Friday Workshops: 9:30am – 10:30am

FW1. (S) Productive Healthy Ageing – The Benefits of Taking a Positive Approach
Location: Charter 3

1 in 3 babies born today will live to be 100. Age is no longer defined by a number, but by capacity to function. Today’s 65 year olds are likely to enjoy longer and healthier lives than their grandparents. They will remain productive for longer, not just because they need to but because they want to and because they can.

What does the 100 year life mean for commissioning for older adults? And how do we capitalise on the longevity dividend?

Join us for an interactive panel discussion to explore these questions. Hear from Public Health England on the Productive Healthy Ageing programme. Learn from Southwark and Leeds on how an age friendly city can successfully be established, and how digital solutions can help unlock the key to success.

Main Participants:

Eustace De Sousa, Public Health England

Pauline O’Hare, Southwark Council

Lucy Jackson, Leeds Council

Chair:  Professor Kevin Fenton, Director of Health and Wellbeing, Southwark Council


FW2. 2020 Vision for the Social Model of Disability
Location: Charter 2

This session seeks to examine what a town and district needs to make the social model of disability a reality in 2020 and beyond.  Using the work we have done in Harrogate as an example we will explore the key issues of ambition, attitudes, understanding, behaviours, employment transport and housing, and how small changes can make a big difference.

We will use a combination of presentations, from a range of difference perspectives, to share our learning so far. Workshop discussion will add to our understanding and assist us to develop a ‘think piece’, which will be published later in the year to support others in making the social model of disability a reality.

Main Participants:

Neil Revely, Chair of Disability Action Yorkshire

Eliza Bennett, Expert by Experience

Alex Hornby, Chief Executive, Transdev Blazefield Ltd

Chair:  Richard Webb, DASS North Yorkshire CC


FW3. Collaboration, Self-Reflection and Peer Support: Are we on Track to Create a Continuous Improvement Environment for Children’s Social Care
Location: Exchange 8/9/10

This year’s conference is one year on from the Regional Improvement Alliance pilots for children’s social care, Ofsted’s new Inspection of Local Authority Children’s Services (ILACS) framework and the expansion of DfE’s Partners in Practice programme to enhance the sector’s capacity for improvement.

Hear about the experience of Dorset County Council, identifying their needs and ambitions for improvement and entering into a support arrangement with Essex. Together, speakers and the audience can debate whether we, the sector and Government in partnership, have yet created an environment of continuous learning from self-evaluation and peer review. Are we increasing the effectiveness and efficiency of children’s social care services and supporting authorities take earlier action to avoid failure of services?

Main participants:

Nick Jarman – Director of Dorset County Council.
Helen Lincoln – Executive Director, Children and Families and Education, Essex County Council (Partner in Practice)

Chair: Graham Archer, Director of Children’s Social Care: Improvement and Learning, Department for Education  


FW4. Modernising Adoption and Supporting Special Guardians
Location: Charter 4

Soon most local authorities will have as many Adopted children and children parented by Special Guardians as they have children in care. The majority of these children will have additional and complex needs. Adopters and Special Guardians have made a life changing decision, with consequences they may not have bargained for, in assuming parental responsibility for some of the most vulnerable children in your community. This session will explore the corporate parenting responsibility for these families. What can we do? What should we do? Will Regional Adoption Agencies provide some of the answers?

Main participants: 

Anita Hart, Adoption UK

Enza Smith, Kinship Carers UK, special guardian

Cllr David Mellen

Sue Westwood, Head of Service, Adoption Counts

Chair: Andrew Christie


FW5. CQC: Plans, priorities and delivery

Location: Charter 1

Join Ian Trenholm, CQC’s new Chief Executive, to explore the challenges of an ever changing health and social care system and his vision of how CQC’s plans and priorities will be delivered.

Main participants: 

Ian Trenholm, Chief Executive, CQC