Best Practice in the Care Home Sector

Best Practice in the Care Home Sector

Following the launch of highly successful Best Practice in Care Home Sector conference in 2017, Caring Times was delighted to return to the MAC arts complex and theatre in Birmingham on Wednesday 20 June 2018. Best Practice in the Care Home Sector conference was designed to highlight and showcase the very best practice in the care home sector by providing a strong annual event which offered staff and organisations who are doing excellent work the opportunity to showcase it, creating a learning opportunity for those attending the event and demonstrating to the media, CQC, commissioners and other stakeholders that there is excellent work going on in the independent care home sector.

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.

During lunch and further exhibition viewing delegates had an opportunity to attend our main sponsor Four Seasons “Dementia experience” interactive sessions that were designed to stimulate the sensory, cognitive and emotional elements of living with dementia, giving better understanding what it’s really like to live with dementia.

After lunch delegates moved into the thought provoking ‘Quickfire Debate’ with our panel of experts, including:

  • Sharon Allen, CEO, Skills for Care
  • Vic Rayner, Executive Director, National Care Forum
  • Kevin Groombridge, Executive Chairman, Healthcare Management Solutions
  • Sam Leighton-Smith, Director, Compass Associates
  • Jeremy Richardson, CEO, brighterkind

Delegates completed the day with a closing plenary session delivered by Jonathan Cunningham MBE, Owner Rosebank Care Home who gave an inspiring presentation about the delivery of outstanding social care.

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