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How has the response to Covid-19 changed social care practice?

10th November, QEII Centre, London  #GetSocialCareDone

Keynote speaker:  Sir Simon Stevens, Former CEO, NHS  Chair: Paul Burstow, Chair, SCIE   Experts by Experience

Now that Brexit is done can we finally achieve the once in a generation task of social care reform?

Despite the devastating impact COVID-19 has had on society, social care has once again demonstrated its key importance as the sister of the NHS;  the fourth emergency service. We have seen unprecedented political and public interest in the sector.  So, what can the sector do to maintain this level of interest and once and for all achieve, the so desperately needed reform of social care?

Hosted by Care Talk magazine, this conference will see key influencers representing all areas of the sector come together to discuss the challenges and opportunities that have arisen from the pandemic.  Speakers will look at current trends in the sector and how social care practice has changed during Covid and beyond, equipping delegates with the latest information and innovations. Panel discussions will focus on how to get social care done and attain long overdue reform for the sector.

This event will be of interest to registered managers, senior managers, clinicians, owner managers, key decision makers and influencers from across the social care arena, including adult services and services for people with learning disabilities and/or autism.



Paul has a wide range of public policy and leadership experience. He currently holds a number of non-executive leadership roles across the health and social care sector. As the Independent Chair of Hertfordshire and West Essex Sustainable Transformation Partnership (STP) he is working with system partners across local government, NHS and community and voluntary sector to develop population health working and integrated care. He has also recently been appointed as Chair of St Andrew’s Healthcare, a charity providing specialist mental healthcare for patients with complex mental health needs.

Paul for 18 years Paul represented the constituency of Sutton and Cheam as a Liberal Democrat. He was appointed Minister of State for Care Services in 2010, during which time he was responsible for developing the government’s mental health strategy, No Health Without Mental Health, and for drafting the care provisions of the Care Act.

He is also Chair of the independent charity SCIE (The Social Care Institute for Excellence) which works with local government, independent sector and Government by sharing knowledge about what works, translating policy into practice and supporting transformation to improve the lives of people who use care services. He combines his interests in social care with an interest in technology enabled care (TEC) as President of the TEC Services Association where he advocates citizen centred service design that makes the best use of data and technology to enhance outcomes.

Paul interests in mental health saw him appointed Chair of the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust where he is involved in promoting the Trust’s work in developing and deploying new models of children and young people’s mental health and new approaches to workplace resilience.

As a part-time Professor of Mental Health Policy at the University of Birmingham, Paul Chaired the Mental Health Policy Commission and is working to promote the findings and recommendations of its report.



Professor Deborah Sturdy OBE was been appointed Chief Nurse for Adult Social Care in England and acts as champion for the interests of social care nurses and work to ensure at risk adults are provided with high quality care. She works closely with the Minister for Care and the Chief Nursing Officer in this important role to ensure the provision of high quality, personalised, joined up care. The Chief Nurse is as an inspiring leader for social care nursing and helps develop social care policy and how it relates to the workforce.

Mark Adams

Community Integrated Care, one of Britain’s biggest and most successful social care charities. The charity, which turns over c. £127m p/a, supports almost 4000 people who have learning disabilities, autism, mental health concerns and dementia. It has a workforce of 6500 people.

Community Integrated Care is nationally recognised as being one of the most innovative providers in the market, with significant sector recognition – including being named as the 2019/20 Charity Times Charity of the Year for its impact and innovation.

He is currently also a Non-Executive Director for the National Care Forum, a leading representative body for the not-for-profit care sector which brings together 115 members, and the Countess of Chester NHS Foundation Trust.

Mark has an extensive background in healthcare and commercial industries. This includes CEO and senior Board roles with leading organisations, including Denplan, AXA PPP, Virgin Healthcare and Netcare UK, He has also had a decade leading large healthcare organisations in the Middle East. This includes forming Anglo Arabian Healthcare (AAH), an integrated network of 40 clinics, diagnostic centres, hospitals, pharmacies, and other specialist services that became one of the biggest operators in Dubai.


Before joining the Fund, Sally had extensive experience in health, care and population health policy and delivery, in central and local government. Sally was Director for Social Care at the Department for Health and Social Care, Director of Programmes at Public Health England and Deputy Chief Inspector (for social care and registration) at the Care Quality Commission. She was also Director at the Cabinet Office, leading a project on social care funding for Budget 2017.
Most recently, Sally worked at the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs as Director of the Agri-Food Chain, and latterly Director of EU Exit Preparedness and Response.

Martin Green

Martin Green has had an extensive career in NGO development, nationally and internationally, and is Chief Executive of Care England, the largest representative body for independent social care services in the UK. He is also Chair of the International Longevity Centre, and a Trustee of Independent Age and the National Aids Trust.
In 2013 he was appointed Visiting Professor of Social Care to Buckinghamshire New University.
In 2012, in his role as Department of Health Independent Sector Dementia Champion, he led the development of the Dementia Care and Support Compact for The Prime Minister’s Challenge on Dementia and was awarded an OBE for Services to Social Care in the 2012 Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Sir David Behan began his career as a qualified social worker. He was a Director of Social Services in three local authorities. He was President of the Association of Directors of Social Services.

Sir David was the first Chief Inspector of the Commission for Social Care Inspection in 2003. In 2006 he was appointed to the Department of Health as the Director General for Social Care, Local Government and Care Partnerships working on personalised care, carers learning and disability policy, mental health policy, the reform of social care funding and legislation. He was a member of the NHS Management Board.

In 2012 he was appointed to the role of Chief Executive of the Care Quality Commission where he has led a team to conduct a fundamental review of the quality and safety regulation of health and care in England. 

He was awarded a knighthood for services to health and care in the 2017 New Year’s Honours list. 

In December 2018 Sir David was appointed as Chair of Health Education England.

Ian Trenholm, CEO, Care Quality Commission

Ian was Chief Executive of NHS Blood and Transplant from 2014 until his appointment as our Chief Executive in 2018.

He was previously Chief Operating Officer at the Department of Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), a role which included being the Department’s Digital Leader.

Prior roles included Chief Executive of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead and Strategic Director for Resources at Buckinghamshire County Council.
Ian began his career as an Inspector in the Royal Hong Kong Police Service. He then served with the Surrey Police for four years before moving to the commercial sector.

Ian has a degree in Geology from Goldsmiths’ College London and an MBA from Durham University Business School.


Simon Stevens is the Chief Executive Officer of the NHS, which leads the NHS’ work nationally to improve health and ensure high quality care for all. As the NHS Accounting Officer he is also accountable to Parliament for £130 billion of annual Health Service funding.

Simon joined the NHS through its Graduate Training Scheme in 1988. As a frontline NHS manager he subsequently led acute hospitals, mental health and community services, primary care and health commissioning in the North East of England, London and the South Coast. He also served seven years as the Prime Minister’s Health Adviser at 10 Downing Street, and as policy adviser to successive Health Secretaries at the Department of Health.  

Simon was born in Birmingham, and was educated at Balliol College, Oxford University; Strathclyde University, Glasgow; and Columbia University, New York where he was Harkness Fellow at the New York City Health Department. He is married with two school-age children and volunteers as a director of the Commonwealth Fund, a leading international health charity. He has also been a trustee of the Kings Fund and the Nuffield Trust and Visiting Professor at the London School of Economics.   


Avnish is the Founder and Executive Chairman of industry-leading care provider, Hallmark Care Homes which he started in 1997. 

Over the last 23 years the company has won numerous awards for delivering outstanding care as well as national awards for building some of the best care homes in the country.  He is also Executive Chairman of Savista Developments and Santhem Residences, part of the Hallmark family.

Avnish is proud to be the Chair of Care England, the largest representative body for the care sector as well as an Advisory Board Director and Ambassador of E2Exchange.

Nadra has been involved in the field of social care for over 36 years. Her background is in training and education, which has been the passion that drives her towards a quality service, underpinned and provided by a skilled workforce. She has been Chairman of NCA since 2001 and stepped down as a Trustee of Parkinson’s UK in October 2018.
In 2006 she was awarded the OBE for her services to Social Care.


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