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Planning and commissioning carers’ support: Carers Strategy, NHS transformation and the Care Act

Wednesday 11 May 2016, 10am - 4.30pm
Holiday Inn Bloomsbury, London, WC1

**Fully booked**

The State of Caring Conference 2016 is fully booked. Any further bookings received will be added to a reserve list. If a delegate cancels their place, it will be offered to reserve list candidates. Standard rates apply.

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About the conference

2016 will see a range of new measures and developments affecting how we work to support carers. This conference offers you the chance to get up to speed, share practical tips and ideas, network with colleagues across the sector and hear from expert speakers to help you make the most of this changing landscape.

The conference features a series of leadership sessions, expert seminars and short intensive practice sessions to help you find the information that you need to drive forward support for carers. We’ll have experts on hand to demonstrate how they are trying to meet the challenge of tight public finances and deliver solutions to local populations.

Issues that will be explored include:

  • How the Government’s new Carers Strategy will affect the delivery of support for carers – what evidence are they seeking and how can you, your organisations and the carers you support influence it?
  • A year on from implementation, how are the Care Act 2014 and the Children and Families Act 2014 working for carers from different perspectives? What are the key trends, sticking points and learning that can be derived?
  • What are the new developments from NHS England that will help health, social care and local organisations respond to demand and what role do carers have to play in this?
  • How local organisations can set the agenda in prevention, information & advice, improving health & wellbeing, promoting choice and control and in supporting whole populations.

Who should attend:

  • policy makers
  • researchers
  • strategic leads on public health
  • leaders in service innovation, design and delivery
  • health, care and housing sector commissioners, managers, practitioners and providers
  • specialist commissioners, eg for dementia, stroke, end of life care
  • carers and carers’ organisations

Confirmed speakers

More speakers will be added over the next few weeks. So far we have the following speakers confirmed:

  • Rt Hon Alistair Burt MP
    Minister of State for Community and Social Care at the Department of Health
  • Harold Bodmer
    President Elect - ADASS, Director of Community Services, Norfolk County Council
  • Dame Philippa Russell DBE
    Chair Emeritus and Special Adviser, Standing Commission on Carers
  • Grainne Siggins
  • Chair of the ADASS Carers Policy Network, Director of Adult Social Care, Newham Council
  • Professor David Grayson CBE
    Chair of Carers UK and Professor of Corporate Responsibility at Cranfield University
  • Mark Knight
    Strategy - Working Age Benefits, Department for Work and Pensions
  • Heléna Herklots
    Chief Executive, Carers UK
  • Margaret Dangoor
    Carer and Carers UK Member
  • Dave Ross
    Leadership Support Manager, NHS England
  • Debbie Hustings
    NHS Partnership Manager for Carers, East Surrey CCG
  • Sam Tearle
    Senior Strategic Commissioning Manager (Specialist), Directorate of Care, Well-being and Education, West Sussex County Council
  • Gail Scott-Spicer
    Chief Executive Officer, Carers Trust
  • Sarah Balchin
    Head of Patient Experience, Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Eddy Graham
  • Head of Advice and Information, Carers UK
  • Katherine Wilson
    Strategic Manager, Employers for Carers
  • Chloe Wright
    Policy and Public Affairs Manager, Carers UK
  • Madeleine Starr
    Director of Business Development & Innovation, Carers UK


Fees include attendance at all sessions, lunch, refreshments and digital resources after the conference.

Carers UK Affiliate members get an exclusive 20% discount. To find out more about joining Carers UK as an Affiliate member click here.

Early bird (booking received by or on 8 April 2016)

  Voluntary Commercial / statutory
Affiliate member £155 plus VAT £199 plus VAT
Non-affiliate member £194 plus VAT £249 plus VAT


Standard (booking received after 8 April 2016)

  Voluntary Commercial / statutory
Affiliate member £205 plus VAT £299 plus VAT
Non-affiliate member £257 plus VAT £374 plus VAT

Bursary places for carers

Carers UK is offering a limited number of bursary places to carers who would not otherwise be able to attend. If you are a carer and you would like to apply for a bursary place please get in touch at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on 020 7378 4957. Please note the bursary application process closed at midnight on Friday 11 March.

Sponsorship, exhibition and advertising opportunities

The State of Caring Conference brings together professionals from across the sector each year. To find out more about sponsorship, exhibition and advertising opportunities, please get in touch at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on 020 7378 4957.

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