Under Pressure: Smarter Spending for Older People’s Services
12 Oct 2010
Big challenges for the big society. Held at The Grand Connaught Rooms, London

This conference considered stronger corporate approaches to financial planning and collaborative working, addressing methods to improve service costs, preventing waste and achieving better outcomes and examined innovative ideas for services models that deliver what older people need and value.

Programme
10:00
Stephen Burke, Chief Executive, Counsel and Care
Welcome and introduction by chair

10:10
Under Pressure: Tackling the financial challenge for council
Louise Gitter, Research Manager, Policy, Research and Studies, Audit Commission Jane Carrier, Lead on Older People and Adult Services, Audit Commission

10:30
Guy Robertson, Joint Head of Programme Ageing Well, Local Government Improvement and Development
Morning keynote address

10:50
Jeff Jerome, National Director, Social Care Transformation, Putting People First (Local Government) Consortium
Final year perspective

11:10
Questions and discussion: Session 1
11:30
Refreshments, networking and exhibition
12:00
Seminar A: Adopting telecare and assistive technology wisely for people with dementia: better outcomes at lower cost
Jim Ellam, Assistive Technology Project Lead, Prevention and Independence Team, Joint Commissioning Unit, Staffordshire County Council Celia Price, Director, Just Checking

12:00
Seminar B: Strategies for age-friendly communities: Challenges and opportunities
Paul McGarry , Strategy Manager, Valuing older people team, Manchester Joint Health Unit, Manchester City Council

12:00
Seminar C: Forecasting and planning for an ageing population
Ray Beatty, Demand Forecasting and Planning Workstream Lead, Care Services Efficiency Delivery Programme, Department of Health

12:40
Questions and discussion: Seminar C
12:50
Buffet lunch, networking and exhibition
13:50
Seminar E: Big Society: Building sustainable partnerships and engaging the local community
Rachel Cooper Development Officer, Leeds Older People’s Forum

13:50
Seminar F: Planning for the financial impact on social care
David Walden, Director of Adult Services and Regional Development, Social Care Institute for Excellence

13:50
Seminar G: Re-ablement: Delivering better outcomes and savings
Gerald Pilkington, Operations Manager, Care Services Efficiency Delivery Programme, Department of Health

14:20
Questions and discussion: Seminar G
14:40
Refreshments, networking and exhibition
15:10
David Behan CBE, Director General for Social Care, Local Government and Care Partnerships, Department of Health
Afternoon keynote address: Delivering efficiencies through partnerships

15:30
Vicky Walker, Older Peoples’ Housing Strategy Co-ordinator, Bolton Council
Joint housing plan for older people: A beacon authority perspective

15:50
Panel Discussion: Commissioning in a cold climate: Addressing the financial challenges of an ageing population
Les Clarke, Director of Strategy and Service Development, Housing 21 Dawn Warwick, Director of Adult Social Services, Wandsworth Borough Council Jane Carrier, Lead on Older People and Adult Services, Audit Commission Phil Saunders, Editor - Sitra Bulletin, Sitra