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  • The Health Foundation is supporting the Social care zone at NHS ConfedExpo on 14-15 June 2023 which will host several sessions across the two-day event, and provide space for networking and learning about social care.
  • The event aims to create a single point of focus for health and care leaders and their teams to come together at a time of transformation and recovery. It will foster networking, spread learning and encourage innovation.

The Health Foundation in partnership with Partners in Care and Health (Local Government Association (LGA) and the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS)) is supporting the Social care zone at NHS ConfedExpo on 14–15 June 2023 at Manchester Central.

This feature zone will explore the role social care plays, as a vital part of the patient care pathway, in providing support to patients in the community.

Through mini-theatre sessions, a networking area involving partner organisations and sponsor stands, this zone will explore the integration of health and social care, from national strategic collaborations to the local level, looking at the benefits that are being achieved in the community through innovation, partnership working, digital transformation and co-creation of improvements. 

The Health Foundation will also be exhibiting at NHS ConfedExpo on 14–15 June 2023. Come and say hello, pick up some publications and talk to us about our work.

The Health Foundation is contributing to a number of sessions at NHS ConfedExpo, including several taking place in the Social Care Zone, supported by Partners in Care and Health (LGA and ADASS) and the Health Foundation.

Sessions with Health Foundation speakers

This session will help you find and build the expertise and approaches you need to deliver on ICS ambitions.

Learn from the experience of local system leaders who are taking an improvement and learning approach at scale. Understand and shape a new peer learning and support offer being developed as part of NHS Confederation membership, in partnership with The Health Foundation’s Q community.


  • Matt Neligan, Director of System Transformation – NHS England
  • Penny Pereira, Q Managing Director – The Health Foundation
  • Samantha Allen, Chief Executive – North East and North Cumbria ICB

Social care zone sessions

This session will look at how West and East Midlands ADASS, with Herefordshire County Council, Lincolnshire County Council Nottinghamshire Council and Walsall Councils, developed a pilot project to work with supported living providers and partners in the NHS. This was to help social care staff to identify the signs that someone with a learning disability is deteriorating, and work with NHS staff to get the person the care they need.

This session will give an overview of the Better Care Fund Support Programme (2023 – 2025). It will outline the ways in which our expertise and experience is brought together to provide sector-led improvement support to overcome some of the main challenges that Integrated Care Systems, Integrated Care Partnerships and Integrated Care Boards and places are facing. Our approach and the BCF support programme’s principles will be explained, including the bespoke and universal improvement offer available to systems. We will also reflect on the importance of demand and capacity planning, and how best to embed sustainable improvement.


  • Rosie Seymour, Programme Director – Better Care Fund, NHS England

This session shares emerging lessons from a long-term national programme of work to embed evidence of what works in social care practice and in national policy. It will help delegates from an NHS background to reflect on different ways of facilitating change in frontline services and people’s lives across adult social care and NHS services.


  • Jon Glasby, Director of IMPACT and Professor of Health and Social Care – University of Birmingham/IMPACT

In England, over 10,000 people spend the night in an acute hospital when they could be in their own homes or receiving care in the community.

Most of these people are in hospital due to delays in accessing post-discharge services.

NHS England is working with local authorities and voluntary and community partners to pilot new approaches to intermediate care, improve access to recovery services and reduce long-term costs associated with long lengths of stay. This includes:

  • joining up with social care through the Better Care Fund
  • ensuring safe and timely discharge from hospital via discharge hubs
  • working with frontrunners to scale up interventions and solutions.

In this session, delegates can hear from national leaders on the role of intermediate care in transforming out-of-hospital services. There is also an opportunity to hear first-hand from a pilot site on the new approach being trialled to help people get to the most appropriate care setting as soon as it is right for them.


  • Jenny Keane, National Director Intermediate Care & Rehabilitation – NHS England
  • Sarah-Jane Marsh, National Director of Urgent and Emergency Care and Deputy Chief Operating Officer – NHS England

This session will highlight how West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership ensures the balance between system and place level is maintained to get the best outcomes for people and communities. It will set out how the partnership developed principles of subsidiarity and what practical difference they have made to commissioning and delivering adult social care. It will identify what impact the ICS has had on supporting place-based planning and provision of adult social care and support.

This session will bring together a panel of speakers from across the social care sector to explore system digital transformation and the opportunities that shared data creates for increased access and integration across health and social care. Our speakers will share examples of providers embodying digital maturity who are embedding digital ways of working, highlighting the benefit that increased data flow can have for patients and healthcare professionals.


  • Daniel Casson, MD – Casson Consulting

This interactive joint session will focus on how to create the right culture for integrated workforce thinking and planning.

Delivered by Partners in Care and Health (a partnership of the Local Government Association and Association of Directors of Adult Social Services), Skills for Care and NHS Employers, the three organisations will reflect on how they came together to produce guidance on integrated workforce thinking in 2022 and how culture is an integral part of this.


  • Emily Smith, Systems and integration programme lead – NHS Employers
  • Jeanette Cookson, Programme Head Integration – Skills for Care
  • Rebecca Smith, Director of Systems and Social Partnerships – NHS Employers

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If you've already registered, make sure to bookmark our sessions on the event app.

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