NB - Due to the announcement of the General Election on 8 June 2017 there have been some last minute adjustments to the programme. Please see below for an updated outline programme.

Monday 8 May 2017

Tuesday 9 May 2017

Wednesday 10 May 2017


Monday 8 May 2017

11am onwards 

Registration & Exhibition viewing

12.15 – 1.30pm


1.45– 2.00pm

Welcome and Introduction 



Andrea Sutcliffe, Chief Inspector of Adults, Care Quality Commission

Richard Humphries, King’s Fund

Title: The Future of Adult Social Care





Stephen Dorrell –Chair, NHS Confederation

 Title: Health and social care: Where next?







Alison Michalska, ADCS President

Glen Garrod, ADASS Incoming Vice President

Title: Children, Families, Social Work: We have more in common than you might have thought.


Annual Insight Tennis Tournament


New Directors Drinks Reception




Monday night quiz sponsored by Quality Assured Projects


Tuesday 9 May 2017


Welcome and conference information



Sir James Lawrence Munby, President of the Family Division of the High Court of England and Wales

Title: What's the point of being safe if you are utterly miserable?

10.00 –11.00am



Handing over of the chain of office

Non-members to be admitted


New President’s Speech

Margaret Willcox – ADASS President




MORNING WORKSHOPS ( NB - All morning workshops to run twice)



Title: ‘We don’t just talk about money’: though it helps!

For too long Councils have been engaged with providers in the social care market with a primary focus on fee rates. We would suggest this is not the best way to develop a lasting relationship, particularly when so much more can and must be achieved together (think co-production). The Care Act made this relationship between a Council and the social care market a critical element encouraging as it did a dialogue "leading to a sustainable and diverse range of care and support providers, continuously improving quality and choice, and delivering better, innovative and cost effective outcomes". In Hertfordshire and Lincolnshire new 'strategic' relationships have been developed that go much further than the limited dialogue on 'the money' that we previously endured.  In our two examples we will indicate what more can and is being done to place social care commissioners and providers in a better space, together.


Chairs: Glen Garrod & Iain MacBeath

Melanie Weatherley - Chair of the Lincolnshire Care Association (LINCA)
Sharon Davies – Chief Executive, Hertfordshire Care Providers Association



Title: South West Learning Disability Coaction Project

The primary focus has been to collate the evidence to help us understand the dynamics and drivers that affect the standards and cost of the learning disability provision for residential, nursing and supported living placements commissioned by social care and health.

Purpose: To explore the options for commissioning services for people facing demanding and challenging conditions, who have difficulty making their own choices

Key success factor: Commission the fullest practical range of providers that can deliver good services and outcomes.


Chair: Margaret Willcox

Dan Fischer, Alder Advice
Christina Smale, ADASS South West





Title: Housing – are we making the most of the opportunity?

Sometimes you don’t appreciate what you’ve got until someone threatens to take it away – the changes recently proposed by the Government in relation to the funding for Supported Housing certainly has got DASSs concerned, but it is also provoking a wider discussion on the place of housing in our integration plans. This workshop will update on the current position in relation to the funding proposals but will also stimulate debate on how well we are taking advantage of the partnership opportunities to both deliver on our prevention agenda and reduce our reliance on institutional care for those with the most profound needs. Discussion topics will include; Supported Housing, Technology Enabled Housing, Transforming Care, DFG’s and the national Memorandum of Understanding between Social Care, Health & Housing.

Chair: Neil Revely / Alan Adams
Supported by Chartered Institute of Housing



Title: “Care not Custody, care after custody” – Why should Adult Social Care be concerned with people in contact with the criminal justice system?

1.6 million people come into contact with the criminal justice system and 75,000 prisoners are released back into our communities each year. This population has high rates of mental health and learning disability and yet most will not be currently known to adult social care. “Liaison and Diversion” takes a multidisciplinary approach to supporting people who come into contact with the criminal justice system to provide an alternative to imprisonment and similar approaches are being developed to support prisoners on release. This workshop will explore both why and how social care can play a bigger part in supporting these initiatives.

Chair: James Bullion

Andy Hunt, National Programme Manager Liaison& Diversion and Sexual Assault Services Strategy, Health and Justice, NHS England
Chris Kelly, Assistant Head for Health and Justice, NHS England



Title: Diversity Matters – LGBT voices in health and social care

Everyone wants to be treated as an individual, with dignity and respect. This is how it should be for all people using health and care services but there are many ways in which LGBT people, either as staff or users of health and care services, are not afforded these rights. This seminar looks at some of the issues for LGBT staff and what can be done positively in the workplace. It also considers the ideal standards of care and LGBT people’s particular needs when it comes to health and social care.

Chair: Cath Roff Director of Adults and Health, Leeds City Council and Stonewall Straight Ally

Hannah Kibirige, Head of Policy, Stonewall
Jude Woods, SAGE project for tackling isolation and loneliness within the older LGBT community



Title: Mental Capacity Act – Ten Years On
The Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) protects people in England and Wales who may not have the mental capacity to make certain decisions for themselves, such as about their health, welfare and finance. One of OPG’s primary responsibilities is to supervise the decision-making of public authority deputies appointed by the Court of Protection.

The OPG and the ADASS have a good relationship and feedback suggests that members (particularly those not from an adult social services background) would welcome further information on best practice standards.  The session aims to provide authorities with further support regarding the deputyship function along with some clarity about the issues OPG has identified in their local authority assurance visits.

The OPG will also provide an update on latest developments such as their digital reporting function for public authority deputies which aims to make the management of cases much easier. The final part will look at how to broaden the lasting power of attorney landscape thus reducing deputyships - a gratifying concept for over burdened authorities!   

Chair: Stephen Chandler

Participants: Andrew Parker, Acting Head of Customer Relationship Management, The Office of the Public Guardian



Title: Making Safeguarding Personal

The workshop will outline the safeguarding network's three priorities for 17/18, the new MSP products and work-streams that you can get involved with and our thoughts on the impact of social isolation in safeguarding incidences and the related potential for a new preventative approach.

Chair: Helen Jones & Adi Cooper


Workshop H

Title:  Workforce - the biggest challenge, some interesting opportunities

This session will provide an overview of the issues and work going on to tackle the issues in the major sectors of the adult social care workforce:  social work, provider, and commissioners.   The guest speakers will present information on specific initiatives as well as identifying wider opportunities in order to start a discussion which will inform their organisation's work, the priorities for the ADASS workforce network as well as providing people who attend the session with practical information to take back to their local authority.

Chair: Phil Porter
Participants: Sharon Allen, Chief Executive, Skills for Care


MORNING WORKSHOPS x 2 (as above)




AFTERNOON WORKSHOPS (NB - Afternoon workshop to run ONCE only)



All change: STPs, the devolution of LHA and what next for the delivery of social care

As the government pushes ahead with STPs, the devolution of supported housing funding under LHA reform and now a review into social care in England which will result in a Green Paper later this year this workshop will examine the way ahead for both commissioners and providers.

We are adapting our model and shifting our place within the health and social care market to deliver care services that truly make a difference. Extra funding for social care is clearly needed but only by looking at innovative, new ways of working will we be able to ensure social care works as smoothly as possible for patients and as efficiently as possible for the taxpayer. That means working closely with other partners to tackle issues like out of area placements or delayed discharges.

Working within constrained budgets and significant demographic shifts we have seen the provision of care thrust into the headlines on an unprecedented scale. In this workshop, experienced providers Home Group will look at how the sector can adapt. Housing Associations alone care, house and support over 600,000 vulnerable people a year. Home Group is privileged to be responsible for the care of 30,000 of those clients each year across 500 services.



Eating the elephant; making the impossible possible - principles for every overwhelmed DASS

Delivering much needed service transformation will be an impossible task without effective techniques to ensure your focus remains on what is important and not what is urgent.

We will examine the practical steps you can make to successfully move from promising service redesign ideas to sustainable new ways of working.  We will use the example of care technology, which offers so much, but which often fails to live up to the hype.

You will leave with a set of principles to apply to any change initiative, making it easier for you to eat the elephant of transformation without getting indigestion.



Tackling issues earlier through smarter use of data

This dynamic interactive session will hear from Essex County Council about the development of their new Risk Stratification for whole populations. To plan and deliver adult social care and health within STPs, local authorities will  need to know and understand cost based planning in localities.  The Essex Data programme is doing just this as they develop planning for early intervention to deliver measurable improvements in outcomes. 

All the evidence about what works in whole system integration tells us integrating data, rich in evidence, is essential. Using data and technology for risk stratification and predictive modelling, Pi helps to drive better decisions, outcomes and deliver significant savings through prevention and early intervention. 

The first prototype focuses on “best start in life” by predicting school readiness with subsequent models being developed incorporating police and fire services data  for risk modules agreed by system partners as having most impact. Some of the key messages and areas for discussion will be:

  • Why and how  the Essex approach is innovative
  • Selecting wicked issues that could be addressed through predictive modelling
  • Importance of triangulating outputs with insight to co-produce solutions
  • The challenges and barriers to cross organisational information sharing
  • Understanding and demonstrating real immediate and longer term benefit   



Re-imagining care at home

Following the success of ‘Let’s Get Personal’ and ‘Keep Calm And Make It Personal’ in 2016, ADASS with Younifi have embarked on the second phase of the series of insight publications. 

With the ongoing focus on social care in the media, the announcement of council tax increases and £2bn additional funding over the next few years, is social care in a better place for now and in the future?  It could be argued that these are short term measures to help councils cope with the here and now and that the sustainability of social care in the future is still unresolved.  In addition to two recent ADASS ASC Leader Round Table Events, Younifi commissioned a large-scale independent consumer survey of social care to bring further insight to the current perspectives and expectations of our industry.   

 The survey seeks people’s thoughts on the suitability of care and how it is managed, their concerns for care in the future, who they trust across the health and social care environment, where they think the real priorities of public funding ought to be and explore what they see as the art of the possible.

We invite ASC leaders to come and hear about the findings of the survey and workshop ideas and thoughts on what councils are doing, could be doing and the constraints that restrict their being able to better meet the expectations expressed in the survey of the public for both today and tomorrow.  

Attendees will be given a report from the survey to take away.



International models of care supported by digital services

The possibilities are vast, but how can we expect digital to impact health, housing and social care

Niklas Brissman, Karlskrona Municipality, Southern Sweden will talk about

  • How care is being delivered in the Nordics
  • How digital services are being integrated to underpin models of care

Niklas Brissman is responsible for the telecare/alarms at the municipality of Karlskrona and was previously employed by the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions https://skl.se/tjanster/englishpages.411.html where he informed the municipalities of why they needed to make the transformation from analogue to digital social care alarms (which was a decision made by the Swedish government, but for good reasons). He is planning to talk about why this decision was made and the arguments around it.





Mark Lloyd, Chief Executive, Local Government Association

4.30- 5.15pm


Aileen Murphie, Director – DCLG & Local Government Value for Money, National Audit Office


Closing remarks


Refreshments &  exhibition viewing


Running Club – meeting outside main entrance @ 5.30pm (TBC)

Gym – see map for location

7.15 - 8.00pm

Drinks Reception sponsored by Choose Care


Annual Dinner of the Association sponsored by Bupa


Wednesday 10 May 2017



David Behan, Chief Executive, CQC





Alison Holt, BBC



The Social Movement for Social Care

Vicky McDermott, Care and Support Alliance
Paul Burstow PC FRSA
Richard Humphries, Kingsfund
Kathryn Smith, Alzheimer's Society 


Summary and concluding remarks

ADASS Vice President – Glen Garrod


Lunch and Depart