The Future of Social Care: Navigating the Road to Reform

  • Saturday, 03 August 2024
  • Pendulum Hotel & Manchester Conference Centre
  • 08:30 - 16:30
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  • Overview

As the demand for social care services continues to grow, it is crucial that we reflect, innovate and strategize to reform and strengthen the social care sector. "Transforming Social Care: Navigating the Road to Reform" conference provides an ideal platform for experts, practitioners, policymakers and academics to come together and critically explore the key issues, challenges and opportunities in social care reform.

This one-day conference, aims to delve deep into pressing topics such as the economic implications of reform, policy recommendations, the role of technology, workforce development, funding models, service integration, the role of the private sector, user involvement, ethical considerations and monitoring and evaluation. Our discussion will be enriched by practical insights from case studies and the shared experiences of our distinguished speakers from the NHS, Academia and Local Government.

We aim to create a collaborative and innovative environment that will spark meaningful conversations and lead to actionable strategies for social care reform. By bringing together diverse perspectives, we hope to uncover new pathways to drive systemic change, create inclusive social care policies and ultimately improve the quality of life for those relying on social care services in the UK.

Join us for this interactive and insightful journey as we navigate the road to social care reform. Together, we can work towards a social care system that is sustainable, equitable and effective.

  • Event Programme


Registration and Coffee in the Networking Area


Chair's Opening Address


Keynote Address Speaker

"Social Care Reform: A New Dawn in the UK"

This keynote address will delve into the current state of social care in the UK and underscore the pressing need for comprehensive reform. It will explore key issues plaguing the social care system, including the economic implications, workforce challenges and potential roles of technology. The speaker will highlight the importance of a multifaceted approach to reform, encompassing policy change, workforce development, technological innovation and service user involvement. The address will also provide an outlook on potential solutions and strategies that could pave the way for a new era of effective, efficient and equitable social care. This keynote will set the stage for the rest of the conference, offering a comprehensive overview and a compelling call to action for all attendees.


Session 1

"The Economic Impact of Social Care Reform"

This session will delve into the financial implications of social care reform, evaluating the current economic burdens and how potential reforms could provide relief. It will also provide a cost-benefit analysis of potential reform strategies.


Session 2

"Policy Recommendations for Social Care Reform"

In this session, speakers will discuss potential policy changes that could lead to successful social care reform, offering insights on innovations and policy modifications from both healthcare and local government perspectives.


Headline Sponsor


Question and Answer Session

Allocated planned time for speakers to receive questions from the audience and induce further discussion.


Networking Break and Coffee


Case Study


Session 3

"The Role of Technology in Social Care Reform"

The digital transformation offers a wealth of opportunities to reform social care delivery. This session will explore these opportunities, focusing on AI, data science and the experiences of local government implementation.


Case Study


Session 4

"Training and Workforce Development for Social Care Reform"

Workforce development is key to effective social care reform. This session will examine changes needed in training, recruitment and retention of high-quality care staff, with a view to creating a resilient, responsive social care workforce.


Question and Answer Session

Allocated planned time for speakers to receive questions from the audience and induce further discussion.


Lunch in the Networking Area

A hot, two-course lunch consisting of multiple options will be provided for delegates. We cater for all dietary requirements, including vegetarian, vegan and gluten/dairy-free; just notify us ahead of time should you have any allergens or requirements.


Chair’s Afternoon Address


Case Study


Session 5

"The Role of the Private Sector in Social Care Reform"

This session will investigate the contributions that the private sector can make towards social care reform, discussing potential benefits, challenges and considerations for successful collaborations.


Session 6

"Involving Service Users in Social Care Reform"

The user-centric approach is crucial in social care reform. This session will examine the importance of including service users in the development and implementation of social care reform, facilitating their engagement for an inclusive care model.


Question and Answer Session

Allocated planned time for speakers to receive questions from the audience and induce further discussion.


Afternoon Refreshment Break


Session 7

"Ethical Considerations in Social Care Reform"

Social care reform cannot occur without considering the ethical implications. This session will delve into the ethical considerations that need to be addressed in social care reform, including issues of equality, justice and respect for autonomy.


Session 8

"Monitoring and Evaluation in Social Care Reform"

This final session will emphasize the importance of robust monitoring and evaluation systems in assessing the effectiveness of social care reform initiatives. It will discuss the mechanisms for systematic monitoring and evaluation, contributing to a comprehensive understanding of the impact of reform strategies.


Question & Answer Session

Allocated planned time for speakers to receive questions from the audience and induce further discussion.


Chair's Closing Remarks and Conference Close

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Pendulum Hotel & Manchester Conference Centre

Pendulum Hotel & Manchester Conference Centre

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who will attend

  • Social Care Worker
  • Healthcare Administrator
  • Social Services Director
  • Policy Advisor / Analyst
  • Healthcare Consultant
  • Hospital Administrator
  • Director of Nursing
  • Public Health Officer
  • Health Services Manager
  • Clinical Director
  • Professor / Lecturer (Healthcare Policy, Social Work, etc.)
  • Public Policy Researcher


  • Community Health Director
  • Health and Social Services Coordinator
  • Health Economist
  • Chief Executive Officer / Director (from NGOs, private sector companies involved in healthcare and social care)
  • Local Government Official
  • Health Informatics Specialist
  • Social Worker
  • Care Coordinator
  • GP Practice Manager
  • Medical Director
  • Healthcare Project Manager
  • Health Data Analyst