With the adult social care sector facing increasing challenges and mounting financial pressures, local care providers flocked to the Surrey and Sussex Care Showcase to learn how to meet these challenges head-on and prepare their businesses for the future.
This year’s Showcase theme of Making Connections in Social Care reinforced the importance of how all areas of social care, health and community services need to work together to ensure a sustainable long-term future for the sector and help care providers plan ahead with creativity.
The Showcase seminar programme was headed by keynote speaker Andrea Sutcliffe, Chief Inspector for Adult Social Care at the Care Quality Commission. Other speakers from the sector included Margaret Willcox, President of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS); David Williams, CEO of St Monica’s Trust; Avnish Goyal, Chair of Care England; Brian Morton from the Royal College of Nursing and Vic Rayner from the National Care Forum. The programme also featured plenty of practical advice sessions for providers covering subjects such as medication, speech and language therapy, epilepsy awareness, technology, recruitment, training and legal matters.
Erica Lockhart, Chief Executive of Surrey Care Association and one of the Showcase organisers said: “The shortages of nursing and care staff, pressure on council finances and uncertainty about how health and social care service will be integrated are some of the biggest challenges facing local care providers today. Our annual Care Showcase helps keep providers abreast of developments to ensure they can continue to offer high levels of quality care to the vulnerable adults they serve.”