Health beyond the hospital conference

How can we best deliver out of hospital care? This event brings together those focused on keeping people well at home and in the community.
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27 September 2023 08:00 - 17:15 GMT
Open to all
Event location
London, WC1H 9JP

We are bringing together organisations working to treat people closer to home. Our conference on Wednesday 27 September 2023 will offer an opportunity for senior leaders across health and care to come together and explore health beyond the hospital.

Health beyond the hospital is a chance to come together with others working in this space to explore how we can work collaboratively to support people in their homes and the community.

We will focus on three key themes: people with health conditions (older people; people with multiple and complex conditions; and children and young people); data and digital; and innovation.

This will be a key opportunity for members and non-members to network with peers, to share knowledge and experience, as well as listen to experts from across healthcare. By focusing on what we can do together and uniting around patients we can shift the conversation to focus on treating people where they live and keeping them well at home.



8-9am Breakfast session


9:30-9:50am Welcome

James Sanderson, Director of Community Health and Personalised Care, NHS England

9:50-10:45am - A strengths-based approach to community transformation in Derbyshire

Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust will share its approach to community transformation sharing their Team Up approach and how it is supporting people to access the care they deserve in their own homes.

Speaker: Ian Lawrence, Clinical Director, Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust

10:45am-11am Break and networking


11-11:45am Supporting high frequency service users

How do we best support vulnerable high frequency users of health and care services? South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust will share their work supporting vulnerable service users through its frequent caller management service.

11:45am-12:35 Breakout sessions

  • How well do we understand what ageing looks like? Can we see the tipping points where self-managing with frailty could become more challenging? How might we offer our support differently to enable older people, rather than care for them? Join Professor Adam Gordon, President of the British Geriatric Society, with front line practitioners from health, care and voluntary sectors to explore how we can reimagine demand and better support older people. 

    Speakers:  Professor Adam Gordon, President, British Geriatric Society (Chair)

  • This session will explore making virtual wards a success through collaboration and partnership working. We will hear from Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust who will share their experience of delivering virtual wards and their journey to full integration. To include a discussion after the case study centred around ‘how can we achieve full integration when delivering virtual wards’. #

    Speaker: John Rochford, Deputy Chief Medical Officer for Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust

  • The Health Homes and Neighbourhoods initiative was developed by the Sydney Local Health District to counter the inter-generational cycles of deprivation and inequality that result in poor health outcomes for some of the cities most deprived residents. The initiative seeks to address this through the integration of health and care services.  

    In this session, the HHAN Initiative Clinical Director Professor John Eastwood will discuss their approach and results, while Dr Niamh Lennox-Chhugni, chief executive of the International Foundation for Integrated Care will reflect on how similar models are developing in other health systems and what the themes are.  

    Speakers: Professor John Eastwood, Clinical Director, HHAN Initiative; Dr Niamh Lennox-Chhugni, Chief Executive, International Foundation for Integrated Care

12:35-1.45pm Lunch


1:45pm-2:35pm Breakout sessions


  • This session will focus on examples of best practice in providing healthcare for children and young people. Chaired by Haris Sultan and Aishah Farooq, board members of the Children and Young People Transformation Board at NHS England. The session will include case studies from across the country sharing the work they have done to deliver healthcare for children and young people.   

    Speakers: Haris Sultan and Aishah Farooq, board members, Children and Young People's Transformation Board, NHS England.

  • For the majority of people, they use will use most health and care resources in their last 1,000 days, which is also time when they are most likely to be admitted to hospital for the least benefit. Yet systematically identifying people in or approaching this stage of life is still a challenge. In this session we will explore what we can do across the system to support those entering this stage of life and how we can best identify and care for them. 

    Speakers: Caroline Abrahams, Charity Director, Age UK (Chair); Michael Crowther, Chief Executive, The Kirkwood Hospice, West Yorkshire; Professor Caroline Nicholson, Professor of Palliative Care and Ageing

  • The voluntary and community sector plays a vital role in delivering health and care services and supporting people to stay well. In this session we will hear from some VCS organisations delivering healthcare projects in their communities and how they are supporting health and care organisations.

2:35-3pm Mid-afternoon break


3pm-4pm Turning aspiration into reality: investing in out of hospital care 

A transformation is needed in health and care to shift the focus to manage people's health needs at home and in the community and to focus more on prevention and education. Out of hopsital care has huge potential and offers an opportunity for us change not only how we deliver care but also the way that the public engages with the health sector. This session will explore how we can turn the aspiration of out of hospital care into a reality and shift investment upstream.  The panel will discuss the transformation needed to make that shift, the opportunities and the barriers to making that change. 

Speakers: Daniel Elkeles, Chief Executive, London Ambulance Service NHS Trust; Karen Jackson, Chief Executive, Locala; Matthew Taylor, Chief Executive, NHS Confederation (Chair)

4.15– 5.15pm Drinks reception

We invite all conference attendees to join us for a drink’s reception sponsored by NAPC.

This event is open to NHS employees only. If commercial partners wish to attend, please contact