Please click on the link below to access the presentations from the LDU Community 2013/14 Conference:
- Conference Opening Presentation – Patrick Price
- Key Note Speaker 1 Presentation – Ed Young
- Key Note Speaker 2 Presentation – Jane Bowie
- Key Note Speaker 3 Presentation – John Dowswell
- Conference Closing Presentation – Karen Rochester
Caring for our Future: Reforming Care and Support
22nd February 2013
The LDU Community Annual Conference was held on 22 February 2013 at the Northumberland Church of England Academy, Ashington. There were 103 delegates in attendance.
The theme of the day was, ‘Caring for our Future: Reforming Care and Support’
The conference was opened by Patrick Prick, Senior Manager Public Health, who provided delegates with an overview of the LDU Community Vision, Mission Statement and Purpose. He described the LDU Community Framework for supporting learning and development within the Health and Social Care Sector of Northumberland thus enabling organisations to provide care by appropriately trained and competent staff to people who use services.
Key Note Speakers on the day were:-
- Ed Young, Programme Manager – Strategic Health Authority
- Jane Bowie, Associate Director – Northumberland County Council
- John Dowswell, Operational Manager –NorthumbriaHealthcare Foundation Trust.
They spoke about the ‘Caring for our Future: Reforming Care & Support’ white paper and the impact this proposed legislation would have on Northumberland Social Care Services and also the impact on Service Users and their Carer’s within Northumberland. Attendees commented that these sessions ‘raised awareness of local initiatives, changes to policies which could be looked at in more detail once they returned to work’.
Key Note Speaker 1: Ed Young
Programme Manager (Workforce); Strategic Health Authority.
‘The Implications of Workforce Reforms’
Ed provided delegates with an overview of the reforms including workforce planning, education and training. He included in his speech the responsibilities of the Secretary of State for Health, Health Education England (HEE) and the Local Education Training Board (LETB).
He described the mission of the North East LETB of ensuring security of supply of a competent, compassionate and caring workforce to provide excellent quality of health and patient care. A Local Authority Sub-group has been set up to shape the workforce development strategy for the region which provides guidance on:-
- Implications of regulatory changes, innovation, societal and demographic changes
- Education and training commissioning plans
- Identifying local skills gaps and advice on how they can be met
Ed concluded his key note speech explaining the next steps for organisations by looking at the potential issues emerging from the white paper.
Key Note Speaker 2: Jane Bowie
Associate Director, Strategic Commissioning & Safeguarding; Northumberland County Council
‘Caring for our Future Reforming Care and Support, A Northumberland Perspective’
Jane provided delegates with the local themes arising from the white paper, the draft care and support bill and the implementation of the Dilnot proposals.
She described the main themes locally as being:-
- Statutory Safeguarding Adults Board
- Provision of information, advice and guidance
- Promoting diversity and quality in provision of services
- Contracting implications
- Continuity plans should a provider go out of business
- Developments within Direct Payments
- Development of personalisation
- Outcomes of the Winterbourne investigations
- Integration between health and housing
Key Note Speaker 3: John Dowswell
Operational Manager, Involvement & Service Development; NorthumbriaHealthcare NHS Trust
‘The Care & Support Bill, What does it mean for people who need care
and the families who support them?’
John gave delegates an overview of the implications to Northumberland Service Users and Carers from the white paper.
- Housing Support
- Better information
- Training for professionals
- Promotion of wellbeing
- Right to assessment
- Joint assessment
- Recognition of choice
John also described the work being undertaken by Ageing Well in Northumberland Promotion of Wellbeing and concluded by asking the audience how independent sector organisations could be involved.
Delegates were also offered a choice of 6 workshops to attend throughout the day including:-
- Safeguarding Adults
- QCF Qualifications
- End of Life,
- Hate & Mate Crime
- NMDS (National Minimum Data Set)
Workshop 1: Safeguarding Adults: Current Developments in Practice and Training
Liz Mulligan (Safeguarding Adults Operational Manager)
Leigh Waller ( Training Practitioner)
This workshop provided an update to practitioners in relation to safeguarding developments within Northumberland and the support to adult social care providers to access training. Including:
- Importance of Multi Agency Working
- Serious Case Reviews
- Policy Update
- Training 2013 – 2014
- Trainer Associates Forum
Workshop 2: Josephine featuring special guest Jack
Them Wifies (Drama Based Learning Disabilities Group)
This workshop introduced delegates to the innovative learning resources for people with Learning Disabilities, which enables the exploration of a range of health and sexual health issues in a confidential and supportive environment.
Workshop 3: Dementia
Clive Richardson (Training Coordinator)
This workshop provided delegates with knowledge and understanding of dementia and identifying everyday problems service users may encounter, Clive included in his presentation an overview of some of the resources available to the sector to support organisations to ensure they have staff with the skills to care for people who have dementia.
Workshop 4: Qualification Curriculum Framework
Richard Ingham (Release Potential Training Provider)
This workshop provided an update to delegates on QCF and the implementation within Health and Social Care Settings, Richard explained that the QCF recognises learning achievements through the award of credits for units and qualifications, with each unit having a defined credit value, which can be built up to full qualifications. QCF offers learners a greater flexibility to build qualifications by enabling individuals to gather credits as they complete individual units on the way to full qualifications.
Workshop 5: End of Life
Amanda Platt (MacMillan Team)
This workshop was aimed at raising awareness of the needs a client may have and how family and carers can be supported when a person is at the end stages of life. Amanda explained the training programmes available to the Health and Social Care sector of Northumberland, including the qualifications offered by the LDU Community in partnership with the MacMillan team.
Workshop 6: Hate & Mate Crime
Tracey Horseman (Staff Development Officer)
This workshop introduced delegates to the issues relating to hate crime, Tracey described the local initiatives within Northumberland and how organisations could support service users.
Workshop 7: National Minimum Data Set (NMDS)
Janine Fish (Training Coordinator)
There was an IT suite set up for delegates to enable individual workplaces with their NMDS registration, additional support was provided by Janine and a Skills for Care representative.
All the workshops were well attended and delegates commented to staff within LDU Community how informative they found them.
There were information stands provided for delegate perusal and resource gathering including:-
- Social Care Information Learning Service
- Person Centred Planning
- Infection Prevention Control
- Health Improvement
- Release Potential
The conference concluded with a brief presentation Karen Rochester, Operational Manager, LDU Community. Looking at:
- Evaluation results from Quarter 3 (October 2012-December 2012)
- Catalogue of learning 2013-2014
Karen also thanked Northumberland Church of England Academy for supporting the LDU Community to provide a successful conference, the Key Note Speakers, Workshop Presenters, Teams/Organisations with information stands, and most importantly delegates for attending.
After collating evaluations completed on the day 90% of attendee’s said they would attend a future LDU Community Conference based on their experience of the day.
Comments made by some of the delegates who attended included:
- ‘Enjoyed the whole day’
- ‘Highly recommended’
- ‘The speakers and workshops were very informative and interesting. Valuable resources to access overall, I would definitely attend future conferences’
- ‘Networking beneficial, workshops excellent’
- ‘LDU seem a committed and energetic team’
At the end of a hugely successful conference LDU Community launched our new catalogue of training for 2013/2014 and also our brand new website.
Karen Rochester, Operational Manager, LDU Community said ‘I am delighted at the success of this conference and LDU Community and I am looking forward to hosting many more. I have spoken to many delegates who found the event very informative.’
For a copy of the evaluation report please contact LDU Community on 01670 394425 or emailLDUCommunity@nhct.nhs.uk