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Using apprenticeships to support recruitment and retention in social care

There were 1.9 million requests for adult social care support received by local authorities in 2020-21, according to NHS Digital. We heard from Skills for care about improving recruitment and retention in the social care sector with the use of apprenticeships to help meet the demands for social care requests.

Creating Accessible Online Platforms for People with Disabilities

Digitalisation is often seen as a positive modernising and cost-saving process. As public sector services increasingly move online, certain groups of society are at risk of being left behind. Grace Clark, Service Manager at Cambridgeshire County Council, shares insights into creating accessible online platforms for adults with learning disabilities to help increase their independence.

Providing Personalised Dementia Care for all

With almost 900,000 living with Dementia in the UK, and projections this will rise to 1.6 million by 2040, the need to improve dementia care services is high. We heard from Jan Oyebode, Chair in Dementia Care at the University of Bradford about the importance of developing a more personalised approach to patient care in dementia care services.

Adult Social Care: A Local Government Approach

Cllr Paulette Hamilton from the Local Government Association spoke to us about the local government approach to Adult Social Care.

Adult Social Care: Adapting Inspections and Regulations of Adult Social Care Providers

Deanna Westwood is Head of Inspection and Adult Social Care at CQC. They spoke to us about adapting inspections and regulations of adult social care providers.

Dementia Care: Using Technology in the Treatment of Dementia

We heard from Rachel Benn from Leeds City Council about the use of technology in the treatment of dementia.

Dementia Care: Working Towards Integrated Care

We heard from Dr Karen Harrison Dening from Dementia UK about ways of working towards integrated care in dementia services.

Dementia Care: Using Music Therapy in the Treatment of Dementia During Covid-19

David Moore and Dr Ming Hung Hsu from MHA speak to us about the use of music therapy in the treatment of dementia.

Confronting Adult Loneliness: The Government’s Role in Tackling Loneliness

Loneliness can affect us all, the pandemic worsening the issue across the UK. Ramona Herdman of the Office for Civil Society, spoke at the Confronting Adult Loneliness Conference 2021 about Government initiatives to confront loneliness.

Abuse and Neglect of Older People – What can we do to stop it?

The abuse and neglect of older people remains a largely hidden issue, which leaves hundreds of thousands of older people experiencing, or at risk of, avoidable harm. There are now nearly 12 million people aged 65 or over in the UK with the average age of the UK population rising.

A Shift in Approach: Making Safeguarding Personal

Liz Hanley, Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) Safeguarding Policy Network Co-Lead, spoke about changing approaches to safeguarding, ‘Making Safeguarding Personal’ (MSP) at The Adult Safeguarding Conference 2020.

4 Approaches to Improve Safeguarding Outcomes

We heard from Kenny Gibson​, National Head of Safeguarding for NHS England & NHS Improvement​ on 4 approaches to improve safeguarding outcomes.