Integrated Care Systems: professional development programme

Following the success of our first development programme involving 13 housing associations, HACT is running a second development programme for housing associations to help them engage with Integrated Care Systems in the NHS.

“The programme had comprehensive insights that helped me understand the challenges, motivations and direction of travel within the NHS. That was key to us being able to see how we fit into the landscape and how we might add value. Being walked through the changes in the NHS, starting off at the highest level, and then working down to the Primary Care Networks, that’s when it all made sense. It has helped me to refocus on what we do, why we do it, and what we’re trying to achieve.”

(Nicky Ellison, National Specialist Support Manager, Anchor Hanover)

Beginning in October 2019, this six month programme will bring housing associations (HAs) together into a learning network to help them understand this new landscape, build their credibility, and explore how they can engage with the NHS as core place-based partners in local communities, particularly with their role in primary care networks.

At the end of the programme, HAs will have new insights into how local healthcare systems operate, the difference between Integrated Care Systems, Integrated Care Networks and Primary Care Networks, and the opportunities for their organisations as core placed-based partners.

“The programme is led by two people with significant knowledge of the NHS, who draw on their expertise and contacts to bring alive and demystify NHS structures, priorities, strategic direction and commissioning arrangements. It has been curated with great skill, with opportunities to learn from people in the NHS at both a strategic level and those involved in delivery, as well as to socialise with other participants. It allows people to explore possibilities for engaging with NHS colleagues to deliver new services or exploit existing relationships, and is hugely relevant for senior members of staff.”

(Lawrence Santcross, Chief Executive, Transform Housing and Support) 


The Integrated Care Systems and Housing Development Programme will be a learning forum for up to 20 housing associations to:

  • strengthen their understanding of how to engage with their local health colleagues;
  • build awareness of the competencies needed to deliver within a healthcare setting;
  • explore, discuss and address critical and difficult issues;
  • involve timely and very well targeted development opportunities relating to innovation;
  • capture cutting edge knowledge that can be more widely disseminated;
  • model some of the joint work in practice that has been described in policy; and
  • describe and refine the offer of housing associations to NHS providers and commissioners.

Further information

HACT is now recruiting housing associations to this ambitious and crucial programme. For a further conversation about what we can offer you, please contact:

Andrew van Doorn, Chief Executive, HACT or

Peter Molyneux, Managing Director, Common Cause Consulting 

Key dates 

The provisional dates for the programme are:

Day 1: Tuesday 29 October 2019

Day 2: Tuesday 3 December 2019

Day 3: Tuesday 21 January 2020

Day 4: Wednesday 4 March 2020

Venues will be confirmed once we know the geographical spread of participants.


“The programme gave me the opportunity to network, to understand other organisation’s experience, and to be inspired. Unlike some other events, this programme was much more intimate. Through the programme, we’ve learned to understand far more clearly what’s actually important to us and that while we might think it’s a good idea, the NHS might not share our view. That was both interesting and stark. The programme reaffirmed that you can’t beat the value of solid relationships at a local level, and that’s where our focus will now be.”

(Charmaine Simei, Director of Community Investment, Longhurst)

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Learning series
Tuesday 29th October 2019 - 10:00 to Wednesday 4th March 2020 - 17:00
Event price

£2,500 (plus VAT) for two people from one organisation, £3,500 (plus VAT) for three people, £4,000 (plus VAT) for four people