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Network Partner Conference 2023: FIFTY years forward for carers

Event details: Tuesday 21 and Wednesday 22 November 2023. The Principal, York.

The theme for this year’s conference is ‘Fifty Years Forward for Carers’ in recognition that 2023 marks the anniversary of the birth of the first local carer organisations in the UK.

Join colleagues from across the UK wide Carers Trust movement to share good practice across and between nations, exchange practical solutions, explore new ideas and engage in debate around the future support needed by unpaid carers in our communities.

The conference will be an opportunity to champion the vital work of local carer organisations with a view to exploring what this means for the service innovation and policy asks of the future to continue to meet and support the needs of unpaid carers.

For further information, please use the links below:

Network Conference Agenda

Day 1 – Tuesday 21 November 2023

11.00 - 13.00 Conference commences with registration, lunch, networking and exhibitors marketplace
13.00 - 13.15 Welcome & Conference Open: Video messages of support from Health & Social Care Minister
13.15 - 14.15

Opening Plenary 

Shifting the Narrative: The Future of Care

  • Simon Bottery, The Kings Fund
  • Thea Stein, Nuffield Trust
  • Dr. Anna Dixon, Reimagining Care Commission

Chaired by Kirsty McHugh, Carers Trust

14.30 - 15.30

Pan UK Policy & Practice Thematic Workshops

Jorvik room: Carer Breaks with Charlotte Newman, Carefree, and Dominic Carter, Carers Trust

Wedgewood room: The Carer Penalty with Louise Woodruff, Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Ebor room: No Wrong Doors – Improving joint working for better outcomes for young carers and young adult carers with Andy McGowan, Carers Trust

Minster room: Triangle of Care – a partnership approach with learning from carers and staff at Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, NHS Foundation Trust

15.30 - 16.00 Coffee break & Market Place
16.15 - 17.15

Close of Day One Plenary

The Future of the Health & Social Care Workforce

  • Dr. Jane Townson, Homecare Association UK
  • Karen Morse,  Skills for Care
  • Nadia Brooks, Centre for Care

Chaired by Miriam Martin, Caring Together

19.00 Conference Dinner and Excellence for Carers Awards presentation

Day 2 – Wednesday 22 November 2023

9.00 – 9.15 Welcome to Day Two
9.15 - 10.15

Network-led sessions exploring good practice insights across the UK

Jorvik room: Money Matters: Financial Support for Carers with Carers Trust Crossroads West Wales

Wedgewood room: Getting it Right? Working with Young Adults with Falkirk and Clackmannanshire Carers and York Carers Centre

Minster room: Local Carers Organisations role in addressing health and social inequalities with Northamptonshire Carers

Plenary room: From overwhelming demand to effective triage: Our journey transforming carer support with Carers in Bedfordshire

Ebor room: Effective Partnerships: Supporting Carers' Learning Journeys with Carers Centre Tower Hamlets

10.30 - 11.15

Day Two Opening Plenary

The changing funding & commissioning landscape for local carer organisations

  • Mark Purvis, The National Lottery Community Fund
  • Beth Robinson, Department of Health & Social Care
  • Campbell McNeil, NHS England’s North East and Yorkshire Region

Chaired by Rohati Chapman, Carers Trust

11.25 - 12.25

Organisational Development Workshop Sessions

Jorvik room: Local Media Engagement, Communications & Marketing with Matt Whitticase, Carers Trust

Wedgewood room: Sustainable Leadership: leading in challenging times with Alice Dabrowska and Claudia Venosa-Hepworth, The Cranfield Trust

Ebor room: Investability & winning support for your organisation with Stephen Cahill, The Cranfield Trust 

Minster room: Using Data & Evidence to support Sustainability with Andrew Russell, Carers Trust

12.30 - 13.15

Closing Keynote

Beverley Tarka, ADASS in conversation with Kirsty McHugh, CEO

13.30 Lunch and departure