Big challenges for health & wellbeing in the West Midlands + VIDEO
Improvement & Efficiency West Midlands will host a conference in March for senior NHS and local government officials on health, social care and public health
NHS reorganisation, financial pressure, a changing population and an increase in long term conditions are some of the key challenges facing health and social care professionals in the West Midlands, says Richard Humphries, Assistant Director of Policy at the Kings Fund.
Richard Humphries Assistant Director of Policy at the Kings Fund talking about the health and social care challenges facing the West Midlands
Speaking ahead of the one day event that he will be facilitating on 14 March, Humphries said that there was a need to get together to 'think about how we can completely transform the system.'
'The current system of care assumes that we get ill, go to hospital and get fixed. But nowadays many more of us have long term conditions and we need a pathway of care, rather than single episodes. I am hoping that by getting people around the table on 14 March we can think through what this means specifically for the West Midlands,”
Health and Wellbeing in the West Midlands: Making it Work across the NHS and Local Government will bring together directors of public health and social care from the region's 14 local authorities together with leaders of the West Midlands' 22 new clinical commissioning groups as well as Directors of the NHS Commissioning Board Area Team.
The event will consider new ways of working together in the light of reorganisation and the new austerity and will also hear about examples of innovation and transformation in health and social care, with particular emphasis on integration of care across different providers. Attendance at the event is by invitation only
The Information Daily will be capturing some of the event content on video and producing video interviews with some of the key participants at the event. These will be published in the days after the event.