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Next steps for integrated care - policy developments, commissioning, accountability, improving local health outcomes, and tackling health inequalities

Morning, Monday, 8th November 2021

***Full-scale policy conference taking place online***

This conference will examine the next steps for integrated care in the context of proposed reforms in the Health and Care Bill, with discussion expected on commissioning and accountability, improving patient pathways and prevention, and the role of integration in facilitating recovery from COVID-19 and improving health equality.

Taking place as the Health and Care Bill progresses through Parliament, this conference will be an opportunity to discuss how the reforms will support developments in integration and address some of the barriers, with the Bill including legislation on the formation of integrated care boards as well as a statutory duty for the NHS and local authorities to have a collaborative partnership.

With plans for integrated care systems to take over responsibilities from CCGs and an emphasis on moving from competition to supporting collaboration in procurement, delegates will discuss the impact of these changes, key issues for their implementation, and balancing strategic and clinical leadership.

Further discussion is expected on the next steps for integrated care systems in delivering the ambitions set out in the NHS Long Term Plan and how they can address health inequalities and support the Government’s Levelling Up agenda.

We are pleased to be able to include keynote contributions including:

  • Opportunities for taking forward primary care networks and their role in integrated community health - from Dr Minesh Patel, Chair, National Association of Primary Care
  • Assessing the impact of reforms in the Health and Care Bill and key issues for implementation - from Lou Patten, Chief Executive, NHS Clinical Commissioners; and Director, NHS Confederation’s ICS Network
  • Next steps for taking forward progress of integrated care systems and supporting workforce adaptation - from Rob Webster, Lead Chief Executive, West Yorkshire and Harrogate ICS; and Chief Executive Officer, South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust


Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stakeholders. Places have been reserved by officials from the Care Quality Commission; the Crown Commercial Service; Defra; the Department of Health and Social Care; the Government Legal Department; Her Majesty's Prison and Probation Service; the National Audit Office; the Prime Minister’s Office; and The Scottish Government. Also due to attend are representatives from the Acacium Group; Browne Jacobson; Buckinghamshire New University; Change Grow Live; Changing Lives; Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust; Marwood Group; McKesson UK; MSD; NHS Confederation; NHS London Procurement Partnership; North Tyneside Council; Patient Participation Group; Porchlight; Res Consortium; Stroke Association; Takeda; The Fishermen's Mission; The Lewisham Pensioners' Forum; and Thomas Pocklington Trust.

Press passes have been reserved by representatives from the Financial Times and Leadership Issues in Social Care.

Overall, we expect speakers and attendees to be a senior and informed group including Members of both Houses of Parliament, and senior government officials involved in this area of public policy, together with representatives from ICSs, PCNs, and executive agencies including clinical staff, regulators, local authorities, the social care sector, the independent and third sectors, patient groups, law firms, consultancies, and others affected by the issues discussed as well as academics and think tanks, and reporters from the national and specialist media.

This is a full-scale conference taking place online***

  • full, four-hour programme including comfort breaks - you’ll also get a full recording and transcript to refer back to
  • information-rich discussion involving key policymakers and stakeholders
  • conference materials provided in advance, including speaker biographies
  • speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish, using the Cisco WebEx professional online conference platform (easy for delegates - we’ll provide full details)
  • opportunities for live delegate questions and comments with all speakers
  • a recording of the addresses, all slides cleared by speakers, and further materials are made available to all delegates afterwards as a permanent record of the proceedings
  • delegates are able to add their own written comments and articles following the conference, to be distributed to all attendees and more widely
  • networking too - there will be opportunities for delegates to e-meet and interact - we’ll tell you how!

Full information and guidance on how to take part will be sent to delegates before the conference

Keynote Speaker

Rob Webster

Lead Chief Executive, West Yorkshire and Harrogate ICS

Keynote Speakers

Dr Caroline Taylor

Chair, National Association of Primary Care

Lou Patten

Chief Executive, NHS Clinical Commissioners; and Director, NHS Confederation’s ICS Network

Rob Webster

Lead Chief Executive, West Yorkshire and Harrogate ICS


Baroness Finlay of Llandaff

Vice President, Hospice UK and Co-Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group on Hospice and End of Life Care


Dr James Thomas

Clinical Chair, Bradford District and Craven Clinical Commissioning Group, and Joint Senior Responsible Officer, Improving Population Health Programme, West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership

Dr Sohail Munshi

Medical Director and Deputy Chief Executive, Manchester Local Care Organisation

Kathryn Smith

Chief Executive, Social Care Institute for Excellence

Juliet Bouverie

Chief Executive Officer, Stroke Association

Rachna Vyas

Executive Director for Integration and Transformation, Leicester City Clinical Commissioning Group

Dr William van’t Hoff

Chief Executive Officer, NIHR Clinical Research Network Coordinating Centre

Rachel Power

Chief Executive, The Patients Association

Professor Stephen Eames

Independent Chair and Lead, Humber Coast & Vale Health and Care Partnership

William Pett

Senior Policy Advisor, NHS Confederation