Panel debate: can integration reboot the nation's lung health?

06 Dec 2018 10:30

Open meeting:

BTS Winter Meeting 2018, Thursday 6th December

10.30 - 11.45am, Gielgud Room, 2nd floor


David Brindle, Guardian Public Services Editor


  • Dr Jo Congleton, Integrated Respiratory Care Consultant, Brighton and Hove NHS Trust and clinical lead for the Kent, Surrey, Sussex AHSN Respiratory Programme
  • Binita Kane, Consultant Respiratory Physician, Integrated Respiratory Care Clinical Lead South Manchester and Clinical Lead for the Health Innovation Manchester 'Greater Manchester COPD Programme'
  • Professor Mike Morgan, NHSE National Respiratory Clinical Director, Consultant Respiratory Physician UH Leicester NHS Trust and Honorary Professor at the University of Leicester
  • Professor Nick Harding OBE, Senior Medical Advisor, NHS England for the Primary Care Integrated Systems Chair, SWBCCG

Since 2016, 44 regional clusters comprising CCGs and NHS Trusts, local authorities and health and social care stakeholders have been developing Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships or Integrated Care Systems across England.

Led by our experienced Chair and panel of experts, this ‘Question Time’-style debate addressed how clinicians and commissioners are engaging with what is arguably the most radical change to healthcare delivery in a decade.

The debate covered how clinicians and commissioners are using NHS initiatives such as RightCare, Getting it Right First Time and the forthcoming Atlas of Variation to inform longer-term change strategically whilst tackling the immediate challenges of winter pressures and tight budgets.

An audience of over 100 healthcare professional delegates shared their experiences and considered what England can learn from other UK nations where integration has become a watchword for increased collaboration.

This purposeful discussion on the challenges of integrating care for people with complex, long-terms conditions was particularly timely with the NHS England Long-Term Plan on the horizon.