ICS Network half-day online conference

This will include keynote speakers, panel discussions and break-out sessions looking at key topics affecting ICSs.
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General information

10 March 2022 09:00 - 13:45 GMT
Member only


This online event is for all ICS colleagues and will be the first opportunity to hold a short conference to bring together ICS Designate Chairs, Chief Executives and other senior leaders in preparation for ICSs taking on their statutory responsibilities on 1st July. Our online conference will include keynote speaker panel discussions and break-out sessions looking at key topics affecting ICSs as they approach statutory establishment. It will feature colleagues in Local Authorities, Public Health roles, and the VCSE sector. 

This event is for ICS Network members only.

See below for the current event agenda. 

  • 9am - Registration, exhibition, networking 


  • Welcome from Matthew Taylor, CEO of NHS Confederation and Baroness Tanni Grey Thompson, President of the Local Government Association  

    Matthew and Baroness Grey Thompson open our online conference with reflections on the opportunities and challenges facing system leaders and what can be gained from working as a partnership of equals with local authority colleagues and the VSCE sector.  

  • Keynote Speaker - Hugh McCaughey, National director for improvement at NHS England 

    As national director for improvement at NHS England Hugh will be us his unique insights into how ICSs need to stay focussed on the improvement agenda. Hugh helps ensure NHS providers and local systems are equipped to deliver world-class universal healthcare on a sustainable basis. 

    He oversees the delivery of high impact support to the NHS to help reduce unwarranted clinical variation, improve quality and access, and ensure the most effective and efficient use of resources. 

    Hugh started in this role on 1 April 2019; previously, he was the Chief Executive of South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust in Northern Ireland from 2009, where he made quality improvement a key strategy. 

  • As systems look beyond Covid, what do leaders need to ensure they add real value to the recovery agenda, in doing what only they can do in terms of supporting and empowering partners?   What do they need from regulators, partners, the public to enable good progress at both system and devolved levels of scale? 

    Chair: Simon Whitehouse, interim CEO, Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin ICS  


    Professor Sir Chris Ham - Co-Chair of the NHS Assembly, Chair of the Coventry and Warwickshire Health and Care Partnership, and non-executive director of the Royal Free London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

    Toby Sanders  - CEO Designate Northamptonshire ICS

    Patricia Miller  - CEO Designate Dorset ICS 

    Marie Gabriel  - Chair Designate of North East London ICS

    Sarah Pickup - Deputy CEO of the LGA  

11.10 - 11.25 - Coffee Break

  • Jacqueline Davies, NHS Director of Leadership, Lifelong Learning & Talent and MD of the NHS Leadership Academy, in conversation with Lou Patten, Director of the NHS Confederation's ICS Network


  • The session will bring together system leaders, providers, AHSN leads and national representatives to discuss efforts to reduce the elective backlog while maintaining a focus on reducing health inequalities. Speakers will bring expertise from local systems, examples of best practice and creative thinking to support a fruitful discussion on tackling these two challenges which are crucial to achieving better health and care across our communities. 

    Chair: Rory Deighton, NHS Confederation


    Sir Jim Mackey, CEO Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust & NHS England advisor on elective recovery  

    James Mountford, Director of National Improvement Strategy, NHSEI

    Professor Kiran Patel, CMO and Deputy CEO at University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire

    Mary Hill, Policy Director, Health Inequalities, NHSEI  

  • This session aims to discuss how we ‘keep the main thing the main thing’: amidst the talk of governance and structures, how do we keep the focus on big ambitions, on tackling the wider determinants of health and reducing health inequalities?  What potential barriers are there?  

    Chair: Lou Patten, Director of ICS Network  


    Dr Bola Owolabi - Director of Healthcare Inequalities, NHS England 

    Javed Khan - ICS Chair and former CEO of Barnardo’s   

    Tracey Bleakley - ICS CEO  and former CEO of Hospice UK  

    Louise Ansari  - Healthwatch England CEO

    James Williams - Director of Public Health, Medway Council

1.40 - 1.45  Closing remarks - Lou Patten, Director of the NHS Confederation's ICS Network

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