What Social Care Is And How It Can Be Fixed

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Can adult social care and NHS services within the Integrated Care Systems be merged immediately? Can this be done as a ‘merger of equals’ rather than as a perceived takeover of one institutional structure by another? Is there a sustainable solution to the long-term funding of the integrated system?  

In this session we will be exploring the challenges and opportunities to create a more seamless patient experience across the NHS and social care. What it might mean for both the NHS and local authorities, how the system can be sustainably funded and what would increase the likelihood that any operational changes actually result in improved patient experiences and patient outcomes. 

This session will focus on some of the issues addressed in detail in the second of our series of books on health.

  • Ian Smith

    Ian Smith is the Chair of the NHS Surrey Heartlands Integrated Care System. He is also an operating partner with Trilantic, a private equity group, and a non-executive director in the Ministry of Defence. Until recently he was Chair of King’s College Hospital, one of the biggest NHS Trusts in the country, and previously Chair of Four Seasons Health Care, the biggest care home operator. He was CEO of General Healthcare group, which comprised BMI Healthcare, the largest private hospital group in the UK and Partnerships in Care, a mental health provider.

  • Jane Townson

    Jane Townson is CEO of the Homecare Association. She has extensive experience in the social care, health, housing and technology sectors. Chair of the Board of Kraydel; formerly CEO Somerset Care Group; Chairman YourLife (JV with McCarthy & Stone); and Vice Chair UKHCA. Jane’s first career was in international leadership roles in research and development in ICI, AstraZeneca and Syngenta, where she was Global Head of Bioscience Research. She then established her own business providing consultancy and training on the link between lifestyle factors and public health, working with private individuals and public sector organisations.

  • Matthew Taylor

    Matthew joined the NHS Confederation as its chief executive in June 2021, having been chief executive of the Royal Society for Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) for 15 years. Before the RSA, Matthew was chief adviser on political strategy to Prime Minister Tony Blair and he also ran the Institute for Public Policy Research for 5 years. He is a widely known commentator on policy, politics and public service reform and regularly appears on national media programmes, including as a panellist on BBC Radio 4’s Moral Maze.

  • Stephen Smith

    Professor Stephen K Smith is a clinician scientist having held senior positions in Academic Medicine and the NHS at the University of Cambridge, Imperial College, London and most recently the University of Melbourne. He currently serves as Chair of the East Kent Hospital Trust and as a Trustee of Pancreatic Cancer UK. A gynaecologist by training, he has published over 230 papers on reproductive medicine and cancer. He was awarded his Doctor of Science in 2001 for his work in Cambridge on the complex gene pathways that regulate the growth of blood vessels in reproductive tissue.


Wednesday 20th April 2022, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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