Insequa’s seven picks for Health Plus Care 2018
Health Plus Care 2018 is upon us. This time next week, we will be manning the Insequa stand at Health Plus Care 2018 at the Excel Centre in London’s Docklands. We’re looking forward to the show more than ever this year, because it just seems to get better and better. The scope of the exhibition has widened, attracting a blend of health and social care, and the new digital aspect of the event pushes it into exciting areas delivering cutting edge solutions to age old problems faced by the health and social care sectors.
As social care experts, Insequa will be found on Stand B60, close to the Homecare Theatre. We’ve perused the show guide and marvelled at the breadth and depth of the programme on offer. As well as the numerous stands and exhibits displaying products and services key to the sector, (don’t forget to bring a large bag to fit all the freebies in!), anyone connected with social care will find something to interest them in the variety of speakers and talks going on. To help you out a little, we’ve pulled out a few must-see highlights from the Homecare Theatre programme over the two days. You may well have your own alternatives (if so, please enlighten us) – but if you’re pushed for time, don’t miss the following star turns at the Homecare Theatre during your visit to the show…
Day 1 – Wednesday 27thJune Homecare Theatre
9:40 am: Our first selection from Day 1 is Bridget Warr CBE from the UK Home Care Association. She’ll be talking about How STPs and Social Care Can Work Together. Sustainability seems to be a running theme through this event, and it will be interesting to hear what Bridget has to say. Get there early to reserve your seat – and prepare to be informed, entertained and enlightened.
11.05 am: Sees our very own Director, Bill Watson, deliver a talk entitled Five Easy Steps to Fixing the Social Care Crisis. If only it were that easy. This talk will be given from the unique perspective of someone who deals with a varied sweep of social care issues on a daily basis. Here at Insequa we are expert tender writers, putting together persuasive and compelling bids for a diverse range of care providers. As well as bid writing, we write policies for social care, provide compliance software and offer CQC inspection support. In short, we know the sector inside out because we come to it from a number of different directions. Through our close work with them, we are privileged to have a unique window into the world of social care providers at a time when they are under extreme pressure – Bill will be sharing useful insights gained to help alleviate this, and offer solutions based on years of experience immersed in social care.
12.15 pm: We will certainly be reserving a seat at Denise Radley’s talk in the Homecare Theatre. The presentation discusses the Delivery of High Quality, Sustainable Services – Getting Beyond Crude Commissioning. In her role as Corporate Director, London Borough of Tower Hamlets, and National Lead for Commissioning at Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS), Denise is perfectly placed to add intelligent and constructive fuel to the ongoing debate over commissioning best practice in social care.
2.55 pm: Are you wanting to grow your social care business? You’ll need to get your recruitment and retention problems sorted first. Neil Eastwood from Sticky People is the best-selling author of Saving Social Care and this presentation promises to deliver intel on Home Care Recruitment Secrets. Learn how to transform your business growth with the latest best practice from around the globe. If you want a seat, get there early, Neil’s talks tend to be standing room only affairs.
Day 2 Thursday 28thJune Homecare Theatre
11.10am: Andrea Sutcliffe CBE from the CQC needs no introduction at this event. As head chief inspector for social care at the CQC, she’ll have some valuable words to say on Achieving and Sustaining High Quality Care. Yet more emphasis on the importance of pushing forward with ideas and practices that are sustainable. In challenging times for social care this talk is well worth turning up for – as she’s addressing those directly involved and impacted by the current impasse in social care funding, it will be interesting to see the approach taken.
11.50am: Following hot on the heels of Andrea Sutcliffe’s appearance, we highly recommend staying in your seats to listen to Colin Angel, Policy and Campaigns Director from UKHCA. Colin’s presentation will focus on a subject close to our hearts at Insequa – entitled Promoting Market Stability through Viable Home Care Contracts – it promises to be a fascinating talk. We see first-hand how home care contracts are in a state of flux, buffeted by the unsettling cross winds of social care underfunding – who knows where we are headed? If anyone knows, Colin Angel does.
14.05pm: And finally, how could we get through the whole conference without mentioning the B word. Sharon Allen OBE from Skills for Care will be delivering a talk entitled Managing Brexit – how can care businesses plan for leaving the EU? This is a typically brave topic from Sharon to wrestle with, as it doesn’t seem anybody knows much about how the country is going to fare in a post-Brexit world. If there’s anything the social care sector is expert at dealing with, it’s the spectre of uncertainty at every turn…
So there you have our picks from the Home Care Theatre programme. I’m sure we’ve left out some real crackers. If there was time to see every presentation, we would happily do so. How about you? Which are your picks? Who do you recommend we make time to see next week? Come and say hi to us on Stand B60 and tell us who we need to check out…