A Better Way Forward

With the publication of the NHS’ Long Term Plan and the imminent arrival of the long-awaited Social Care Green Paper, health and social care policy is starting to become clearer.

Join us at our Health and Social Care Conference: A Better Way Forward, taking place in London on 16 May, where an impressive list of speakers will explore the impact of these policies on the role of social enterprises.

We will see how social enterprises are well placed to lead on innovative thinking and to demonstrate how to work with communities and with local people. Chair of NHS Improvement, Baroness Dido Harding will be delivering a keynote in the morning focusing on the Social Care Green Paper and NHS Long Term Plan. Simon Devonshire OBE, Entrepreneur in Residence at the National Physical Laboratory, will also inspire delegates with his talk on digital advances to improve health and social care.

Workshops led by subject experts will delve into the realities and benefits of measuring social impact, provide practical tips on increasing your digital working, look at the opportunities provided by social prescribing; and give guidance on understanding contracts and funding opportunities.

Come along and contribute to discussions on current policy, be inspired by innovations, and take away practical advice to help drive you and your organisation forward.

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The conference is of interest to health and social care social enterprises, charities, housing associations, NHS commissioners, local authorities, private providers and all those involved in supporting social enterprises.

Conference Agenda

Please see the day's agenda in the table below.

Our supporter Bates Wells will also kindly be providing free legal support sessions during the breaks in the day. These will last 15 minutes each and give you the opportunity to speak with a legal expert on HR, funding, properties & leases, immigration or contracting. If you are facing a particular issue or challenge in one of these fields make sure to book in your slot for one of these sessions when you register for the conference.

Time  Session
9.00 am

Registration and refreshments 

Bookable surgeries (15 mins each): HR/Funding/Business/Legal

9.45 am

Mindfulness session - relaxation to get maximum value from the day

10.00 am

Opening & Welcome

  • Lord Victor Adebowale, Chair SEUK 
10.05 am

Key note - Policy focus on social care green paper and NHS Long Term Plan

  • Baroness Dido Harding, Chair, NHS Improvement 
10.35 am The way forward (debate)

Current implementation of policy on health and social care Discussion re ICS/ Anchor Institutions/ an opportunity for social enterprises?

  • Amy Galea, Deputy Director, Systems Transformation NHS England
  • Stephen Hart, CEO, NHS Leadership Academy
11.30 am


12.00 pm

Presentation - SEUK H&SC winners 2018: Baby Lifeline Training

12.20 pm

Why choose us?

3 health digital start-ups

1.10 pm


Bookable surgeries (15 mins each): HR/Funding/Properties & leases/Immigration/Contracting

2.00 pm

Workshops (Practical learning sessions)

1. Caring about Social Impact – why and how to measure

  • Chris White, SEUK Board member & author of the Social Value Act
  • Jim Clifford OBE, Bates Wells

2. Digital ways of working - A practical session which gets participants thinking of how to identify the opportunity and then how to develop digital solutions.  Advice on top technical solutions freely available

  • Peter Coates, Head of Ecosystem Development, NHS Digital
  • TBC

3. Contracts and grants: key risks and how to deal with them - Top advice and tips

  • Bates Wells Partner (TBC)

4. Innovations in Social Prescribing - What does it mean and what opportunities are there? Opportunities to address social

  • Speakers TBC
3.15 pm       


Bookable surgeries (15 mins each): HR/Funding/Properties & leases/Immigration/Contracting

3.45 pm

Health entrepreneurs at work (Plenary)

  • Simon Devonshire OBE
4.20 pm

International social enterprise (Plenary )

4.50 pm

Closing remarks

  • Peter Holbrook CBE, CEO, Social Enterprise UK
5.00–7.00 pm

Drinks reception

This conference is supported by

There are also exhibitor spaces available for interested organisations. Contact Neha Chandgothia at SEUK on 020 3589 4957 for more information, or email [email protected]