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COVID-19 has disproportionately affected some of the most disadvantaged communities; people who have higher levels of long term health conditions and may be in environments which expose them to the virus.
In doing so it has underlined the imperative for health and care in England to maintain its momentum in the move to becoming more integrated and place-based; fundamentally shifting from a model focused on treating illness, to one built around proactively enabling people and communities to maximise health and wellbeing.
The pandemic has also highlighted the importance of these communities in the effectiveness of the COVID-19 response. Local leaders and organisations can engage at neighbourhood and ward level, understanding important nuances which may be missed by ‘one size fits all’ centrally driven initiatives.
The case for effective place based integrated health and care functioning across the UK could not be stronger. The recent publication ‘Integrating care. Next Steps to building strong and effective integrated care systems across England’ description of ‘place’ as an important building block for health and care integration through collaboration between partners provides a clear national mandate for leaders.
Our upcoming Round Table event will explore how the pandemic has impacted on the place based integration agenda, the barriers which need to be overcome, the role leadership plays in integrated care, inclusive approaches and what’s next for place based integration.
We will be joined on the panel by:
Professor Donna Hall CBE
Donna has been described as a “public service pioneer” by the Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham. She was awarded a CBE in 2009 for innovation in public service and was Transformational Leader in the Northern Powerwomen Awards 2017. Donna is passionate about person-centred public services and communities, and also an Integrated Care System Adviser to NHS England.
Warren started his career as a neighbourhood housing officer nearly 25 years ago. He progressed to become Stockport Council’s policy manager for health & social care supporting public health partnership developments between the council and the local NHS. Since 2014 Warren has played a central role to bring devolved powers and budgets to Greater Manchester and is currently the Executive Lead Strategy and System Development for the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership.
Sarah O’Brien, Executive Director of Strategy and System Development, Cheshire and Merseyside Health and Care Partnership
Sarah joined Cheshire & Merseyside Health & Care Partnership (soon to be ICS) in January 2021 and prior to that she spent 6 years at St Helens CCG (Chief Nurse, Accountable Officer and then a joint post of AO and Exec Director Peoples at St Helens MBC) leading the establishment of St Helens Cares, an award winning model for health and social care integration. Sarah was a Diabetes Nurse Consultant for many years and has a real passion for improving health and reducing inequalities through integration and collaboration within local communities.
Debbie Sorkin, National Director of Systems Leadership, The Leadership Centre
Debbie is National Director of Systems Leadership at the Leadership Centre, where she leads the Centre’s work in the field. She has been responsible for a national systems leadership programme that brought together research, leadership development and on-the-ground support in over 50 places around the country, and she currently supports people from different sectors and at different levels needing to collaborate in Integrated Care Systems.
Date: Wednesday, 31 March
Time: 2pm – 4pm
How to Join: Register here.
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