Debate and Discussion

Integration or bust: new approaches for sustainable health and social care

Organised with PA Consulting

The health and social care challenge facing local government is well documented; an ageing population will outstrip the supply of health and care services that the sector can afford.

Focusing on the three strategic shifts facing health and social care, this interactive session will debate some of the possible approaches to meeting the health and social care challenge.

Debate: Integration
Is health and social care integration going to happen at the pace and scale that we need it to be? Will it bring the savings that local government is counting on? How can the reward of integration best be shared? Are we being over-optimistic about the benefits that integration will bring?

Debate: A national care service?
Local government potentially has a social care crisis on its hands. However, in the absence of ideas and funding to really tackle this issue, at what point should responsibility and delivery for care be put in the hands of central government so that local government can prioritise on its core purpose: as leaders of places?

Discussion: Sustainability
For social care to be sustainable, where should the cost burden of care fall? What innovative funding and investment models might be developed to ensure the sustainability of the system?
‘For’ and ‘Against’ speakers for each session tbc and will be on the website shortly.

This provocative and discursive event will bring together 25-30 senior local government officers and health stakeholders to discuss these issues in a Chatham House rule environment. This event is free to attend.

We hope that by challenging some of the fundamental assumptions around health and social care, we might begin to consider some of the more radical solutions that may be required if we are to have a sustainable, fit for purpose, health and social care system.

Agenda

9:30 – 10:00 Arrival and networking

10:00 – 10:15 Welcome from Simon Parker, Director, NLGN (morning Chair)

10:15 – 11:00

Debate: Integration
Is health and social care integration going to happen at the pace and scale that we need it to be?

Yes it is from Steve Pleasent, Chief Executive, Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council
No it won’t from Paul Simic, CEO, Lancashire Care Association

11:00 – 11:15 Tea and Coffee

11:15 – 12:00

Debate: A national care service?
In the absence of ideas and funding to really tackle this issue, should responsibility and delivery for care be put in the hands of central government?

Yes it should from Jim Graham, Chief Executive, Warwickshire County Council
No, keep it local from Eric Robinson, Deputy Chief Executive, Staffordshire County Council

12:00 – 13:00 Lunch

13:00 – 13:45

Discussion: Sustainability
What innovative funding and investment models might be developed to ensure the sustainability of the system?

Break-out discussion facilitated by Steve Carefull, Adult Social Care expert at PA Consulting

13:45 – 14:00 Conclude

14:00 Close