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RT HON STEPHEN DORRELL MP TO DEBATE: “THE STATE OF CARE IN THE UK: HOW CAN WE FIX THE BROKEN SYSTEM?” AT THE CARE SHOW

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 RT HON STEPHEN DORRELL MP TO DEBATE:

THE STATE OF CARE IN THE UK: HOW CAN WE FIX THE BROKEN SYSTEM?’

OTHER PANELLISTS INCLUDE LEADERS FROM MiTie, ANCHOR, BUPA, EVERMORE AND DELOITTE

THE CARE SHOW CONFERENCE PROGRAMME TO ADDRESS THE KEY CONCERNS OF TODAY’S CARE PROVIDERS

The Care Show, 4 and 5 November 2014, NEC Birmingham

 www.careshow.co.uk/birmingham

The Care Show, Birmingham will host a high-profile debate featuring the Rt Hon Stephen Dorrell MP; John Telling, Group 

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Corporate Affairs Director, MiTie; Sara McKee, Founder and Director of Market Innovation, Evermore; Jane Ashcroft CBE, Chief Executive, Anchor; Andrew Cannon, Managing Director, Bupa Care Services, Bupa UK and David L Jones, Partner, 

Deloitte.  Taking place at 4pm on the first day of the event – 4 November, the panel will discuss “The State of Care in the UK: how can we fix the broken system?” and all registered visitors are invited to attend and ask questions of the panel.

 With the date of the next general election confirmed to be 7 May 2015, this debate will set the scene for Mr Dorrell to highlight his vision of the role of the Care Sector in any future integrated health and care system in the UK.  His colleagues on the panel are pioneers from the world of residential care: BUPA and Anchor; home agency care: Mitie’s MiHomeCare and innovative newcomer to the UK market, Evermore.  The attending industry are invited to register questions for the panel at www.thecareshow.co.uk/birmingham if they are attending the Care Show and wish to ask the question personally.

Taking place on Tuesday 4 and Wednesday 5 November, The Care Show – and its co-locating event, The Dementia Care Show – will provide two simultaneous, free of charge conference programmes featuring pioneering speakers to address the key issues facing the care industry today. With the UK care market is currently estimated to be worth in excess of £55 billion to the UK economy, the Care Show is the UK’s largest event in the sector and will this year feature over 300 of the country’s leading suppliers, advisors and experts in care for the benefit of the expected 3000 visitors from care homes, home care agencies, the NHS and associations from across the country.

Debate at The Care Show 2013 Organisers of The Care Show recently revealed the results of an exclusive survey of over 22,000 care providers, highlighting their key concerns in this increasingly over-burdened care sector.  Results highlighted that the recruitment, training and retention of staff was one of the most significant concerns, nominated by 52.5% of respondents, with budget cuts and external funding concerns ranking at almost 29%.  Other areas of concerns include occupancy levels and increasing regulation.

In relation to staffing issues, employers are currently advised to use Common Induction Standards, which directly relate to the National Minimum Training Standards, and to continue with the existing qualifications such as diplomas in health and social care that signify occupational competence in a role.  But many good care homes and care agencies are striving to go further – such as Etheldred House in Cambridge, whose General Manager, Santall Horn says:

 We have 90 staff who work as a united team with a common purpose, with team spirit – not hierarchy – as our driving force.  All team members, from nurses to carers to domestic staff are given the company basic training in areas such as Moving & Handling and care practices to safely provide in areas such as Gastrostomy Feeding, Mental Capacity and many more, so they all have a common basis to grow in their understanding and learning.  Whilst our qualified nurses are obviously trained to a greater extent, empowering our staff with knowledge is beneficial for all.  The home team is involved in assessing people for new admissions to ensure both the families and the staff have a relationship from the outset.  We train our care staff internally or locally wherever possible and support social activities for them outside work hours.”

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 The Care Show survey reveals other examples of staff engagement as key to building an involved and committed team of carers.  For example, simple training in assessing the health of residents’ health as provided by Hartlepool and Stockton on Tees CCG in association with Care Plus Solutions CIC has been a positive and beneficial experience for both staff and residents.  Involving dedicated staff in caring for people with a long-term view is another key recommendation, as highlighted by Russell Court Nursing Home in Kent and Anchor Bilton Court in Wellingborough among many others.

The Dementia Care Show at The Care Show will also build a full size dementia care bedroom, en suite bathroom, kitchen, dining room and garden.  The feature will be complemented by a free of charge educational programme featuring leading industry commentators in a dedicated Dementia Care Seminar Theatre.  Topics include: Dementia Care in the Community; Inspirational Dementia Care Projects and Dementia and the Physical Environment, and the programme has been developed in association with Stirling University’s Dementia Services Development Centre (DSDC), UK Active, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and the National Care Association.

An additional Keynote Theatre at the event will leading speakers from the CQC, National Skills Academy and NICE to inspire attendees on topics such as: Recruitment training and retaining of staff; Occupancy levels, CQC regulation and Marketing and promotion.I2I_5102

To register to attend The Care Show Birmingham, please visit the website at www.careshow.co.uk/birmingham.

For further press information, please contact CUT Communications:

Lucy Clifton                                                                         Alexandra Gore

Tel: + 44 (0) 208 334 4008                                         Tel: + 44 (0) 208 334 4007

Email: lucy.clifton@cut-coms.co.uk                         Email: Alexandra.gore@cut-coms.co.uk

Notes to editors

About Care Show Birmingham 

Care Show Birmingham will take place at the NEC, Birmingham on 4 – 5 November 2014.

The show is designed to provide education, products and services for those owning, or running any organisation responsible for the care of older people. This includes proprietors, directors and managers of care homes, nursing homes, domiciliary care agencies, sheltered accommodation, learning disability homes, local authorities, specialist care units, private hospitals and construction companies.

www.careshow.co.uk/birmingham

About Dementia Care Show 

The Dementia Care Show features dedicated suppliers, best practice ideas and technology showcases to address the needs of GPs, clinical commissioning groups, Foundation trusts and NHS professionals.

www.careshow.co.uk/birmingham

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