Costs, complexity and compassion: Leaders’ Forum

Leaders' Forum : Networking Event
Park Regis, Birmingham
13:00 Thursday, 26 September 2019 to 13:00 Friday, 27 September 2019


  • Overview and programme
  • Speakers
  • Aims
  • Designed for
  • Booking

Overview and programme

Leaders of services across the children’s and adults’ sector are navigating difficult decisions in which three factors loom large – the cost of meeting people’s needs, the complexity of the people’s lives and the interconnectedness of solutions, and the moral imperative to ensure that services and systems are grounded in compassion. Keeping all three themes in mind is no easy task, yet the evidence suggests that it is necessary to do so, if we are to design and provide services to meet the needs of children, families and adults. 

Run jointly by Research in Practice and Research in Practice for Adults, this year’s Leaders’ Forum will bring together colleagues from statutory and voluntary sector organisations, policy and academia to discuss the evidence base and sector experiences in working at the interface between cost, complexity and compassion.



  • Dr Lisa Holmes, Rees Centre, on using the Children’s Services cost calculator
  • Julia Unwin (CBE), Carnegie Fellow, on compassion
  • Dara de Burca, Children’s Society, on developing a workforce of ‘system changers’
  • Derek Tracey, Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust and Kings College London, on culture and complexity in mental health.

Further speakers to be confirmed shortly.



Our Leaders’ Forum brings together senior leaders to debate key challenges and share ideas and solutions. The forum will include a sector-specific breakout sessions as well as joint sessions for leaders across the adults’ and children’s sectors.


Designed for

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



Partners can request a place online. If you have any questions please contact our events team / or 01803 847264.


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