Towards population health systems: what next?

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09/04/2019: Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester, to give keynote address in closing plenary. 

The move toward place-based population health has been reinforced by commitments set out in the NHS long-term plan, but how should health systems respond? This event aims to support local health systems in planning how they will deliver the outcomes set out in the long-term plan and prepare for the national implementation programme in the autumn.

In light of a renewed focus on improving services outside hospitals and moving towards more joined-up, preventative and personalised care for patients, conference sessions will provide valuable insights into how NHS organisations can work with local authorities, the voluntary and community sector, housing and other partners to deliver improvements in the health of local populations. 

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Building on our report, A vision for population health: towards a healthier future, this event provides practical guidance on how you can develop plans for shared population health systems and turn a vision for population health into a reality.

The event will look at national action, including the Department of Health and Social Care’s Green Paper on prevention, as well as local examples of how to connect the four pillars of population health: the wider determinants, our behaviours and lifestyles, an integrated health and care system and the places and communities in which we live. 


Are you interested in sponsoring or exhibiting at this event? Email Chris Lazenby or call him on 020 7307 2490 to discuss the opportunities available.




Registration opens, exhibition and refreshments


Opening plenary

10.00amWelcome and introduction

Richard Murray, Chief Executive, The King’s Fund
  • Learn about our vision for population health. 
  • Hear how population health will form part of The King’s Fund’s Strategic Plan 2020–25.

10.10amThe NHS long-term plan

Mark Davies, Director, Population Health, Department of Health and Social Care
  • Hear how the plan aims to improve population health, reduce health inequalities and integrate care. 
  • Learn about the focus on prevention, with a greater emphasis on GPs, mental health and community care.

10.25amQuestions and discussion

10.35amWhy is this important? An individual perspective

Carina Crawford-Khan, Lead Organiser, Citizens UK
  • Understand the benefits of empowering people to be in control of their own lives, focusing on the individual, family and community.

10.50amPanel discussion: What is needed to facilitate the shift towards population health?

Speakers include:

  • Ian Dodge, National Director, Strategy and Innovation, NHS England 
  • Dr. Jeanelle de Gruchy, President, Association of Directors of Public Health 
  • Dr Ian Basnett OBE, Director of Public Health and Associate Medical Director, Barts Health NHS Trust
  • Professor John Newton, Director of Health Improvement, Public Health England  

11.15amPopulation health as a shared responsibility

Dr Charlotte Augst, Chief Executive, National Voices
  • Understand how to avoid it being seen as simply a structural reform. How can we make sure practice will change? 
  • Hear about how the focus should be on connections. 
  • Learn about the change in behaviours, culture and leadership needed to make population health a reality. 

11.25amQuestions and discussion

12.00– 1.00pm

Breakout A: Multiple unhealthy risk factors

Delegates can choose between breakouts A, B and C. 

12.00pmWelcome and introduction

Harry Evans, Researcher, Policy, The King’s Fund
  • Learn about findings from The King’s Fund’s research into services using innovative ways to address the problem of multiple unhealthy risk factors in their populations.
  • Hear how the NHS long-term plan promotes a new approach to address the four risk factors that have the most significant impact on people’s health. 

12.10pmCare pathway in Blackburn with Darwen

Alison Abbott, Wellbeing Service Manager, Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council
  • Gain insight into the behaviour change model which focuses on psychosocial support and the wider determinants of health.
  • Hear about how the service is contracted to record and deliver targets. 

12.25pmDevon’s OneSmallStep

Tina Henry, Assistant Director of Public Health, Devon County Council
  • Learn how OneSmallStep supports people with motivational barriers to making healthy choices.
  • Hear about how they use a stepped approach, with light-touch digital interventions alongside telephone coaching for those with more complex challenges.
  • Hear how they are joining existing healthy lifestyles conversations happening on digital channels, such as Facebook and Twitter.

12.40pmQuestions and discussion

Breakout B: Devolution and place – cities and population health

12.00pmWelcome and introduction

Chris Naylor, Senior Fellow, Policy, The King’s Fund
  • This session explores how cities can plan, co-ordinate and deliver population health at scale while managing to retain the local responsiveness and agility that national policy-making can sometimes lack.
  • We will look at why cities are well placed to provide leadership across population health approaches, given the breadth of complex social and economic issues, and their ability to learn from each other through a growing array of networks. 

12.10pmDeveloping a specific Greater Manchester population health plan

Jane Pilkington, Deputy Director Population Health, Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership
  • Learn how to implement a locality delivery model based around neighbourhoods, served by an integrated place-based team, with co-located professionals from all public services working together.
  • Hear how population health is being linked to wider Greater Manchester Combined Authority plans for transport, housing, economic growth, planning and integrated health.

12.30pmSeizing the opportunities of the London Health and Care Devolution programme

Vicky Hobart, Head of Health, Greater London Authority
  • Hear about London’s focus on prevention and population health as part of the five sustainability and transformation partnerships.
  • Understand how the Mayor of London’s health inequalities strategy will be delivered.
  • Hear about the challenges of how to make the most of distributed leadership while overcoming the complexity of London’s governance environment.

12.45pmQuestions and discussion

Breakout C: Anchor institutions and the NHS as a wider determinant of health

12.00pmWelcome and introduction

Michael Wood, NHS Local Growth Adviser, NHS Confederation
  • Understand how public sector anchor institutions contribute to local economic wellbeing and inclusive growth. 
  • Hear about how supporting universities, local and combined authorities and NHS organisations in building operational capacity can maximise their contribution to and involvement in local developments.

12.15pmHow NHS organisations, particularly hospitals, are actively developing roles as anchor institutions

Sarah Reed, Improvement Fellow, The Health Foundation

12.30pmLocal wealth building: the Preston Model

Councillor Matthew Brown, Leader, Preston City Council
  • Hear how Preston City Council are shifting the behaviours and cultures of anchor institutions to think more progressively about their procurement practice and consider the impact on the local economy and local people.
  • Learn how they are supporting the creation of new worker cooperatives.

12.45pmQuestions and discussion


Breakout D: Health inequalities

Delegates can choose between breakouts D and E. 

2.00pmWelcome and introduction

David Buck, Senior Fellow, Public Health and Inequalities, The King’s Fund
  • The King’s Fund’s vision for population health is to reduce inequalities and achieve health outcomes on a par with the best in the world. In this session, you will hear from two local areas about their strategy to reduce health inequalities.

2.05pmTackling health inequalities: a GP’s response

Dr Dom Patterson, Director of Postgraduate GP Education, Health Education England Yorkshire and the Humber, and Founder and Director, Fairhealth
  • Learn how GP surgeries can think properly about identifying the health needs of the population they serve and practical steps to respond to these. 
  • Explore how medical education can work to reduce inequalities. 
  • Hear about the Fairhealth project, Inclusion Health Champions and Trailblazer GPs.

2.25pmA population approach to reducing health inequalities in the Marmot City of Coventry

Liz Gaulton, Director of Public Health and Wellbeing, Coventry City Council
  • Learn how Coventry broadened the ownership of the health inequalities agenda by building relationships between different parts of Coventry City Council and other public sector and voluntary organisations.
  • Hear about progress made during implementation of the Coventry Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2016–2019.
  • Consider how Coventry is using the population health model to further embed the Marmot approach and develop the next Health and Wellbeing Strategy.  

2.40pmQuestions and discussion

Breakout E: Population health intelligence

2.00pmWelcome and introduction

Bevleigh Evans, Head of Care Model Design, NHS England

2.10pmPopulation health intelligence

Sam Burrows, Deputy Chief Officer and Director of Strategy, NHS Berkshire West Clinical Commissioning Group and Programme Director, Berkshire West Integrated Care System
  • The Population Health Management Development Programme is an intensive 20 week programme supporting four integrated care systems to use linked data sets to generate new insights that allow targeted interventions to be introduced for specific cohorts of patients.
  • Hear how the programme brings together analytical resource, international best practice and the local knowledge of clinicians and care professionals at primary care network level to build population health management capability beyond the end of the programme. 

2.50pmQuestions and discussion

Breakout F: People and communities

2.00pmWelcome and introduction

Dr Nicola Walsh, Assistant Director of Leadership and Organisational Development, The King’s Fund
  • In this session you will hear how Wigan Council transformed its relationship with residents and redesigned its service through the Wigan Deal, a social contract between the council and the community.  

2.10pmThe Wigan Deal

Professor Kate Ardern, Director for Public Health, Wigan Council
  • Learn about how emphasis must be on people and communities and harnessing their power alongside that of public agencies. 
  • Hear about the work of the partnership, including early intervention with children, initiatives to combat loneliness and providing food to low income families. 
  • Understand how leaders in Wigan focus on the assets of their population and collaborate with many other agencies in the public and third sectors.

2.40pmQuestions and discussion


Closing plenary: Leadership for population health

3.30pmWelcome and introduction

3.35pmHow do we achieve stronger national leadership on population health and health inequalities?

Dr Ruth Hussey CB, OBE, Former Chief Medical Officer for Wales

3.50pmHow do we achieve stronger local leadership?

Leadership from the Health and Wellbeing Board
Councillor Rebecca Charlwood, Executive Member for Health, Wellbeing and Adults, Leeds City Council and Chair, Leeds Health and Wellbeing Board 

Keynote address: leadership from elected mayors 
Andy Burnham, Mayor, Greater Manchester 

Effective system leadership for population health 
Durka Dougall
, Senior Consultant, Leadership and Organisational Development, The King’s Fund
David Buck, Senior Fellow, Public Health and Inequalities, The King’s Fund 

4.20pmQuestions and discussion

4.30pmPanel: How do roles and accountabilities for local population health outcomes need to change?

Speakers include:

  • Dr Andy Knox, GP and Director of Population Health, Morecambe Bay Health and Care System
  • Shirley Cramer CBE, Chief Executive, Royal Society for Public Health

Attendees will be invited to put their comments and questions to the panel.

5.00pmClose of conference


Are you interested in sponsoring or exhibiting at this event? Email Chris Lazenby or call him on 020 7307 2490 to discuss the opportunities available.





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