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Government Backs Great British Care Awards

The Government have formally pledged their support for the Great British Care Awards.  Norman Lamb, Minister of State for Care and Support, said in a recent statement,

" It's so important for the Government to be a strategic partner in the Great British Care Awards.

"We hear stories about bad things happening from time to time and sometimes it feels like this is the only thing the media is interested in. I know there is an amazing amount of fantastic care that goes in our country from an enormous number of incredibly dedicated workers."

As the Great British Care Awards, in association with Specsavers Healthcall, continue to go from strength to strength, the sector continues to get behind the industry's premier event which truly recognise the outstanding work that is carried out on the front line and helping to promote the invaluable work of our unsung heroes of our communities.

This year saw a record number of regional winners who came forward to the two finals of the National Great British Care Awards for both care home and home care, both of which took place in April and June in the prestigious Grosvenor House Hotel in London's Park Lane. 

Norman Lamb continued,  "It's so important to highlight and acknowledge the work of the social care workforce, their dedication and their commitment - the Great British Care Awards achieve that.  They acknowledge and celebrate individuals who've done great things often over a very sustained period of time, dedicating themselves to helping others is such an important thing to do.

"I pay tribute to the work of the Great British Care Awards and am very, very happy to be strongly associated with them."

This is the fifth year for the national finals and the enthusiasm from the sector to join in and raise the profile of social care has once again proved boundless. This year's regional winners and national finalists are a true representation of the crème de la crème of the sector. 

The Great British Care Awards continue to receive wide sector support including the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS), Alzheimer's Society, Care England, National Skills Academy for Social Care, Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) and the United Kingdom Home Care Association (UKHCA). 

The awards are a celebration of excellence across the care sector.  The purpose of the awards is to promote best practice within both home care and care homes sectors, and pay tribute to those individuals who have demonstrated outstanding excellence within their field of work. The awards offer a unique opportunity to celebrate the successes of individuals, teams and businesses throughout the UK - people who really do make a positive impact on people’s lives. 

The awards support The Care Workers Charity, which is the registered charity for the care sector, supporting current, former and retired care professionals, by providing assistance to relieve financial hardship or sickness.

Lisa Carr, Director of the Great British Care Awards said,
“We are now entering the 6th year for the regional Great British Care Awards and we continue to be overwhelmed by the enthusiasm from our industry. Nominations are now been taken for the 2014 regionals and the quality of the entries from across the country and throughout the sector is extremely high. Once again we expect the judges to have the unenviable task of choosing the category winners.

"More and more individuals and social care providers are entering the awards which offer a unique opportunity to celebrate the successes of individuals, teams and businesses throughout the UK - people who really do make a positive impact on people’s lives.  We look forward to celebrating these unsung heroes of our communities and raise the profile of social care. "

The 2014 regional Great British Care Awards are now open for nominations.  Please visit www.care-awards.co.uk to nominate
 
Lets celebrate social care and help it get the recognition it deserves

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A Morning Conference, Tuesday 8th July 2014

One Birdcage Walk, Westminster, London SW1H 9JJ

LCS International in partnership with The Sunday Times present their 15th Annual Health and Social Care Conference on Tuesday 8th July 2014 at One Birdcage Walk, Westminster, SW1H 9JJ. The conference opens at 09.15 am and will close at 1.15pm followed by the Conference Reception and Luncheon.

We are delighted that caretalk have joined us as sponsors this year. Barclays, one of our financial sponsors, have also kindly agreed to highlight the importance of the event, by bringing the Barclays Premier League Trophy on the day.

The event is an important opportunity to keep up-to-date with the many political, financial and organisational changes in the health and social care sector. It will bring together people in the private, public and third sectors and facilitate discussion between the NHS, Social Services and the independent and voluntary sectors on the significant challenges and opportunities in health and social care. Please join us and add your voice to the discussions.

The theme of this year's event is 'Transformational Strategies in Health and Social Care'. The conference will debate the 2015-2020 agenda. This is a time of real impetus behind the integration of primary, secondary and community services, new partnerships between the NHS and the independent sector; NHS England's Simon Steven's forward looking views on the use of data and the role of patients and communities, and the Department of Health’s  recent paper 'Transforming Primary Care'.

Participants include:

  • Lord Norman Warner, former Minister of State, DoH, author of 2014 Report 'Solving the NHS Care and Cash Crisis'
  • Rt. Hon Stephen Dorrell MP; Chair, House of Commons Health Committee
  • Sir John Oldham CBE; Chair of The Independent Commission on Whole Person Care that reported in February this year: 'One Person, One Team, One System'
  • Stephen Collier, CEO General Healthcare
  • Rob Webster, CEO NHS Confederation
  • Tom Wright, CEO Age UK
  • Sir Stephen Bubb, CEO ACEVO
  • Anita Charlesworth Senior Economist at The Health Foundation
  • Dr Arvind Medan, CEO, Hurley Group
  • Dr Matthew Patrick, CEO South London and Maudesley NHS Trust
  • Dr Charles Alessi, Chair, NAPC
  • Ian Smith, Chair, Four Seasons Healthcare
  • Kingsley Manning, Chair, Health and Social Care Information Centre

We anticipate debate around:

  • A wider range of funding and delivery options for Health and Social Care after the next election - and its implications
  • Decision time for primary care and building more effective community based services
  • New models of integrated care with an enhanced role for local government
  • The impact of recent government legislation for persons with learning disabilities and mental illness
  • Innovative practices in Sweden, The Netherlands and the U.S. which have transformed community based care
  • Building better incentives into the system for innovation and IT development

Registration is from 8.30 am. The formal proceedings open at 9.15 and close at 1.15 after which there will be a reception and lunch.
To book online please follow the link to our websiteBook Online
Alternatively you can call or email us:
Tel. +44 207 108 6323
e-mail 
info@lcsic.com

Delegate price: £275 + VAT
including reception and lunch

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50 complimentary passes for Health+Care Conference 2014

Dear Care Talk Reader

As a valued reader of Care Talk, I am delighted to inform you as partners of the Health+Care conference, we are able to offer 50 complimentary passes for qualifying senior care providers.

Health+Care 2014 is only 6 weeks away and complimentary passes are very limited, you must confirm your pass here by 30th May, after this date, any spare tickets will be submitted back in to the public ballot.

More than 7,000 professionals will gather from all over the country for 14 theatres of world class conference programmes, that includes dedicated integration, health & wellbeing and care provider streams. Over 300 speakers will deliver live debates, case studies and keynote sessions that will give delegates everything from getting advice on how to influence your CCG, information on the Better Care Fund, new style CQC inspections, policy and liability updates and everything in-between.

Book your complimentary pass to attend the conference before 30th May >>>

You can contact the Health+Care team via email or phone: 0207 348 5769.

Kind regards

Lisa Carr

Editor

Care Talk

Please note: Tickets are complimentary, but if you register and you cannot attend, you MUST cancel your place to avoid the £99 non-attendance fee.

Commercial companies will not receive complimentary passes, they can be purchased at £699+VAT per ticket.

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Great British Care Shows welcome you!

After the success of last year’s inaugural series of the Great British Care Shows, dates and locations for the 2014 shows are now confirmed. 

 

Sector support

The shows have received support from across the sector and are formally endorsed by  the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS), Alzheimer’s Society, National Association for Safety and Health in Care Services (NASHICS) and Dementia Action Alliance, to name but a few. We have received a great response from both exhibitors and delegates keen to get involved in showcasing excellence in social care at the events, which are Regional shows with locality in mind.

 

Format

The format of the Great British Care Shows will again offer something exciting and different to other care shows by taking an innovative approach. The shows will offer:

  • Practical solutions for achieving outcomes and excellence
  • A dementia-themed conference including a dementia café
  • Interactive learning workshops
  • Innovative industry expert speaker sessions
  • ‘Question time’ debating the policy agenda and future of the market
  • An excellent networking opportunity
  • A display of the latest products and services in the UK and locally.

 

Audience profile

With the backing of ADASS the show will attract local authority directors and commissioning managers. This in turn will draw in care operators from within the regions. United Kingdom Homecare Association (UKHCA) and Care England have also pledged their support, which is leading to wider interest from across the social care sector.

Delegates are will represent all areas of the sector including private, statutory and voluntary. Commissioners, directors of adult social services, care providers, owners, managers, care workers and personal assistants, as well as unpaid carers, people who use services and individual employees from within the community, are expected to attend.

 

Speaking programme

The exciting speaker programme will include representatives from local authority commissioning, ADASS, large corporate care providers, National Skills Academy for Social Care, Care England, Dementia Care Matters, UKHCA, and the Dementia Action Alliance Carers’ Call to Action campaign.

Delegates will also hear from people living with dementia, those who are supporting family members and experts in dementia. Norman McNamara, who lives with dementia, Tommy Whitelaw, a campaigner who has supported a family member with dementia, and expert in dementia David Sheard from Dementia Care Matters, are all scheduled to speak at the shows.

 

Learning workshops

This year also sees the introduction of our learning room, which is set to carry out interactive learning sessions. These sessions provide an excellent opportunity for delegates to participate in innovative and engaging learning programmes from a range of learning providers, and are being facilitated by C2L Care to Learn. In this era of new regulation for the sector and emphasis on quality, these sessions are already generating strong interest.

 

Delegates

Entry to the shows is free and delegates can register through our website http://www.gbcareshows.co.uk/region/interest.php

We would encourage individuals from across the social care sector to attend. The Great British Care Shows offer a valuable networking opportunity and the regional locations ensure you are able to link with local commissioners, care associations and service users. They are set to be a significant date for your calendar.

 

Testimonials

Last year's feedback will give this year's exhibitors and delegates a flavour of what to expect.

 

What our delegates said

“We are delighted to support the Great British Care Shows, a great avenue to celebrate hard work and successes across the social care sector on a national basis.

RBS is truly rooted in healthcare; our independently accredited relationship managers work across the country and are ideally placed to offer specific expertise, local knowledge and the creativity to structure the right financial solutions for businesses across the social care sector.”

Mike Coster, business development director, healthcare, Royal Bank of Scotland

 

“I had a really useful day, found the presentations very useful and came away with a list of actions.”

Karen Darley, workforce development unit workforce development adviser, City of York Council

 

“Great show – I took away more knowledge on certain software we are considering using in our care home.”

Marion Vickers, home administrator, Solihull Care Limited

 

What our speakers said

"It is with the utmost honour I have been asked to speak at the Great British Care Shows. I hope my voice, as someone ‘living with dementia’, will be the voice of thousands who have this awful disease."

Norman McNamara, diagnosed with dementia aged 50

 

"ADASS welcomes the Great British Care Shows. It is more important than ever that all of those involved in the commissioning and delivery of care learn from each other and that we take every opportunity to support the workforce to deliver quality care and maintain dignity.

The shows will allow people who have won awards for their own excellent practice to share their approach in more detail with others. The proposed format of the shows means that they should support our objective of making information and advice about care and support more readily available.

There should also be opportunities for providers and commissioners to engage in considering the types of services we need to develop and the different ways in which these could be commissioned."

Sarah Pickup, Hertfordshire County Council deputy chief executive and former ADASS president

 

"Alzheimer’s Society is pleased to support the Great British Care Shows. These key events provide an important opportunity to meet with people across the care industry who are working to support thousands of people with dementia and their families, and to help raise excellence in social care." 

Kathryn Smith, director of operations, Alzheimer's Society

 

What our exhibitors said

“I found this show to be very good and very informative – great to have something local in my area.”

Trainer, KennedyPage Training Company

 

“Days were very well organised and very enjoyable.”

Eileen Reid, care home divisional director, optical services, Healthcall

 

“These care shows really helped to raise the profile of our business and put us in front of key decision makers, generate new business and show those attending what My Learning Cloud could do for them. We would certainly recommend exhibiting in 2014.”

Steven Embleton, ‘chief cloud’, My Learning Cloud

 

 

For more information, visit www.gbcareshows.co.uk

 

Lets' showcase excellence in social care and help it get the recognition it deserves

 

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C2L providing Excellence in learning, development and support to the social care sector

Dates – 15 November 2013 9.30-4.30
 
Venue – C2L Care to Learn Office, 18a Baldertongate, Newark, NG24 1UF
 
Coaching skills for social care managers workshops
 
The workshop offers the opportunity for the participants to develop a coaching style of eadership through a very practical and fast paced programme. The workshop is designed to ensure all participants have the opportunity to practice their coaching approach and receive valuable feedback to support their development.
 
The key messages of the session include;
 
  • Coaching and mentoring are key to enhancing performance and building leadership capability
  • Coaching conversations can keep objectives and development on track as well as enhance performance
  • The value of developing self and others
  • How coaching can impact on your organisation
  • The participants will have the opportunity to practice corecoaching skills using a coaching framework and will leave the workshop with a helpful coaching toolkit to support them in their roles.
 
Further workshops that are available
 
  • Creating an Innovative & Accountable Work Environment
  • Managing performance using a coaching approach
  • Communication skills – practical session to build high quality skills in rapport, listening, asking great questions and demonstrating empathy
  • Managing people by providing direction, reviewing performance & motivating others
  • Leading with integrity – a focus on personal leadership strengths and styles
 
Introducing:
Becci Martin is the lead facilitator for Coaching, Mentoring and Leadership at C2L Care to Learn. Becci is a very skilled facilitator and mentor and was a runner up in the Mentor of the Year category at the inaugural 2009 Department of Health National Leadership Awards and her recent clients include; North West Ambulance Service, Greater Manchester Fire & Rescue Service, Healthcare, Education & Local government organisations.
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Care home media attention vs. what the residents think

 

There doesn’t seem to be a day when care homes don’t make the headlines. It has been revealed, according to The Telegraph, that over 4,000 care homes have broken the law due to a lack of registered managers, many people feel shocked and appalled by the seemingly low standards of the institutions.

A non-executive described the news as “shocking” as the Care Quality Commission has announced it will punish those in charge with criminal sanctions and fines for as much as £4,000 for breaking the law.

Meanwhile in Scotland, police were summoned to a care home in Edinburgh following the death of residents, causing many Scottish people concern that care-homes don’t care for the residents as much as they do the funding.

Fighting back

The backlash of the media seems to have hit a peak, but the resident care sector has taken a significant step forward in ensuring the wellbeing and satisfaction of residents. A new annual survey has been conducted looking into the satisfaction rates of those in care homes, about which Baroness Sally Greengross, Co-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Aging and Old People, has said:

“This trial survey has provided an initial view of how residential care is perceived. From September 2013, when at least 100,000 places will be targeted for inclusion in the largest ever survey of residential care.

“Your Care Rating will publish home by home results, to help those families considering residential care to make an informed choice, and to drive continuous improvement by care home providers in the areas that residents themselves think most need improving.”

How the NHS helps

The NHS is also a vital part of providing care to elderly patients and care home residents, as it provides a much deeper level of service that is not on offer simply from the care home staff themselves.

Medical care is the greatest offer from the NHS, as many care home residents suffer from either physical illnesses or issues that may leave them unable to care for themselves, whilst others require mental health treatment and care.

What the results say

The preliminary survey showed a stark contrast between the media stories and what the residents actually believed, at least in the trial period. As an example, 92% of care home residents said they were happy living in their care home, while 97% said they were treated with kindness, dignity and respect, though a lower proportion of those interviewed felt staff were available for regular talks.

Ben Page, chief executive for the company responsible for the survey, has said: “One of the times when people are most vulnerable is in later life – this new study gives robust information about how residents themselves perceive a standard of care in the UK, and we hope can be part of changes to drive up standards.

“We look forward to working with Your Care Rating to roll this survey out on a much bigger scale this year.”

A survey conducted by First4Lawyers also found that those aged over 55, many of which were care home residents, were similarly satisfied with treatment from the NHS. More than half of those surveyed said they didn’t know anyone who had been poorly treated by the NHS, whilst many were in agreement that the NHS staff bedside manner complaints were due to staff being overworked.

A huge 71% also said they thought the government was wrong to cut funding to the NHS, which may reflect the reasoning behind rushed staff who are, perhaps, overworked.

The notion of conducting a survey with the patients themselves has been a revolutionary move for care home and medical authorities, as the patients themselves are often not given the chance to speak about the accusations made at care homes.

National averages from this survey can be found by clicking here 

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A One-Day Conference, Monday 21st October 2013

Austerity, Demographics & Health & Social Care Reforms

LCS 14th Annual Conference in partnership with the Sunday Times

One Birdcage Walk, London SW1H 9JJ

Monday 21st October 2013

Organised by LCS International, in partnership with The Sunday Times, this conference is being held this year against the background of the new Health and Social Care legislation, the Care and Support Bill before Parliament and implementation of Dilnot. We anticipate discussions on the day around: funding issues; quality regulation and workforce challenges; new approaches to services more in line with the way we work and live; proposals to enhance Social Care commissioning; and new models of integrated care.

Participants include:

  • Lord Norman Warner, former  Minister of State, Department of Health
  • Baroness Martha Lane-Fox of Soho CBE, Chair, Government Digital Service Advisory Board
  • Dr Daniel Poulter MP, Minister of State, Department of Health
  • Anita Charlesworth, Chief Economist, Nuffield Trust
  • Rt Hon Paul Burstow, former Minister of State, Department of Health
  • Dr Phillip Lee, Member of Parliament for Bracknell
  • Stephen Collier, CEO, General Healthcare Group
  • Sir Cyril Chantler, Chair, UCL Partners
  • Mike Farrar CBE, CEO, NHS Confederation
  • Dr Charles Alessi, Chair, NAPC
  • Sir Stephen Bubb, CEO, ACEVO
  • Ian Smith, Chair, Four Seasons Healthcare
  • Sebastian Habibi, Director, Department of Health
  • Steve Gay, Director, Association of British Insurers
  • Julia Manning, CEO, 2020 Health

 

The price * for this event is £225 plus VAT per attendee for the public and voluntary sectors or £450 plus VAT for the independent sector.

To book please visit our website at 
www.lcsic.com  or call LCS on 0207 387 6828 / e-mail: info@lcsic.com

*10% discount if you book before 1st October 2013*

 

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Great British Care Awards 2013 - Nomination closing dates fast approaching!

Following on from the enormous success of the Great British Care Awards national finals, we are now gearing up to meet our stars of 2013!

Nominations are flooding in for the 2013 regional awards and although the deadlines are looming there is still time to get them in. There are 19 categories to choose from and include everyone from employers and managers to frontline care workers, kitchen staff, handymen, receptionists and many more.

The aim of the awards is to reward excellence within social care and give recognition to those teams and individuals who go the extra mile. The level of passion, commitment and innovation is often over looked within the sector so this is the perfect opportunity to show the world that good care does exist and is in practice every day.

The awards will take place in 9 different regions of the country once again and anyone can nominate so if you have a friend, colleague, employer, manager or anyone you think deserves this recognition, nominate them now! Entries can be made online and you can download nomination forms from our website www.care-awards.co.uk

To enter,  all you will need to do is fill in the contact details and send us at least 300 words on why you think this person should be nominated. The more you explain about their work and how they go the extra mile the better! Entry is free so don’t miss the chance to join us and celebrate excellence within social care. 

Closing dates for nominations:

North West – 6th September 2013

East Midlands – 9th September 2013

East of England – 13th September 2013

West Midlands – 16th September 2013

London – 19th September 2013

Yorkshire & Humberside – 23rd September 2013

South West – 30th September 2013

North East – 14th October 2013

South East – 21st October 2013

 

For information on how to nominate or to book a table call 0115 959 6133 or email info@care-awards.co.uk

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NHS Quality of Care: putting the patient at the heart of healthcare

19 November 2013, America Square Conference Centre, London

Reform of the entire health system has placed enormous pressure on NHS services and staff

It is important to concentrate on how the NHS can actively promote better quality of care

Are you interested in what needs to be done to improve the quality of care provided to enhance the patient experience?

Do you want to improve services, efficiency and effectiveness?

Please use the following link to secure your place Today:  https://www.regonline.co.uk?eventID=1246221&rTypeID=308863

Confirmed Speakers Include

Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP 
Secretary of State for Health

Paul Bate 
Director of Strategy and Intelligence, Care Quality Commission

Professor Ingemar Ihse 
Emeritus Professor of Surgery, Lund University Hospital

Bridget Fletcher 
Chief Executive, Airedale NHS Foundation Trust

Louise Bannister and Ian Callaghan
National Shared Pathway

Topics to be Discussed Include
Putting the Quality of Patient Care at the Heart of the NHS
Implementing a Change in the Culture of Care
The value of patient input in service design

For more information on the Programme & Speakers of the day please access:  http://www.publicserviceevents.co.uk/programme/272/nhs-quality-of-care

All Care Talk readers can receive a discounted price to attend this event.

To receive discount please contact

Daniel Snape,
dsnape@publicservice.co.uk
Tel: +44 (0)161 831 7111


NHS Quality of Care: putting the patient at the heart of healthcare will focus on 'how' these fundamental changes can be made. Experts in delivering high-quality care will address the audience on the principles of bringing about positive change within the NHS.

We will explore how a digital NHS can improve quality of care by improving communication, reducing error and freeing up time for health workers to spend caring for patients. Excellent care that already exists in the healthcare system, both in the UK and in Europe, will be showcased as examples of best practice. 

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Implementing World Class Procurement in the NHS: embedding excellence

World-class procurement in the NHS is not a slogan; it is a necessity. Better procurement will save lives. High performing trusts will embrace it. The pressures on the NHS to secure much better value from the £20bn a year procurement spend by its hospital trusts are immense. A combination of joined-up procurement to maximise leverage and manage supply chains, with investment in much greater capability, should deliver some huge savings. Just a 5% improvement will save £1bn – equivalent to employing an extra 30,000 nurses. Alternatively, it could release resources to procure new, state-of-the-art equipment. The revised EU procurement directives will help the NHS to achieve these objectives and make it easier to take advantage of innovation.

Big benefits require radical change. Public Service Events' Implementing World Class Procurement in the NHS: embedding excellence conference will brief delegates about the changes, how they and the NHS trusts can engage with them, and the practical steps they will need to take

 

Full Programme and Speakers:   http://www.publicserviceevents.co.uk/programme/271/implementing-world-class-procurement-in-the-nhs

 

To Receive discount please contact

Daniel Snape,
dsnape@publicservice.co.uk
Tel: +44 (0)161 831 7111

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Corrie's Julie Hesmondhalgh to present at the Great British North West Care Show

 

We are delighted to announce that Julie Hesmondhalgh will be speaking at the Great North West Care Show on 17th April at Salford City Stadium in Manchester.

Julie Hesmondhalgh who plays national treasure, Hailey Cropper in Coronation Street will speak about her thoughts about the sector and the importance of the social care workforce as well as unpaid carers.  She will also formally launch the Great British Care Awards, a series of regional awards which celebrate excellence in social care and take place throughout October and November later this year. 

Julie Hesmondhalgh said:

“I am delighted to be supporting the Great North West Care Show in Manchester. The shows are a great way for people from the local communities to come together, share good practice and showcase excellence in social care. I look forward to meeting delegates and exhibitors and being part of what promises to be an informative and enjoyable day!”

Alex Shepherd, Events Co-ordinator of the Great British Care Shows said,

"We are delighted that Julie will be joining us in Manchester, she is a warm and caring person who has great empathy for our sector and we are sure will prove to be a great success at the show. It will also serve as a great platform to launch the regional Great British Care Awards for which nominations are now open."

The shows, which are free to delegates, have received support from across the sector including the Alzheimer's Society, Association of Directors of Adult Social Services, (ADASS), Carers UK, the English Community Care Association (ECCA) and Ceretas.  Delegates will include all areas of the social care sector; voluntary, unpaid carers, private, statutory, commissioners, directors of adult social services, care providers, owners, managers, care workers and also service users from the community.   

The shows will provide a unique networking opportunity, linking in with local commissioners, local care association and local service users and are set to be a significant date for the calendar in these regions.

Delegates can register online for FREE HERE .  For more information visit www.gbcareshows.co.uk or contact the Alex Shepherd alex.shepherd@gbcareshows.co.uk

 

Lets' showcase excellence in social care and help it get the recognition it deserves

 

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ADASS join key sector partners in supporting the Great British Care Shows

 

We are delighted to announce that the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services have once again formally endorsed the Great British Care Shows. 

The shows are also supported by Ceretas, the English Community Care Association and Carers UK and will provide a unique networking opportunity, linking in with local commissioners, local care association and local service users and are set to be a significant date for the calendar in these regions.

 

Sarah Pickup, President for ADASS said,

 

"ADASS welcomes plans to run Great British Care shows. It is more important than ever that all of those involved in the commissioning and delivery of care learn from each other and that we take every opportunity to support the workforce to deliver quality care and maintain dignity.

 

“The shows will allow people who have won awards for their own excellent practice to share their approach in more detail with others. The proposed format of the shows means that they should support our objective of making information and advice about care and support more readily available.

 

“There should also be opportunities for providers and commissioners to engage in considering the types of services we need to develop and the different ways in which these could be commissioned."

 

Alex Shepherd, Events Manager for the Great British Care Shows said,

 

"We are delighted that ADASS are officially endorsing these significant events.  These care shows are not a trade show and are very much a local forum for local people.  The delegate programme will be about showcasing local resources, a platform for seeking advice about issues that face service users in the community as well as for providers, commissioners and professionals from the private residential and domiciliary care sectors.  The shows are set to become a important event in the social care calendar and the support from these key sector partners is extremely significant."

For more exhibitor information please click here

For delegate inquiries please click here

 

Lets' showcase excellence in social care and help it get the recognition it deserves

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The Alzheimer's Society support the Great British Care Shows

 

We are delighted to announce that the Alzheimer's Society are supporting the Great British Care Shows together with the Great British Care Awards and will be exhibiting at each of the forthcoming 9 regional events in  2013.

The Alzheimer's Society is a membership organisationwhich works to improve the quality of life of people affected by dementiain England, Wales and Northern Ireland.  Many of their 20,000 members have personal experience of dementia as health professionals, carers or people with dementia themselves; their experiences really help to inform our work.

 The Great British Care Shows, in association with the Alzheimer’s Show, will showcase the very best products, services and information as well as providing practical help and solutions for people living and working with dementia.

The events have received backing from key sector bodies including the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services, (ADASS), Carers UK, the English Community Care Association (ECCA) and Ceretas.

The format of the show will include presentations from dementia organisations and individual dementia specialists.  Delegates will include local authority commissioners, care providers, care professionals and unpaid carers - most of who will be seeking information and innovative ways on improving care provision for people suffering from dementia.

Kathryn Smith, Director of Operations, Alzheimer's Society said,

"Alzheimer’s Society is pleased to support the care shows and care awards in 2013. These key events provide an important opportunity to meet with people across the care industry who are working to support thousands of people with dementia and their families, and to help raise excellence in social care." 

For more information visit www.gbcareshows.co.uk

Lets' showcase excellence in social care and help it get the recognition it deserves

 

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Count down to the 2013 Great British Care Shows begins

Following on from the success of last year's two pilot events, the 2013 series of the Great British Care Shows are rapidly taking shape featuring in nine regions across the country starting in March this year.  The shows, which are sponsored by the Royal Bank of Scotland and being held in association with the Alzheimer's Show, are quickly taking momentum with exhibitors and delegates already registering their support.

The shows are also supported by Ceretas, the English Community Care Association and Carers UK as well as having received wide interest from across the social care sector.

The Great British Care Shows have developed an innovative approach to move away from the usual road show and create a new and exciting programme for exhibitors and delegates:

Local care shows

Practical solutions for achieving outcomes and excellence

Industry expert sessions

Question time debating the policy agenda and the future of the market

A unique networking opportunity

One to one expert discussion sessions for solutions for excellence

A display of all the latest products and services

Delegates will stem from all areas of the sector such as private, statutory, and voluntary and will include Commissioners, Directors of adult social services, care providers, owners, managers, care workers, unpaid carers and service users from the community.

Speakers include representatives from the Department of Health, the Social Care Institute for Excellence, the National Skills Academy for Social Care, the English Community Care Association, Care Quality Commission and Skills for Care.  Sector experts in the area of dementia, end of life care, training and development, nutrition, health and safety will also be presenting.

In addition to the keynote sessions there will be a number of ‘Light Bulb’ sessions; quick, lively and innovative presentations throughout the day.   These ‘Light Bulb’ sessions will be aimed at achieving a fast track to excellence and based around the categories and good practice examples gleaned from the Great British Care awards.

The shows will provide a unique networking opportunity, linking in with local commissioners, local care association and local service users and are set to be a significant date for the calendar in these regions.

Entry to the show is free and delegates can register online at www.gbcareshows.co.uk

Last year's feedback will give this year's delegates a flavour of what to expect,

 

“A really enjoyable and informative day and a great opportunity to network. Can't wait for the next one”

Mary Bryce, speaker and chair of Ceretas

 

"The light bulb sessions and talks that I managed to fit in were equally as interesting and informative. My only complaint is I couldn’t manage to fit more in.  Many thanks to the organisers, exhibitors, speakers and those running the seminars it was a wonderful success and I look forward to the next one.”

John Ireland - delegate and team Leader, Millers

 

 “The Great British Care show was a great opportunity to both hear some of the latest thinking on the future of the sector and to network with key suppliers and agencies.  It was great to have an event of this nature locally"

Mark Greaves, managing Director, Ideal Care Homes

 

For more information or to register as a delegate visit www.gbcareshows.co.uk

 

Lets' showcase excellence in social care and help it get the recognition it deserves

 

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Social Care Top 30 winner announced

Jane Ashcroft, chief executive of Anchor, and chair of the English Community Care Association,  has been awarded the winner of the Social Care Top 30, a high-profile list of the most influential movers and shakers in social care.

The winner was revealed at a glittering awards ceremony which took place on 28 November at London's splendid St Pancras Renaissance Hotel, hosted by acclaimed broadcaster and journalist, Jeremy Vine.

The Top 30 is compiled by Care Talk magazine and based on votes from readers and experts in the sector. A panel of judges including BBC and Guardian journalists also helped to decided the overall winner.

 Care Talk editor Lisa Carr said: “Jane Ashcroft sets the agenda for older people’s services. She has influenced government policy and launched the Grey Pride campaign which got a Shadow minister for older people appointed to the Shadow Cabinet.

 “She has mobilised 137,000 people to petition government on demographic change and has shone the spotlight on ageism in the media. Heading Anchor, a £264m organisation with almost 40,000 customers and 9,000 staff, she has driven high levels of customer satisfaction across Anchor’s services. And she has spearheaded an “inspiring and courageous vision of dementia care” at Anchor’s newest home, West Hall.”

Jane said: “This reflects the amazing work of colleagues across Anchor to make older people happy. There were many inspirational figures on the Top 30 so to top the list is a huge honour.

This inaugural event received support from across the sector, including the Department of Health. Nominations included movers and shakers from private, statutory and the voluntary sectors.

The event was sponsored by Ridouts, a niche practice of outstanding health and social care lawyers.  Managing Partner Paul Ridout said:  “ Events like this are essential to showcase Social Care, too often dismissed as a Cinderella service, as the engine room without which all care services would struggle. I congratulate Care Talk for this initiative."

To view the Top 10 winners together with the 30 finalists please click here

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Care Talk announces partnership with National Learning Disabilities & Autism Awards

 

Care Talk is delighted to announce its partnership with the British Institute of Learning Disabilities (BILD) in the inaugural National Learning Disabilities and Autism Awards.  The awards, organised by the team behind the Great British Care Awards, will take place on 15th June 2013 at a prestigious central London venue and will coincide with the start of National Learning Disabilities Week.

The awards have been well received by the sector and are formally supported by the Department of Health, the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services, Skills for Care, The National Skills Academy for Social Care and the Social Care Institute for Excellence.

The purpose of the awards is to pay tribute to people who specifically support those with learning disabilities and autism and celebrate excellence within this sector. The award categories will cover a wide variety of roles from employers through to support workers. In addition, there will also be awards for best accessibility, innovation, and many more.

Nominations are open to everyone across the social care sector; including private, statutory and voluntary organisations.  Shortlisted finalists will be invited to attend a judging day and the winner will be announced at the gala dinner.

The nomination form is available to download at  www.care-awards.co.uk/ld-awards

Ann Chivers, chief executive of BILD said,

“It takes a special kind of person to work in social care; you need commitment, compassion and bags of energy. Lots of people tell us supporting people with learning disability brings its own rewards, but at BILD we want to highlight their work and celebrate their contribution - that’s why we are so pleased to join in partnership with Care Talk to launch the National Learning Disabilities and Autism awards”

Lisa Carr, Editor of Care Talk said,

"Care Talk is delighted and proud to support these inaugural awards.  The awards will recognise the learning disabilities and autism workforce - without the dedication and commitment of these individuals, quality care and support for some of the most vulnerable people in our communities would simply fail. We look forward to what promises to become a key event in the social care calendar."

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Social Care Top 30 announced

The Social Care Top 30, in association with Care Talk magazine, can now reveal the finalists.

Social care needs strong innovative leadership more than ever at this time and the Social Care Top 30 gives the opportunity to showcase and recognise real leadership and excellence in the sector.  

Nominees include individuals who are influential movers and shakers in the social care sector, including:

·         people who have the vision to improve developments

          and outcomes in the sector

·         people who have made a significant difference in our sector

·         someone who is a strong leader in their field to

          improve services

·         key influencers and decision-makers in the sector

Nominations have come in from across social care, from the private, public and third sectors and including chief executives, managers and care professionals.

Care Talk readers and others can vote to help chose the overall winner by visiting www.caretalk.co.uk  The winner will be revealed at a prestigious gala dinner on 28th November at London's St Pancras Renaissance Hotel, which will be hosted by broadcaster Jeremy Vine.  In addition the most influential adviser and most significant investor within the sector will also be announced.

Lisa Carr, editor of Care Talk, said,

"We have been delighted with the response to the Social Care Top 30.  Nominations have come in from right across the sector and the standard of entries was incredibly high.  The Social Care Top 30 comes at a time when we have a new Minister for Care Services, Norman Lamb MP.  A key part of Mr Lamb's agenda is leadership and partnership working in order to develop skills and support individual leaders in the sector - the Social Care Top 30 is therefore particularly timely and relevant.  We look forward to announcing the overall winner at the gala dinner on 28th November."

 

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Care Talk campaigns for a Good Care Week

Care Talk magazine have announced a campaign for a Good Care Week. Joined by key sector professionals, the exciting new campaign was launched at the House of Commons on 3 July.

The Care Talk campaign aims to raise awareness of social care to the general public and to equip Care Talk readers, the social care workforce, those in receipt of care and their families to be able to shout about all that is good about social care and raise awareness of our sector at a local level. The campaign will culminate in a Good Care Week, which will take place the week beginning 22 April 2013 and will see local initiatives from around the company come together to create a national presence with which to celebrate excellence in social care and influence government. 

The campaign has already received support from the sector, including the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services, Ceretas and the English Community Care Association.

Good Care Week aims to champion excellence in social care by;

  • Providing a platform and equipping people who work in social care or are in receipt of services to act as a focal point for raising the profile of the sector locally.
  • Encouraging members of the social care workforce, service users and families to sign up to our campaign and become Care Talk champions, promoting excellence in the sector.
  • Galvanising support locally via regional media.
  • Raising the status of social care to a professional career
  • Initiating a nationally recognised Good Care Week that will take place in April of each year.

Become a Care Talk Champion

The campaign is looking for individuals to become part of this ground-breaking initiative to raise awareness of social care and ensure that this sector gets the respect and appreciation it merits. People can sign up to become a Care Talk Champion and join the petition for the Care Talk campaign by registering online at www.goodcareweek.co.uk. By registering to become a Care Talk Champion individuals can access information and find out about the materials available to help promote excellence in social care and raise awareness of Good Care Week. 

Lisa Carr, editor of Care Talk said,

"At Care Talk we feel passionate about the social care sector. We are proud of our social care workforce and the quality care that is carried out 24/7, 365 days a year. We are all too aware of the issues that our sector faces; a big lack of funding and an even bigger lack of recognition.

"While we, that work in the sector, recognise these issues it is sadly not the case with the wider community at large. Many people do not understand what social care is and are certainly unaware of the issues the sector faces. The national press are all too ready to give our sector a bad name but never publicise the good practice, examples of innovation and commitment of our social care workforce.

"Without quality care in our communities, both in peoples own homes and in residential settings, many old and vulnerable people would be confined to hospitals. Without the dedication of the workforce and the passion to care, quality care provision would simply fail. The Government, and indeed society at large, owes our social care workforce a massive debt of gratitude. It is essential, therefore, that we come together as a whole to raise awareness of social care in order to get the recognition the sector so rightly deserves.

"We want everybody in the sector to take ownership of this campaign. We would encourage individuals and organisations to share ideas with us for raising the profile of social care locally so that colleagues throughout the sector can emulate this in their own communities. We look forward to featuring  examples, stories, comments and suggestions on the Good Care Week website and in Care Talk magazine." 

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The Alzheimer's Show join forces with the Great British Care Shows

Great British Care Shows are joining forces with the Alzheimer's Show for their series of regional 2013 events.

The Alzheimer’s Show is the UK’s only national exhibition and conference dedicated to people who deal with Alzheimer’s and Dementia on a daily basis. It is aimed at the growing community of carers, relatives, professionals and those living with dementia, who all too often don’t know where to turn for answers.

The Great British Care Shows,  in association with the Alzheimer’s Show, will showcase the very best products, services and information as well as providing practical help and solutions for people living and working with dementia.

The events have received backing from key sector bodies including the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services, (ADASS), Carers UK, the English Community Care Association (ECCA) and Ceretas.

In May and June this year the shows were piloted in York and Brighton and were heralded a resounding success.  A series of 9 shows are therefore planned for 2013 from March through to May in 2013.  The events will once again attract high interest from a wide range of suppliers and exhibitors as well as key decision makers from throughout the sector. These will include chief executives, senior nurse managers and owner / managers of care providers.

The shows are a local event with national suppliers and are set to be a key event in the regional social care calendars.  The shows offer significant networking opportunities providing a platform for sharing good practise in the region.  The shows will provide a unique networking opportunity, linking in with local commissioners, local care associations and local service users.

The speakers programme is designed to help providers improve business performance through disseminating their examples of excellence and delegates will be attracted by the quality of the speakers and product demonstrations.

 

Delegates can register online at www.gbcareshows.co.uk

 

Nigel Ward, Event Coordinator, Alzheimer's Show said,

“The GB Care Shows will be a distinct event within the Alzheimer’s Show and this partnership enables us to reach across the whole of the care sector as well to the growing community of carers, family and those living with dementia.”

 

For more information visit www.gbcareshows.co.uk

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Care Talk are delighted to be Event Supporters for the Improving Care, Improving Lives: Supporting Society's Vulnerable Adults event


Improving Care, Improving Lives: Supporting Society's Vulnerable Adults event

 

Care talk is delighted to announce that they are Event Supporters for the Improving Care, Improving Lives: Supporting Society's Vulnerable Adults event. The event will take place at the Manchester Conference Centre on December 5th 2012. The event will feature a panel of high profile speakers from the fields of health and social care and disability advocacy. Delegates will hear practical examples of best practice, gain a better understanding of the latest developments in the field, and have opportunities for discussion and debate which will furnish them with the tools to transform their own practice.

 

Conference objectives

Supporting the vulnerable: The current landscape and road ahead

Dignity and empowerment: Understanding needs, respecting rights

Personalisation, co-production and community engagement

Working together for protection: Forming successful multi-agency safeguarding partnerships

Developing integrated services tailored to the needs of vulnerable populations

Caring for carers: Supporting the well-being of Britain's hidden vulnerable

 

Who should attend?

This session will be of interest to anyone involved in safeguarding for vulnerable adults and Adult Social Care. Delegates will have the chance to challenge, discuss and debate the key issues and gain relevant insight applicable to their professional roles which they can embed within their organisations and improve services.

All Care Talk public sector subscribers are eligible for a 15% discount on the delegate rate using the following code CTPUB.

More details can be found at the following link

http://www.publicserviceevents.co.uk/faq/231/improving-care-improving-lives

Or by contacting Daniel Snape, Events Consultant, dsnape@public-sector-events.org.uk
PS Events, City Wharf, New Bailey St, Manchester, M3 5ER
Tel: +44 (0)161 831 7111, Fax: +44 (0)161 832 7396

Lisa Carr, Editor of Care Talk said,

“Care Talk is delighted to support this event. In recent years, the need to improve the support provided to the most vulnerable people in society has been widely acknowledged. With the assent of the Health and Social Care Bill in March this year, and the care and support white paper due to be published soon, now is a time of great change in the provision of care for vulnerable adults.  This conference will bring together leading thinkers and decision-makers from across the sector. The impressive team of speakers will offer a challenging and stimulating vision of the future and equip delegates to further develop and strengthen good practice."

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Brighton Racecourse heralds the Great British Care Show a winner!

Wednesday 30th May saw the second in a series of Great British Care Shows at Brighton Racecourse and was declared a resounding success by delegates, exhibitors and speakers alike.  This follows the success of the first show held in York at the beginning of May and now plans are in place to roll out the shows throughout 7 additional regions in 2013.

The Brighton show was attended by over 150 delegates providing a unique networking opportunity, linking in with local commissioners, care providers, care associations and service users. Along with over 35 exhibitors and 40 speakers, including TV personality Fiona Phillips, delegates we given a great opportunity to learn about key areas in the sector and view all the latest products and services available.

Keynotespeakers included Debbie Sorkin, Head of Management and Engagement, National Skills Academy for Social Care who said “We think the Great British Care Show is a fantastic way to identify and promote excellence in Social care which is barely recognised. We have been able to showcase the work of the National skills Academy to a wide range of providers, trainers, commissioners and stakeholders”

Richard Banks, Social Care Association said “The sessions throughout the day were a great way to inform and educate those in the sector about correct procedures. The Great British Care Show is a great way to engage local folk and meet the needs of local people”

 

Rosemary Hurtley, Director, 360 forward said “The Great British Care Show gives the opportunity for those in the sector to interact face to face increasing awareness which is so incredibly valuable”

The shows are supported by the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services  (ADASS), the English Community Care Association, Ceretas and Carers UK.

Alex Shepherd, Events Manager of the Great British Care Shows said,

"We are delighted with the success of our second Great British Care Show in Brighton.  We have had some fantastic feedback and have a great model to mould and expand on for 2013. These care shows are not a trade show and are very much a local forum for local people.  The delegate programme is about showcasing local resources, a platform for seeking advice about issues that face service users in the community as well as for providers, commissioners and professionals from the private residential and domiciliary care sectors.  We look forward to bringing the Great British Care Shows to more regions in 2013 and showcasing the excellence within our sector.”

What our speakers said:

“Local shows are a great opportunity for providers to get together without having to travel the length of the country which incurs travel costs and time”

Andrew Heffernan, Membership & Marketing Director, United Kingdom Home Care Association

 

“The Great British Care Shows provide an excellent opportunity to encourage suppliers and providers to network. I am looking forward to what I am sure is going to be an interesting event.”

Erica Lockhart, Chief Executive, Surrey Care Association

 

What our delegates said:

“Local shows are a great way to make a difference quicker and more effectively. We have learnt a great deal today”.

Marc Rowland, Managing Director, Ultimate Care UK

 

“I have learnt so much and gained lots of information. The networking opportunities at the Great British Care Show are fantastic. Other similar shows I have attended did not have half the amount of information I wanted to know!”

Janice Drain, Director of Compliance and Training, Nurse plus

What our exhibitors said:

“The show offered a great opportunity to engage with a good cross section of local providers and build relationships with the other exhibitors. It is extremely useful for a national organisation like ECCA to meet local providers and discuss the issues which are affecting the sector at a grass roots level”.

Alistair White, Marketing Consultant, English Community Care Association

 

“The team behind the Great British Care Shows have been outstanding and a pleasure to work with picking up on everything. The great thing about local shows are that they attract smaller companies and front line workers to discuss issues that affect local people”

Karen Clayton, Environment advisor, Find Signage

 

“We are proud to support this event as it provides us with the opportunity to showcase our concept, that adults with learning disabilities can contribute positively to their local community to benefit themselves and others. The great British Care Show is an excellent opportunity to publicise our services and form local networks.”

Jane McSweeney, Harlow co-op Elbow Grease

 

For more information visit www.gbcareshows.co.ukand register your interest.

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Fiona Phillips confirmed as keynote speaker at Great British Care Show Brighton 2012

We are delighted to announce that Fiona Phillips will be joining us as our Keynote speaker at the Great British Care Show in Brighton on the 30th May 2012.

 

Fiona Phillips is a committed and active Alzheimer's Society ambassador and has attended numerous fundraising events speaking on the key issues affecting people with dementia and their carers.

Fiona speaks from first hand experience as her mother had Alzheimer's until her death in May 2006 and her father, who was diagnosed with the disease shortly afterwards, died in February 2012.

 

Entry to the show is free and delegates will include all areas of the social care sector; voluntary, unpaid carers, private, statutory, commissioners, directors of adult social services, care providers, owners, managers, care workers and also service users from the community.   

Delegates can register online at www.gbcareshows.co.uk

The shows will provide a unique networking opportunity, linking in with local commissioners, local care association and local service users and are set to be a significant date for the calendar in these regions.

The shows are also being run in association with Ceretas, the English Community Care Association and the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services.

 

Fiona Phillips said:

 

I am pleased to be speaking at the Great British Care Show in Brighton. I look forward to meeting delegates from across the sector and the region and I hope the event will help showcase excellence and share examples of good practice in social care.

 

 

Alex Shepherd, Events Co-ordinator of the Great British Care Shows said,

 

"We are delighted that Fiona will be joining us in Brighton, she is an inspiration which we are sure will prove to be a great success at the show. These care shows are not a trade show and are very much a local forum for local people.  The delegate programme will be about showcasing local resources, a platform for seeking advice about issues that face service users in the community as well as for providers, commissioners and professionals from the private residential and domiciliary care sectors.  The shows are set to become a important event in the social care calendar and the support from these key sector partners is extremely significant."

 

For more information visit www.gbcareshows.co.uk

 

Lets' showcase excellence in social care and help it get the recognition it deserves

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York Racecourse heralds the Great British Care Show a winner!

 

York Racecourse heralds

the Great British Care Show a winner!

 

Wednesday 2 May saw the first in a series of Great British Care Shows at York Racecourse and was declared a resounding success by delegates, exhibitors and speakers alike.  The show was the first in a series of regional events with the next one taking place at Brighton Racecourse on 30th May.  Plans to roll out the shows throughout 5 additional regions in 2013 are already underway.

The York show which was attended by over 250 delegates provided a unique networking opportunity, linking in with local commissioners, local care association and local service users - this model will be replicated throughout the country and the shows are set to be a significant date for the calendar in the regions.  

Keynote speaker; Simon Weston said “I was delighted to be able to speak at the Great British Care Show in York.  These care shows are a great way of showcasing local resources and providing a platform for seeking advice about issues that the social care sector faces; from policy, to practical solutions to raising excellence for quality care provision, including the area of dementia.  By linking up with paid and unpaid carers and service users in the communities these shows can provide real solutions for people providing, and in receipt of, care.   It was a pleasure to be part of an innovative and exciting event.”

Other speakers included Mark Greaves, Managing Director, Ideal Care Homes who said “the Great British Care Show was a great opportunity to both hear some of the latest thinking on the future of the sector and to network with key suppliers and agencies. It was great to have an event of this nature in the North!”

Mary Bryce, Chair, Ceretas said “I thought the day was very enjoyable, informative and a great opportunity to network, can’t wait for the next one”

Gavin Macgregor, Head of communications and Development, Carers UK said “Good care services and products can change the lives of family carers and the ill and disabled people they care for. Without such help the consequences can be devastating. New figures show the cost of family’s forced to give up work reaches £1.3bn. Carers UK is delighted to support the Care Show where people get the chance to hear about the range of support on offer and debate how to provide the best care.”

The shows are supported by the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services  (ADASS), the English Community Care Association, Ceretas and Carers UK.

Sarah Pickup, president for ADASS said:

 

"ADASS welcomes plans to run Great British Care shows. It is more important than ever that all of those involved in the commissioning and delivery of care learn from each other and that we take every opportunity to support the workforce to deliver quality care and maintain dignity.

“These shows allow people who have won awards for their own excellent practice to share their approach in more detail with others. The proposed format of the shows means that they should support our objective of making information and advice about care and support more readily available.

“There should also be opportunities for providers and commissioners to engage in considering the types of services we need to develop and the different ways in which these could be commissioned."

Entry to the show is free and delegates will include all areas of the social care sector; private, statutory, voluntary, unpaid carers, commissioners, directors of adult social services, care providers, owners, managers, care workers and also service users from the community.  Delegates can register online at www.gbcareshows.co.uk.  Dates and venues for 2013 will be released shortly.

Alex Shepherd, events manager of the Great British Care Shows said,

"We are delighted with the success of our first Great British Care Show in York.  These care shows are not a trade show and are very much a local forum for local people.  The delegate programme will be about showcasing local resources, a platform for seeking advice about issues that face service users in the community as well as for providers, commissioners and professionals from the private residential and domiciliary care sectors.  We look forward to the Brighton event on 30th May and rolling these shows out across the country in 2013.

What our speakers said:

“Lots of opportunity to network from many different organisations. Very Interesting information from the Care Quality Commission. Very clear that people are keen to work in partnership and work together to achieve the best outcome for each individual”

Ann Chivers, Chief Executive, British Institute of Learning Disabilities

What our delegates said:

“Fantastic day meeting lots of colleagues within the health and social care sector. Great networking event. Really enjoyed the day.”

Ruth Bishop, Head of Service Development, Spirit Care

“I wanted to thank those who put the event together very much for a wonderfully organised and informative show. The displays and exhibitions in the main area were very useful and well thought out covering a wide range of topics and themes. The light bulb sessions and talks that I managed to fit in were equally as interesting and informative. My only complaint is I could manage to fit more in. Again many thanks to the organiser, exhibitors, speakers and those running the seminars, a wonderful success and I look forward to the next one.”

John Ireland, Team leader, Millers

What our exhibiters said:

“Refreshingly well attended and a well organised event. We are so impressed we have signed up for the next Great British Care show in Brighton.”

Darren Evans, Head of Healthcare, EziTracker hm

 

For more information visit www.gbcareshows.co.uk

 

Lets' showcase excellence in social care and help it get the recognition it deserves

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Simon Weston OBE confirmed as keynote speaker at Great British Care Show York 2012

We are delighted to announce that Simon Weston OBE will be joining us as our Keynote speaker at the Great British Care Show in York on the 2nd May 2012.

In 1982 the Sir Galahad was destroyed in Bluff Cove on the Falkland Islands. On board was Simon Weston, Welsh Guardsman, a name and face that was going to become well known for his struggle to overcome his injuries (46% burns) and redefine his role in life.

Simon endured years of re-constructive surgery, including 70 major operations or surgical procedures.

Today, however, Simon takes the opportunity to convey his story in order to motivate and encourage those, who like him, want to move on to the next goal, whatever it may be! The only obstacles to achieving one's targets and successes are those you create for yourself. His words never fail to inspire you.

Entry to the show is free and delegates will include all areas of the social care sector; voluntary, unpaid carers, private, statutory, commissioners, directors of adult social services, care providers, owners, managers, care workers and also service users from the community.   

Delegates can register online at www.gbcareshows.co.uk

The shows will provide a unique networking opportunity, linking in with local commissioners, local care association and local service users and are set to be a significant date for the calendar in these regions.

The shows are also being run in association with Ceretas, the English Community Care Association and the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services.

 

Simon Weston OBE said:

I am delighted to be able to speak at the Great British Care Show in York.  These care shows are a great way of showcasing local resources and providing a platform for seeking advice about issues that the social care sector faces; from policy, to practical solutions to raising excellence for quality care provision, including the area of dementia.  By linking up with paid and unpaid carers and service users in the communities these shows can provide real solutions for people providing, and in receipt of, care.   I look forward to being a part of this innovative and exciting event.

 

Alex Shepherd, Events Co-ordinator of the Great British Care Shows said,

 

"We are delighted that Simon will be joining us in York, he is an inspiration which we are sure will prove to be a great success at the show. These care shows are not a trade show and are very much a local forum for local people.  The delegate programme will be about showcasing local resources, a platform for seeking advice about issues that face service users in the community as well as for providers, commissioners and professionals from the private residential and domiciliary care sectors.  The shows are set to become a important event in the social care calendar and the support from these key sector partners is extremely significant."

 

For more information visit www.gbcareshows.co.uk

 

Lets' showcase excellence in social care and help it get the recognition it deserves

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Care Talk announced as Media Partner for next series of Kings Fund Conferences 2012

 

Care Talk announced as Media Partner

for next series of Kings Fund Conferences 2012

Care Talk is delighted to announce its partnership with Kings Fund Conference for its  next series of conferences planned for 2012.

International Integrated Care Summit, 1 May 2012

This international summit, featuring Andrew Lansley MP, Kenneth Kizer M.D. and Dame Barbara Hakin, will bring together case studies from at home and abroad and is a unique opportunity to hear from international experts in system design, care co-ordination and delivering change.

Social Care Reform - Where Next? Kings Fund, London, 12 June 2012

Following the event in September 2011 to deliberate the future of social care provision, The King's Fund is bringing together key policy designers and decision-makers to discuss the implications of the Care and Support White Paper and explore the future of social care reform.

This conference will provide an opportunity to reflect on social care reforms, respond to the proposed changes and to hear about case studies of innovation in social care across the country that suggest models of best practice.

The King’s Fund Annual Conference 2012, Kings Fund, London, 28 November 2012

A significant annual event in the health and social care calendar.

Lisa Carr, Editor of Care Talk said,

"Care Talk is delighted and proud to support the Kings Fund at these prestigious events. These conferences bring together researchers, policy-makers, practitioners and innovators engaged with health and social care. Presenters will share their vision and experiences, showcase ideas, research and innovations that support improvements in the care of people with long-term conditions and other health and social care needs.   Care Talk is committed to raising the profile social care and the integration with health in order to raise the quality of care provision for the elderly and vulnerable members of our society."

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Care Talk celebrates first year anniversary!

 

Care Talk celebrates first year anniversary

 

Care Talk is delighted to celebrate its first year of publication.

Launched in April 2011, Care Talk has certainly made an impact on the sector. It is an exciting new monthly publication aimed at frontline care staff, reaching all registered care providers from across the sector.  Our readers are owners, managers and frontline care staff and Care Talk is now widely regarded as the ‘the voice of social care’ as well as a widely read tool for disseminating good practice.   Vibrant in colour, with real life stories and pictures of real people, Care Talk offers a fresh approach to social care and continues to go from strength to strength.

Celebrating our first year of publication, we recently brought together the great and the good of social care as part of theCare Talk editorial board. The meeting, which was hosted by The Royal Bank of Scotland at its Bishopsgate offices in London, was a hive of activity with plenty of ideas for forward features that really do reflect the needs of our social care workforce.

The board is made up of significant players in social care, boasting representatives from the Department of Health, sector bodies including the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS), the National Skills Academy, the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) and the English Community Care Association (ECCA), professional organisations and care providers amongst its members.

The lunch was chaired by Martin Green, Chief Executive of The English Community Care Association and it was widely agreed that Care Talk had achieved its purpose.  Through the feedback and articles we get from our readers we know the magazine is being read by frontline care staff, who are the key influencers, as well as the owners and managers who are the key decision makers – a unique opportunity for advertisers! 

Following on from these events, care providers including Anchor, Direct Health, Herefordshire Care Homes and Majesticare have agreed to introduce Care Talk as part of their induction programme for new staff.  The Care Talk campaign is planned to ensure all providers join this initiative and encourage staff take ownership. Care Talk continues to develop into a key learning tool.

Lisa Carr, Editor of Care Talk said,

"We are delighted at how Care Talk has been received.  The magazine was born out of the need to recognise and share good practice and examples of excellence throughout our sector.  There is so much outstanding work that goes on day in day out in our communities and Care Talk provides an excellent platform to showcase this and raise a positive profile of our sector.  We continue to be inundated with content and material from providers, managers and frontline care staff.  We have also ensured that we fully meet the needs of owners, managers and key decision makers and have launched a Business2Business web siteCare Talk Business.

"With all the activity and plans for further development you can be assured that Care Talk will continue to be 'the voice of social care'. Thanks to all our readers, our editorial board and sponsors for their support in and we look forward to another exciting year for Care Talk in 2012."

What our readers said:

"It’s a brilliant publication, I love it!  There’s so much of interest and it’s all highly relevant and applicable."


Rosalind Lukins, Country Court Care Group

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ADASS join key sector partners in supporting the Great British Care Shows

 

ADASS join key sector partners in supporting the Great British Care Shows

We are delighted to announce that the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services have formally endorsed the Great British Care Shows.

The first of a series of Great British Care Shows are currently being planned for York Race Course on 2nd May and at Brighton Race Course on 30th May this year. 

The shows are also being run in association with Ceretas, the English Community Care Association and Carers UK.

Entry to the show is free and delegates will include all areas of the social care sector; private, statutory, voluntary, unpaid carers, commissioners, directors of adult social services, care providers, owners, managers, care workers and also service users from the community.

Delegates can register online at www.gbcareshows.co.uk

The shows will provide a unique networking opportunity, linking in with local commissioners, local care association and local service users and are set to be a significant date for the calendar in these regions.

 Sarah Pickup, incoming President for ADASS in April 2012 said

"ADASS welcomes plans to run Great British Care shows. It is more important than ever that all of those involved in the commissioning and delivery of care learn from each other and that we take every opportunity to support the workforce to deliver quality care and maintain dignity.

“The shows will allow people who have won awards for their own excellent practice to share their approach in more detail with others. The proposed format of the shows means that they should support our objective of making information and advice about care and support more readily available.

“There should also be opportunities for providers and commissioners to engage in considering the types of services we need to develop and the different ways in which these could be commissioned."

Sarah Mason, Events Manager of the Great British Care Shows said,

"We are delighted that ADASS are officially endorsing these significant events.  These care shows are not a trade show and are very much a local forum for local people.  The delegate programme will be about showcasing local resources, a platform for seeking advice about issues that face service users in the community as well as for providers, commissioners and professionals from the private residential and domiciliary care sectors.  The shows are set to become a important event in the social care calendar and the support from these key sector partners is extremely significant."

For more information visit www.gbcareshows.co.uk

Lets' showcase excellence in social care and help it get the recognition it deserves

 

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Care Talk hold First Anniversary Editorial Board Meeting

 

On Wednesday 7 March the great and the good of social care came together for meeting of the Care Talk editorial board, hosted by the Royal Bank of Scotland at its Bishops Gate office in London.

The board is made up of significant players in social care, boasting representatives from the Department of Health, sector bodies including the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS), the National Skills Academy, the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) and the English Community Care Association (ECCA), professional organisations and care providers among its members. They all have one shared objective –   to continue to achieve a forward-thinking and all-inclusive magazine, based on communication, positive attitudes and, most importantly, the issues that really matter to the social care workforce.

The lunch was chaired by Martin Green, chief executive of ECCA.  It was widely agreed that Care Talk had achieved its purpose.  Through the feedback and articles we get from our readers we know the magazine is being read by frontline care staff, who are the key influencers, as well as the owner managers who are the key decision makers – a unique opportunity for advertisers! 

The meeting was a hive of activity with plenty of ideas for forward features that really do reflect the needs of the sector and developments in the marketplace.

Paul Ridout, Partner from Ridouts solicitors said,

“23,000 really does not do justice to the circulation which reflects no more than the standard number of care establishments. Care Talk is read in staffrooms and  where families congregate not retained within boardrooms and management offices. We will never be able to measure precisely but Care Talk’s readers are probably numbered in hundreds of thousands.”

At Care Talk we look forward to continuing to be the genuine voice of excellence for social care through a lively and innovative publication, so please keep your news and views coming in by emailing editorial@caretalk.co.uk

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Care Talk announced as Media Partner for the "Improving Dementia Care" event.

        

‘Improving Dementia Care’ event

 

Care Talk is delighted to announce that they are the official Media Partner for the ‘Improving Dementia Care’event.  Care Talk will also be exhibiting at this conference which takes place atthe Studio in Birmingham on Friday 16th March 2012. Organised by Ideal Care Homes, this conference will look atstrategies of practice to improve Dementia care.

 

Conference Objectives

  • To hear insights from people with dementia and their carers.
  • To provide a concise overview status of the Dementia Strategy and National Dementia Declaration.
  • To debate the role of the care marketplace in driving up standards and delivering improved outcomes for everyone within the sector.
  • To stimulate debate about the way care services should develop in the future.
  • To provide local and national examples of best practice.
  • To agree local and collective priorities for improvement.

 

Who should attend?

This session will be of interest to anyone involved in commissioning /planning care services for people with Alzheimer’s and dementia and leaders of organisations with a statutory duty of care. Delegates should be willing to challenge and think creatively and collectively to drive up the quality and efficiency of dementia care services. Localities are requested to assemble teams comprising of Local Authority, PCT Cluster and Third sector representation. Six places per locality are available.

 

Lisa Carr, Editor of Care Talk said,

 

"Care Talk is delighted to support this prestigious event. The conference brings together leading thinkers and decision-makers from across the sector and is organised by Ideal Care Homes, one of the key innovative players in improving the lives of people with dementia. The impressive team of speakers will offer a challenging and stimulating vision of the future of dementia from strategy to policy and should not be missed!”

 

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Great British Care Shows Website is Launched

We are delighted to announce the launch of the first of a series of Great British Care Shows.  Events are currently being planned for York Race Course on 2nd May and at Brighton Race Course on 30th May this year. 

 

The shows are being run in association with Ceretas, the English Community Care Association and Carers UK.

 

Entry to the show is free and delegates will include all areas of the sector; private, statutory, voluntary, unpaid carers, commissioners, directors of adult social services, care providers, owners, managers, care workers and also service users from the community.

 

Delegates can register online at www.gbcareshows.co.uk

 

The shows will provide a unique networking opportunity, linking in with local commissioners, local care association and local service users and are set to be a significant date for the calendar in these regions.

 

The format of the road shows will be different to the usual road shows and will take on an innovative approach and include:

 

  • Local care shows with a difference
  • Practical solutions for achieving outcomes and excellence
  • Industry expert sessions
  • Question time debating the policy agenda and the future of the market
  • A unique networking opportunity
  • Light Bulb Sessions
  • One to one expert discussion sessions for solutions for excellence
  • A display of all the latest products and services

 

There will be 2 key note speakers’ sessions, one around the area of policy in the morning and one in the afternoon surrounding the issues faced by care workers and service users in the community.  In addition there will be an entire programme on dementia which affects nearly everyone in some way during their lives.

 

In addition to the key note sessions there will be ‘Light Bulb’ style sessions (quick, lively and innovative 15 minute sessions) throughout the day. 

 

These ‘Light Bulb’ sessions will be aimed at achieving a fast track to excellence and will be based around the categories / good practice examples that we have gleaned from the Great British Care Awards, a series of regional awards ceremonies that aim to raise the profile of social care, pay tribute to frontline care workers and to celebrate excellence in social care.

 

  • Recruitment and Retention
  • Training
  • Care worker excellence
  • Manager excellence
  • Innovation
  • Health and safety
  • Employment
  • Ancillary worker excellence
  • Dignity

 

Speakers include:

 

  • Martin Green, Chair, The English Community Care Association
  • Gavin McGregor, Carers UK
  • Mark Greaves, Ideal Care Homes
  • Lawrence Tomlinson, LNT Group

 

Representatives from:

 

  • The Department of Health
  • The Care Quality Commission
  • The Social Care Institute for Excellence
  • The Association of the Directors of Adult Social Services
  • Skills for Care
  • The Alzheimer’s Society
  •  Ridouts Solicitors

 

For more information visit www.gbcareshows.co.uk

Lets showcase excellence in social care and help it get the recognition it deserves

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Care Talk announced as Media Partner for the University of Lincoln conference

Care Talk is delighted to announce its partnership with the University of Lincoln for its conference ‘Personalisation. Where are we at? Where are we going?.

 Care Talk will be exhibiting at this conference which takes place at Derek Crothall Building, George Street, Hull on 20th April 2012.

This one day conference will provide an opportunity to examine the successes and challenges of the policy of personalisation. The impact of direct payments and personal budgets will be considered, with evidence and discussions from service users, policy makers, academics, managers and practitioners.

Keynote speakers include:

Professor Jon Glasby, who is Professor of Health and Social Care and Director of the Health Services Management Centre at the University of Birmingham. Jon specialises in research, teaching, consultancy and policy advice around personalisation and is co-author of the book Direct Payments and Personal Budgets.

Simon Duffy. Simon is a well known social innovator and writer who is working to redesign the current welfare system so that it will better support citizenship and strengthen our community life. Simon is best known for defining key concepts such as Individual Budgets, Self-Directed Support, and the Citizenship Model. Simon set up and led the organisation in control from 2003 to 2009.

There will also be a number of workshops covering a range of subjects, including : the experiences of service users and carers; experiences of different authorities in the Humber region; portability; personalisation in health care.

Who should attend?

The event will be helpful and of relevance to: students of any of the care professions, service users, and carers.  Attendance at this event can be used as evidence of continuing professional development and ‘certificates of attendance’ will be provided (on request) for your CPD portfolio.

Lisa Carr, Editor of Care Talk said:

"Care Talk is delighted and proud to support this exciting and innovative eventfrom the University of Lincoln.  This conference will bring together personal budget leads, managers in health and social care settings, social workers, nurses, any professional working with individuals who are eligible for a personal budget. Care Talk is committed to raising the profile of the significance of personalisation and promoting the positive impact it has on our sector."

Leonne Griggs, Senior Lecturer in the University of Lincoln’s School of Health and Social Care, said: “We're very pleased to be working with Care Talk on this event.  The policy of personalisation has been described as the biggest change in social care for a generation. This conference will provide an opportunity for professionals, students and academics interested in social care to examine the successes and challenges of personalisation."

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My life as I get older - age, autism and wellbeing

BILD Event: 3 February, Milton Keynes

As we age our needs change, and as people with autism age, their needs change too. Quality research into these changing needs is limited, but what there is, confirms our need for a better understanding of these issues.

Organisations and individuals involved with supporting older people with autism have few opportunities to enhance their understanding and knowledge of this subject. This important national conference on “ageing and autism” has been organised by BILD, the British Institute of Learning Disabilities and the Mentaur Group to provide exactly such an opportunity.

The day includes presentations from leading national figures in the field and practical workshops to share ideas and examples of good practice.

Download the information and booking form for this event.

To claim a 10% discount on the delegate price please quote 'Offer AA1' when booking.


Call us on 01562 723010 to book your place on this event or email learning@bild.org.uk

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Care Talk announced as Media Partner for the Alzheimer's Show 2012

Care Talk is delighted to announce its partnership with theAlzheimer's Show 2012, as an official media partner.

 

Care Talk, as a official media partner will also be exhibiting at this two day exhibition, which takes place on 15th and 16th June at ExCel London, is the UK’s first national exhibition, conference and meet-up dedicated to the dementia community of over 2 million people who live and work with Alzheimer’s disease and all other forms of dementia on a daily basis.

 

The Alzheimer’s Show will connect individuals with dementia, carers, friends, family and professionals with products and services which can make an immediate and real difference to their lives but are often so hard to find.

 

In 2012, highlights will include 60+ exhibitors, including leaders in:

  • Care at Home
  • Assistive Technology
  • Telecare; an interesting developing field within dementia
  • Self Care / Entertainment
  • Care Home Providers
  • Other exhibitors include Financial, Insurance, Legal, Private Health, Local and Ministerial Government, Home Improvement, Charity/Education and Mobility

A full conference and discussion programme, including:

  • Alzheimer’s Matters theatre will host a programme of in depth talks and discussions
  • A Workshop,  sponsored by Care UK, will be offering a range of practical ideas and strategies
  • 1-2-1 Clinics offering free professional advice
  • The Alzheimer’s Talks provide a platform for individuals affected by the issues of Alzheimer’s and dementia

At The Alzheimer’s Show you can access more face to face advice, support and information on Alzheimer’s and dementia than anywhere else in the UK.

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Care Talk announced as Media Partner for the Kings Fund Conference, International Congress on Telehealth and Telecare 2012

Care Talk announced as Media Partner for the Kings Fund Conference,

International Congress on Telehealth and Telecare 2012

Care Talk is delighted to announce its partnership with Kings Fund Conference, International Congress on Telehealth and Telecare 2012 as a media partner which takes place at The Kings Fund, London, 6-8 March.

 

Following the positive early headline findings from the UK's Whole System Demonstrator programme the government have committed to enhance the lives of three million people over the next five years by accelerating the roll-out of telehealth and telecare in the NHS and social care.

The focus on the adoption of these technologies lies at the heart of the International Congress on Telehealth and Telecare. The congress will share with you experience, ideas, research and innovations in telehealth and telecare that support people with long-term conditions and other health and social care needs.

In addition in international best practice, the programme will include sessions and presentations of a particular interest to social care professionals including:

  • How the government plan to roll-out telehealth and telecare in social care
  • Telehealth and access to urgent care: maximising the benefits for patients with long-term conditions in England
  • Effect of telehealth and telecare on disease-specific quality of life in patients with heart failure
  • Impact of telecare on carers of individuals with social care needs
  • Cost-effectiveness of telecare in people with social care needs
  • Telehealth and telecare: supporting unpaid carers in Scotland
  • The social benefits of telecare.

The International Congress on Telehealth and Telecare brings together researchers, policy-makers, practitioners and innovators interested in the design and application of technologies in health and social care.

 

The conference will include the following themes:

  • evaluation and research methods (pre-conference seminar)
  • remote monitoring
  • online health management
  • promotion of self-management
  • developing applications at scale
  • integrating information systems to support integrated care

 

  • The congress will cover three days and will include:
  • Plenary sessions - Plenary speakers are selected by an international advisory committee.
  • Breakout sessions - Breakout speakers are selected from the submission process.
  • Poster presentation In response to feedback from delegates at the 2011 congress, successful poster submitters will be allocated three minutes to defend their poster as part of the main congress programme.
  • Conference dinner

For more information and to register visit The King’s Fund website: http://www.kingsfund.org.uk/events/international.html or call the events team on 020 7307 2584

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Care Talk announced as Media Partner for Henry Stewart Nursing Homes, Care Homes and Assisted Living Markets conference

 

Care Talk is delighted to announce its partnership with the for Henry Stewart Nursing Homes, Care Homes and Assisted Living Markets conference , as official media partner.

 

Care Talk, as media partner will also be exhibiting at this one day conference which takes place on 29th February at the Mayfair Conference Centre, London W2.  The conference will explores the latest thinking, developments and values in the nursing homes, care homes and assisted living markets.  

 

Organised by Henry Stewart Conferences, this conference will provide a comprehensive briefing on what is happening and is about to happen in all the nursing home, care home and assisted living markets. It provides the relevant information, highlights the trends, reviews the threats and suggests solutions. The wide range and depth of knowledge the speakers provide, makes this an essential briefing for everyone involved in the sector.

 

This year the briefing covers:

 

·       Demand – from where and for what?

·       Implications of Government actions for values

·       New developments – what and where is viable?

·       Availability and terms of finance

·       Understanding values in the different market segments, how they are performing and their future prospects

·       Current thinking on lease structures and terms

·       Opportunities in the special needs sector

·       Latest thinking on trends in Assisted Living offerings

 

Delegates will be all those involved in ownership, operation and valuation of care and nursing homes and assisted living, their funders, advisors and agents.

 

Confirmed Speakers include:

 

·         Colin Rees-Smith

                Director, Healthcare Savills

 

·         Anthony Oldfield

                                Associate Director, Healthcare, Jones Lang LaSalle

                                               

·         Des Kelly OBE

                                Executive Director, National Care Forum

               

·         Nigel Newton Taylor

                                Director, Healthcare Property Consultants Limited

 

·         David Rees

                                Director - Banking Tax & Finance, Davis Langdon, an AECOM Company

 

·         Peter Tanner

                                Managing Director, Tanner & Tilley Planning Limited

 

·         Stephen Brooks

                Managing Director, Public Finance and Infrastructure, Santander

 

·         Jon Chapman

                                Director, Pinders

 

·         Roger Woolley

                                Partner, Lester Aldridge Solicitors

 

·         Alan Rosenbach

                Special Policy Lead to the CEO, Care Quality Commission

 

·         Tayo Bilewu

                Director – Property Development, Housing 21

 

·         Paul Morgan

                Operations Director, Audley Retirement

 

·         Graeme Cullens

                Partner, Pegasus Capital

 

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Lisa Carr, Editor of Care Talk said,

 

"Care Talk is delighted to support this prestigious event. The conference brings together leading thinkers and decision-makers from Government and across both public and private sectors.   The impressive team of speakers will offer a challenging and stimulating vision of the future of care homes and the assisted living markets. Care Talk and Henry Stewart Conferences are delighted to be able to offer Care Talk subscribers 10% discount, please quote reference CARETALK - this is a conference is not to be missed!”

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Care Talk announce features for 2012

Care Talk are delighted to announce their features for 2012.

Launched in April 2011, Care Talk is an exciting new monthly publication for the social care sector with a distribution of 23,000+ of registered care providers which includes all registered care providers in addition to people who have registered online, and is very much ‘the voice of social care’ and a tool for disseminating good practice. Our customers are owners, managers and frontline care staff. 

It’s been a busy year for Care Talk...

·         Editorial board meeting at the Imperial War Museum, London

·         Launched at the Bournemouth Care Show

·         Circulation increased to 30,000

·         Exhibited at:

o   Ceretas Annual Conference

o    The English Community Care Annual Conference

o   Care Show London

o   Care Roadshow Brighton

o   NCAS & ADASS conference

·         Media partner at:

o   Independence Day Conference

o   Kings Fund Conference

o   LCS International Health and Social Care Reforms

o   Ideal Care Homes: Improving Practice – Improving Lives

 

·         Partner for the Great British Care Awards, a series of 9 regional and 2 national awards.

·         Continued involvement with key sector bodies

·         Circulation increased to include named owner/managers and key decision makers

·         Inundated with content material from providers, managers and frontline care staff

 

Lisa Care, Editor of Care Talk said,

 

We are delighted at how Care Talk has been received.  The magazine was born out of the need to recognise and share good practice and examples of excellence throughout our sector.  There is so much outstanding work that goes on day in day out in our communities and Care Talk provides an excellent platform to showcase this and raise a positive profile of our sector.  Thanks to all our readers, our editorial board and sponsors for their support in and we look forward to another exciting year for Care Talk in 2012.

 

What our readers said:

"It’s a brilliant publication, I love it!  There’s so much of interest and it’s all highly relevant and applicable."


Rosalind Lukins, Country Court Care Group, 1st November 2011

 

Click hereto see what more readers said about Care Talk

 

Click hereto see our media pack and advertising rates.  To see our forward features please visit our web site.

 

In addition we will be launching our new web site Care Talk Business in the new year.  Discuss with us exciting advertising opportunities that exist to on both web sites and the magazine.

To view current and back issues of Care Talk visit www.caretalk.co.uk

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Care Talk announced as NICE conference Media Partner

Care Talk is delighted to announce its partnership with the NICE Conference 2012, as an official media partner.

Care Talk, as media partner will also be exhibiting at the NICE Conference, a two day conference taking place on 15th - 16th May 2012 at the ICC, Birmingham.  

Adapting to the current pace of change in the health and social care landscape is a huge challenge – politically, organisationally and financially – creating a number of important questions for your organisation:

  • What is the role of NICE and where does it fit in with the current reforms?
  • How are quality standards being used in practice?
  • How will NICE work with the NHS Commissioning Board?
  • How can we foster a better working relationship between NHS and industry?

Against this backdrop of an ever-changing NHS landscape, one thing is constant – the central role of NICE, which will help you to make the best use of evidence, guidance and quality standards to commission and provide high quality care.

Confirmed Speakers include:

·         Dr Gillian Leng, Deputy Chief Executive, NICE and Chief Operating Officer, NHS Evidence

·         Phil Hammond, GP and Broadcaster

·         Seren Philips, Associate Director, Scientific Advice Programme, NICE

·         Peter Ellingworth, Chief Executive, ABHI

·         Ewan Philips, Chief Executive, Deltex Medical Group

·         Seymour Fortescue, Chairman, The Portman Group

·         Nina Pinwill, Associate Director, Topic Selection, Centre for Health Technology Evaluation, NICE

Lisa Carr, Editor of Care Talk said,

 

"Care Talk is delighted to support this prestigious event. The conference brings together leading thinkers and decision-makers from Government and across both public and private sectors.  The impressive team of speakers will offer a challenging and stimulating vision for the integration and  future for health and social care. Care Talk and NICE are delighted to be able to offer Care Talk subscribers 10% discount, the conference is not to be missed!"

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Care Talk announces media partnership with LCS 12th Annual Healthcare Conference

Care Talk is delighted to announce its media partnership with the LCS, 12th Annual Healthcare conference Health and Social Care Reforms, in association with the Sunday Times.

**Care Talk subscribers receive 10% discount**

Care Talk, as media partner will also be exhibiting at Health and Social Care Reforms, a one day conference taking place on 11thNovember 2011 at One Birdcage Walk, Westminster, London, SW1.  

Organised by LCS International, in partnership with the Sunday Times, this conference is now established as a leading annual policy debate guiding the NHS and Social Services and the independent and voluntary sectors on the significant challenges and opportunities in health and social services reform.

This year the conference is held against the background of the Health and Social Care Bill and the publication this summer of the Dilnot, Hughes-Hallet and Law Society reports on Social Care. We also anticipate a Social Care White Paper in Spring 2012.

Confirmed Speakers include:

  • Lord Norman Warner, former Health Minister and Member of House of Lords
  • David Smith, Economics Editor, Sunday Times
  • David Behan CBE, Director General for Social Care, Local Government and Care Partnerships, Department of Health
  • Bob Ricketts CBE, Department of Health, Director of Provider Policy
  • Dr Clare Gerada MBE, Chairman, Royal College of GPs
  • Sir Stephen Bubb, Chief Executive, ACEVO
  • Jon Lowe, Managing Director, Tunstall Healthcare UK & Ireland
  • Mark Jackson, Deputy Chairman, Saga

Lisa Carr, Editor of Care Talk said,

"Care Talk is delighted to support this prestigious event. The conference brings together leading thinkers and decision-makers from Government and across both public and private sectors.   The impressive team of speakers will offer a challenging and stimulating vision of the future for health and social care. Care Talk and LCS are delighted to be able to offer Care Talk subscribers 10% discount, the conference is not to be missed!”

 

Notes for Editors

  1. For further information on Care Talk, ‘ the voice of excellence in Social Care’ visit www.caretalk.co.uk
  2. Further information on LCS 12thAnnual Conference visit www.lcsic.com
  3. For Care Talk Editorial contact Lisa Carr, editorial@caretalk.co.uk, or 07973 403535
  4. For Care Talk advertising contact Rebecca Shaw, advertising@caretalk.co.ukor 07920 067498
  5. To follow Care Talk on Twitter visit: http://twitter.com/#!/CareTalkMag
  6. To become a friend of Care Talk’s on Facebook visit http://www.facebook.com/caretalkmag#!/
  7. To read, download and subscribe to Care Talk visit www.caretalk.co.uk

 

 

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Care Talk sponsors Ideal Care Homes event!

Care Talk is delighted to announce its partnership with Ideal Care Homes: Improving Practice, Improving Lives Free Dementia Learning event on 4 October 20011 at Aspire, Leeds, LS1 2JP.

We would like to invite you to a free day long dementia learning event which will involve a range of stimulating speeches and workshops and showcase the best local practice in dementia care.

Attendees will be working in social care, community health settings, the voluntary sector, residential care and acute services. They will be intimately involved in delievering excellent services and they want to improve further by sharing with and learning from others.

This is a FREE regional event, supported by Care Talk, the Alzheimer's Society and Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS). The day will bring professionals together and provide opportunities to learn and share best practice through discussions and workshops.

Full agenda can be viewed here.

If you would like to attend email jenny.soles@idealcarehomes.co.uk

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Nominate today! The Great British Care Awards and celebrate excellence across social care!

The Regional Great British Care Awards are a series of 9 events throughout England and are a celebration of excellence across the care sector . 

The purpose of the awards is to pay tribute to those individuals who have demonstrated outstanding excellence within their field of work.

Don’t delay, nominate today!

How to nominate, the regions and awards are all listed on the Great British Care Awards website:

http://www.care-awards.co.uk/

Nominations closing dates:

  • East Midlands 2ndSeptember CLOSED
  • North West 2ndSeptember CLOSED
  • West Midlands 8thSeptember CLOSED
  • London 12thSeptember CLOSED
  • East of England 19thSeptember CLOSED
  • South West 19thSeptember CLOSED
  • Yorkshire & Humberside 26thSeptember CLOSED
  • North East 3rdOctober CLOSED
  • South East 17thOctober CLOSED
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Ceretas Annual Conference 13th September - 50% discount for Care Talk subscribers

Ceretas 2011 Annual Conference - 13th September, Royal College of Surgeons, London

The Big Society: Think Local, Act Personal

* *50% discount for Care Talk subscribers and supporters of the Great British Care Awards [Quote CTHP50]**

Join us at this key one-day conference that will give you the latest thinking on how social care should be provided in the future.

About the conference:

The Ceretas Annual Conference is now one of the sector’s premier events. This year’s conference will focus on The Big Society. The key areas for discussion and debate will be:

  • Health and Social Care Bill
  • Long Term Care Funding

There will also be an exhibition hall featuring stands from the country's leading suppliers and services.

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Cynthia Bower – Chief Executive, Care Quality Commission
  • Baroness Greengross OBE - Chair, Vice Chair, All Party Parliamentary Group for Dementia and Ageing and Older Peopl
  • Dame Jo Williams – Commissioner, Commission on Funding of Care and Support
  • Dr Nigel Watson - Chair of GPC’s Commissioning and Service Development Sub-committee
  • Peter Hay - Strategic Director - Adults & Council and President of ADASS
  • Lance Corporal Johnson Beharry VC – Guest Speaker

 

The “Question Time” expert panel for the afternoon will comprise of:

  • Stephen Dorrell MP
  • Alan Rosenbach  - CQC
  •  Martin Green – ECCA
  • Jenny Owen - Deputy Chief Executive and Commissioning Director – Adult Social Services – Essex County Council
  • And chaired by Polly Toynbee

 

Full conference information can be found here http://www.ceretas.org.uk/files/Ceretas_Conference_flyer-010611.pdf

 

 

 

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Care Talk announces new Partners Directory!

Care Talk is delighted to announce the launch of its online Partners Directory, a new development through its website www.caretalk.co.uk.

Care Talk is committed to adding value for advertisers, by offering cost effective and efficient marketing platforms.

Care Talk Partners is our new online development through a sponsored listing on our website.

The Partners Directory details products, services, suppliers and organisations we work with across the social care sector, further promoting innovation and excellence.

Rebecca Shaw, Sales and Promotions Manager says:

“We’re delighted to offer this new online marketing option. Since Care Talk’s launch in April, we have listened to our clients’ needs and changing budgets, we wanted to add online marketing to our portfolio, giving value for money”.

“Care Talk Partners is unique in that it offers all companies a premium listing on our home page, plus a detailed listing and click through to your own website on our directory page.”

 Care Talk Partners has a launch offer available: Buy 6 months and get 6 months free for £275 +VAT. This gets you:

  • Your company logo on the Care Talk homepage
  • Company logo, directory listing and link to your own website on the Care Talk Partners page
  • 50 word company profile on the Care Talk Partners page
  • In addition, we will also link your company and website details on our social media pages

Notes for Editors

1.   For further details on Care Talk Partners, prices and advertising opportunities contact Rebecca Shaw, Sales and Promotions Manager, advertising@caretalk.co.uk, or 0115 959 6134 or visit www.caretalk.co.uk

2.   For further information on Care Talk, ‘ the voice of excellence in Social Care’, contact Lisa Carr, editorial@caretalk.co.uk, or 07973 403535, or visit www.caretalk.co.uk

3.   To follow Care Talk on Twitter visit: http://twitter.com/#!/CareTalkMag

4.   To become a friend of Care Talk’s on Facebook visit and ‘like us’ http://www.facebook.com/caretalkmag#!/

5.   To read, download and subscribe to Care Talk visit www.caretalk.co.uk

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Care Talk announced as the King’s Fund conference Media Partner

Care Talk is delighted to announce its partnership with the King’s Fund: Beyond Dilnot – a new future for social care as official media partner.

**10% discount for Care Talk subscribers**

Care Talk as sole media partner will also be exhibiting at Beyond Dilnot –a new future for social care conference, taking place on 20th September 2011 at the King’s Fund London.

Following the recommendations from the Dilnot Commission, and with a social care white paper expected in the near future, now is the time to debate how best to meet the challenge of providing good-quality, affordable social care.

Join us at this key one-day conference that will give you the latest thinking on how social care should be provided in the future.

Key Speakers include:

  • Andrew Dilnot, CBE
  • Frances Patterson, QC, Public Law Commissioner
  • Lord Norman Warner, former Health Minister and Member of the Dilnot Commission on Funding of Care and Support for Adults
  • Cynthia Bower, Care Quality Commission
  • Imelda Redmond, CBE, Chief Executive, Carers UK
  • Dr Ros Altmann, Director-General, Saga
  • Allan Bowman, Chair, Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE)
  • Clive Bowman, Medical Director, Bupa Care Homes
  • Peter Hay, President, ADASS

Lisa Carr, Editor of Care Talk said,

"Care Talk is delighted to support this event.   The conference aims to give delegates a better understanding of the recommendations for social care reform set out in the Law Commission’s Adult Social Care report and in the Dilnot Commission report. In addition, the opportunity to debate the most pressing questions with the leading figures in the social care field. Care Talk and the King’s Fund are delighted to be able to offer Care Talk subscribers 10% discount, the conference is not to be missed!”

For more information on the King’s Fund: Beyond Dilnot – a new future for social care visit

http://www.kingsfund.org.uk/newsletters/events/q36_social_care_1.html

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Care Talk announced as Moving & Handling People 2012 Media Partner

 

Care Talk is delighted to announce its partnership with Moving & Handling People: The Architecture of Good Practice conference and exhibition 2012 as official media partner.

Care Talk as media partner and will also exhibiting at The Moving & Handling People 2012 conference, the 18th annual event organised by the Disabled Living Foundation, taking place on 2nd-3rd February 2012 at the Business Design Centre, Islington, London.

The annual event is the largest product exhibition for manual handing professionals in the UK, featuring over 70 stands, the New Products Poster Gallery and Professional Resource Centre.

The provision of healthcare is changing and consequently setting many challenges for service providers. With further financial restrictions likely, the one thing that remains constant is the need to provide services which are responsive to organisational and individual client needs. 

In order to provide an effective service you need to keep up to date, know what changes are likely to happen and plan accordingly. The CPD event is therefore ‘a must for your diary’!

Lisa Carr, Editor of Care Talk said;

"Care Talk is delighted to support this event.   The conference aims to enlighten delegates ensuring they are armed with the most up to date knowledge and skills and can respond to the changes affecting this area of training.   Care Talk magazine shares the same goals; informing our readers and disseminating best practice throughout the sector."

For further information on Care Talk contact Lisa Carr at editorial@caretalk.co.uk  or 07973 403535, visit www.caretalk.co.uk

For further information on Moving & Handling People 2012 visit http://www.dlf.org.uk/mhp

 

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Care Talk announces first road show successes

NEC Care Show,  22-23 June, Manchester Care Roadshow 30 June 2011

Busy from our recent attendance at the NEC Care Show and Manchester Care Roadshow in June, the Care Talk team are delighted with the excellent feedback from our readers, advertisers and professionals in the sector.

 This new, fresh and lively approach to social care media has been welcomed and appreciated.  People are regularly telling us the need to see good news stories and share best practice.  With the recent negative press coverage surrounding the sector recently this innovative approach to promoting excellence in social care is being widely embraced.

Everybody's Reading It!

“I have received Care Talk at work in my current post and feel that it is an excellent publication especially to circulate amongst Care Workers"


Beverley Clancey, Registered Provider Blue Ribbon, 7th June 2011

“I’ve read the April and May edition of the recently launched Care Talk magazine and I’m very impressed with the content, design and presentation.”

Lindsay Kirk, Marketing Manager,
Aidcall, 17th May 2011

“I just wanted to say what a great magazine. Have just received my second issue and it’s not only readable and interesting, the format is lovely. It makes such a nice to change to have a readable magazine covering subject content that’s relevant to my work”

Charmian Messenger, Care Manager, Isle of Wight, 12th May 2011

“Having received the first edition of Care Talk yesterday, I would like to congratulate, firstly on the 'idea' and secondly on the layout, content and format! I wish you every success in the future...very exciting for all involved, I'm sure.”

Jenny Westaway, Jenny's Home Care, 7th April 2011

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Care Talk announced as official Independence Daymedia partner

Press Release

20/6/11 

Care Talk announced as official Independence Daymedia partner

Tuesday 5th July Central Hall, Westminster, SW1

Care Talk are delighted to join Independence Day as official media partner.  

Join us on Independence Day and be part of the vital debate on the future of the care industry book your place here

With the imminent release of Andrew Dilnot’s commission into the funding of care and support, join us at this timely conference to debate the future of adult social care and how to keep older people independent for longer.

Speakers confirmed

 
 

Jeff Jerome
Think local Act Personal Partnership

Peter Hay
ADASS

Ben Page
IPSOS Mori

Imelda Redmond
Carers UK

Andy Sawford
LGIU

Peter Beresford
Shaping our Lives

Gil Baldwin
Tunstall

 

Andrew Dilnot
Chair of the Dilnot Commission

Phil Hope
Former Care Services Minister, Conference Chair

David Behan
Director General of Social Care, Department of Health

Emily Thornberry
Shadow Minister for Health and Social Care

Dame Jo Williams
Chair CQC

Andrew Harrop
Age UK

Ian Owen
Partnership

 


Download a full agenda here.  

Independence Day will be an interactive one day conference that will allow you to directly engage with key stakeholders and political decision makers from the health and social care sector. It will provide the platform to promote debate and innovative thinking about how to meet the social care challenge ahead.

For further information on the day please contact us on 020 7592 9490 or send your query to

independenceday@connectpa.co.uk

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Care Talk Magazine at Care Roadshow Manchester

Care Talk will be exhibiting at the second Care Roadshow, in Manchester at Old Trafford FC on 30th June 2011. The Care Roadshows focus on bringing dedicated care suppliers to your local area and are specially chosen for their unique and quality products and services. Come and visit us at stand 4 to get your free copy of Care Talk.

 

Following Care Talk’s launch back in March, the publication has been highly acclaimed throughout the sector and interest will be sure to be intensified at the forthcoming event.

 

With an innovative and fresh design, real photos of real people Care Talk has already been picked up and read by people representing all areas of the sector.  The magazine features a News, Chat, Learn and Business section so there is something for everyone, from Commissioners through to frontline care workers. 

 

Lisa Carr, Editor of Care Talk said,

“We have been delighted at the success of Care Talk.  Since its launch just a few months ago we have been inundated with positive feedback from social care professionals and indeed other parties with an interest in our sector. It has long been recognised that there is a gap in the market for a care publication that also acknowledges the good practice that takes place in the whole of the social care workforce.  We have been overwhelmed with the response to Care Talk which illustrates the real need within our sector for a relevant publication appealing to the whole of the workforce including frontline care staff.  We look forward to meeting our readers and partners at our calendar of events which are taking place over the next 6 months."

Care Talk will also be exhibiting at the Birmingham Care Show NEC, 22nd & 23rd June 2011, stand D51; London Care Show, Olympia, 11th & 12th October 2011 and ADASS/NCAS conference at ICC London Excel, 19th to 21st October 2011.

 

For more information contact Lisa Carr at editorial@caretalk.co.uk or 07973 403535, visit www.caretalk.co.uk, info@caretalk.co.uk,  0115 959 6134.

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Care Talk Magazine at Birmingham NEC Care Show

Care Talk will be exhibiting at the Birmingham NEC Care Show, on 22nd- 23rd June 2011. The Care Show is dedicated to providers of care for older peopleand the Birmingham event is the largest display of care home products and services in the UK. Come and visit us at stand D51, shared with our partners the Great British Care Awards, to get your free copy of Care Talk.

 

Following on from the success of the Great British Care Awards, a series of events that recognise excellence in social care, we have recognised that there is a gap in the market for a care publication that also acknowledges the whole of the social care workforce.  Launched in March at the Bournemouth Care Show, Care Talk has been highly acclaimed throughout the sector and interest will be sure to be intensified at the forthcoming event.

 

With an innovative and fresh design, real photos of real people Care Talk has already been picked up and read by people representing all areas of the sector.  The magazine features a News, Chat, Learn and Business section so there is something for everyone, from Commissioners through to frontline care workers. 

 

Lisa Carr, Editor of Care Talk said,

“We have been delighted at the success of Care Talk.  Since its launch just a few months ago we have been inundated with positive feedback from social care professionals and indeed other parties with an interest in our sector. It has long been recognised that there is a gap in the market for a care publication that also acknowledges the good practice that takes place in the whole of the social care workforce.  We have been overwhelmed with the response to Care Talk which illustrates the real need within our sector for a relevant publication appealing to the whole of the workforce including frontline care staff.  We look forward to meeting our readers and partners at our calendar of events which are taking place over the next 6 months."

Care Talk and The Great British Care Awards will also be exhibiting at the Manchester Care Roadshow, Old Trafford, 30th June 2011 stand 4; London Care Show, Olympia, 11th & 12th October 2011 and ADASS/NCAS conference at ICC London Excel, 19th to 21st October 2011.

 

For more information contact Lisa Carr at editorial@caretalk.co.uk or 07973 403535, visit www.caretalk.co.uk, info@caretalk.co.uk,  0115 959 6134.

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What they said

Guests representing all corners of the social care sector came together to find out more about Care Talk. the new publication that everyone's been talking about.

View Full Article Here.

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Board meet at the Imperial War Museum

It's been an exciting start to 2011 here at Care Talk, as we get ready to publish the very first issue of our new Care Talk magazine. We've been extremely busy - and January saw the editorial board meet for the last time before the magazine is launched on 28th March. Held at the historic Imperial War Museum in London, the event saw board members brought together to discuss key industry topics and debate the issues our sector faces.

The board is made up of significant players in social care, boasting representatives from the Department of Health, sector bodies, including the National Skills Academy, the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE), Action on Elder Abuse and Ceretas, professional organisations and regional care homes amongst its members. All with one shared objective -  to achieve a forward thinking and all-inclusive magazine, based on communication, positive attitudes and most importantly, the issues that really matter to the social care workforce. Through Care Talk we look forward to achieving a genuine voice of excellence for social care.

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New Magazine Launched

Welcome to the very first edition of our Care Talk Magazine. The new magazine has been created by people in the care industry for care professionals working in the industry.

Subscription to the Care Talk Magazine is free. Register today from our website to receive your free copy. You can also view the magazine in electronic form - just checkout the latest issue.

We hope you enjoy Care Talk.

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New Website Launched

We are proud to announce the launch of the new Care Talk website, to conincide with our first issue of Care Talk Magazine. The Care Talk website will bring to you the latest Care Talk Magazines along with news and events from the Care industry.

We hope you like the new site and find it a useful and informative resource.

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