Time for action on poverty: practical steps for the NHS and its partners

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The case for addressing poverty, its root causes and associated health inequalities is urgent and overwhelming. The Covid-19 pandemic has laid bare the harm caused by deprivation, and the cost-of-living crisis is likely to hit the poorest the hardest – leading to poorer health and lower social mobility.

At this event, leaders across the NHS, local government, the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector, and those with lived experience will share learning on the role of the health and care sector in tackling the root causes of poverty.

The event will provide practical examples on how the health and care sector can effectively engage with partners across local government, the VCSE sector and business, to achieve meaningful progress on poverty and deliver services to the most excluded in society. You will hear about the role of NHS organisations as ‘anchor institutions’ and discuss how health and care organisations should use their influence and resources to poverty-proof services, address inequalities, and benefit the communities they serve.

Event topics

Building on The King’s Fund’s work for its 2021 report on the NHS’s role in tackling poverty, join peers, leaders in the sector and experts from the Fund to explore:

  • health policy and poverty: the impact of Core20plus5 (the NHS’s focus on the most deprived in society) and how the NHS can better work with partners to mitigate, prevent and reduce poverty
  • ensuring meaningful engagement with people with lived experience of poverty – including those working in the health and care system in the design, and delivery of services
  • addressing the link between poverty, poor-quality housing and health inequalities and the role that integrated care systems (ICSs) can play in bringing housing and health services closer together
  • using data to target help and support, and to inform the development of a population health approach to the delivery of public health services and interventions
  • how the health and care system is working with partners to address the impact poverty has on health via wider issues such as energy, food, income and digital exclusion
  • the role of the NHS as an anchor institution, and what more needs to be done to enable it to be a stronger advocate for poverty reduction.

Sponsorship and exhibition

If you’d like a conversation about your business goals, and how being involved in this event can help you, please email Danielle Roche at d.roche@kingsfund.org.uk.

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Sponsor

Speakers confirmed so far

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Greg Fell

Director of Public Health, Sheffield City Council, and Vice President, Association of Directors of Public Health

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Toby Lewis

Senior Fellow, Health inequalities, The King’s Fund

Laura Neilson

Chief Executive, Hope Citadel Healthcare

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Deborah Fenney

Senior Researcher, The King's Fund

Dr Sheila Neogi

Senior GP Partner, Pimlico Health @ The Marven

Alexandra Norrish

Development Director, Sheffield Children's NHS Foundation Trust; and National Director, National Paediatric Accelerator Programme

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Pritesh Mistry

Fellow, Digital Technologies, The King’s Fund

Mubasshir Ajaz

Head of Health and Communities, West Midlands Combined Authority

Paul Calaminus

Chief Executive, East London NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Andy Knox

Dr Andy Knox

Associate Medical Director, Lancashire and South Cumbria Integrated Care Board

Michael Wood

Michael Wood

Head of Health Economic Partnerships, NHS Confederation

Luke Bramhall

Head of Youth Services and Poverty Proofing, Children North East

Hannah Boyle

Women's Harm Reduction Coordinator, Simon Community Scotland

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Professor Dr Durka Dougall

Senior Consultant, Leadership and Organisational Development, The King's Fund

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Dr Johnson Neo

Population Health Fellow, The King’s Fund, and Consultant Ophathalmologist, Moorfields Eye Hospital

Donna McLaughlin

Director of Social Value Creation, Northern Care Alliance NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Dianne Addei

Consultant in Public Health Medicine, Senior Public Health Advisor for the National Healthcare Inequalities Improvement Programme, NHS England

Jean Templeton

Chief Executive, St Basils, and Chair of WMCA Homelessness Taskforce

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David Buck

Senior Fellow, Public Health and Inequalities, The King’s Fund

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David Maguire

Senior Analyst, Policy, The King’s Fund

Ben Franklin

Director, The Centre for Progressive Policy

Kate Jarman

Director of Corporate Affairs, Milton Keynes University Hospital

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Ethan Williams

Researcher, The King's Fund

Dr Cheryl Lowes

GP Principle, Jubilee Medical Centre; Medical Director, General Practice Liverpool; and Community Development and Social Prescribing Lead, General Practice Liverpool

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Patrick South

Director of Communications, The King's Fund

David Bradley

Chief Executive, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust

Babu Bhattacherjee

Director of Communities and Neighbourhoods, Poplar HARCA

Programme

Monday 12 September

Access the conference

We will send you an email on Monday 12 September with information on how to access the conference. Please log in and get familiar with the platform. Take this opportunity to meet other attendees and visit the exhibition. Please note, you will need to use an up-to-date web browser. We recommend using Google Chrome for the best experience.

Monday 19 September

9.30–10.30am Session one: Lived experience: involvement, meaningful engagement, ‘poverty proofing’

9.30amWelcome and introduction

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Deborah Fenney, Senior Researcher, The King’s Fund

9.35amMeaningful engagement with people with lived experience of poverty

In this session you will learn about: 

  • how to listen and learn from those with lived experience
  • how to engage with communities whose voices are otherwise likely to be excluded from discussion and involve them in the design and delivery of services
  • what ‘poverty proofing’ means, the role of the health and care system and how services are being designed with people with lived experience

Tracey Herrington, Manager, Thrive Teeside
Corrina Eastwood, Community Organiser, Thrive Teeside
Will be joined by a representative with lived experience
Luke Bramhall
, Head of Youth Services and Poverty Proofing, Children North East
Laura Neilson, Chief Executive, Hope Citadel Healthcare

10.05amQuestions and discussion

10.30–11.00am: Networking break and meet the exhibitors

11.00am–12.00pm: Session two: The role of health and care and the policy context

11.00amWelcome and introduction

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Professor Dr Durka Dougall, Senior Consultant, Leadership and Organisational Development, The King's Fund

11.05amWhy poverty has an impact on people’s health and the role of the health and care system in tackling the root causes of poverty

Greg Fell, Director of Public Health, Sheffield City Council, and Vice President, Association of Directors of Public Health

In this session you will learn about: 

  • how, by working with partners, the health and care system can help address the causes and impact of poverty through service design, innovation, and delivery
  • the impact of Core20plus5 (which focuses on the most deprived 20 per cent of the population) and wider measures that aim to address health inequalities.

11.20amHow the health and care system can better work with partners to mitigate, prevent and reduce poverty

In this session you will learn about: 

  • how health, care and partner organisations are using their influence and resources to address inequalities and benefit the communities they serve
  • practical examples of how to ensure a co-ordinated approach to addressing poverty across health, social care, and public health services
  • how we can ensure that those working in health, social care and public health are engaged in their role in tackling poverty and have the skills needed to take on this task.

Paul Calaminus, Chief Executive, East London NHS Foundation Trust – ‘the NHS’ first Marmot Trust’
Dr Dianne Addei, Consultant in Public Health Medicine, Senior Public Health Advisor for the National Healthcare Inequalities Improvement Programme, NHS England

11.40amQuestions and discussion

Tuesday 20 September

9.30–10.30am: Session three: How the health and care system can address the wider impacts of poverty

9.30amWelcome and introduction

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Dr Johnson Neo, Population Health Fellow, The King’s Fund, and Consultant Ophathalmologist, Moorfields Eye Hospital

9.35amWorking with partners to address the impact poverty has on issues such as access to food and energy, and digital exclusion

In this session you will hear: 

  • practical examples of how the health and care system is advocating for action around issues linked to poverty such as access to food and energy, and digital exclusion
  • about action health and care organisations working with partners across local government, and the VCSE sector are taking to support local people who are living in poverty with these wider issues, and associated stigma and social isolation

Dr Andy Knox, Associate Medical Director, Lancashire and South Cumbria Integrated Care Board (leading on population health and health inequalities) 
Alexandra Norrish, Development Director, Sheffield Children's NHS Foundation Trust; and National Director, National Paediatric Accelerator Programme 
Dr Catherine Mbema, Director of Public Health, Lewisham Council

10.05amQuestions and discussion

10.30–11.00am: Networking break and meet the exhibitors

11.00am–12.00pm: Session four: Homes and health

11.00amWelcome and introduction

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Ethan Williams, Researcher, The King's Fund

11.00amAddressing the link between poverty, poor-quality housing and health inequalities

In this session you will hear how: 

  • integrated care systems (ICSs) are bringing together housing services, the VCSE sector and health services to ensure a co-ordinated approach to service delivery
  • areas are addressing the practical challenges in developing a solution-focused approach to engaging with those who are homeless
  • community health workers are developing collaborative approaches to working with communities.

Jean Templeton, Chief Executive, St Basils, and Chair of WMCA Homelessness Taskforce 
Dr Sheila Neogi, Senior GP Partner, Pimlico Health @ The Marvenz
Babu Bhattacherjee, Director of Communities and Neighbourhoods, Poplar HARCA

11.35amQuestions and discussion

Wednesday 21 September

9.30–10.30am: Session five: Using data to inform decision-making and address poverty

9.30amWelcome and introduction

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David Buck, Senior Fellow, Public Health and Inequalities, The King’s Fund

9.35amUsing data to target help and support, and to inform the development of a population health approach to tackling poverty

In this session you will learn about: 

  • How areas are using data to better identify people experiencing poverty or at risk of poverty and better plan the provision and delivery of services
  • practical examples of using data to support a population health approach to designing more appropriate pathways and public health interventions.

Ben Franklin, Director, The Centre for Progressive Policy
Pritesh Mistry, Fellow, Digital Technologies, The King’s Fund
Hannah Boyle, Women's Harm Reduction Coordinator, Simon Community Scotland
Professor Sultan Mahmud, Director of Healthcare, BT Enterprise

10.05amQuestions and discussion

10.30–11.00am: Networking break and meet the exhibitors

11.00am–12.00pm: Session six: Income and health

11amWelcome and introduction

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Toby Lewis, Senior Fellow, Health inequalities, The King’s Fund

11.05amIncome and health – access to social welfare advice, and supporting those working in health and care in poverty

In this session you will learn about: 

  • the barriers to embedding social welfare advice services in health and care settings, particularly in primary and community care, and how they have been overcome.
  • what is being done across the health and social care system to support its workforce – including through the introduction of a living wage, and wider measures to support staff living in poverty

Kate Jarman, Director of Corporate Affairs, Milton Keynes University Hospital
Mubasshir Ajaz, Head of Health and Communities, West Midlands Combined Authority 
Dr Cheryl Lowes, GP Principle, Jubilee Medical Centre; Medical Director, General Practice Liverpool; and Community Development and Social Prescribing Lead, General Practice Liverpool 

11.35amQuestions and discussion

Thursday 22 September

9.30–10.30am: Session seven: A strategic approach to poverty through anchoring

9.30amWelcome and introduction

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David Maguire, Senior Analyst, Policy, The King’s Fund

9.35amThe role of the NHS as an anchor institution, and what more needs to be done to enable it to be a stronger advocate for poverty reduction

In this session you will learn about: 

  • the impact of anchoring approaches to date – such as the ‘health-on-the-high-street’ approach
  • best practice in engaging with anchor institutions outside the NHS and developing a co-ordinated approach to changing the relationship between institutions and communities
  • practical steps the health and care system can take to make a difference as an employer, through procurement, service delivery, prioritising staff welfare, or as a civic partner.

Michael Wood, Head of Health Economic Partnerships, NHS Confederation
Donna McLaughlin, Director of Social Value Creation, Northern Care Alliance NHS Foundation Trust
David Bradley, Chief Executive, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust 

10.05amQuestions and discussion

10.30–11.00am: Networking break and meet the exhibitors

11.00am–12.00pm: Session eight: Getting your plans into place

11.00amWelcome and introduction

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Patrick South, Director of Communications, The King's Fund

11.05amTaking forward learning: what action can we collectively take now?

In this session you will: 

  • Hear a comprehensive summary of the key learning from the previous conference sessions
  • Hear about the key challenges and opportunities for the future
  • Take this opportunity to consider or reconsider your local plans and how you can take purposive actions with impact over the year.

Sunday 9 October

Catch up and complete

You will have until Sunday 9 October to catch up on demand. Throughout the conference, we will share PDFs of the presentation slides, links and documents in the resources section and various materials in the exhibition. Once the platform closes at the end of the year, you will no longer have access to any of these so please ensure you have downloaded all of the materials you'd like to keep before this time.

FAQs

Format and time 
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 setup. 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 an activity feed for public conversations and the option of one-to-one networking. Virtual exhibition stands enable you to interact with a range of organisations that will share expertise and information – all at a time that suits you.

Networking 
If you choose to opt-in to networking, you will appear on the attendee list, where other delegates will be able to click on your profile and see whether you are online or offline.  

If you discover someone that you would like to talk to, you can send them a message or invite them to have a one-to-one video conversation during the week that sessions take place. If you are interacting with others like this, be assured that the messages and calls are encrypted and entirely private. If you are offline and another delegate sends you a private message, you will receive an email notification so you will never miss out.  

You are in control, so you can choose whether to accept or decline invitations and you can change your settings at any point in the four weeks, either to opt-in or opt-out of networking. On your profile, you can share as much or as little information about yourself as you’d like, including your contact details, photo and biography, social media profiles or any websites you would like others to see. If you prefer not to share this information and only list your name, that is fine. Your profile is accessible throughout the event and you can update this at any time. 

During sessions, there are separate tabs on the righthand side of the video, including a place to post questions for the speakers, make notes, take part in polls and a session chat where you can interact with other delegates. 

If you prefer group/public conversations and would like to interact outside the session times, there is the activity feed. Here, delegates can post images and links and reply to one another in conversation threads (like a social media wall).  

Taking notes 
If you use the note-taking functionality during the sessions, you can access these later by clicking on your profile image (top righthand side of the screen) and selecting My notes. Here, you can update your notes and add images. These notes will be saved in the platform until the conference closes (at the end of week four). To email yourself a copy of your notes, just click on the small envelope icon.  

Exhibition 
Virtual exhibition stands enable you to interact with a range of organisations that will share expertise and information – all at a time that suits you.  

Games and competitions 
Throughout the first two weeks, there will be an opportunity to take part in some fun interactive challenges. Delegates who take part will boost their scores on a leaderboard and be in with the chance of winning one of three prizes. 

Resources  
As well as the video content, we will share pdfs of the slides and other materials in the resources section. The exhibition will also contain links, videos and documents from the various exhibitors.

  • 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 the latest Google Chrome for the best delegate experience. 
  • Make the most of the online community by taking part in the live Q&A sessions and opting into networking.  
  • In week one, introduce yourself on the activity 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 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 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, we will be on hand to offer technical support, 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 slides. You will find these at the bottom of each session page and we will post links to related resources in the chat and on the activity feed. 

The portal is open for four weeks when you will have the opportunity to either watch, save or download these materials. 

Once the platform closes, you will no longer have access to these resources so please ensure you save everything you need beforehand, including any slides, materials in the exhibition and notes you have made. 

Please note, you will not be able to download the video presentations.  

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.  

We offer a limited number of bursary places for people with lived experience to ensure a balance of voices in the room.. To apply for a bursary place please email us a short paragraph explaining why you wish to attend.  

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Please note, there is a £20 + VAT 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. 

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  • 3-4 delegates (10 per cent discount)
  • 5-6 delegates (15 per cent discount)
  • 7+ delegates (20 per cent discount)

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Contact details

Booking enquiries

If you’d like to make a booking enquiry, please email Anna Viralainen at events@kingsfund.org.uk

Programme enquiries

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Sponsorship and exhibition enquiries 

If you have any sponsorsip or exhibition queries, please email Danielle Roche at D.Roche@kingsfund.org.uk.

Ticket prices

  • Public sector, charity or university
    ​​​​​£180+VAT
  • Small-medium sized enterprise 
    £250+VAT
  • Commercial/profit-making organisation
    £355+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 £60+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.

Please note, there is a £20+VAT surcharge to cover the cost of processing invoices. This is in addition to the ticket price and will be added to your invoice. There is one invoice fee per order, not per ticket. There is no charge for paying by debit or credit card.