers included


Amanda Pritchard

Chief Executive, NHS England


Professor Chris Whitty

Chief Medical Officer

Jayne Adamson

Jayne Adamson

Executive Director for People, Humber and North Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership

Mubasshir Ajaz

Mubasshir Ajaz

Head of Health and Communities, West Midlands Combined Authority


Karen Bonner

Chief Nurse and Director for Infection Prevention and Control, Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust

Alastair Buxton

Director of NHS Services, Community Pharmacy England

Patricia Hewitt

Rt Hon Patricia Hewitt

Chair, NHS Norfolk and Waveney Integrated Care Board


Dr Farzana Hussain

GP, The Project Surgery and Clinical Director, Newham Central 1 PCN

Paulette Lewis MBE

President, Caribbean Nurses & Midwives Association


Patricia Miller

Chief Executive, NHS Dorset Integrated Care


Dr Chris Odedun

Consultant, University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust

Look back at 2022

At our 2022 annual conference, we discussed how to ensure an inclusive approach to recovery at a time of crisis, and tackling the backlog and access challenge, as well as the power of regional and local leadership.