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

 
Speaker invitations under consideration

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

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

 
With the latest figures from the Community and Local Government Committee’s Adult Social Care inquiry stating that 28% of care services are inadequate or require improvement, what are the immediate priorities for raising standards and reducing variations and inequalities across the country? What short term solutions, such as installing good leadership and skilled management, could be put in place to improve the quality of care provision and increase efficiency during a time of high demand and stretched budgets?
In the longer term, what reforms does the social care system need to see in order to better serve the changing needs and increasing demands of a growing and ageing population? How beneficial would enhanced integration between the health and social care sectors be, how could it be implemented in practice given the complexities of both systems and what barriers would need to be overcome to do so?
In the context of a widespread overhaul of the culture of care, what needs to be done to allow local authorities to be able to change their position and ensure that commissioning is based on the patient needs and desired outcomes rather than a primary focus being on time and money?

Speaker invitations under consideration

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



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

 
With one in ten councils having cut adult social care spending by more than a quarter,  according to a recent study from the IFS, what are the current and emerging options to address the funding gaps in the delivery of adult social care in England?
  With some councils reportedly spending just £2.24 an hour for residential care, how is the quality and quantity of care being affected and what is the resulting effect on the collaborative working relationships between local authorities and care providers? What are the likely impact of many care providers having to rely on privately paying clients to subsidise their local authority funded clients and how is this effecting the Adult social care market?
What, in the short term, are the priorities for investing the £2Bn promised by the Chancellor over the next three years and, in the longer term, 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?

Speaker invitations under consideration

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




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 frequently cited for such a high staff turnover rate in this sector, how can the conditions and status of care work be improved to encourage staff retention and attract high quality, adequately trained professionals into the sector?
  • How can training and upskilling existing employees to be prepared to administer medication and deal appropriately with clients with conditions like dementia help reduce a skills shortage in the sector and what are the challenges given budget shortages of doing so? 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 external factors such as Brexit, and the potential limit of free movement, and the rise in national living wage impact on the industry’s ability to recruit and retain the necessary number of staff?

Speaker invitations under consideration

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



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

 
To be announced

End

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Professor Martin Green OBE Chief Executive, Care England

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Venue details

Central London


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