Medical Directorate workshops

These 45-minute workshops were co-ordinated by NHS England’s medical directorate, and focused on the developments within medicine anticipated over the next 12 months.


Improving access: The people and the technology

Speakers: Ian Biggs, head of the Primary Care Transformation Fund at NHS England, and Dr Robert Varnam, Head of General Practice Development at NHS England.

Improving access to general practice is a key priority for the NHS. Previous initiatives to improve access have tended to be rather one-dimensional, focusing on one aspect such as increasing speed of access. The Prime Minister’s GP Access Fund (formerly called the ‘Challenge Fund’) has seen 57 innovation schemes involving 2,500 GP practices working to improve access for patients. This has involved the provision of thousands of additional appointments. But it not just about more of the same – schemes have also introduced a wide range of service innovations, seeking to meet different patients’ needs in a more flexible and responsive way.

In this workshop, we will look at two of the biggest changes – innovations in workforce and a much greater use of technology to improve access and care. Frontline innovators will describe their own approach and the impacts so far, and NHS England policy leads will give an update on national work to support and transform services for patients. There will be plenty of time for questions and discussion.


Diabetes Prevention: Implementing the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme

Speakers: Jonathan Valabhji, National Clinical Director for Obesity and Diabetes at NHS England; Jim O’Brien, National Programme Director for the Diabetes Prevention Programme at Public Health England, and Louise Ansari, Director of Prevention of Type 2 Diabetes at Diabetes UK

Participants will hear about the background to the Diabetes Prevention Programme and updates on its implementation, setting out initial findings from first wave sites, including practical issues that have been encountered, how referral generation is being managed and how the new centrally commissioned services fit with existing pathways.
The workshop will explain how providers have adapted their programme delivery to meet the needs of specific groups in local communities, and set out the expected economic benefits – drawing on initial findings from the demonstrator evaluation.
Participants will also learn about how they can get involved in the programme’s second wave later in the year.


System-wide outcome measures for Urgent and Emergency Care: beyond 4 hours

Speakers: Jonathan Benger, National Clinical Director for Urgent and Emergency Care at NHS England; Seema Patel, Analytical Lead at NHS England; and Professor Keith Willett, Medical Director for Acute Care.

Focusing on more than just the 4 hour A&E target. Hear about the design, testing and future plans for a wider range of integrated measures that will allow systems to assess, understand and respond to the performance of their Urgent and Emergency Care system as a whole.


Integrated Urgent Care: the new 24/7 integrated access to urgent care service

Speakers: Professor Keith Willett, Medical Director for Acute Care, NHS England; Magnus Hird, NHS Blackpool CCG; Dr Vishen Ramkisson, Hertfordshire and East of England Regional Lead for Integrated Urgent Care; Dr Helen Thomas, London Regional Clinical Lead for Integrated Urgent Care; and Dr Sam Shah, Head of Evaluation and Research for Digital Urgent and Emergency Care at NHS England.

Interactive panel to discuss how vanguards and early adopters are working to implement the eight key elements of Integrated Urgent Care. Hear about the opportunities and benefits of delivering this new 24/7 functionally integrated service taking in NHS 111 and out-of-hours GPs, and the the progress made towards delivery to 20% of the population by March 2017.


National Ambulance Response Programme (ARP): the findings

Speakers: Jonathan Benger, National Clinical Director for Urgent and Emergency Care at NHS England; Helen Daly, Ambulance Response Programme Manager at NHS England, and Professor Keith Willett, Medical Director for Acute Care at NHS England

Interactive workshop describing the reform of ambulance responses in England. The aim of the ARP is to respond to life-threatening, emergency and urgent 999 calls in the most appropriate way, using clinical and transport assets efficiently and effectively to support the ongoing delivery of the Urgent and Emergency Review, and  examine whether the current approach to response and performance measurement could be improved.


Crowdsourcing a strategy for #Future NHS

Chair: Jo Fillingham, Clinical Fellow to the Chief Allied Health Professions Officer, NHS England

Allied Health Professionals and wider stakeholders including patients and the public across England had a virtual discussion about their potential impact across the system, the commitments to individuals, communities, themselves and their colleagues, and the areas they need to focus on to make this happen, Hear about how this vision was co-created.


Delivering system change and place-based care through networks of care

The workshop will give an update and outline next steps on a major national project to deliver the vision of the NHS Five Year Forward View in practice through clinical networks, which NHSE is running in partnership with the musculoskeletal (MSK ) community through ARMA. The project aims to deliver integrated, person-centred care through multidisciplinary networks at the national and local level, with a focus on empowering clinical leaders and commissioning leads through the sharing of best practice.

This will include
•Background to the project: rationale and development of the partnership with ARMA
•The national priorities and expert groups on MSK:
oMetrics
oWorkforce
oFracture Liaison Services
oHigh-value pathways (with NHS Right Care)
•The MSK Knowledge Network
•Key resources (including NHS Confederation Resource Pack)
•Learning from best practice: examples of successful MSK redesign at CCG level through the project
•Next steps, upcoming events and how to get involved: national seminar (late 2016/early 2017)