health & social care
housing & housing services
local government
voluntary sector

Working in Partnership to Deliver Effective Healthcare for an Ageing Population

health & social care

housing & housing services

local government

voluntary sector

08:45 - 16:00

Tuesday 2 April 2019

Central London

Early Bird Discount Offer

10% off all advertised rates for a limited time only. Discount available to public / voluntary organisations only.


This Forum will offer delegates a unique opportunity to explore the impact of an ageing population for current and future professionals working across the NHS, local government and the voluntary and housing sectors. Participants will learn first hand from local examples of best practice about how partnership working, use of technology and new care models can help deliver innovative and sustainable solutions that will have a positive impact upon on the elderly population living across the UK.


This Forum is specifically designed for the Health Sector as well as Local Authorities and the Voluntary and Housing Sectors. Job titles will include:

  • Directors of Public Health
  • Directors of Adult Social Care
  • Cabinet Members for Adult Social Care
  • Nurses
  • Matrons
  • Commissioning Managers
  • Heads of Wellbeing
  • Clinical Directors
  • Directors of Operations
  • Health and Social Care Commissioners
  • General Practitioners
  • Community Engagement and Outreach Officers
  • Housing Leads
  • Heads of Community Services
  • Housing Officers
  • Supported Housing Officers
  • Neighborhood Managers
Key Speakers Confirmed:
  • Professor Wendy Reid, Director of Education and Quality, Health Education England (HEE)
  • Martin Vernon, National Clinical Director for Older People and Integrated Person-Centred Care, NHS England
  • Nuzhat Ali, Lead for Older Adults, Health and Wellbeing, Public Health England (PHE)
  • Tom Gentry, Senior Policy Manager, Health Influencing Team, Age UK
  • Sue Adams OBE, Chief Executive, Care & Repair England, and Chair, National Housing and Ageing Alliance 
  • Professor Debora Price, President, British Society of Gerontology and Professor of Gerontology, University of Manchester
  • Sara Croft, Statistician, Centre for Ageing and Demography, Office of National Statistics
View the agenda and additional speakers


Registration, Refreshments and Networking


Chair's Welcome Address

Professor Debora Price, President, British Society of Gerontology and Professor of Gerontology, University of Manchester (CONFIRMED)


Morning Keynote: Addressing the Implications of an Ageing Population for the Health Sector

  • Outlining the findings from the July 2016, ‘Future of an Ageing Population’ report: Providing an ageing population with the the technological tools to facilitate greater self-care provision
  • Addressing how to manage a shift away from acute illness towards chronic conditions, multimorbidities, cognitive impairments and long-term frailty
  • Shaping a preventative and responsive healthcare service through STPs to cater for increasing costs, demands and an uneven ageing population where more older people live in rural areas
  • Detailing how the Ageing Society Grand Strategy Challenge £300m funding will feed into services provided by the NHS with £98 million for a ‘healthy ageing programme’ and £210 million for a ‘data to early diagnosis and precision medicine programme’
  • Ensuring that housing is tailored and that health and social care become fully integrated to help promote independence in older age

Martin Vernon, National Clinical Director for Older People and Integrated Person-Centred Care, NHS England (CONFIRMED)


Special Keynote: Supporting Older People to Live Healthy, Independent Lives – The Voluntary Sector Perspective

  • Discussing the lived experience of frailty and the ways in which older people respond to the challenges they’re living with
  • Documenting how the voluntary and community sector works alongside health and social care providers to help manage the needs of older people and reduce future needs for services wherever possible
  • Highlighting the findings of the Health and Care of Older People in England 2019 report looking at the national landscape of health and care spending for older people as well as outlining their overall health and wellbeing
  • Outlining Age UK’s priorities in the NHS ten year plan and how proactive, person-centred support can start to address many of the challenges facing both older people themselves and the NHS

Tom Gentry, Senior Policy Manager, Health Influencing Team, Age UK (CONFIRMED)


Interactive Questions and Answers Session


Refreshments and Networking


Case Study: Utilising Innovative Technology to Support Clinicians Working with Older Patients

  • Supporting clinical decision making by equipping practitioners with tablets loaded with an app that gives secure access to all the data needed to deliver care in all settings
  • Delivering speedy informed treatment for older patients inside and outside of healthcare estates mitigating against mobility issues and growing demand
  • Saving time and money whilst supporting better clinical decision making through easy data sharing that enables effective remote working for staff
  • Supporting the workforce to develop a work culture that incorporates greater collaboration by acknowledging the myriad of health concerns faced by older patients

Su Davis, Senior Clinical Governance Manager and Clinical Safety Officer, Humberside NHS Foundation Trust (invited)


Case Study: Working in Partnership with Micro-Providers in Rural Areas to Support Older People

  • Demonstrating the value of providing support in the home in Somerset, the oldest county in the country
  • Setting up 133 businesses and 180 jobs by the end of the initial two-year contract to help support 800 older people with just £75,000 of pooled council and NHS money
  • Highlighting the importance of and raising awareness about the existence of micro-providers in rural areas and their role in filling in the gaps of health and social care provision that enables older people to live with greater independence
  • Working in partnership with GPs and community organisations to facilitate referrals and establish local solutions to health and wellbeing issues

Stephen Chandler, Director of Adult Social Services, Somerset Council and Rhys Davies, Local Co-ordinator, Community Catalysts (invited)


Living Longer: Fitting it All in – Working, Caring and Health in Later Life

  • In the 1950s there was very little difference between life expectancy and the ages at which people finished working, particularly for men. Now, on average, men can expect to live around 15 years and women can expect to live around 20 years after they stop working.
  • Living longer means that the population aged 65 years and over is growing faster than the working age population aged 16 to 64 years.
  • Within the older working age population, there are 866,000 potential workers aged 50 to 64 years who would like to work but can’t. Ill-health is the main barrier preventing just over a third from working.
  • Workers aged in their 50s and early 60s are more likely than any other age group to be juggling caring responsibilities and working. In 2016 to 2017, 65% of men and 60% of women aged 52 to 64 years who were carers were also in work. Additionally, half of people in this age group have at least one living parent and just under half have a grandchild, so caring for others is likely to be a barrier for some

Sara Croft, Statistician, Centre for Ageing and Demography, Office of National Statistics (CONFIRMED).


Interactive Questions and Answers Session


Lunch and Networking


Afternoon Keynote: Delivering Effective Workforce Training to Provide the Skills Required to Manage an Ageing Population

  • Outlining the findings from the ‘HEE’s role in population health and prevention’ document: Effectively preparing the health and social care workforce with the appropriate skills and incentives to care efficiently for a growing older population
  • Working with Public Health England to establish a national Making Every Contact Count Advisory Group and a Public Health Network across HEE and the wider system to promote population health and preventative health and social care initiatives
  • Delivering the necessary education, training and professional development opportunities to develop the health and social care pathways required to grow the workforce
  • Recognising the value of community and informal healthcare: Supplying the necessary support to unpaid carers to enable comprehensive care for all
  • Catering for an ageing workforce by removing barriers to greater workforce flexibility and offering technological and wellbeing support

Professor Wendy Reid, Director of Education and Quality, Health Education England (HEE) (CONFIRMED)


Special Keynote: Prevention and Self-Care - Understanding the Keys to Managing an Ageing Population

  • Emphasising the importance of healthy ageing as a sustainable means of reducing costs on social care and the NHS
  • Establishing the value of active and social lifestyles for older people to avoid an increased risk of contracting certain diseases, disability, cognitive decline and dementia
  • Highlighting the importance of social relationships for those at risk: New people with long-term conditions and disability, unemployed adults, carers and retired people
  • Underlining the need for a joined-up approach where health professionals link with other government departments as well as housing services, the justice system and charities

Nuzhat Ali, Lead for Older Adults, Health and Wellbeing, Public Health England (CONFIRMED)


Interactive Questions and Answers Session


Refreshments and Networking


Case Study: Working in Collaboration to Create an Inclusive Age-Friendly City

  • Being a member of the WHO’s Global Network for Age-friendly Cities and Communities: Creating a city-wide comprehensive service provision
  • Collaborating with local authorities, the Clinical Commissioning Group, NHS Foundation Trust and Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust along with older people and voluntary, community organisations
  • Working through the Salford Together Community Asset Groups which utilise the knowledge and life experiences of older people in Salford to co-design services such as Tech and Tea training and build stronger communities
  • Using Community Asset Groups to address the barriers which affect older people and increase the risk of social isolation, loneliness and depression
  • Developing age-friendly tools, workshops and and Age Friendly Film to help address limited physical activity, lack of access to information, insufficient nutritional intake and limited physical activity

Paul Bishop, Strategic Partnerships and Planning Clinical Lead, Salford Clinical Commissioning Group Co-Chair Alliance Board Salford, Salford Together (invited)


Case Study: Housing - The Foundation of Better Health and Care for Older People

  • Using hard data from health, social care and housing to develop integrated practice in priority fields (falls, cold related illness, hospital discharge, independent living)
  • Prospects for housing integration pioneers tackling these priority areas (home adaptation innovation, fast track handyperson, nudges to plan ahead etc)
  • Bridging the gap and being clear about each sectors’ priorities
  • The challenge of scaling up and ‘what works’ at a time of funding constraints

Sue Adams OBE, Chief Executive, Care & Repair England, and Chair, National Housing and Ageing Alliance (CONFIRMED)


Interactive Questions and Answers Session


Chair's Summary and Close

*programme subject to change

According to Age UK, the numbers of older people aged 85 and beyond are projected to grow exponentially in the next twenty years, doubling to 3.6 million by 2036. Furthermore, according to Age UK, since 2010 1.2 million people aged over 65 have not been receiving the care and support required, an increase of almost 50%.

80% of over 85 year olds currently have on average at least two long-term health conditions such as diabetes, arthritis and high blood pressure. These kind of conditions affect more than 15 million people in England, who use 50 per cent of all GP appointments.  In fact, as stated by NHS England, it costs three times more to look after a seventy five year old and five times more to look after an eighty year old than a thirty year old. Today there are half a million more people aged over 75 than there were in 2010.

In response, the government has made £7.6 billion available for adult social care and is bringing health and social care closer to patients with a focus on prevention and self-care through the Better Care Fund. A further sign of the vigour with which the government is seeking to tackle the issue of an ageing population is the £300m Ageing Society Grand Challenge. £98 million of this will go towards a healthy ageing programme that will drive the development of new products and services which will help people to live in their homes for longer, tackle loneliness, and increase independence and wellbeing. The remaining £202 million will go to ‘a data to early diagnosis and precision medicine programme’ to improve diagnosis of disease and develop new medical treatments and technologies.

New care models have been rolled out such as Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs), and Care Home Vanguards as a means of adapting to the strains placed on the healthcare service by an ageing population.  Of equal importance is the implementation of the HEE Workforce Development Plan with a view to providing practitioners with the training, skillset and pathways necessary to care for a growing older population.

With this is mind, it is now more imperative than ever for central and local government to work together with healthcare professionals from across the NHS, private, voluntary and housing sectors to invest and commit to a long-term strategy that ensures that health and social care is fit for purpose in the context of an increasingly ageing population.


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