Devolution Of Health And Social Care On The Agenda At Public Lecture

The devolution of health and social care to UK cities will be on the agenda at a public event to be held at Leeds Beckett University.

With devolution a key priority for the new government, the guest lecture and panel debate at LeedsH Beckett will explore the potential impact devolution could have on the health and social care sector.

The guest lecture and panel discussion will be held on Thursday 25 June at the University’s Rose Bowl building from 5.30pm – 7.30pm.

Senior NHS and local government leaders, at the forefront of this policy agenda, will be presenting at the event, including Professor Judith Smith, Director of the Health Services Management Centre at the University of Birmingham, Warren Heppolette, Strategic Director for Health & Social Care Reform in Greater Manchester, Tom Riordan, Chief Executive at Leeds City Council, and Rob Webster, Chief Executive at NHS Confederation and Visiting Professor at Leeds Beckett University.

In her address, Professor Judith Smith, formerly the Director of Policy at Nuffield Trust, will set the context for devolution in health and social care before Warren Heppolette provides an overview of the progress and plans in place in Manchester, following the announcement that Greater Manchester is to control its entire £6bn health and social care budget.  Tom Riordan and Professor Rob Webster will then provide perspectives from their own organisations, followed by a panel session with opportunity for questions from the audience.

Speaking ahead of the event, Tom Riordan, Chief Executive at Leeds City Council, said: “What devolution might mean for our cities and communities is a really important question for local policy at the moment. This is a great opportunity to host a public conversation in Leeds to really get under the skin of how devolution could work and what it may mean for health and social care. I’m looking forward to joining a very knowledgeable group of speakers.”

Professor Ieuan Ellis, Dean of the Faculty of Health & Social Sciences at Leeds Beckett, added: “We are delighted to be able to host this important event at Leeds Beckett University as we hear from a range of expert speakers and engage with the audience to find out what impact devolution could have in the future shape of health and social care in our UK cities.”

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