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Major health conditions - priorities for prevention, diagnosis and care

multi-morbidity approach | detection & enhanced diagnostics | holistic & integrated patient pathways | innovation | patient-centred care | utilising data | public health

Morning, Wednesday, 18th September 2024

Online


This conference will discuss next steps for prevention and improving outcomes for major health conditions in England.


It will be an opportunity to discuss strategic approaches to managing diagnosis and care for major health conditions and the future for policy in the new parliament, following the previous Government’s intention to publish a Major Conditions Strategy.


Delegates will explore the potential transition from a single-disease approach to health service planning to a multi-morbidity approach, and the opportunities and challenges this presents. They will discuss the way forward for integrated care boards to adopt and adapt approaches that best suit the needs of their populations, issues for the health workforce in light of current pressures, and key opportunities for improvement.


There will be discussion next steps for earlier detection and diagnosis of major health conditions, including building on current NHS Screening programmes and Early Intervention Psychosis services to undertake more personalised and targeted screening.


With a focus on prevention, sessions also look at priorities for public health strategies, as well as the merging of long-term, dedicated strategies for individual conditions and its impact on research, diagnosis and care.


The agenda also looks at supporting cross-government collaboration to tackle wider socio-economic determinants to ill health and opportunities for the new parliament, as well as the funding and provision of local community health services.


Further sessions will consider priorities for managing health conditions and approaches to personalised care, as well as for the NHS health workforce. They will discuss the current workforce model, next steps for pivoting to a whole-person care model, the future for general and specialist professions within care teams, priorities for recruitment and retention, and more closely aligning mental and physical health services.


The potential of AI in improving efficiency and reducing diagnostic wait times will be discussed, looking at collaboration with developers to test AI diagnostic tools.


It is also an opportunity to assess key priorities for tackling health inequalities, including enhancing the collection and utilisation of data to improve understanding of this issue, with calls to establish a central consensus on ethnicity coding within the health and social care setting.


Overall, the agenda looks at:

  • a multi-morbidity approach: key issues for healthcare planning - levers for delivery - infrastructure requirements - the role of ICSs - funding priorities
  • prevention: building a prevention-first model of care - empowering individuals to lead healthier lives, in the context of calls for integrating population-level management of risk factors 
  • earlier detection and enhanced diagnostics: individualised and targeted diagnosis - future outlook for genomics - funding for screening programmes - managing pressures and incentives within primary care 
  • opportunities for innovation: developing technology and guidelines - role of data and AI in improving efficiency and personalisation - channelling investment in R&I
  • patient-centred care: developing effective patient pathways - listening to patient voices - holistic approaches to care for patients with multiple conditions - expansion of multidisciplinary healthcare teams
  • workforce: the role of the NHS Long Term Workforce Plan - priorities for supporting the workforce in taking forward innovative healthcare delivery - practicalities for a holistic and integrated approach to care 
  • data: how collection of health inequality data can be effectively incorporated within healthcare and integrated care systems to address deprived groups 
  • policy: assessing the current landscape for addressing multi-morbidity in the health system - the outlook for future frameworks and policies
  • support: alignment and integration between physical and mental health services - support for families and unpaid carers - improving access to healthcare

The proceedings of the conference will be circulated more widely, to Parliamentarians, ministerial offices, and government and regulatory officials with an interest in the issues being discussed. All delegates will also receive a video recording of the conference.



Keynote Speakers

Professor John Deanfield

Professor, Cardiology, University College London

Dr Emma Hyde

Clinical Director, Personalised Care Institute

Richard Sloggett

Founder and Programme Director, Future Health Research

Dr Tom Roques

Vice President, Clinical Oncology, The Royal College of Radiologists

Keynote Speakers

Dr Tom Roques

Vice President, Clinical Oncology, The Royal College of Radiologists

Professor John Deanfield

Professor, Cardiology, University College London

Dr Emma Hyde

Clinical Director, Personalised Care Institute

William Roberts

Chief Executive, Royal Society for Public Health

Richard Sloggett

Founder and Programme Director, Future Health Research

Speakers

Gabriela Caldwell-Jones

Consultant, Frontier Economics

Senior speaker confirmed from The Richmond Group of Charities