Organised by Care Management Matters, with an agenda developed in conjunction with Lancashire Care Association, the Lancashire Care Conference took place yesterday at the Mercure Dunkenhalgh in Blackburn with great success.
Starting the day with a cry to unify the social care sector and raise its profile, Paul Simic, Chief Executive of Lancashire Care Association took to the stage wearing his CARE badge with pride as he welcomed delegates and stressed the importance of holding the event to highlight local issues and work together to find potential solutions.
Clare Mattinson from Lancashire County Council gave an in-depth look at the Market Position Statement and urged providers to feed-back their thoughts so that engagement and collaboration could be strengthened in the future.
As well as collaboration, integration was a word that came up more than once throughout the day and Annlouise Stephens RN, Independent Regulated Care Sector Lead for NHS England North discussed this in more detail during her presentation. As well as looking at how social care providers, NHS and local authorities are coming together to help develop new models of care, Annlouise detailed how providers could push change in their area.
The panel discussion allowed delegates to pose their own questions to speakers and technology was clearly at the forefront of people’s minds. Lots of people were keen to hear about the expectation from Lancashire County Council when it came to providers utilising technology enabled care and some delegates were keen to point out that, with so many new and innovative technology solutions becoming available, there was huge pressures to choose the right one for their business and implement it effectively.
Workshops and exhibition
As well as informative presentations, there were also interactive workshops where delegates could ask the questions that mattered to them. Managing medications to prevent mistakes, consumer law guidance and getting the best out of CQC inspections all proved hugely popular and were repeated throughout the afternoon so that delegates could get the most from the day.
There was a wide range of exhibitors to explore throughout the breaks, from interactive products for those living with dementia to regulatory lawyers and care management software services. There was a lively atmosphere as delegates networked and took the time to talk to like-minded people.
Focusing on the mental health of managers
Towards the end of the day, we heard from Richard Muncaster, Chief Executive of Care Workers’ Charity who detailed the grants available for care workers and the importance of a complete overhaul in thinking by creating a supportive culture for staff in social care. This was followed on by the last presentation of the day from Christine Burkett, Head of Area for Skills for Care North West who focused on putting resilience into practice and offering useful tips to maintain the wellbeing of staff.
The day closed with a Registered Care Managers Network Session which allowed a space for managers to have an informal chat, as well as swap ideas about how to raise their voice in the sector and push through their ideas to decision-makers.
Thank you to our sponsors for the day - QCS, Atlas, Slater and Gordon and SRG Care Consultancy.