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For Later Life 2018 programme

Join us for the must-attend conference for anyone with an interest in age-related business, research, policy or service delivery. 

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10.00-10.30 Registration and refreshments

10.30-10.40 Welcome from the conference Chair

Victoria Macdonald, Health and Social Care Correspondent, Channel 4 News

Sir Brian Pomeroy, Chairman, Age UK

10.40-11:30 Expert discussion: What is the future of social care?


  • Caroline Abrahams, Charity Director Age UK, co-chair of the Care and Support Alliance, Expert Adviser to the Social Care Green Paper (@Car_Abrahams)
  • Sally Burlington, Head of Policy, Local Government Association
  • Dr Eileen Burns, President of the British Geriatrics Society, Expert Adviser to the Social Care Green Paper
  • Barbara Keeley, MP, Shadow Cabinet Member for Mental Health and Social Care, Labour Party
  • The Rt Hon. Lord Norman Warner, House of Lords, member of the Dilnot Commission

Chaired by: Victoria Macdonald, Health and Social Care Correspondent, Channel 4 News (@vsmacdonald)

What do a range of experts think about where social care is now, and the prospects for improvement in the short, medium and longer term? What do they think are the areas which the Green Paper should focus on, and what do they think it actually will focus on – assuming, that is, the Paper ever comes out at all?

11.30-12.00 Refreshments and exhibition 

12.00-12.50 Parallel sessions

Building financial resilience


Chaired by Sir Brian Pomeroy, Chairman, Age UK

In Age UK’s recent research into financial resilience, older people told us that being financially resilient means ‘being able to cope with what life throws at you’ – both in terms of preparing for and responding to whatever it is that happens. However, uncertainty about the future makes planning ahead a real challenge, and very few have thought about or prepared for how their costs may change in the future, especially when it comes to potential health and care needs. This session will look at what financial planning it is reasonable to expect people to put in place for later life, and what positive steps can be taken to build financial resilience.

Can technology revolutionise care?


  • Dr Elisabeth Boulton, Research Associate, Manchester University and Chair of Board of Trustees, Age UK Calderdale and Kirklees (@DrLisBoulton)
  • Jeremy Myerson, Helen Hamlyn Professor of Design, Royal College of Art
  • Ed Russell, Director of Innovation and Delivery, WCS Care (@WCS_Care)

Chaired by Pam Creaven, Services Director, Age UK

The Government’s ‘Grand Challenge for an Ageing Society’ in its Industrial Strategy sets out the aim of ‘investing in new technologies that will revolutionise the way we age’. This session will look at the role of new technologies in revolutionising care. However, what does this mean in practice? What kinds of technologies are likely to make the most difference to the lives of individual older people and how can they be integrated with existing care systems?

Families – should they do more?


  • Edward Davies, Policy Director, Centre for Social Justice (@EdwardDaviesCSJ)
  • Sarah Jackson, CEO, Working Families (@workingfamUK)
  • James Kirkup, Director, Social Market Foundation

Chaired by Caroline Abrahams, Charity Director, Age UK (@Car_Abrahams)

The previous Minister of State for Social Care, David Mowatt MP, famously told the media that when it comes to care for older people, ‘families will have to do more’. Was he right? How much are families actually doing today and what’s the impact on them? And if we do want to increase the volume of informal care in our society what needs to be in place to allow this to happen – if it’s feasible at all, that is?

12.50-13.40 Lunch and exhibition

13.40 Keynote address

Caroline Dinenage MP, Minister of State for Care at the Department of Health and Social Care (@DHSCmedia@cj_dinenage)

Caroline Dinenage, Minister of State for Social Care, will provide an update on where the Government’s thinking is as regards social care and the Green Paper, now that lead responsibility has passed from Jeremy Hunt to Matt Hancock – appointed Secretary of State for Health and Social Care in July. Listen out for any clues about timing as well as content, and also the prospects for any more funding from the Autumn Budget and 2019 Spending Review

14.00 Is the system broken? Reality and practice across the health and care system


  • Ann Ford, Delivery Lead Local Systems Review, CQC
  • Martin Green, CEO, Age UK South Gloucestershire
  • Dr Sharmeen Hasan, Consultant Geriatrician, King’s College Hospital (@KingsCollegeNHS)
  • Karen Middleton, CEO, Chartered Society of Physiotherapists (@KMiddletoncsp)

Chaired by Caroline Abrahams, Charity Director, Age UK (@Car_Abrahams)

The Government’s aim is to deliver integrated, personalised services to older people across health and care to help them stay well at home for as long as possible, but GP and community health services as well as social care are underfunded and understaffed, putting older people living alone without support at special risk. Is this characterisation fair? And if it is what are some of the innovative ways in which services can overcome it?

14.30 Debate: Can the voluntary sector pick up the pieces?


Chaired by Steph Harland, Chief Executive, Age UK

As state-funded social care has retreated in the face of rising demand and falling budgets, more and more older people are being left to fend for themselves and having to self-fund or cope in other ways. The voluntary sector has an honourable history in this space, having previously run many community services such as lunch clubs and day centres – some of which are now closing due to changing tastes and underfunding. What should be the sector’s role today?

15.00-15.30 Refreshments and exhibition

15.30-16.30 Afternoon parallel sessions

What’s fair for older people – how will we pay for care?


  • Simon Bottery, Senior Fellow, Social Care, The King’s Fund (@blimeysimon)
  • Jim Boyd, Chief Executive, Equity Release Council (@JWMBoyd)
  • Yvonne Braun, Director of Policy, Long Term Savings and Protection, ABI

Chaired by Jane Vass, Director of Research and Policy, Age UK (@janevass1)

Currently, 41% of care home residents are self-funders, and even those who receive local authority funding contribute almost all their income, while a quarter pay a ‘top-up’. What should be the respective roles of the state, the individual and the private sector in paying for care?

This session is kindly supported by HUB Financial Solutions.

Care in a changing world


  • Yasmin Aktar, Muslim Council of Britain 
  • Jim Glennon, Training and Consultancy Manager, Opening Doors London (#prideincare)
  • Ramses Underhill- Smith, Managing Director, Alternative Care Services (@lgbtgn)

Chaired by Steph Harland, CEO, Age UK

Our ageing population is increasingly diverse, but has the care system caught up? What requirements of the care system are common to all groups, and what areas are likely to differ? How should the care system reflect these differing needs, and what are the barriers and opportunities for change?

Workforce challenges in health and social care


  • Jane Ashcroft CBE, CEO, Anchor Care (@ashcrofts)
  • Michele Seddon, CEO, Age UK Lincoln & South Lincolnshire (@ageuklsl)
  • Clare Jacobs, National Office for Employment Relations, RCN
  • Sharon Wild, National Officer, GMB

Chaired by Pam Creaven, Services Director, Age UK

For many years, most people would agree that money was the biggest challenge across health and care. Arguably, the challenges associated with the health and care workforce have overtaken financial pressures. Staff shortages and high turnover of staff are frequently seen in services. The Government announced that there would be a 10-year workforce strategy across health and care. What does this strategy need to contain to address the current and future challenges? 

16.30 Close of conference 



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Last updated: Jan 07 2019

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