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Patients and their long-term needs will again be the focus of this year’s Future of Health Conference.
The conference, which won Best Event of the Year for 2013 at the prestigious British Media Awards, will be held on 21st November in London.
The key themes will include:
- Personalisation and Empowerment – What are the barriers and enablers for people participating fully in their care to achieve their best outcomes?
- Innovation, Technology and Enablement – What is the role for developments in digital health in improving the quality of life for people with long term conditions?
- Equality and Parity in practice – What are the enablers and barriers for participation by people with mental health problems, learning disabilities, dementia, and other conditions and inequalities, which can put them at disadvantage in the healthcare system?
- Creating value: Think like a patient, act like a taxpayer – What are the system and financial levers enabling national and local organisations to co-design services which produce the best outcomes?
Continuing with the theme of putting patients at the heart of everything, the conference will again feature a People’s Panel – a unique approach which sees patients sitting alongside healthcare professionals and giving their own immediate feedback to what is being presented and to hold speakers to account.
NHS England’s Chief Executive Simon Stevens, will open the event, while other speakers are confirmed as Professor David Haslam, Chair of NICE, Professor Steve Field, Chief Inspector of General Practice for the CQC and Tim Kelsey, NHS England’s National Director for Patients and Information.
Dr Martin McShane, NHS England’s Director for Long Term Conditions said: “This is a flagship conference which is key to driving forward our desire to empower patients and carers.
“We will hear much about the next steps on how we support the education and training of patients so they can self-manage their own care.
“We will also learn the latest steps on care planning, personal health budgets and on choices in mental health care.”
Dr McShane added: “The conference is focussing on the people who use NHS services every day: people with long term conditions. They have a wealth of expertise to offer us and we are grateful that the People’s Panel will again be involved to give their unique viewpoint. We need to understand that they are experts in their own right.
“The Future of Health is about making the health and care system better for people with long term conditions. We’re focussing on the things that people tell NHS England they want: to be in control of their care and support as they are able. And to get ‘joined up’ care in which health and social care understand and remember each individual and their needs, rather than having to ‘start again’ each time they use a new service.
“A key message from last year’s conference was that people with long term conditions want services personalised to them, but also want their voice heard in how those services are planned and organised at national and local levels. They want to become partners in building the House of Care.”
Dr McShane explained: “People who attended last year seemed to find something genuinely different from other conferences – the People’s Panel and the focus on service users have resulted in calls for every healthcare conference to have a People’s Panel. There’s little point in talking about health and social care without the viewpoint of those using the services.”
This year’s conference is again being organised in partnership with UCLPartners and Dods.
Delegates will also be able to have their own input to creating solutions and sharing their own solutions and innovations on a national platform, while also networking with up to 1,000 colleagues from all around the country who will be able to share best practice.