17 October, 2022

HACT Chief Executive, gives his thoughts on attending this years Integrated Care Summit

This year over 120 senior NHS and local authority leaders from across all 42 integrated care systems will come together at the HSJ Integrated Care Summit to discuss the challenges around place-based and system-level working. On Thursday 20 October, HACT’s Chief Executive, Andrew van Doorn, will be speaking as part of the session on “Looking beyond health and social care: Building place-based partnerships and healthy communities”.


Drew, you are attending the HSJ Integrated Care Summit this week.

Why do you think it’s important to represent the housing sector at this health event?

It’s important because housing and social landlords have a huge amount to offer to the integrated care agenda, be it as providers of specialist care and support services as organisations working with the people who experience some of the worst health inequalities in our communities, or organisations who are anchor institutions and can have a huge impact in being part of the integrated future of our housing, health and social care services.

What do you think are the key issues and topics to address at the event?

‘How do we make integrated care a reality for everyone’. Too often, integrated care feels like an agenda where we talk a lot about how to make integration happen, but we see it happen a lot less. Whilst it is important that we have the right strategies and plans in place, it is the on the ground relationships and willingness to co-produce the solutions needed where we can have the most impact. Doing this isn’t always easy so I am hoping that we can explore how we do this together.

” My message for those involved in integrated care is that you don’t need to do this alone. You don’t have to understand how housing works – all you have to do is reach out, and together we’ll help you understand what we can do, and we’ll make that impact together in our communities.”

What do you hope to get out of the event?

I’m looking forward to taking part and creating conversations where we can come together and co-produce the future of our integrated care systems. I’m looking forward to representing the impact that social landlords can and do make when they work together with the NHS, local authorities and the wider voluntary, community and social enterprise sector. I am particularly looking forward to championing and promoting who social landlords are and what they do. Too often our sector is misunderstood by colleagues in the NHS and social care, and when people see us differently, this is when powerful solutions emerge. A few ‘a-ha’ moments would make my day!

What’s your message for those involved in integrated care?

My message for those involved in integrated care is that you don’t need to do this alone. There are many people and organisations in the social housing sector who are ready and waiting to work creatively with you to make integrated care a reality. The NHS is really good at identifying a problem and asking ‘how do we fix it?’ What I want, is for them to identify a problem and ask ‘who can help me fix it?’ You don’t have to understand how housing works. All you have to do is reach out, and together we’ll help you understand what we can do, and we’ll make that impact together in our communities.

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