21st November to 2nd December 2022

The Midlands Decision Support Network in association with The Strategy Unit are hosting INSIGHT 2022 our annual festival of learning and sharing events for the NHS, local government and other partners across health and care.

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See the INSIGHT 2022 Programme below – book your place!

And if you want to keep up to date with the latest INSIGHT 2022 news then make sure you register for the festival as a whole (if you haven’t already).

The Midlands Decision Support Network in association with The Strategy Unit are hosting INSIGHT 2022 our annual festival of learning and sharing events for the NHS, local government and other partners across health and care.

INSIGHT 2022 will be taking place from Monday 21st November to Friday 2nd December 2022.

The festival includes a mixture of talks, workshops and panel discussions, bringing together inspirational regional and national speakers to explore how insights from high quality analysis can drive change in health and care systems. The theme of Insight 2022 is ‘The science and craft of decision making’.

Decision-making is a core task of leadership, but one which is often under-examined – the programme will explore what high-quality decision-making looks like and how staff across health and care can make the best use of the analysis available to them.

Sessions will be delivered virtually. The festival is open to everyone working in health and care and every session is free.

Attendees can commit as little or as much time as they’d like. Most of the sessions will be recorded so you can fit them into your schedule in a way that suits you.

We look forward to seeing you!

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Insight 2022 Programme of events

And there will be more events added in the coming weeks!

Watch this space!

Monday, 21st November, 10:00-11:30 - Day 1, OPENING EVENT of INSIGHT 2022! Integrated Care Systems (ICSs) working together to be intelligence-led organisations: lessons from history

Nigel Edwards (Chief Executive, The Nuffield Trust) will open INSIGHT 2022 with a session focusing on the Decision Support Network model that began in the Midlands and has recently been adopted by the South West region.

How can ICSs become more ‘intelligence-led’ in their approach to decision-making?

What role could regional learning networks such as the Midlands Decision Support Network play in this context?

How can we learn from history to maximise their potential?


Nigel Edwards joined the Nuffield Trust as Chief Executive in April 2014

Sue Ibbotson is Office for Health Improvement and Disparities (OHID) Regional Director and NHS Director of Public Health for the Midlands region

Pete Jackson is Improvement Director for the West Midlands branch of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services

Simon Bourne is the Programme Director for the Midlands Decision Support Network and Principal Consultant for the Strategy Unit


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Tuesday, 22nd November, 11:00-12:00 - Day 2, Understanding the links between delayed discharges and hospital congestion

Delayed discharge is a persistent problem in hospitals and there is growing momentum to address it. However, solutions are still elusive and decisions need to be made on the role of ICSs and government to help fund discharge.

This presentation suggests that the potential savings to health from reducing delays to discharge are being significantly underestimated in current solutions. Solving delayed discharge does directly save bed costs, but can also significantly reduce congestion, the use of reactive strategies to counter congestion and the unintended consequences of these for patients, staff and performance.


Professor Eric Wolstenholme, Symmetric Scenarios


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Tuesday, 22nd November, 14:00-15:00 - Day 2, How the science of systems thinking can support the craft of wise decision making - A GP practice case study

‘Systems thinking’ can be hugely valuable for complex decision making, taming complexity and bring decision makers to a shared understanding.

In this session Dennis Sherwood, a leading expert on systems thinking, uses a case study based on primary care to show us how causal loop diagrams can be an insightful tool for decision making not just in primary care but in health and care as a whole.


Dennis Sherwood is a leading expert on systems thinking, and this case study is based on some work commissioned by GDPF on behalf of the UK’s LMCs


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Wednesday, 23rd November, 10:30-12:00 - Day 3, Decision-making in the 21st century NHS – how does it really work?

How has decision-making happened in reality in the NHS over the last two decades?

What factors have supported and undermined good decision-making?

What would ‘better’ look like?


Alastair McLellan​​​​​​​, Editor, Health Service Journal

Sir David Nicholson, Chair of Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust and Sandwell & West Birmingham NHS Trust


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Thursday, 24th November, 10:00-11:00 - Day 4, Smarter decision-making for your population

Details to follow …

Thursday, 24th November, 14:00-15:00 - Day 4, The past and future of analytics in the NHS

Details to follow …

Friday, 25th November, 10:00-11:00 - Day 5, The science and craft of decision-making

Details to follow …

Friday, 25th November, 15:30-16:30 - Day 5, Dr Bola Owolabi 'If we are to reduce health inequalities, what decisions are needed and how should they be made?'

Details to follow …

Monday, 28th November, 14:00-15:00 - Day 6, How do you know if you’ve made an ethical decision?

Decisions in health and care have ethical implications. Resources are finite, but needs are not; money spent on one service cannot be spent on another; providing treatment for some people means ‘denying’ treatment to others.

This can be fraught territory, so how might we navigate it? What does it mean to make a good ethical decision? What different approaches are there? And what does this mean in practice?


Professor Angie Hobbs, Professor of the Public Understanding of Philosophy at the University of Sheffield


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Tuesday, 29th November, 10:30-12:00 - Day 7, The new health and care system – what does better decision-making look like?

What opportunities and challenges do ICB leaders face in relation to decision-making?

What insights can they draw on when considering their decision-making practice?

What actions can they take individually and collectively to improve decision quality?

Decision-making is a core leadership skill, yet leaders rarely get the chance to focus in depth on the practice of decision-making. Simon Bourne hosts a panel discussion with three ICB chief executives from the Midlands (Amanda Sullivan, Toby Sanders and John Turner) to share their reflections on the current challenges and opportunities they face as decision-makers.


Amanda Sullivan is Chief Executive of Nottingham & Nottinghamshire ICB and is Chair of the Midlands Decision Support Network

Toby Sanders is Chief Executive of Northamptonshire ICB

John Turner is Chief Executive of Lincolnshire ICB


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Wednesday, 30th November, 10:00-11:00 - Day 8, How can you be evidently better when making decisions?

Do you want to make better policy? Require better evidence? Are you searching for best practice about how to organise what you know and what you do?

Evidently better has been designed by Ipsos Public Affairs to encourage critical thinking about policymaking and evidence. It draws on the company’s experience of delivering insight to clients across the public sector and its clients’ perspectives on what needs to happen next.


Ben Marshall, Research Director and and co-author of Evidently better, Ipsos

Mike Lawrie, Research Director and co-author of Evidently better, Ipsos


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Wednesday, 30th November, 14:00-15:00 - Day 8, Sarah-Jane Marsh: Insights from decision-making practice

In this session, Sarah-Jane Marsh will explore her experiences of decision-making and her reflections on how the NHS might become more analytically led in improving its decision-making practice. She will also consider how leaders embrace challenges in their decision-making about priorities such as in addressing inequalities in care.


Sarah-Jane Marsh, Chief Executive of Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


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Thursday, 1st December, 14:00-15:00 - Day 9, Sir David Dalton: How do you get the desired results from your decision-making?

How do we make effective decisions when operating in a complex adaptive system?

What factors influence decision-makers?

How do we create the conditions for the reliable implementation of decisions?


Sir David Dalton, Governor of the Health Foundation and has been a chief executive in the NHS for more than 20 years


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Introduction to Insight 2022

Introduced by Simon Bourne, Programme Director for the Midlands Decision Support Network

Confirmed speakers include:

and there are more!

If you have any questions regarding the festival, please contact Rachel Caswell or Kimberley Messam