LaingBuisson will host a special stream focusing on the challenges, change and optimism of caring for older people at next month’s National Social Care Conference.
The event, which takes place on May 12 at ICC in Birmingham, will cover the entire care industry, with presentations on the latest developments in care for older people, care for adults under 65 and children’s services.
Stephen Dorrell, chairman of the House of Commons Health Select Committee from 2010-14, and now a director of LaingBuisson, will open the conference.
He will introduce Alistair Burt MP (pictured above), Minister of State for Community and Social Care, Lord Bichard from the Social Care Institute for Excellence and Norman Lamb MP, Liberal Democrat spokesperson for Health, and Minister for Care in the Coalition Government.
Mr Dorrell says that the entire care industry needs to come together to debate ever-evolving challenges in the sector. “Everyone has heard about the funding pressures in social care, but the issues in the sector go well beyond cash pressures.
“Operators need to take account of the changing needs of individuals as well as the requirements of commissioners, professional and system regulators as well as legislators. We intend that this conference should become part of the annual calendar of events at which the management and professional community meet to exchange views about the service and financial challenges facing the social care sector. By sharing knowledge and best practice, we hope this launch event will encourage fresh thinking, improve understanding and inspire progress.”
LaingBuisson’s chairman, William Laing will open the older people stream with an economic overview and an analysis of current cost and capacity trends and what they mean to operators and policymakers
“Rising costs and inadequate fees provide the backdrop for a ‘slow motion’ care crash within state-funded care services for older people,” the organiser suggests. “Despite these pressures in publicly funded care, the privately funded sector remains buoyant, reflecting underlying growth of demand.”
Speakers in this stream will focus on the critical issues for the sector and the conference will provide an opportunity to combine the perspectives of these senior practitioners, policy makers and professional advisors with contributions from delegates dealing with the issues at the front line.