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Next steps for delivering the NHS Long Term Plan - improving health outcomes, service integration, and learning from the impact of COVID-19

Morning, Tuesday, 12th January 2021

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

This conference will discuss the priorities for delivering the NHS Long Term Plan.

It will be a timely opportunity to assess progress and next steps as health and social care services move forward in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on delivering the Plan’s ambitions.

The discussion at a glance:

  • COVID-19 - the impact on delivering the ambitions of the NHS Long Term Plan
  • service integration - and redesigning local systems
  • the workforce - support and involvement in implementing the NHS Long Term Plan
  • innovation - use and access
  • clinical - progress and next steps for delivering improved health outcomes

A scan of relevant developments:

  • the NHS Long Term Plan - setting a pathway for a new NHS service model, prevention, tackling inequalities, improving care quality and outcomes, workforce development, and digitally-enabled care
  • the NHS Funding Act - putting into law an extra £33.9bn per financial year up to March 2024 for the NHS, targeted at improving care
  • The UK Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy - with £3bn in extra funding being given to the NHS to help in tackling COVID-19
  • We are the NHS: People Plan for 2020/21 - action for us all - the NHS People Plan which sets out actions to transform the workforce
  • A backlog of operations and treatments resulting from cancelations during the pandemic
  • Millions of patients benefiting from remote consultations as family doctors respond to COVID-19 - the rise of digital enabled care through the pandemic
  • Action required to tackle health inequalities in latest phase of COVID-19 response and recovery - recommendations aligned to the NHS Long Term Plan for tackling inequalities highlighted through the pandemic from the NHS-commissioned Health Inequalities Expert Advisory Group
  • The future of health protection - the National Institute for Health Protection - creation of the NIHP, which will take forward the country’s response to COVID-19 but also brings together other key functions of health improvement and prevention
  • Landmark strategy launched to cement UK’s position as global leader in genomics - recent launch of the National Genomic Healthcare Strategy which aims to drive forward health improvements for patients and enable earlier interventions
  • policy on public health and tackling inequalities - Advancing our health: prevention in the 2020s and Health Equity in England: The Marmot Review 10 Years On

Key areas for discussion:

COVID-19 - the impact on delivering the ambitions of the NHS Long Term Plan

  • dealing with the backlog - how can the effects of postponement and cancellation of operations and treatments be managed going forward, and strategies for restarting making progress
  • learning from remote care - with adoption of telemedicine, digital-enabled care and digital systems being seen as an important area of success to come from the pandemic:
    • how did it happen - learning from processes of innovation and adoption that made progress possible
    • maintaining the momentum - how improvements in personalisation, diagnosis, treatment and system efficiency that they introduced can be retained to benefit patients and staff 
    • moving forward - how what has been learned can be used to help achieve the digital transformation that the plan sets out
  • progress on integration - with work on the ground to manage the impact of the pandemic and local outbreaks requiring joint working and collaboration across local authorities and health systems, what will this mean in the longer term for reinforcing the process of integration and development of local systems envisioned in the Plan
  • resources - what should be the priorities for funding and provision of further resources, beyond those already in place, to help the NHS recover and meet ambitions within the Plan
  • the workforce - taking stock of how COVID-19 has affected the health workforce and individual groups within it, what can be learned, and the way forward for mitigating the long term impact

Service integration and redesigning local systems

  • assessing progress - service integration and developing integrated care systems in line with the plan’s ambitions and upcoming deadline of April 2021,
  • priorities going forward - how can integrated care systems best be utilised once they are established and working effectively to drive forward the delivery of ambitions within the plan.
  • population health management:
    • implementation - how it is being delivered within integrated care systems, areas for improvement, and learning from best practice
    • COVID-19 - progress on better understanding local populations and addressing inequalities.
  • engagement with service users:
    • new models of care - strategies for increasing the involvement of patients in the integration of services and redesigning of local health systems
    • patient priorities - realising the benefits of patient-centred approaches to care, and ensuring that delivery of Long Term Plan objectives take note of the patient perspective

The workforce - support and involvement in implementing the NHS Long Term Plan

  • the role of the workforce - what will be required from the workforce to support delivery of the Plan’s approach to healthcare that is preventative, more community-based, uses technology, is collaborative, and uses more personalised, patient-centred approaches
  • the NHS People Plan:
    • next steps - implementing the actions set out in the People Plan to recruit, train, develop and support the NHS workforce so that it is able to deliver the ambitions within the NHS Long Plan
    • longer term - how the People Plan can support development of the culture and vision that is required for successful delivery of the Long Term Plan

Innovation - use and access

  • priorities - where research and investment should be focused, progress in genomics which was identified as a key area, and assessing the opportunities that have arisen from the pandemic
  • integration - how best to use digital technology, data, and other emerging technologies such as AI and robotics across health and social care to improve prevention, patient care, and efficiency
  • collaboration - how joint working between the NHS and industry partners can be improved
  • Academic Health Science Networks - priorities and their role in contributing to improved access to innovation
  • tackling inequalities - how to ensuring that innovation and improved health outcomes are experienced around the country and ways of addressing unwarranted variation.

Delivering improved health outcomes

  • assessing progress - as well as looking ahead to priorities and next steps for driving forward improvements in key clinical areas highlighted in the NHS Long Term Plan
  • learning from COVID-19 - the impact of the pandemic moving forward on clinical priorities - including preventative healthcare, and tackling inequalities - as well as opportunities emerging from the response by the NHS that can feed into future improvements

The agenda:

  • The impact of COVID-19 on delivery of the NHS Long Term Plan, funding priorities and improving health outcomes
  • Priorities for integrated care systems and managing the challenges posed by COVID-19
  • Progress in service integration, redesigning local systems, developing integrated care, population health management and patient-centred care
  • Next steps for delivering digital transformation in the NHS and learning from COVID-19
  • Priorities for the workforce and for creating a culture to deliver long term ambitions for the NHS
  • Addressing unwarranted variation across healthcare - improving value, consistency and performance
  • Delivering improved health outcomes - translating innovative research into adoption and care delivery, driving forward prevention, public health, and tackling health inequalities
  • Progress in implementing the long term vision for the NHS and next steps for delivery

Policy officials attending:

Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stakeholders.
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 the NHS and private health providers including clinical staff, executive agencies, regulators, public health professionals, digital health, CCGs and integrated care systems, the independent and third sectors, patient groups, local authorities, law firms, consultancies, and others affected by the issues discussed as well as academics and think tanks, along with 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 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

Chris Hopson

Chief Executive, NHS Providers and Member, NHS Assembly

Dr Karen Kirkham

Senior Medical Advisor, Primary Care Provider Transformation, NHS England and NHS Improvement and Clinical Lead, Dorset Integrated Care System

Professor Tim Briggs

Chair, GIRFT and National Director for Clinical Improvement, NHS England


Dr Lisa Cameron MP

Chair, All-party Parliamentary Group for Health


Bevleigh Evans

Head of Population Health Management, NHS England and NHS Improvement

Lucy Watts

Member, NHS Assembly and Patient Leader

Dr Hannah Morgan

Clinical Director, Hayling Island and Emsworth Primary Care Network and GP Partner, The Elms Practice

Eve Byrne

Head of Campaigns and Public Affairs, Macmillan Cancer Support

Richard Sloggett

Senior Fellow and Health and Social Care Lead, Policy Exchange