Westminster Health Forum

Since lockdown, we have been organising our full programme of conferences online. We will continue online until further notice, to ensure we play our part in helping our employees and delegates to remain safe during this time. We are pleased that so many key stakeholders, policymakers and other interested parties - both old friends and new delegates - are taking up the opportunity to discuss public policy issues and network at our impartial seminars. New events are coming on to our conference programme all the time. So there are plenty of opportunities for you to join us if you haven’t already, from wherever you are. For booking-related queries, or information on speaking, please email us at info@forumsupport.co.uk or contact us using one of the following numbers: +44 (0)7538736244 / +44 (0)7503591880 / +44 (0)7951044809.
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Next steps for improving older people’s care - integration, managing the impact of COVID-19, and driving forward preventative healthcare


***Full-scale policy conference taking place online***
This conference is examining key priorities and next steps for improving older people’s care.

The conference will be an opportunity to assess proposed reforms affecting the future care of older people in the Government’s Integration and innovation: working together to improve health and social care for all white paper.

Delegates will also consider what can be learned from the management of care through the pandemic - as well as the policy initiatives required to tackle the critical challenges currently being faced around community support, integrated care, and managing and preventing long-term conditions.

Areas for discussion include:

  • progress on integrated care systems and community care - and the potential impact of proposals in the Future of Health and Care white paper
  • rollout of urgent rapid response teams and reducing the length of hospital admissions
  • delivery of care during the COVID-19 crisis, and the vaccination programme
  • digital remote management of long-term conditions
  • self-funding of older people’s care
  • prevention, including weight management services
  • tackling loneliness

The discussion is bringing together stakeholders with key policy officials who are due to attend from DHSC; the DIT; The Scottish Government; and The UK Statistics Authority; as well as parliamentary pass-holders from the House of Lords.

The agenda:

  • Progress in integrating older people’s care and priorities for funding moving forward from the pandemic
  • Taking forward efficiencies and integration in older people’s care - urgent care response, reducing hospital admissions and length of stay, care delivery closer to home, and expanding community services
  • The role of community care in improving older people’s care and assessing the progress of health and social care integration
  • Prioritising ageing better in the recovery from COVID-19 and lessons from the Independent Review of Adult Social Care in Scotland
  • Case study: self-funding older people’s care, improving care management and addressing wider systemic challenges
  • Improving the utilisation of digital remote management to support long term conditions
  • Driving forward preventative healthcare and increasing older people’s access to weight management and support services
  • Next steps for tackling loneliness, responding to the social impact of COVID-19 and the role of social prescribing

Key areas for discussion:

  • the Future of Health and Care White Paper - examining the potential impact of the reforms it proposes on:
    • integration across local areas and the joining up of care for older people
    • the use of innovation, including opportunities going forward in digital remote management for older people
  • rolling out urgent rapid response teams - looking at the lessons learned from the first seven accelerator sites, as well as:
    • the impact of COVID-19 on delivery
    • priorities for investment in community services
    • the practicalities of meeting the two-hour standard
    • the next steps for widespread rollout by 2023, and reducing variation in provision
  • reducing the length of hospital admissions - expanding community services so that patients can reduce their admission to hospital, including:
    • putting into action two day standards for home-based care and rehabilitation packages
    • assessing how COVID-19 has affected and improved the delivery of care closer to home
  • integrated care systems (ICS):
    • progress on joining up care - across local health and social care systems to meet patient needs, as well as priorities and practicalities for:
      • providing support for multiple health conditions
      • supporting the management of long-term conditions
      • improving efficiency in the referral, handover and assessment process
      • the use of personalised care to ensure that patient needs are met
    • next steps for integrated older people’s care - as more local systems reach ICS status, and how to ensure that its provision is effectively delivered across the country
  • digital remote management of long-term conditions - improving the utilisation of technology in supporting older people’s ability to self-manage conditions, as well as:
    • providing more independent and personalised care
    • evaluating how the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the development and use of digital support methods
  • delivery of care during COVID-19 - how the pandemic has increased the need for care to be delivered closer to home and out of hospitals, and the next steps for taking this forward after the pandemic, including proposals to ensure all staff are fully vaccinated at adult care homes
  • self-funding of older people’s care - assessing the challenges this poses, and how to improve the information available and support for the management of care, as well as priorities for addressing wider system issues
  • prevention - driving forward preventative healthcare, utilising population health methods, improving engagement with and awareness of weight management, and preventing the development of associated conditions
  • loneliness - the impact of COVID-19 on loneliness in older people, as well as the effect this has on cognitive decline, delivering national efforts to improve and prevent it, and priorities for social prescribing methods

The background to the discussion:

  • Integration and innovation: working together to improve health and social care for all - the Government’s White Paper setting out reforms aimed at supporting integration in local areas and the development of ICSs
  • progress in the COVID-19 vaccination programme - with one in five adults having received both doses, as well as new data released on its efficacy for older age groups
  • urgent community response teams - efforts to reduce hospital admissions with the development of a new two day standard to develop a package that enables patients to stay at home, as well as responding to urgent need within the community in two hours through the use of urgent response teams for supporting older people
  • government initiatives on loneliness - measures and campaigns for its mitigation during national lockdowns and social distancing rules, including increased funding and support within communities
  • Workforce Capacity Fund for adult social care - £120m to be paid to local authorities to further capacity, maintain safe care, keep staff movement low, ensure safe hospital discharge, and allow further admissions to care services
  • the NHS Long Term Plan - and its ambitions to help people age well, including bringing care into the community and out of hospitals, integrating care, and developing multidisciplinary teams, involving patients and supporting the management of long term conditions
  • the Government’s Tackling Obesity Strategy - expanding weight management services, providing improved online support, providing greater access to diabetes prevention programmes, and incentivising interventions and referrals to weight management services
  • the parliamentary The Health of the Nation: A Strategy for Healthier Longer Lives report - which looks at how to meet the Government’s ambition of five extra years of healthy life
  • the National Academy for Social Prescribing - set up by the Government with the aim of increasing provision of social prescribing in England
  • Scotland’s Independent Review of Adult Social Care - with recommendations including a National Care Service, a Minister for social care, and accountability moving from councils to Ministers
  • Women's Health Strategy: Call for Evidence - launched as the Government works on a Women’s Health Strategy which includes older women, and aims to address discrepancies in life expectancy and inequality, and put women at the centre of their care going forward
  • Housing with Care Grey Paper - from The Associated Retirement Community Operators (ARCO):
    • focusing on what it highlights as the urgent need for better support for older people, illuminated by the pandemic
    • looking at ways to improve care options for older people and the links with housing
  • Life after lockdown: tackling loneliness - a report from the British Red Cross finding that that since lockdown 41% of adults feel lonelier
  • Making vaccination a condition of deployment in older adult care homes - Government consultation to amend the Health and Social Care Act 2008 to lower the risk of COVID-19 infections in adult care homes

Policy officials attending:

Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stakeholders. Places have been reserved by parliamentary pass-holders from the House of Lords, and officials from the Department of Health and Social Care; the Department of International Trade; The Scottish Government and the UK Statistics Authority.

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 regulators, pharmaceutical companies, representatives from the NHS, executive agencies including clinical staff, primary care, CCGs, local health systems, pharmacists, care providers, public health specialists, local authorities, the independent and third sectors, patients 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

Price: £95 PLUS VAT

Shortly after every Westminster Health Forum seminar, a briefing document is produced. This is distributed to all delegates on the day as well as to our policymaker contacts in government, and to stakeholders more widely.

A seminar publication provides a timely record of proceedings, and acts as a guide to the latest thinking on current policy issues for those unable to be at the event.

This publication includes


Contributions from keynotes and panellists, including accompanying slides*
*Subject to approval

Delegate Pack

Information from the day, including delegate list, biographies and agenda


Transcript of questions and comments posed to speakers from attending delegates


Supplementary articles from speakers
and delegates