The National Care Forum (NCF) is holding its 15th Managers Conferences on 12 – 13 November at Chesford Grange Hotel, Kenilworth, Warwickshire. For Managers in social care who come from all over the UK to attend this essential 24 hours, it is an opportunity to share best practice, latest thinking and innovations, network, and learn first-hand about changes in policy and regulation.
This year we have themed our conference around the critical agenda of Health and Wellbeing. We believe this is a vitally important message for managers on a number of fronts. We know that Managers will have the health and wellbeing of people using their services at the forefront of their minds, and the conference will provide them with opportunities to explore how to enhance this further. We also want to support Managers in their role to promote the Health and Wellbeing of their team, and themselves.
Key sector speakers will share their expertise and insights including Caroline Dinenage MP, David Sheard, Founder of Dementia Care Matters, Sharon Allen OBE, CEO, Skills for Care, Sue Howard, Deputy Chief Inspector, CQC and Jill Parker, Social Care Lead for the NHS England STOMP Campaign. Professor Dawn Skelton will focus on the critical issue of falls prevention and how to encourage older people to take part in strength and balance exercises and if you need more motivation, Ian Donaghy, author of ‘Dear Dementia’ will inspire the audience in ways to sustain their Wellbeing and that of their teams.
In addition, NCF recognises the skills and expertise housed within our own membership. To celebrate this we are delighted to be joined by Sam Monaghan, CEO, MHA will present on the key issue of Diversity, & Christine Asbury, CEO, WCS Care and Paul Newman, CEO, Greensleeves, will share their experience of opening new homes – moving from the grand opening to the day to day.
With the support of HUR, a highlight of the first day is the ‘Festival of Health and Wellbeing’ and is a chance for organisations that support the care sector to engage with the audience. The format of the Festival is unique – a ‘speed-dating style event’ – the exhibitors provide 3 interactive sessions where managers have the opportunity to try out the latest offering in Health and Wellbeing products and services. HUR provide strengthening equipment to the care sector and during the conference everyone at the conference will have the chance to try a range of their equipment to ‘Lift Up Social Care’ and raise awareness of the work of the Care Workers Charity. We hope everyone jumps on board to help us get there!
Festival contributors also reflect the theme of the conference, and there will be wide arrange for both managers and their teams as well as those that receive care and support, to aid their Health and Wellbeing. Companies taking part include Tovertafel – playful, interactive light projections that entice older people to get moving and have fun together, Vegetarian for Life, Dechoker, Namaste Care, Oomph!, Musica Music, and Apetito. We are delighted that David Times and Rebecca Cohen – professional musicians from Live Music Now – will lead interactive sessions on techniques to support people who live and work in care homes in singing and making music.
This year there are new and current partners who through their support add value to the conference programme. Compass Associates join us for their first year as sponsors of the drinks reception, and Person Centred Software once again support the NCF Rising Stars to attend the event and afterwards visit the WCS Care Innovation Hub. Dechoker and Cura join as a new supporters and delegates will get a chance to see and try out their products. Isacc Theophilos author of ‘Outstanding Care Homes’ will be providing every manager attending with a copy of his book. Finally, we are delighted to have the continued support of Altura Learning, CMM, Ommph! and Pozzoni who have partnered with us for all 15 years.
It’s going to be a fantastic event, focussed on supporting those at the frontline of care – giving managers information and practical experiences that they can take back to their teams and facilities to support the Health and Wellbeing of all.
The National Care Forum is the leading voice for the not for profit care sector