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.
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.
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