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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 the 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 has entered 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 for 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 includes 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.

Areas for discussion include:

  • the impact of proposals in the Health and Care Bill on meeting the targets of the NHS Long Term Plan
  • next steps for streamlining care and improving local links between social care and the independent sector
  • challenges for integration due to the pandemic, and priorities for using integrated care for COVID-19 recovery moving forward
  • the role of integration in improving the patient pathway and continuity of care to meet aims outlined in the NHS Long Term Plan
  • key priorities for workforce adaptation and leadership
  • the role of integration in the wider equality agenda, and the opportunities for tackling health inequalities


Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stakeholders. Places have been reserved by officials from the Crown Commercial Service; Defra; the Department of Health and Social Care; the Government Legal Department; and the Prime Minister’s Office. Also due to attend are representatives from the NHS Confederation; Res Consortium; and The Lewisham Pensioners' Forum.

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, is 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 Speakers

Lou Patten

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

Rob Webster

Lead Chief Executive, West Yorkshire and Harrogate ICS and Chief Executive Officer, South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Minesh Patel

Chair, National Association of Primary Care


Baroness Finlay of Llandaff

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

Peter Dowd MP

Co-Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Health Group


Juliet Bouverie

Chief Executive Officer, Stroke Association

Professor Stephen Eames

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

William Pett

Senior Policy Advisor, NHS Confederation