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Conference earthed in the realities of the current care climate

Blog post 2 June 2017

Earthed in reality – that’s me. And like no time before, the care sector needs just that approach.

That’s why our West Midlands Care Association Conference has a lazer-sharp focus on business.

Training, the latest in what’s happening with the Care Quality Commission in the Midlands, legal updates for the sector and the announcement of the Pimp Your Zimmer competition . . . all at the forthcoming event.

With a packed programme aimed at helping members’ avoid the sector gloom, the June 13 conference at the Portway Lifestyle Centre in Newbury Lane, Oldbury, promises to be an essential investment of time as the sector continues to struggle with underfunding issues.

Under the banner of ‘Three options – Give up, Give in, or Give it all you’ve got!’ the conference, which starts with a 9am registration, will offer responses to the harsh realities of the current industry challenges. It’s what we need.

Assessing training competence will include the latest from the Aged Care Channel (ACC-TV)) with live and online programmes that ensure compliance in demonstrating competencies have been assured. Suzy will be the speaker for the day.

Association solicitors Harrison Clark Rickerbys will take delegates through the most recent legislative changes to affect the care industry and CQC will be advising providers on what to address in care provision for good inspection outcomes.

With the issues of data protection becoming more acute as care staff are required to divulge information to agencies, CCGs, social workers, hospital staff and ambulance crews, the conference will focus on exactly what is and what’s not allowed.

From members’ feedback, the association understands the constant worry staff are facing meeting data protection standards and this session is highly recommended.

Chartered accountants, tax specialists and business advisors, Hazlewoods, will be delivering a presentation on Assessing Profitability and Sustainability in your Accounts. With a practical approach questions addressed will include what care industry accountants must consider (including tax matters).

West Midlands Fire will take a look at fires in care homes, how to avoid them and other industry-related issues.

And then on a lighter note, care supplies company Hyperama will be presenting the winning prize for the Pimp Your Zimmer competition.

The contest was inspired by a speaker from Essex Local Authority at a recent conference who addressed the matter of dementia falls, as many with the memory-loss condition just forget to use their walking aids.

By personalising walking frames, residents were able to take ownership of the aid and recognise it belonged to them.

The outcome was a reduced number of falls in homes.

The association has received pictures of some fantastic frames. Hyperama are offering a hamper to the care home/provider and a prize to the resident/client who has the best Zimmer frame.

Send your entries to