The UK healthcare ICS Congress

The UK National ICS Congress

The UK National ICS Congress

4–5 December 2023, London. This year’s central assembly of all ICS's leaders and stakeholders. Network with and learn from the leaders of the UK’s new ICS's - Integrated Care Systems, and meet the experts who are leading the dramatic and profound changes and innovation in the UK health sector.


GIANT Health’s Leadership Council

Our advisors who are collaborating with us on building the most impressive and worthwhile show
Giant Health Speaker

Lee Gutcher

Lead Programme Manager

NHS North Center London ICB

Giant Health Speaker

Professor Shafi Ahmed

Consultant Colorectal Surgeon

Barts Health NHS Trust

Giant Health Speaker

Prof Asif Ahmed

Founder & former First Exec. Dean & Pro VC Aston Medical School

Professor of Reproductive Physiology
University of Birmingham
Aston Medical School

Giant Health Speaker

Dr Rima Makarem

ICB Chair

Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes

What are the UK ICS's?
An ICS is an – Integrated Care Systems An ICS brings NHS providers, Clinical Commissioning Group (CCGs), local authorities, and voluntary sector partners together to collaboratively plan and organize how health and care services are delivered in their area.
GIANT's role

4-5 December 2023, London. This year’s central assembly of all ICS leaders and stakeholders. Network with and learn from the leaders of the UK’s new ICS's - Integrated Care Systems, and meet the experts who are leading the dramatic and profound changes and innovation in the UK health sector.

During the show, we will explore the obstacles, visions, and developments of integrated care systems, providing delegates with insights into how to move forward through a mixture of keynote addresses and best-practice case studies. It will provide an opportunity to understand the ICS strategy, consider government proposals, look at the connection of services, and uncover how this restructuring can deal with the COVID-19 backlog and overcome health inequalities.


GIANT exists to facilitate better procurement of tech, innovation in healthcare.

The National Health Service (NHS) in the United Kingdom faces several challenges when it comes to procurement. Some of these include:

  1. Limited budgets: The NHS operates with tight budgets, which can limit the amount of money available for procurement.
  2. Complex regulations: The NHS is subject to a complex set of regulations, including EU procurement rules, which can make the procurement process more difficult.
  3. Lack of standardization: There is a lack of standardization in the procurement process across different NHS organizations, which can make it difficult for suppliers to understand the requirements of different organizations
  4. Limited supplier base: The NHS often relies on a limited number of suppliers, which can limit competition and increase prices.
  5. Long procurement cycles: The procurement process for the NHS can be slow, with long lead times for procurement and delivery of goods and services.
  6. Limited use of technology: The NHS has been slow to adopt modern procurement technologies, such as e-procurement systems, which can make the procurement process more efficient.
  7. Lack of transparency and accountability: The lack of transparency and accountability in the procurement process can make it difficult for stakeholders to understand how decisions are being made and who is responsible for them.
  8. Difficulty in measuring and evaluating performance: Measuring and evaluating the performance of suppliers is a challenge for the NHS, which can make it difficult to identify and address issues with suppliers.




Will take place on  4-5 December 2023 in central London

This conference is part of The GIANT Health Event 2023


"Europe's largest and most valuable international festival
of health-tech innovation"

- Financial Times.



Established for 10 years, GIANT is a vibrant, engaged UK and European business community that enables and commercialises leading health-tech innovation from across the UK and Europe.


Innovate / Collaborate / Accelerate

We successfully bring together tech innovators, investors, global Pharma corporates, established SMEs, doctors, hospital managers, government health officials, and more; to spark productive business collaboration and accelerate better health outcomes.

Agenda 2023


Session Title and Description

9:45 - 10:00

Welcome from our chairman


Professor Shafi Ahmed,
Consultant Colorectal Surgeon, Barts Health NHS Trust

10:00 - 10:45

Introduction and update on the ICS ‘state of the nation’

Integrated Care Systems (ICSs) are partnerships of organisations that come together to plan and deliver joined up health and care services, and to improve the lives of people who live and work in their area.

Following several years of locally led development, recommendations of NHS England and NHS Improvement and Royal Assent of the Health and Care Act (2022), 42 ICSs will be established across England on a statutory basis on 1 July 2022.

Chairperson of the panel

Dr Rima Makarem,
ICB Chair, Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes

10:45 - 12:10

Improving Outcomes - role of the ICSs

The purpose of ICSs is to bring partner organisations together to:

.improve outcomes in population health and healthcare

12:10 - 13:00

What are the needs of NHS trust?

An exciting panel discussion lead by Chief Executive Officer of Kent community health fundation trust discussing the latest challenges and needs of NHS trusts in the nation and the requirements that they have for technology solutions to address

Chairperson of the panel

Mairead McCormick,
Chief Executive Officer, Kent Community Health foundation Trust

13:00 - 14:30

Lunch and Networking

14:30 - 15:15

What does ICS leaders need to know about kindey and renal issues?

Leading challenges and issues in the world of renal health. Exploring the latest opportunities in health innovation to help infom leadeing ICS and ICB.
We are inviting leaders from organisation such as Kidney UK Association.

15:15 - 17:30

Case studies in new partnerships fostered by the ICSs

why should i attend this conference?

Meet more people and learn more in one day than you will for the rest of the entire year.

If you are involved in the provision of healthcare in the UK this conference is a must attend. This important event is designed for all doctors, hospital managers, primary care partners and leaders, department of health personnel, and all new members of the individual ICSs and ICBs.

As the leading conference of 2023 convening all stakeholders involved in the new ICS and ICB structures, you will be able to network with and learn from the most important community of healthcare commissioners and meet the national leaders driving innovation and digital transformation.

See case studies of successful innovations in the new ICSs. Learn what is (and what is not) working in other ICSs across the country.


Who is this conference for?

This event is for ICS Network members: ICB and ICP Chairs, CEOs, Directors, Advisorate members, and non-Exec Directors.

Sign up for GIANT 2023 to learn from top speakers, interactive breakout sessions, and most importantly network and share experience with your leader peers. We look forward to seeing you at our event

Companies leading this conference

We work with the world’s largest brands in healthcare technology, hardware, software, Pharma, and more, to provide impactful, direct engagement with leading health-tech innovators and healthcare providers. Examples of partners include Eli Lilly, Novartis, Barclays Bank, NHS, Microsoft, Bayer, Ascensia, Cedars Sinai, and McKinsey.

Our proud partnerships with our valued partners are testimony to GIANT’s international reputation as Europe’s leading “magnet for innovation” - BBC in the health sector.

Sponsors & exhibitors can build cost-effective sales, new business development, and marketing communication / brand-building programs on the foundation of the GIANT Health Event, accessing GIANT’s UK and European community of nearly 300,000 passionate healthcare innovators.

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