Lancashire Care Conference Review 2019
Lancashire Care Conference 2018
Summary of the Day
The 2018 Lancashire Care Conference was held on 27th September, it was a well-attended and vibrant event. The keynote speech by Louise Taylor (Executive Director of Adult Services, Public Health and Wellbeing at Lancashire County Council) set out the challenges facing Lancashire and the achievements of the Health and Social Care Partnership over the last year. This is the forum (co-chaired by LCC and LCA) for strategic engagement between the council and providers.
The presentation from John Kennedy was very well received and it emphasised the importance of the care workforce. In his earlier ‘Care Home Inquiry’ report, published by JRF, he noted that “..what really, really matters to residents is those individuals who look after them.” The forward to that report stressed that the solution was in a collective approach as no one agency had all the answers. These twin considerations came out strongly as a theme from the day: caring for the carers and a shared approach.
The NW ADASS presentation set out clearly that the sector is at a tipping point and that we have to do things differently if the sector is not to collapse. There were some provider concerns, in the framing of the issues in the NW ADASS report earlier this year, that there is insufficient recognition of the necessary and positive role of care homes and a subtext which may be ambiguous about the value of the mixed economy of care.
The RCMN annual meeting was held at the end of the day. A very well attended and passionate meeting looked at mental health and the pressures Registered Care Managers are under. LCA is to do some primary research on mental health and RCMs and to work on a campaign to help the issue get recognition and be something that can be talked about openly. You can read the RCMN article here in Care Management Matters (CMM).
The conference programme can be seen here, which included presentations from Hannah Bollard from Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP, Rachel Adamson from Slater Gordon, Helen Claridge from Hempsons, and Ryan Knight from Nourish.
With thanks to our event partners Care Management Matters (CMM)