Place Forum

Supporting the development of place-based integrated care.
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Place is where most public health work happens, meaning collaborative work at this level is fundamental to tackling health inequalities, recognising and addressing the wider determinants of health, and developing person-centred care.

Our Place Forum strives to inspire strategic leaders to integrate care at place through sharing innovative practice, facilitating interaction between place teams, and offering opportunities to influence policy development.

This forum offers space for member organisations to learn together about effective place-based working, from those who have many years of experience working collaboratively to serve local populations to those who are currently initiating formal place arrangements. 

Join the forum to benefit from:

  • peer learning sets - uniting providers around a shared interest or ambition to drive innovation
  • peer networks - connecting you with peers at the same stage of development
  • place-based profiles - enabling access to examples of place-based models
  • monthly thought leadership sessions - convening all learning sets to showcase work, discuss thematic issues and share the latest thinking.
  • NHS organisations, local authorities and other locally based health and care services have been working together through health and wellbeing boards for ten years, with varied arrangements for coordination and management of collaborative efforts. Affirmed focus on the importance of place through the Health and Care Act 2022 and integration white paper has galvanised local activity.

    As places have developed in their own unique ways, with differing degrees of success, support will be needed to understand some of the collective challenges places are experiencing and to connect those who have unresolved issues with areas exemplifying good practice. 

    As the organisation that brings together the whole healthcare system in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, we are uniquely positioned to support you to collaborate and work across organisational and/or sector boundaries. Our networks include primary care, community care, mental health, acute care and system making us well placed to bring together diverse content and insight relevant to all types of organisations involved in place-based work.

    As a member of our Place Forum, you benefit from the opportunity to learn together with other organisations, places and the NHS Confederation. Your work, your questions, your asks and your challenges will be essential to shaping the Forum’s offer to you, and to shaping policy development.

    The work of the Place Forum will be intrinsically linked to the work of the Provider Collaboration Forum with insight shared across forums where relevant to all members.

    Personal, professional and organisational development is encouraged through peer learning set, with our leadership and regional support offer.

    • Those involved in or interested in place-based arrangements in their local area
    • Places with insights and experiences to share; from the things they are most proud of to their biggest dilemmas
    • Place teams who are keen to quickly learn and develop to accelerate their place offer