Why should local authority professionals attend?

Why should local authority professionals attend?

The Healthcare Show, part of Health+Care, stands out as being one of few events that does bring  health and social care together on an equal footing to share solutions to joint challenges.

With adult social care at breaking point, it is clear that the NHS long-term plan will fail without this crisis being properly addressed. Short-term funding measures will not be enough to stop difficulties in social care driving demand for the NHS.  The long-awaiting adult social care Green Paper will propose long-term funding solutions but how quickly they will be funded and acted on is the crucial question. There is also a Green Paper on prevention in the pipeline for 2019.

The NHS plan is likely to include a timeline for accelerating the development of Integrated Care Systems across England. The ultimate purpose of ICSs is to tackle health inequalities and improve the health and wellness of entire populations by joining up the NHS, social care, public health and the wider public, voluntary and community sector. Through doing this there is an opportunity to impact the wider determinants of health, identify interventions that will have the greatest health gain for the many and invest public money accordingly. Whether the choice is between investing more in bariatric surgery, tier 2 weight management services or a new public park, this is a system-wide choice to make, backed up by robust population health data.

The ultimate vision of ICSs is at risk through chronic underfunding of public health and other local government services. Relationships between health and local government even within established ICSs can be fragile as demonstrated by Nottinghamshire City Council suspending its involvement in Nottinghamshire and Nottingham ICS. It is imperative that health and local government set aside cultural differences to make this work.

Directors of Adult Social Care, Adult Social Care Commissioners, Directors of Public health, population health managers and programme leads and other local government leads should attend for:

  • Update on the future of adult social care and what to do about the £3.5bn funding gap
  • Focus on putting the Green Papers for adult social care and for prevention into action on the frontline
  • Impacts of underfunding of councils on the NHS and opportunities for greater collaboration between the sectors
  • Innovative solutions to the workforce crisis in health and social care
  • The STP & ICS Hub with a two-day intensive programme of learning and experience from ICSs and the most mature STPs
  • Frontline perspectives on the role of local government in developing ICSs and how to gain greater influence
  • Case studies on how adult social care commissioners are working with CCGs to join up budgets and align priorities
  • Expert advice on overcoming legal, governance, financial and  cultural barriers to creating ICSs
  • First-hand advice on how to roll out high-impact innovations and technologies across organisations and systems
  • A better understanding of population health management and how to put it into action across a healthcare system
  • Policy announcements, hot topic debates, inspirational addresses and out-of-the box thinking in the Keynote Theatre
  • Hear from Government ministers, new joint directors of NHS England and Improvement, big names from local authorities and inspirational thinkers and doers from across the NHS, adult social care and public health

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26-27 June 2019 | ExCeL London