Friday Workshops: 9:30am – 10:30am

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

Older people are often portrayed negatively in the media, but make a vast positive contribution to society in terms of taxation, consumer spending and economically valuable activities amounting to £40 billion a year. Longer healthier lives are a benefit to society in many ways because older people have skills, knowledge and experience that benefit the wider population.

Older people say that they want to retain independence and control as they age, as well as a sense of meaning, purpose and belonging.  Productive Healthy Ageing has these concepts at its heart.

This session will consider the following:

  1. The opportunities for local government when older people are engaged in local community
  2. How can we better recognise and acknowledge the social, economic and cultural contribution of older people?
  3. What are the challenges to moving to a position with Productive Healthy Ageing is the new way of thinking about growing older?
  4. What are the mechanisms and partnerships needed to unlock the longevity dividend?
  5. How can older people take better control of their health and benefit from personalisation of health care?

Main Participants:

Elaine Rashbrook (PHE)

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


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: 

Al Coates, Adopter, social worker, advocate

Enza Smith, Kinship Carers UK, special guardian

Cllr David Mellen

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


FW5. Hot Topic – TBC
Location: Exchange 11