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19-20 June 2019, Manchester Central

19-20 June 2019 . Manchester Central

Rachel Byrne

Meet the supporter – Rachel Byrne, Home Group

Tuesday 23rd April 2019

In the lead up to this year’s Confed conference, we caught up with Home Group’s Rachel Byrne, who will be joining us in the exhibition hall at our new and improved Mental Health zone.

In this interview, Rachael, explains what supporting Confed19 means to her organisation and why now more than ever, it is important for leaders to come together and attend events like the NHS Confederation’s flagship annual conference and exhibition.

What does your role as ‘Executive Director – New Models of Care’ involve?
I am the executive lead on New Models of Care in Home Group, the role involves the design and development of an integrated housing health and care offer. Our aim is to alleviate pressure on the NHS through a strong housing alternative and developing relationships right across the NHS, so our housing, health and care offer delivers for as many individuals as we can.

What are the main challenges affecting you and your industry at the moment?

  • The need to build 200,000 homes a year to meet the housing crisis and developing homes for the millions of people living in the wrong housing for their needs.
  • The lack of a social care settlement and the uncertainty that creates in the delivery of quality care to the people who live with us.
  • Ensuring the importance of housing working alongside the NHS is understood. Its inclusion in the NHS long term plan would have helped!
  • Safety post Grenfell and the action and learning across the housing sector.

If you could instantly make one change to improve the health and social care sector, what would it be?
Just change the language to health, housing and care. They are inextricably linked and when joined up can provide solutions, the art of the possible is yet to be realised.

Why have you got involved with Confed19?
For Home group we view Confed as one of the top events of the year for engagement with new and existing NHS colleagues. It’s the best opportunity to push the integration of housing, health and care, this will be our 4th year so we’re hoping folks start to recognise us!

What excites you most about supporting/presenting at Confed19?
Seeing what’s changed, how the new NHS long term plan is playing out and providing some interactive sessions in the mental health zone that we are supporting.

If there was just one thing you could convince all healthcare leaders to do, what would that be?
Look outside of healthcare for the support to meet the NHS plan. Increase efficiency, don’t duplicate.

What do you see as the most important developments when considering the future of health and social care?
Investment in community solutions. The focus on mental health and getting real traction in transforming care.

Why should our conference delegates visit your stand (FA1A)?
To see some really practical examples of how the NHS, local government and the housing sector can work together to deliver high quality, cost effective care.

To hear from industry experts on how technology can improve the quality of care and increase independent living.

Thanks Rachael, we look forward to seeing you in Manchester and facilitating those discussions.

Book now for Confed19 and make sure your organisations is represented at the biggest healthcare event of the year. Interested in supporting or exhibiting at Confed19? Email supporters@nhsconfed.org or call 0844 800 5989 to discuss the options available for you.