SOME 300 DELEGATES came from across the country last week to hear nearly 20 speakers provide an unrivalled commentary and analysis of present-day adult social care issues. Guests included Care Minister, Norman Lamb, and his parliamentary opposite number, Liz Kendall, pointing to their different ways of solving some key care conundrums, while top CQC management David Behan and Andrea Sutcliffe shared their vision of the Commission’s future.

Jon Rouse, Director General, social care, local government and care partnerships at the DH kept us up to date on developments within the Care Bill implementation, whilst incoming ADASS President David Pearson focused hard on quality, efficiency and the need to keep the private sector on its toes concerning care staff wages, while others talked us through developments in local government and a range of voluntary sector initiatives.

A list of speakers is available elsewhere on this page. Meanwhile an ever-growing number of workshops took delegates through the rigours of social investment, the Better Care Fund, new directions in mental health, social care commissioning and much else besides.

It wasn’t all hard work: in a `relax and recuperate’ session, ADASS Associate Cathie Williams became the first woman to carry off the ADASS/Insight tennis trophy since the contest began 26 years ago; heads were massaged; yoga was studied, Twitter and its mysteries were explained…