Westminster Health Forum

We are continuing to organise full-scale virtual conferences which retain all the features of physical seminars, including full programmes, presentations with slides, panel discussions and live delegate questions and comments sessions, person-to-person and group networking, and a permanent record provided to all delegates afterwards. New events are coming on to our conference programme all the time, so there are plenty of opportunities to join us if you haven’t already, from wherever you are.
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Priorities for social care in England - funding, sustainable reform, and delivering effective integrated care

Morning, Tuesday, 14th December 2021

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

This conference will examine the way forward for social care provision in England in light of the Government’s major announcement on funding - Build Back Better: Our Plan for Health and Social Care - and in the context of the acute challenges resulting from the pandemic.

We expect discussion on implementation, timing and wider implications, alongside long-term questions around service integration and support for the care workforce.

We are pleased to be able to include keynote sessions with Sir Andrew Dilnot, Warden, Nuffield College Oxford and Chairman, Commission on the Funding of Care and Support 2010-2011; and Michelle Dyson, Director General, Adult Social Care, Department of Health and Social Care. There will also be senior contributions from the ADASS; Care England; Carers UK;  IMPACT Centre; the NAO; the NIHR; the SCIE; and Surrey County Council.

Overall, this conference will be an important opportunity to discuss the key priorities including:

  • the Government’s Plan for Health and Social Care and priorities for funding in the long term
  • the impact of the pandemic on the landscape for social care as well as reforms
  • workforce capacity to meet patient needs and priorities for building capacity to meet future demand
  • integration, collaboration, effective delivery, and the role of social care within local leadership


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, senior government officials in this area of public policy, together with regulators, care providers, representatives from the NHS, executive agencies including clinical staff, pharmacists, the independent and third sectors along with advocacy groups, local authorities, adult social services, providers, care technology companies, patient and carer 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

Sir Andrew Dilnot

Warden, Nuffield College Oxford and Chairman, Commission on the Funding of Care and Support 2010-2011

Michelle Dyson

Director General, Adult Social Care, Department of Health and Social Care


Richard Sloggett

Founder and Programme Director, Future Health Research and former Special Advisor to the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care

Abdool Kara

Executive Director, NAO

Dr José Luis Fernández,

Associate Professorial Research Fellow and Director, Care Policy and Evaluation Centre, London School of Economics and Political Science and Director, Adult Social Care Research Unity, NIHR

Richard Humphries

Joint Chair, Association of Directors of Adult Social Services

Emily Holzhausen

Director of Policy and Public Affairs, Carers UK

Martin Green

Chief Executive, Care England

Professor Jon Glasby

Professor of Health and Social Care, Department of Social Work and Social Care, University of Birmingham and Director, IMPACT Centre

Simon White

Executive Director for Adult Social Care, Surrey County Council

Kathryn Smith

Chief Executive, Social Care Institute for Excellence