Key Points
  • Providing Integrated, Holistic Adult Social Care - Dealing with High Demand, Ensuring High Standards and Putting Outcomes First
  • Paying for Adult Social Care - Toward Stability, Sustainability and Sufficiency
  • Harnessing the Power of the Social Care Workforce - Training, Retaining and Respecting
Guest of Honour

Professor Martin Green OBE Chief Executive, Care England

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Overview
“The challenge for this sector, as for the rest of the system, is to consider what responses to increasingly difficult conditions will maintain quality, now and in the future.”

(The State of Health Care and Adult Social Care in England 2015/16, Care Quality Commission)

With social care featuring heavily in the chancellor’s Spring Budget, this timely half-day forum will provide an opportunity for delegates across the adult social care sector to gather for a morning of informative discussion about the current state of adult social care provision and to assess the way forward during a period of high demand and stretched budgets.

With a green paper expected later in the year and plans to adapt the entire social care system for a growing and aging population, discussions will centre around the improvements required to ensure the system works for the future and the need for more effective integration between social care and other service providers to offer a holistic and coordinated care package. Discussions will also focus on the current standards of care, the variations in care provision, and the immediate priorities for raising standards such as installing good leadership, skilled management and changing the culture of care.

The forum will also focus on the financial sustainability of adult social care, the financial pressures of increasing demands despite lower budgets and the priorities for spending the extra £2 billion the chancellor has pledged to provide over the next three years. Discussions will also include the market of care provision, and the contingency plans for when the market fails to provide adequate and necessary care.

Other sessions will focus on the adult social care workforce; the need to attract and retain staff and strategies to improve standards such as the training and development of existing staff and recruiting trained nurses and recent graduates. Discussion will also highlight the difficulties of attracting and recruiting extra staff during a period where the introduction of a national living wage is exacerbating financial strains and ask how to balance to the two concerns.

Agenda
Start

08:30 - 09:00
Registration, Refreshments and Networking

 

09:00 - 09:05
Chair and Policy-UK Welcoming remarks

 
To be announced

09:05 - 09:30
The State of Adult Social Care in England

 


- - - -  Questions, and answer session with delegates - - - -

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James Frewin Head of Inspection - London, Care Quality Commission

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09:30 - 09:50
The Future of Adult Social Care: The Sector's Priorities

 

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Professor Martin Green OBE Chief Executive, Care England

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09:50 - 10:40
Providing Integrated, Holistic Adult Social Care : Dealing with Growing Demand, Ensuring High Standards and Putting Outcomes First

 
  • What should be the priorities for increasing standards, reducing postcode variations and dealing with potential inequalities?
  • How can adult social care providers attract and develop a culture of leadership able to push through reform despite budget constraints? How can frontline staff feel empowered and valued as part of the improvement process?
  • In the longer term, how can the social care sector respond to the changing needs and increasing demands of a growing and ageing population?
  • What are the challenges and opportunities of further integration between the health and social care sectors, how could it be implemented in practice and what barriers would need to be overcome to do so?
  • In the context of the “culture of care”, how should local authorities ensure commissioning is first and foremost based on patient demands? What can be done to make outcomes, rather than time spent and money used, the key indicator of productivity?

- - - -  Questions, and answer session with delegates - - - -




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Dr Alison Rose-Quirie Chief Executive Officer, Swanton Care and Community

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Sam Newman Director, Partners4Change

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Liam Booth-Smith Chief Executive, Localis

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10:40 - 10:45
Chair's Closing Remarks

 
To be announced

10:45 - 11:10
Refreshment and Networking Break

 

11:10 - 11:15
Chair's Welcome Back

 
To be announced

11:15 - 12:05
Paying for Adult Social Care: Toward Stability, Sustainability and Sufficiency

 
  • In the context of one in ten councils cutting adult social care spending by more than a quarter, according to a recent study from the IFS, what are the emerging options to fill theses funding gaps? In what ways are different local authorities approaching their budgeting issues and what lessons can be shared?
  • With one in four UK home care companies at risk of insolvency and a record numbers cancelling contracts, is the adult social care market sustainable? 
  • With private residents seemingly subsidising those from local authorities, does there need to be a reimagining of the adult social care business model? What effect would any change have on collaborative working between the private and public sector?
  • What needs to be the priorities for investing the £2Bn promised by the Chancellor? What strategies could be put in place to create the funding required to deliver adequate social care services to all those who need it? How effective is the adult social care precept expected to be in raising much needed funds?

- - - -  Questions, and answer session with delegates - - - -





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Alex Khaldi Market Director - Health and Social Care, Capita

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Laura Gardiner Senior Research and Policy Analyst, Resolution Foundation

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Anita Charlesworth Director of Research and Economics, The Health Foundation

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12:05 - 12:55
Harnessing the Power of the Social Care Workforce : Training, Retaining and Respecting

 
  • With low pay and the prevalence of zero hour contracts amongst the reasons cited for high staff turnover, how can the conditions and status of care work be improved to encourage retention and attract high quality, trained professionals?
  • Will training and upskilling existing employees to be prepared to specialist levels, such as to work with those with dementia, help reduce pressures or will specialism reduce the number of generalists? What impact will this have on budgets?
  • How could fresh recruitment practices such as partnering with colleges and universities, recruiting from hospitals and offering quality apprenticeships help care providers access a wide range of capable candidates?
  • How will Brexit and the potential limit of free movement effect staffing levels in the sector and what strategies should be put in place to limit the impact?
  • How does the rise in national living wage impact on the industry’s ability to recruit and retain the necessary number of staff and what are care providers doing to balance budgets and staffing needs?

Speaker invitations under consideration

- - - -  Questions, and answer session with delegates - - - -




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Annette Baines SfC Programme Head – Recruitment & Retention, Skills for Care

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Matthew Egan Social Care Officer, UNISON

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12:55 - 13:00
Chair's and Policy-UK's Thanks

 
To be announced

End

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Annette Baines SfC Programme Head – Recruitment & Retention, Skills for Care

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Liam Booth-Smith Chief Executive, Localis

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Anita Charlesworth Director of Research and Economics, The Health Foundation

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Matthew Egan Social Care Officer, UNISON

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James Frewin Head of Inspection - London, Care Quality Commission

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Laura Gardiner Senior Research and Policy Analyst, Resolution Foundation

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Professor Martin Green OBE Chief Executive, Care England

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Alex Khaldi Market Director - Health and Social Care, Capita

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Sam Newman Director, Partners4Change

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Dr Alison Rose-Quirie Chief Executive Officer, Swanton Care and Community

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Venue details

The King's Fund 11-13 Cavendish Square, London W1G 0AN

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