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DAY 1 Workshops

 Dave Beesley, Talent Director & Will Shepherd, CEO, Cohesion Recruitment
Attracting a more diverse workforce: how do we solve today’s recruitment crisis?
Recent analysis by Cohesion of data on 26,000 applicants to social care vacancies within a number of clients nationwide, has given some useful insight on attraction and assessment from this demographic.  We will be sharing the results of this data, and aiming to provoke useful, high level discussion on how, as an HR Director, you can influence your organisation's impact on different potential applicant groups.  This event is open to Social Care organisations – an opportunity to talk about the issues at a strategic level, with a group of industry peers.

Ramses Underhill-Smith, Managing Director, Alternatives Care Services

LGBT+ Homecare provision
Ramses is an entrepreneur and the Managing Director of Alternative Care Services, the UK’s first, independent LGBTQI* domiciliary care provider. 
He is a passionate campaigner for LGBTQI rights and a transgender black man, who has worked alongside the British Red Cross, Opening Doors London, and FTM London, to name a few charities. 
“My specific focus has always been to improve the lives of people within my community. It was heartbreaking seeing people I know, who lived happy, comfortable and proud lives, having to go back into the closet to get dignified care and support in later life. That's when I came up with the idea of Alternative Care Services.”

Hannah Bollard, Solicitor, Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP

Managing sickness absence: getting the balance between support for employees and managing the impact of absences on the organisation
Hannah is a Solicitor in the Employment Team at Anthony Collins Solicitors where she represents clients in the social care and charity sectors. Hannah has experience of advising on all aspects of employment law including sickness absence management, HR policies and procedures, internal investigations, grievances, bullying, harassment, disciplinary hearings and termination of employment. Hannah also assists clients in defending employment tribunal proceedings, in particular, unfair dismissal, whistleblowing and discrimination claims.

Diane Buddery, Project Manager – Policy, Skills for Care 
Tim Allan, Partner, York Consulting

Lone Ranger: the impact and challenges of lone workers in social care
Diane is a Project Manager for Skills for Care, working in the Innovation Team. Diane has worked for Skills for Care for eight years, leading a wide array of projects including carers, Technology Enabled Care, Housing and Digital Transformation. Diane started her career working in residential care, becoming a qualified social worker and then a Practice Teacher and Trainer. She then became Workforce Development Manager for Cambridgeshire County Council’s adult services, managing a team of trainers and strategically planning workforce development for the county. Diane is also a qualified Project Manager. Diane’s current work at Skills for care includes Digital Transformation for the sector (including Data Protection), Lone working and Healthy workplaces.

Stephanie Foley, Senior Programme Officer, NHS Employers

Flu fighter care: vaccinating your staff against flu
Steph Foley is a Senior Programme Officer at NHS Employers working on the flu fighter campaign, which aims to support organisations in running flu vaccination campaigns for their staff. This was originally aimed at NHS staff but has been extended to include social care workers and Steph runs this part of the programme; supporting care organisations to vaccinate their staff against flu. Steph has worked for NHS Employers for nearly 5 years, working on flu since October 2015.  Other programme areas have included Organisational Development and Widening Participation. 

DAY 2 Workshops

Dr Claire Bates, Quality Analyst/Researcher, Supported Loving 

Supported loving: the importance of good support
Claire began working with people with learning disabilities at Choice Support in 2002, since 2007 has worked as a Quality Analyst, developing and implementing quality systems which ensure the delivery of high quality personalised support. In 2015, Claire completed a PhD, which focused on partner selection for people with learning disabilities and how this impacted on the relationships they experienced. The PhD showed that romantic relationships were highly valued and desired by people with learning disabilities. This was the inspiration for Claire developing Supported Loving, a national network of people with learning disabilities and professionals who supporting the development of positive loving and sexual relationships. Claire currently holds a duel role, also working at the Tizard Centre at the University of Kent as an Honorary Research Associate. Claire continues to work on research projects that focus on relationships and sexuality for people with learning disabilities.

Paul Newman, Chief Executive, Greensleeves Care

Opening a new care home
Paul has been working in the health and social care sector since 2007 and joined Greensleeves as Chief Executive in June 2013. Paul was also Managing Director at the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP), where he was responsible for commercial development and the trading subsidiaries for five years.
He has a board-level background at a number of high profile organisations across the health and social care sector. Paul is currently Chairman of the National Standards Committee on Ageing Societies at the British Standards Institution (BSI), Vice Chairman of King’s College Hospital Charity in London and a Director of the National Care Forum, the membership body for not-for-profit care providers. In 2018, Paul was named a Leader in Care by Care Home Professional magazine.

Christine Asbury, Chief Executive, WCS Care

Opening a new care home
Christine Asbury, Chief Executive, WCS Care Christine has spent her whole working life in the charitable sector, working for a local Age Concern and charities for people with physical and learning disabilities, before joining WCS Care in January 2012. She was the first Chief Executive of TreeHouse (now called Ambitious about Autism) and was Chief Executive of an Oxfordshire charity which provided residential and domiciliary care services for people with learning disability, autism and mental ill health. In her last role, Christine was Chief Executive of a not-for-profit organisation focusing on services and technology which improve the choice and control people have over their lives as they get older, and she was a member of the Lifestyle Advisory Group for a multi-million pound Government programme piloting new services and technologies that enable older people to stay active and independent. Christine is also a non-executive Board Member of the National Care Forum.

Emily Holzhausen OBE, Director of Policy and Public Affairs, Carers UK

Supporting unpaid carers' Wellbeing and the Carers Action Plan
Emily leads on our policy, parliamentary, research and media work as well as overseeing all our Advice and Information services. Within her team is also Carers Week, one of the UK's biggest awareness weeks involving thousands of local events.

Rev Dr Chris Swift, Director of Chaplaincy and Spirituality, MHA

Faith and Spirituality
Chris is a director at Methodist Homes (MHA), providing leadership for the organisation’s 140 chaplains and developing the work of spiritual care for those in later life.  As an Anglican Priest for over 25 years Chris spent twenty years working in the NHS, most recently as Head of Chaplaincy in the Leeds Teaching Hospitals.  In 2005 Chris completed a PhD in contemporary health care chaplaincy and continues to teach on MA courses; conduct research; advise on PhD projects and write for publication.  Chris served two terms as president of the College of Health Care Chaplain (2004-7) and was seconded to lead a project developing new national chaplaincy guidelines for NHS England in 2015.  He is author of Hospital Chaplaincy in the Twenty-first Century (2014) published by Routledge.

Bruce Adams, Group Manager - Innovation & Business Development, Altura Learning

Faith and Spirituality
Bruce’s background is based in the homecare provision and technology sectors and he currently heads up the Altura Learning (previously ACC) customer success teams in the UK & Ireland. With over 15 years’ experience in the health & social care industry, Bruce has been with Altura Learning for 3 years, fulfilling his strong passion for the dedicated people who work within the care sector and supporting high quality continued professional development for care workers.

Claire Henry OBE, Director of Improvement and Transformation, Hospice UK

Wellbeing for all: supporting a good death
Claire Henry is Director of Improvement and Transformation at Hospice UK. Her previous roles have included Chief Executive of the National Council for Palliative Care National, Director for the NHS End of Life Care Programme supporting the implementation of the National End of life care strategy for England. 
Claire’s background is in nursing; she trained at South Lincolnshire School of Nursing. After qualifying, she worked predominately in cancer and palliative care. She was awarded an MBE for her services to improving end-of-life care in the Queen's Birthday Honours 2013. Claire has also received a lifetime achievement award from the International Journal of Palliative Nursing Award. 

Kate Ibbeson, Member of the People in Partnership Group, Hospice UK

Dying Well – homecare and residential focus
Kate Ibbeson is a former carer who supported the care of family members and a friend before they died. After setting up Sheffield Cancer Mafia, a group for people with cancer, their carers and former carers, Kate linked with the National Council for Palliative Care.  She is now a member of the People in Partnership group for Hospice UK. 

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