Satellite events 2016

Expo 2016 satellite events gave specific staff groups the chance to connect and collaborate with peers from across the country. Taking place in the meeting rooms near the entrance of Manchester Central, these sessions enabled targeted and deep discussions on priorities areas. They included:

Maternity transformation programme: delivering the 2020 vision

The vision for the future of maternity services is set out in Better Births, the report of the National Maternity Review. It says that maternity services should be more personalised, kinder, professional and more family friendly; where every woman has access to information to enable her to make decisions about her care, and where she and her baby can access support that is centred around their individual needs and circumstances.

This interactive session focused on the need for commissioners and providers to work together, supported by national bodies to achieve the vision for maternity services. It outlined the key work streams and enabled delegates to start thinking about implementing the vision locally.

MY care, MY health, MY life: Improving opportunities and healthcare for people with a learning disability

The aim of this session was to get delegates thinking about why people with a learning disability need better chances in healthcare throughout the NHS and how employment is one way of ensuring that people can influence what care is delivered and how. Delegates were inspired to make changes in their own organisation in terms of employing people with a learning disability and ensuring that their organisation is taking a positive approach to tackling health inequalities and improving outcomes. Network Managers and Learning Disability Advisers talked about their work in NHS England and the impact it is having throughout the NHS, and the session hosted a theatrical performance by MiXiT.

Mental health – through the ages

This satellite event focused on NHS England’s work around mental health – including mental health care from birth to old age. The sessions covered perinatal care, care for children and young people, crisis care, psychosis, secure programme new models of care, and dementia care. With expert input from clinical leads, real-life experience from patients, and first-hand accounts of how radical system changes have been achieved over recent years, these sessions were intended to inform, excite, and generate discussion about developments in mental health.

Driving local innovation and providing clinical input: CCGs’ role in STPs

This practical session gave delegates an opportunity to discuss and learn from case study examples of CCGs working to help develop and implement Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs). There was an overview of the relationships required to make this work in practice as well as an exploration of the potential challenges and opportunities in commissioning high quality care.


People and community-powered health and care

This session explored the importance of effective partnerships between the NHS, social care and the voluntary and community sector in enhancing the role of people and communities in improved health and care. It identified the key principles fundamental to successful partnerships and how these are informing the development and delivery of community-based, person-centred and integrated health and care. The session was be hosted by Health and Care Voluntary Sector Strategic Partnership and ADASS

Panel members included Jabeer Butt, Deputy CEO of Race Equality Foundation, Nick Dixon, Commissioner, Stockport Together and Vanguard Lead for Empowering Patients and Communities, New Care Models Team, NHS England, Martin Farran, Director of Adult Social Care at City of York Council, Kathy Roberts, Chief Executive of Mental Health Providers Forum and Mandy Rudczenko, Carer and expert by experience.

Cultivating an Innovative Culture

NHS Improvement hosted an afternoon of discussion and debate for provider organisations, bringing together academic research with practical application and looking at how to cultivate the conditions required to encourage innovation in the NHS.

With four 30-minute sessions, this drop-in afternoon covered:

  • The culture and conditions required for innovation to flourish – discussion of the organisational capabilities required to innovate in healthcare, and the practical elements an organisation should have in place to help make change happen
  • Innovation in practice – NHS Improvement is working with three NHS providers to build a picture of why some elements of their innovation efforts succeeded, and why other elements have been less successful. Each provider presented their ‘critical conditions for innovation’ based on their experience, with practical learning from the front line.

Quality and Outcomes Working Group (QWG) hosted meeting: a shared commitment to quality


The Quality and Outcomes Working Group (QWG) includes more than 30 senior CCG commissioning and quality leads. The purpose of the group is to influence national policy initiatives and develop and share practical tools to support the quality agenda at a local and national level.

The QWG hosted this session to discuss “A Shared Commitment to Quality” – a document being developed by the National Quality Board (NQB).  A representative from the NQB introduced the document, described its purpose and facilitated a discussion with attendees focusing on opportunities for aligning how national organisations can work together with clinical commissioners and local health and care services to achieve, maintain and improve quality.

Putting the mouth back in the body

This highly interactive session focused on an evidence-based approach to making oral health an integral part of general health. The first half of the session, ‘Mouth Care Matters’, will explore an initiative that utilizes dental care professionals to improve the oral health of hospitalised adult patients. Good oral hygiene practices are essential in hospital to ensure the maintenance of good oral health and in turn, good general health, which saves a lot of NHS-funded care.

The second half of the session drew on the effects of periodontal diseases (gingivitis and periodontitis) due to diabetes. People with diabetes have a three-fold increased risk of developing periodontitis compared with those without the condition. Many people with diabetes are unaware of this increased risk and may have undetected gingivitis or periodontitis due to the painless nature of the diseases, and diagnosis and treatment in this population is often delayed or absent. There is a need for greater awareness of the relationship between periodontal disease and diabetes among people with diabetes as well as among members of their healthcare delivery teams.

The session was be led by Sara Hurley, Chief Dental Officer England, Mili Doshi, Consultant in Special Care Dentistry, Surrey & Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust and Philip Preshaw, Professor of Periodontology, Newcastle University.