The Unmissables at Day 1 – The Residential and Home Care Show
It’s less than 24 hours to go until the opening of Health Plus Care 2019 at the ExCel Centre, London. As social care experts, we are featured in The Residential and Home Care Show – seek us out on Stand D70. You can’t miss us, we’re right by the food court, en route to The Home Care Theatre, so no excuses not to come and say hi!
If you are planning on making the trip to Docklands to take the pulse of the social care sector in 2019, we have some tips. We’ve been taking a look at the programme, marvelling at the sheer quality and variety of speakers on offer this year. There are far too many to give them all a mention, so we’ve selected a few, purely subjective, ‘unmissables.’ If we’ve overlooked anyone, we stand to be corrected – let us know.
Nothing kicks off an exhibition quite so well as an ‘Official Launch’. Don’t miss the 9.10 start for the unveiling of the new CARE badge in The Business and Innovation Theatre. It’s the brainchild of EveryLIFE Technologies in partnership with Care England. This is what they say:
The CARE badge is a unifying symbol of pride in our social care champions; those providing, receiving and supporting care. It is long overdue recognition for the 2 million people employed in care outside the NHS, as well as the 7 million more unpaid carers across the UK.
Come and pick up your CARE badge and wear it with pride, it’s shiny and green and it shows that you care, too.
An Inspector calls
It’s the first visit for Kate Terroni in her new role as Chief Inspector for Adult Social Care at the CQC. For many in the sector it will be their first opportunity to hear her speak, and it will be interesting to see where her focus lies. She’s new in the role and facing an (undoubtedly packed) audience of social care professionals under pressure from all quarters, it will be fascinating to see how this goes. Get to the Home Care Theatre early to secure a seat – presentation starts at 9.25.
Exploring the options
Jonathan Bruce is the Managing Director of Prestige Nursing and Care and has many years of experience in the sector. Who better to talk eloquently on the diversity of care options now available, and how these may fit in an evolving care landscape? Like to learn more? Get yourself to the Home Care Theatre for 10.35.
Caroline Dinenage Minister of State at the Department of Health and Social Care is appearing in The Keynote Theatre at 10.00. Given her proximity to the decision makers, you would hope for some concrete news on the progress of the Green Paper for Social Care. Experience tells us this hope may be false. That said, just in case there are any scoops, I would advise the esteemed panel for our following recommendation (see below), to sit in and take notes.
The Green Paper – what’s the way forward?
Yes, it’s the very same question all of us in the care sector have been asking ourselves for the past three years. With the Right Hon Damian Green MP, Paul Burstow from SCIE, Anita Charlesworth of The Health Foundation and Michael Voges of ARCO UK all on the panel, then hopefully we’ll be getting a holistic response to this challenging question. All progress on this issue seems to have been parked for a while now, so any glimpses of light at the end of the tunnel gratefully received. 11.50 in The Residential Care Theatre.
Next, we suggest you grab a quick lunch from the food court (not forgetting to call in at our neighbouring stand – did we mention it was D70?) before heading to the Residential Care Theatre at 12.40 for Technology Leading Change in the Social Care Sector. A great line up of contributors include Vic Rayner of NCF, Karolina Gerlich from NACAS, Bhavna Keane Rao of BKR Consulting, Taffy Gatawa of EveryLIFE technologies and Alyson Scurfield, Chief Executive of TSA. Expect a lively debate.
14.25 in The Home Care Theatre listen to the latest tips on what’s working in home care recruitment. Recruitment and retention is a big problem for everyone in the sector, so it’s crazy not to be taking on board the expert advice of Neil Eastwood – his insights will surprise you and bring energy to your recruitment efforts.
Final suggestion for Day 1 is Belinda Schwehr’s presentation in the Home Care Theatre at 15.40, Fees and care reviews – do better at difficult conversations!
Belinda looks at the rules underpinning what councils and CCGs can do, when trying to force prices down, and care inputs up. A topic that frequently exercises care providers, we predict this useful presentation will be well-attended.
That’s it for our brief rundown of programme highlights for Day 1 at The Residential and Home Care Show. Again, apologies for missing anyone out – let us know your suggestions and we’ll give you a shout-out on social media @insequaltd to make up for it. Come back tomorrow for our picks of Day 2 at Health Plus Care 2019, in The Residential and Home Care Show.