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APHG 2018 programme - year in review

APHG 2018 programme - year in review

31st December 2018

Thank you for all your contributions to our programme in 2018:

Meeting 1: In Conversation with Niall Dickson, Chief Executive, NHS Confederation – January 2018

Niall Dickson, Chief Executive of the NHS Confederation, spoke candidly to Parliamentarians about the challenges facing health and social care services in England - in conversation with Hugh Pym, the BBC's Health Editor.

Meeting 2: Meeting the needs of patients now and in the future: how our evolving health care system is responding to the challenge – March 2018

This event with the APHG chaired by Karin Smyth MP forms part of a programme of work led by NHS Providers, the Local Government Association, NHS Clinical Commissioners, and the NHS Confederation, to share the learning from the new care model vanguards. Speakers were:

  • Professor Des Breen, Medical Director, Working Together Partnership vanguard
  • Tracy Cannell, Chief Operating Officer, Tower Hamlets GP Care Group CIC, Tower Hamlets Together vanguard
  • Tom Gentry, Head of Health Influencing, Age UK

Meeting 3: Reforming adult social care: what can England learn from other countries? – May 2018

As Government prepares to launch its Green Paper on social care in England, the issue of how to fund adult social care could not be more pressing. With hundreds of thousands of older people now no longer eligible for state-funded social care, and councils struggling to cover the costs of an ageing population, the political gridlock that has prevented a solution to funding long-term care cannot continue. This meeting was chaired by Helen Whately MP and Baroness Masham and heard from the following speakers:

  • Jonathan McShane - Cabinet Member for Health & Social Care, Local Government Association
  • Natasha Curry, Senior Fellow in Health Policy, Nuffield Trust
  • Dr. José-Luis Fernández, Associate Professorial Research Fellow, London School of Economics

Meeting 4: Tackling mental health problems in children and young people: the importance of early intervention – May 2018

At a time when the Commons Health and Social Care and Education Select Committees are holding a joint inquiry into transforming children and young people's mental health provision, designed to scrutinise the Government’s green paper on the subject, Norman Lamb MP chaired this joint event with CLOSER organised by the APHG which heard from the following speakers:

  • Luciana Berger MP, Member of the Health and Social Care Committee
  • Sarah Brennan, Chief Executive Officer, Young Minds
  • Louise Arseneault, Professor of Developmental Psychology, King’s College London, and ESRC Mental Health Leadership Fellow
  • Helen Gilburt, Research Fellow, The King's Fund

Meeting 5: NHS Funding: How much is enough and what has to change? – June 2018

We held a roundtable event chaired by Baroness Walmsley on NHS funding ahead of the announcement on a new financial deal for the NHS. Attendees discussed expectations and how much the NHS needs; how to pay for additional funding and priorities for reform. We heard from the following speakers:

  • Richard Murray, Director of Policy at the King’s Fund
  • Chris Hopson, Chief Executive, NHS Providers
  • Richard Graham MP

Meeting 6: Reconstitution and AGM – July 2018

The All-Party Parliamentary Health Group held its Reconstitution and Annual General meeting chaired by Helen Whately MP

Meeting 7: Annual Dinner 2018 – October 2018

The Annual Dinner chaired by Baroness Cumberlege was an opportunity to bring together Officers, Advisors and Associate Members to thank our supporters and discuss the future work of the group. Dinner guests heard from Prof Dame Julie Moore, Professor of Healthcare Systems at Warwick Manufacturing Group, Warwick University and former Chief Executive of University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust.

Meeting 8: The Autumn Budget and NHS Spending – November 2018

Following the Autumn Budget, Karin Smyth MP was in conversation with Paul Johnson, Director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies to analyse Government funding plans for the National Health Service.

Meeting 9 – Pre-Publication Briefing on the NHS Long Term Plan – December 2018

This briefing chaired by Baroness Cumberlege and Karin Smyth MP reviewed key themes of the forthcoming NHS Long Term Plan with NHS England Chief Executive Simon Stevens and two senior team members from NHS England and NHS Improvement – Stephen Powis and Ruth May. Attendees discussed what will come next, how the plan will be delivered and took part in a questions and answer session.