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The Managers Conference 2024 Programme

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Day 1 – Monday 11th March 

Time 

Session 

Room 

18:30 

 

Registration and Drinks reception  

Exhibition space 

19:30 

 

Welcome 

Prof Vic Rayner OBE, Chief Executive Officer, National Care Forum 

Oonagh Smyth, Chief Executive Officer, Skills for Care 

Main room 

19:45 

 

Dinner 

 

Main room 

 

 

Dinner speaker 

Main room 

Day 2 – Tuesday 12th March 

Time 

Session 

Room 

09:00 

 

Registration, refreshments and exhibition 

Exhibition space 

10:00 

 

Co-Chairs’ opening remarks 

Liz Jones, Policy Director, National Care Forum – Conference Co-Chair 

Sarah-Jane Dale, Chief Operating Officer AOD | Director of Development Skills for Care, AOD | Skills for Care 

Main room 

10:10 

 

Plenary 1 

People power: ideas to help fix the social care staffing crisis from the frontline 

Miriam Levin, Director of Participatory Programmes, Demos 

Main room 

10:40 

 

Panel: Understanding the new Care Quality Commission (CQC) Assessment and Inspection Process  

Chair: Sarah-Jane Dale, Chief Operating Officer AOD | Director of Development Skills for Care, AOD | Skills for Care 

Tim Coolican, Partner, Anthony Collins Solicitors 

Rob Hargreaves, Information Service Manager, Skills for Care 

Karen Pogson, Registered Manager / Director, Active Social Care 

Debbie Dry, Registered Manager, Windsor Lodge 

Main room 

11:25 

 

Refreshments and exhibition 

Exhibition 

11:55 

 

Workshop Session 1 

Workshop A  

Connections and Community Influence 

Steph Thompson, Deputy Director, My Home Life 

Workshop E 

ASC WDS Accessing good quality data 

Helen Dannatt, Project Manager (Relationship and Engagement), Skills for Care 

Workshop B  

Leading Teams Compassionately – Making it real

Lori Barber-Field, Delivery Manager, Affina Organisation Development (AOD) 

 

Workshop F 

Neil Eastwood and Cohesion in discussion: recruitment & on-boarding 

Neil Eastwood, Founder and CEO, Care Friends 

Amanda Marques, Director, Cohesion 

Dave Beesly, Talent Director, Cohesion 

 

Workshop C  

Digital Leadership in Care: Non-techies can take the lead 

Beverly Futtit, Digital Transformation Lead, National Care Forum 

Claire Smout, Head of Digital Skills, Skills for Care 

Katie Thorn, Digital Engagement Manger, Digital Social Care 

 

Workshop G 

Contemporary Nursing in Social Care 

Professor Deborah Sturdy, Chief Nurse Adult Social Care, DHSC 

Lucy Gillespie, Subject Matter Expert – Regulated Professional Workforce, Skills for Care 

 

Workshop D  

Have you got the balance right?

Steve Wilson, Learning Disability Nurse and a PBS facilitator, ARC England 

 

Workshop H 

Using Social Media to benefit your business 

Michelle Rebello, Social Media Officer, Dimensions 

Nikki Scrivener, Director and Co-founder, Fourth Day 

 

12:45 

 

Lunch and exhibition 

Exhibition 

13:45 

 

Workshop sessions 2 

Workshop I  

Connections and Community Influence 

Steph Thompson, Deputy Director, My Home Life 

 

Workshop M 

Rehab, Respite & Rock’n’Roll 

Christine Holdsworth, Registered Manager and Director, Steps Ahead Care and Support 

 

Workshop J  

Leading Teams Compassionately – Making it real

Lori Barber-Field, Delivery Manager, Affina Organisation Development (AOD) 

 

Workshop N 

Making the most of your role as a Manager – a session for more experienced managers 

Zoe McCallum, Interim Head of Care, Jewish Care 

Charlotte Chiuture, General Manager, The Brendoncare Foundation 

Clemence Muchingaguyo, Registered Manager, Nightingale Hammerson 

Mabel Afolai, Team Leader, Ambient 

 

Workshop K 

Digital Leadership in Care: Non-techies can take the lead 

Beverly Futtit, Digital Transformation Lead, National Care Forum 

Claire Smout, Head of Digital Skills, Skills for Care 

Katie Thorn, Digital Engagement Manger, Digital Social Care 

 

Workshop O 

ASC WDS Accessing good quality data 

Helen Dannatt, Project Manager (Relationship and Engagement), Skills for Care 

 

 

Workshop L 

Have you got the balance right?

Steve Wilson, Learning Disability Nurse and a PBS facilitator, ARC England 

 

Workshop G 

Contemporary Nursing in Social Care 

Professor Deborah Sturdy, Chief Nurse Adult Social Care, DHSC 

Lucy Gillespie, Subject Matter Expert – Regulated Professional Workforce, Skills for Care 

 

14:45 

 

Panel: Green Care  

Chair: Liz Jones, Policy Director, National Care Forum 

Beth Finch, Communities Development Manager, MHA 

Aiden, Volunteer GrowWild Outreach, MHA 

Joanne Balmer, CEO, Oakland Care 

Main room 

15:30 

 

Refreshments and exhibition 

Exhibition 

16.00 

 

Plenary 2 

What
About Me…? Developing the Art of Everyday Warriorship 

Ola Lanunju, storyteller, activist and social scientist

Main room 

16:25 

 

Closing remarks 

Prof Vic Rayner OBE, Chief Executive Officer, National Care Forum 

Oonagh Smyth, Chief Executive Officer, Skills for Care 

Main room 

16:30 

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Main room