Leaders Forum 22 (In Person)

24/11 | Leaders’ Forum: If integration is the answer, what is the question? (In-person)

24/11 | Leaders’ Forum: If integration is the answer, what is the question? (In-person)

Edgbaston Park Hotel 53 Edgbaston Park Road Edgbaston Birmingham B15 2RS


14:00 - Thursday, 24 November 2022 : 13:00 - Friday, 25 November 2022


Integration is sometimes presented as the solution for the issues facing social care but when we talk about it, are we all talking about the same thing? Is structural integration of services the only way to achieve coherence across the system?

Advocates for integration often describe it as a joined-up approach to service delivery so ­that those who need support have a more seamless experience and ideally a better service. As such, integration can be seen as an opportunity to make better use of resources in the face of intense financial and demographic challenges. However, others might argue that structural integration might lead to an over-centralisation of services and increased bureaucracy, and potentially a loss of personalisation and responsivity to local context.

At this year’s Research in Practice Leaders’ Forum we will aim to take a more nuanced, whole system view of integration and critically debating its merits and challenges. The conference will provide a unique opportunity for Directors, Assistant Directors and strategic leaders from across the Research in Practice Partner network to step away from their screens, network with peers in-person in Birmingham. We will examine what is meant by integration, what working beyond organisational boundaries looks and feels like in reality, and how cultural alignment and integration of diverse knowledge may be as important as structural integration of services.

By joining in-person delegates will also be able to attend an additional workshop that has been developed from both the adults and children’s side of the network.

Colleagues from statutory and voluntary sector organisations, policy and academia will come together to interrogate the evidence base and share experiences around the link between integration in all its guises and the experience and outcomes of citizens through provision of better support and services.


Confirmed speakers include:

  • Richard Humphries
  • Gareth Edwards, National Policing Vulnerability Knowledge and Practice Programme (VKPP)
  • Geraldine Macdonald, ConnectED
  • Christine Lenehan, Council for Disabled Children

The in-person event will also include workshops from:

  • Annie Hudson, Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel

Further speakers will be confirmed shortly.


Our Leaders’ Forum brings together senior leaders to debate key challenges and share ideas and solutions. The conference will include joint sessions for leaders across the adults’ and children’s sectors. The in-person event will also include sector-specific breakout sessions.

Delivery and accommodation

Leaders’ Forum will be delivered in-person in Birmingham. As a Partner, attendance (including overnight accommodation on 24 November) is included in your organisational membership. Alternatively, those who are unable to attend in-person can join an online session.

Designed for

Directors, Assistant Directors and strategic managers from Partner organisations across the Research in Practice networks for children and families and for adults.

Leaders’ Forum is a popular event and we strongly encourage you to book your place early, request a place by selecting the button above. Partners can have up to two places at this event, subject to availability.

Please note in order to request your place at this event you will need to have created a Research in Practice account. You can do so here.

Audience Types


Senior leaders

Strategic leads

Professional Standards

PQS:KSS - Lead and govern excellent practice | Creating a context for excellent practice | Designing a system to support effective practice

CQC - Effective | Well led

PCF - Critical reflection and analysis | Contexts and organisations | Professional leadership

RCOT - Develop intervention | Demonstrate quality | Collaborative