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Professor David Croisdale-Appleby Public Lecture

Northumbria University


The Integration of Health and Social Care: or the Hunting of the Snark! Book Now

Professor David Croisdale-Appleby OBE, Chair of the Royal College of Physicians

Since thegovernment announced its Long Term Plan for the NHS and announced the Interim People Plan for the NHS, throughout England, Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships and Integrated Care Systems are working to integrate healthcare and Social Care by bringing together the NHS, Local Authorities and the voluntary sector in local areas.

It is nearly 15 years since care was integrated in this way in Torbay and in his lecture, Professor Croisdale-Applebly will focus on why is it taking so long for it to happen elsewhere in England? He will show some of the remarkable benefits integration is bringing in other countries, and identify the challenges to be overcome if we are to do so in England.

Whilst he warns of the difficulties, he will provide some answers as to how to overcome them and advise that if the additional £20 Billion of the Long Term Plan is to be transformational, we will have to make radical changes to how we prioritise our expenditure to address the problems of the future, and understand that integration is about how patients and the public experience care, not about merely coordinating its delivery. 

About the speaker

Professor David Croisdale-Appleby holds a number of Ministerial Appointments in the field of health and social care, and Professorships at a number of Universities. He has devoted his life to representing the interests of vulnerable, disadvantaged and disabled people across the world. He has led many charities in this context, and is a major player in the development of the government’s strategy in health and social care around the Integration of Health and Social Care.

He is the Chair of the Royal College of Physicians, the first non-clinician to do so in its 500 year history, and is Chair of Dementia UK. At NICE he chairs the Public Health Advisory Committee, and leads the creation of National Guidelines across many clinical, public health and social care fields in which NICE operates. He holds responsibility at Health Education England for Medical Education, Clinical Education, Educational Quality and relationships with HEIs. He is the GMC’s longest serving Educational Visitor, and the former Chair of the Science Council and the Forensic Science Regulator.

He has held and holds numerous Ministerial appointments which have spanned sectors as diverse as health and social care, forensic science, disability sport, policing, criminal and civil law, medical education, research ethics, social work, mental health, dementia, drug and alcohol misuse, learning disability and social housing.

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Northumbria University
Lecture Theatre 022, Clinical Skills Centre
Coach Lane Campus
Newcastle upon Tyne


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