Through Unity There is Strength- Care England Hold Health & Social Care Conference

Care England, the largest representative body for independent providers of adult social care, held another very successful conference focusing on the health and social care workforce.

Professor Martin Green OBE, Chief Executive of Care England, says:

“Social care staff are our most precious and important resource. Recruitment and retention of social care staff is a huge challenge, but our conference enabled stakeholders spanned across the entire social care sector to unite and find clearer paths to recruiting, retaining, enabling and valuing staff thereby enabling them to do what they do best, care for people”.

In the plenary session there was standing room only such was the demand. Delegates heard from a variety of esteemed speakers including: Kate Terroni, Chief Inspection of Adult Social care at CQC, Rachel Smith, Head of Business Systems and Management Information at Orchard Care Homes, Alyson Scurfield, CEO at TEC Services Association, Andrea Sutciffe, CEO at the Nursing and Midwifery Council, Professor Martin Green, CEO at Care England and Avnish Goyal, Chair at Care England. In the afternoon delegates had a choice of seminars to attend. All the presentations and photographs of the day can be found at http://www.careengland.org.uk/care-england-conference-and-exhibition-presentations.

During the day BBC Radio 4 You and Yours followed proceedings and conducted an interview with Martin Green and Andrea Sutcliffe https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000b4wr focusing on nurse shortages and Care England’s submission to the Migration Advisory Committee which called care workers, front line staff, together with Nursing Associates, to be added to the Shortage Occupation List as soon as possible.

Care England’s Conference saw the launch of TEC Stories a resource for care home providers and commissioners outlining how technology enabled care is changing the lives of care home residents. Care England is at the forefront of the tech revolution bringing the people with the innovation technical ideas together with the care providers who support and care for vulnerable adults.