Responding to COVID-19: insight, support and guidance
The election may have led to uncertainty, but the key issues facing health and social care are definite enough: how to make the finances sustainable for the long term; how to achieve the shifts towards prevention on which such a long-term position will depend; how to reach an equitable balance between public and private funding of social care; how to turn place-based integration – combined with devolution – from everyone’s good idea to the driver of transformation in practice.
Recent problems across the health and social care system have, however, encouraged emergency responses rather than ensuring a healthy regimen to deal with those issues. The 2017 Health and Social Care Conference will set out the challenges and then move on to focus on the ideas which might make a difference. The programme, which is just being finalised, will include: