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Jumping into a new era of health and social care

City event brings together key figures in health and social care arenas.
by Ben Sawtell

nullOn the 1st April 2013 the reforms outlined in the Health and Social Care Act 2012 came in to force. Many view the changes in the bill as the most significant since the NHS was founded in 1948.

The government believes that this shake-up is vital if the NHS is to survive and provide better care for patients, as Health Minister Anna Soubry recently said: "The health service will improve, work smarter and, importantly, build an NHS that delivers high quality, compassionate care for patients."

The formation of clinical commissioning groups, empowered to buy care on behalf of their local communities and the creation of NHS England represent not only a change to the infrastructure but also to many of the fundamental processes within the NHS.

It remains to be seen if yet another reorganisation can deliver on its promise, but what is clear is that educators, practitioners and most importantly service users, need to understand and adapt to these reforms.

It is against this backdrop that City University London's School of Health Sciences has developed a new suite of Advanced Practice MSc courses, which will be formally launched at a special event at City next week.

The MSc offers a generic and 11 specialist routes focusing on advanced and interdisciplinary practice, specialist research and leadership. The launch event will bring together key figures from the health and social care arenas to comment, debate and offer solutions on how we can work together to inspire and create change.

Speakers at the event include:

A keynote talk from Dr Anna van der Gaag, Chair, Health and Care Professions Council and a panel session with contributions from:

  • Dr Lisa Bayliss-Pratt, Director of Nursing, Health Education England
  • Professor David Fish, Managing Director, UCLPartners
  • Professor Chris Fowler, Managing Director, Health Education North Central and East London
  • Matthew Hodson, Nurse Consultant, Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (Nursing Standard, Nurse of the Year 2013)

Find out more about the launch event.

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