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Date(s) - 12.10.2012


Alcuin Research Resource Centre


Conference organised jointly with the Social Policy Association

• What does ‘integration’ actually mean?
• How do we measure the outcomes of integration?
• What outcomes matter, and to whom?


Over the past year reports by the Local Government Association, NHS Future Forum and Kings Fund have all restated the importance of closer collaboration between health and social care. The 2012 Social Care White Paper also promises new measures to promote integrated care and joined-up services.

However, the wider policy landscape is changing rapidly.  Clinical Commissioning Groups, the provision of NHS care by ‘any qualified provider’, the extension of personal budgets across social care and the piloting of personal health budgets all mean that it is time to take a fresh look at research evidence and analysis.  What are the current barriers to collaboration and how can these be overcome? What does ‘successful’ integration look like and how can it be measured?  What  evidence is there that integration delivers cost savings, or better outcomes for patients and service users?  Do telecare and telemedicine have roles to play in promoting collaboration?  And how does integration between health and social care fit into the policy landscape of choice and personalisation?


This event is a unique partnership between an academic and a policy organisation. It brings together researchers and academics, policy commentators, statutory and third sector providers of health and social care services, managers, clinicians and other practitioners.  Plenary speakers include Alex Fox (Shared Lives), Professor Steve Iliffe, and Professor Bob Hudson (all confirmed)


9.30 – 10am Registration and coffee/tea

10.00 Welcome and introduction Chair: Professor Steve Iliffe

Looking back – what do we know?

10.10 – 10.40 Ailsa Cameron and Rachel Lart, School of Policy Studies, University of Bristol

Is Integration the ‘Burning Platform’ for Change? Evidence from a systematic review

Looking forward – future prospects

10.40 – 11.15 Professor Gerald Wistow, LSE

Local authority and NHS Integration: Another lost opportunity

11.15- 11.50 Professor Bob Hudson, University of Durham

Integration and the Health & Social Care Act 2012: The Times They Are A’changin’

11.50 – 12.30 Discussion

12.30 – 1pm Lunch

Evidence from research

1.00 – 1.30pm Christian Brand and Michele Abendstern, PSSRU, University of Manchester

Community Mental Health Teams for Older People: outcomes and costs of different ways of working.

1.30 – 2pm  Professor Andrew Gray, Academic Services for Public Management

Integrated Care for the Vulnerable: the technical, organisational and political challenges

2 – 3.30pm Panel Discussion Chair: Professor Caroline Glendinning

  • Alex Fox, CEO Shared Lives
  • Lady Glenys Thornton, Shadow Equalities Minister, former Shadow Minister for Health
  • Professor Steve Iliffe, University College London

Maps and directions to the Alcuin Research Resource Centre

Presentations and conclusions from the seminar


Bookings are closed for this event.

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