Caring Times would like to give a special thank you to Four Seasons for their much appreciated Main Sponsorship, our partner Skills for Care for collaboration and support and the exhibitors Cura Systems and OM Interactive for their active participation.
The conference was structured around two main plenary sessions; one on arrival in the morning and one before close later in the afternoon. There were also two sets of three concurrent parallel sessions and a ‘Quickfire Debate’ with a panel of experts.
The opening plenary started with Sharon Allen, CEO, Skills for Care who talked about the road to an outstanding workforce. The conference then continued onto 3 breakout sessions including a session on a strategic and focused approach to recruitment and retention delivered by Genevieve Glover, HR Director, Barchester Healthcare and Service Manager Phil Benson from Community Integrated Care talking about the improvement of quality and retention of the staff.
Key messages were delivered by Maggie Candy from Care UK and Laura Wilkes from Somerset Redstone Trust on how to achieve ‘outstanding’ care. Senior Consultant Lynne Omar, Cura Systems talked about GDPR compliance within the Health and Social Care services and Ann-Marie Harmer from Barchester Healthcare introduced robotic pet companions and how they could improve the well-being of residents living with dementia with the help of robotic pet companions.
After networking and exhibition viewing the delegates moved into the second parallel sessions of the day including a session on the opportunities and barriers to developing quality of life delivered by Tom Owen, Co-director, My Home Life, sessions including meeting the sex and intimacy needs of people with dementia living in care homes presented by Beverley Page-Banks, Programme Manager, Innovation Team, Alzheimer’s Society, Jackie Pool from Sunrise Senior Living talked about the advantages of the ‘whole team’ approach to activity for residents, staff, relatives and the business and Martin McGuigan from Community Integrated Care shared his views on how care homes should be transformed into community anchors. Interesting points were raised by Isabelle Latham, Senior Lecturer, Association for Dementia and Judith Timmins, MD, Compliance Coach on innovative recruitment and training.