Sunday 4th October; 18:30 (for a 19:00 dinner) – 21:00; Manchester (outside the secure zone)
In early 2015 it was announced that Greater Manchester will become the first region in England to gain full control of health spending, with 10 local authorities taking over a combined health and social care budget of approximately £6 billion.
This innovation in health care is a good opportunity to achieve joined up health and social care, a move which could improve financial sustainability of health systems as well as improving the health and wellbeing of populations.
This policy has the potential to improve the success of health innovations which have a focus on prevention. The priorities and responsibilities of local government are markedly different from central government, as it is local councils that fund other areas which may benefit from a preventative approach to health care, for example social care, housing and leisure facilities. There is therefore a direct economic interest for local authorities to, for example, delay admission into care homes, or reduce childhood obesity.
The reforms in Manchester provide a positive opportunity to take a preventative approach to health care, and are a significant opportunity to meet the challenge of the big, cross-sectional challenges resulting from demographic change.
But will the reforms deliver their promise? During this dinner debate we will consider
- How can we ensure the devolution of health spending results in increasing focus on preventative health?
- How can we maximise improvements in health and social care whilst also saving money?
- How will we know if the Manchester initiative has succeeded? How should we measure success?
- Where next for integration between health and social care?
This is a private, invitation only, dinner debate so spaces are limited and will be made available on a first come first served basis. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.