Event: Policy priorities and challenges for health and social care in England

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Thursday 5 May 2016, 10.00-16.00

The University of Manchester, ​Jean McFarlane Building, Oxford Road​, Manchester, M13 9PL


Since the passing of the Health and Social Care Act in March 2012, the UK health policy landscape has been changing rapidly. Clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) have been developing and changing their role, taking on responsibility for varying levels of primary care commissioning and moving toward greater involvement in the commissioning of specialised services. At the same time, NHS England’s Five Year Forward View has changed the policy agenda, with a focus upon the development of new models of care which bring together different types of provider organisations across traditional boundaries. Finally, under-pressure GP practices are starting to work together in federations, and devolution of responsibility for health and social care to city and county regions is gathering pace. All of these developments focus heavily upon integration and co-operation, with competition between providers much less prominent in policy discourse.

This one-day event, hosted by Health Policy & Politics Network and the NIHR CLAHRC Greater Manchester, will explore evidence relevant to these policy developments and challenges, focusing on what is known about collaborative working, the governance of complex organisations, budget pooling, new forms of contracting, new forms of provider, and integrated care etc.

Keynote speaker

Nigel Edwards (Chief Executive of the Nuffield Trust).

Abstract submission

Abstracts are invited from a broad range of relevant themes, and contributions drawing on relevant international comparisons are welcomed. The focus of the day will be upon stimulating discussion about how existing evidence can illuminate the issues facing the NHS. Speakers will be allocated 20 minutes, with 10 minutes for discussion.  

​Please send abstracts for consideration by email to imelda.mcdermott@manchester.ac.uk​. The deadline for abstract submission is Thursday 31 March 2016.

Cost and early bird rate

£40 per person (including lunch). Early bird: £30 (if you register by 1 March 2016).

Registration and further information

To register, or if you have further queries, please contact imelda.mcdermott@manchester.ac.uk.