Key Points
  • Implementing New Models of Care and Integrating Health and Social Care: Considering progress in the development of Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs) proposed in the Five Year Forward View and the use of the Better Care Fund. Discussing the future for devolved regulation and the role of communities and local authority's in health and social care.
  • Early Prevention, Creating Parity of Care and Increasing Public Engagement: Discussing the next steps for prevention, public engagement and the digitalisation of the NHS as part of a modernisation of services. Addressing how healthcare organisations can motivate people to take greater responsibility for their own health and prevent long-term illness.
  • The Health and Social Care Workforce: Considering recent questions raised by the Lords Select Committee The Long-term Sustainability of the NHS including supply, retention and skills and evaluating how the government can ensure an adequate supply of appropriately trained healthcare professionals and guarantee that current staff have the right skills to work effectively in a modern and digital NHS.
Guest of Honour

Saffron Cordery Director of Policy and Strategy at NHS Providers

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Two years on from the Five Year Forward View for the NHS this forum will evaluate progress and the way forward for how best to implement new vanguards of care and transformation plans to create an NHS that works for everyone regardless of postcode. The event is set to take place just after the forming of a new Lords Select Committee The Long term Sustainability of the NHS that aims to identify what the NHS of the future may look like and what needs to be done to modernise it. The issues are particularly pertinent to discuss currently as the current government implements its mandate, the NHS invest heavily in ill-health prevention measures and as the effects and opportunities of Brexit become more apparent.


08:30 - 09:00
Registration, Coffee and Networking


09:00 - 09:05
Chair's opening remarks


09:05 - 09:30
Transforming Care



Saffron Cordery Director of Policy and Strategy at NHS Providers

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09:30 - 10:00
The Future for a Digitalised NHS


10:00 - 10:50
Implementing Innovative New Models of Care: Sustainability and Transformation Plans, Vanguards and the Future of Integration

  • Which areas of the NHS have been identified as being in most need of transformation, why are new models of care needed and what impact are the new models of care likely to have on NHS sustainability? What political intervention (if any) is needed and what would successful intervention look like?
  • How are the pilot Vanguard sites progressing, what next steps are needed to make further improvements and realise the ambitions of The Five Year Forward View and what longer term strategies are emerging for after the initial five years? Partnerships between the NHS and local councils are supposed to improve services and increase sustainability; what progress are Sustainability and Transformation Plans making? Are STPs able to be effectively enforced? How engaged are healthcare providers and patients alike? Is the Transformation Fund allowing for sufficient investment to make the most of these collaborative plans?
  • What would be gained by dissolving of boundaries between general practice, outpatient services, community services, mental health and social care to create more joined up working and how would this be achieved in practice? What barriers are hampering plans to integrate health and social care? Does the Health and Social Care Act 2012 make the services too fragmented to work together and, if so, what is the likely solution to this? Do the benefits of integration justify such a radical transformation of care services?

10:50 - 10:55
Chair's closing remarks


10:55 - 11:20
Coffee, Tea and Networking


11:20 - 11:25
Chair's opening remarks


11:25 - 12:05
Prevention, Early Intervention and Public Engagement: Investing in Public Health and Empowering the Public to Make the Right Choices

  • As highlighted in The Five-Year Forward View, there is now a heavy focus on preventative measures for non-communicative diseases such as cardiovascular disease, cancers, chronic respiratory disease and diabetes but what measures are being put in place to reduce avoidable illness and what further actions should be implemented to further improve outcomes? How could the NHS benefit long-term from investing in the nation’s health and what makes this a priority during a period of resourcing issues?
  • How much progress is being made to reduce obesity and discourage smoking and excessive alcohol intake? What more can be done to increase public engagement and motivate people to take greater responsibility for their own health thus reducing the likelihood of developing long term illness later in life?
  • Where does the responsibility for prevention fall and who is on the frontline of early intervention? How should GPs further motivate their patients to engage in health improvement? What role should community pharmacies play in the long-term sustainability plans? What role can they play in encouraging healthier lifestyles, limiting ill health and reducing pressure on GPs and ultimately A&Es and hospitals?
  • What is being done, and what more should be done, to reduce health inequalities and why is it important to reduce such discrepancies to further increase the long-term sustainability of the NHS? What specific challenges are likely to arise from the aging population and what strategies can be put in place now to ensure that the NHS is able to cope, offering high quality healthcare services to everyone regardless of age or postcode?

12:05 - 12:55
Priorities for Staffing and Skills: Workforce Planning, Closing Skills Gaps and the Impact of Brexit

  • What are the main staffing and skills challenges currently facing the NHS and what are the priorities for overcoming these?
  • What can the Government do to ensure an adequate supply of appropriately trained healthcare professionals? Has the removal of bursaries had any impact on the availability of graduate staff? What are the priorities for retraining existing staff to have the necessary skills required to work effectively post-digitalisation?
  • How is the NHS encouraging staff to adapt to the changing models of care and supporting them through a period of increasing demands? In terms of staff retention, what should be done to maintain staff morale in the face of these challenges and how are employers making employees feel valued? 
  • What could be the potential effects of Brexit on our ability to staff the healthcare system? If we were to witness a decrease in EU nationals working in the NHS, what strategies could be put in place to ensure that these staff are replaced in the short-term and long-term?

12:55 - 13:00
Chair's closing remarks




Saffron Cordery Director of Policy and Strategy at NHS Providers

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