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Integrated care: the real deal this time?

There may be nothing new about the idea of integrated care, but never before has there been the concerted push to join up services we see today.

An event on 21 May in London brings together representatives from primary care, secondary care, public health and commissioning to assess how far the vision of the NHS Long Term Plan lies from implementation, what’s driving progress and what may still stand in the way. The agenda focuses on the practical challenges of integrated care, including a session led by Stephen Childs CEO of North of England Commissioning Support Unit on population health management, and panel sessions on legal and governance issues and primary care networks with an illustrious line-up of expert speakers. Former health select committee chair and now chair of the NHS Confederation, Stephen Dorrell, will chair the panel session at the end of the day. Other speakers include Dominic Hardy, director of primary care delivery at NHS England, who will set out the policy context and Diane Hedges, deputy CEO of Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire CCGs, who will provide a commissioner’s perspective on the challenges of integration.  The event is free to attend for system leaders involved in design and delivery of integration care systems with attendance at the discretion of the organisers. Capacity is limited and places are going fast. Don’t wait to reserve yours.