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Public and political expectations of our NHS – changing our view of good healthcare

This session will ask how policy makers can change public perception of our health and care systems and why they are reluctant to embrace new forms of integrated care. It will examine the anxieties of the public in relation to change and how they can be thoroughly addressed.

Policy makers and the health and social care sector need to understand public perceptions and attitudes to new service models and what the involvement of other sectors in the delivery of health and care actually means. Evidence from across the country to announcements of ward closures show the scale of the challenge in shifting to new models of care, even when these models of care would enhance quality and reduce risk.

The session will seek to develop some clear design principles and operational detail for delivering effective change which commands public support and will explore the following questions:

If integration and improved quality for patient and service users are the goals, what does this mean for policy-makers and citizens?
What are the barriers in terms of public and political perceptions to developing new models of care and the involvement of other sectors to support the NHS, and how can they be addressed?

Given public and political concern about the new NHS and new models of care provision, this policy forum session will ask: “What does ‘good’ or ‘better’ look like for the public in terms of improved quality in health and social care.”

Click here to read The Report from the Second Hearing.

Read our Storify summary from the second hearing

See below for articles on the second hearing:

Re-thinking social care

Victoria Macdonald, Chair of the second Independence Day hearing, writes about the need for a fundamental shift in delivery of social care.

Let’s transform health and social care

Read our article in The Guardian on the Second Independence Day hearing which took place today.



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Each ‘Independence Day event series’ will lend itself to an exciting format which is both interactive and engaging. There are a range of opportunities to get involved in, and support the Independence Day Hearing and Policy Conference, either through sponsoring the series or an individual session as well as attending, exhibiting and speaking opportunities.

The output of Independence Day will provide evidence and examples of new ways of thinking about health and social care and help to shape policy and public opinion in the decades to come.

Both the Independence Day conference and the hearings offer a unique opportunity to make a lasting contribution to the health and social care debate and position your organisation as a leading voice in the sector.

For further information please contact James Noble on 020 7592 9490 or independenceday@connectpa.co.uk

Who Attends

The Independence Day panel of experts includes:

  • Phil Hope, Director, Director, Improving Care and former Minister for Care Services
  • Kieran Brett, Director, Director, Improving Care and former Special Adviser to the Prime Minister
  • Michelle Mitchell, Chief Executive, MS Society
  • Emily Holzhausen, Director of Policy and Public Affairs, Carers UK
  • Baroness Sally Greengross, Chair, International Longevity Centre
  • Sir Tom Hughes-Hallet, Executive Chair, Institute for Global Health Innovation
  • Pam Creaven, Director of Services, Age UK
  • Andrew Hawkins, Chair, ComRes
  • Andrea Sutcliffe, Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care, Care Quality Commission
  • David Worskett, former Chief Executive, NHS Partners Network

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Date & Time

Date: Thursday 6 March 2014

Independence Day: Reinventing health and social care

The Independence Day Health and Social Care Hearings bring together policy makers, representatives from the health and social care sectors and the public to contribute fresh thinking to the policy debate and come up with practical solutions.

The road to 2015 is a difficult one for policy makers of all parties and how they propose to deliver independent, affordable and integrated health and social care presents a massive challenge.

The Independence Day Hearings will provide a unique opportunity for you to help shape and re-invent health and social care policy and public thinking, and address the following questions:

How can we tackle the cost pressures on the NHS and social care budgets given the UK’s growing and ageing population?

What does ‘good’ or ‘better’ look like for the public in terms of improved quality in health and social care?

What practical policy solutions deliver genuine integration and improve quality of care?

We would welcome your views on the above questions. Your comments would be fed into our final conclusions. Please email us your views or formal submissions.

For further information please contact James Noble on 020 7592 9490 or independenceday@connectpa.co.uk