The Independent Care Group will host its annual conference and exhibition in Harrogate on 21st November under the theme Innovation in Social Care. It will focus on the very latest advancements, in particular how new technology, including robotics, will aid the delivery of care, alongside the latest developments in hydration and nutrition, surroundings and wellbeing, health and safety, and person-centred software.
The Group’s Chair, Mike Padgham, said: “This is a very challenging but exciting period for social care at the moment with new technology opening up huge opportunities and changes in the way we care for older and vulnerable adults.
“By using technology, in particular robotics, we will be able to remove some of the routine, repetitive tasks and free up staff to do what they do best, interact with, stimulate and care for our older residents.”
Organisers have lined up some key speakers for the event, including former Care Services Minister Paul Burstow, now Chair of SCIE. He will be joined by Dr Ben Maruthappu, a British physician, academic researcher, health policy specialist, entrepreneur and co-founder and CEO of Cera, a tech-enabled homecare company.
Another key speaker will be Dr Sanjeev Kanoria, CEO of Advinia Healthcare, a growing care home operator. The company has 38 homes, putting it into the top 10 private care providers in the UK. The group has won several awards for innovation and quality care. Advinia is at the forefront of using technology in care and recently they launched culturally sensitive robots to help dementia residents.
Mike added a note of caution, as the conference will take place against a backdrop of challenges and uncertainty within social care. “We are facing a difficult and uncertain future and our conference will be an opportunity to gather and see how we go forward.
“By that time we might have a Green Paper setting out how the Government proposes to deal with the future funding of social care and that is likely to feature prominently on our agenda.”