ADASS’ spring seminar is just around the corner and places are booking up fast! This is our annual opportunity to hear from key speakers, reflect on and discuss the key issues of our year and most importantly to meet and spend time with other ADASS members, hopefully return to work better informed and refreshed.
The programme is taking shape and we have structured it to include two themes at the request of our Executive: Conversations with Health, International Conversations and a host of workshops. 

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Harold Bodmer, New ADASS president
  • Lynda Tarpey, Programme Director, Think Local Act Personal
  • Sally Percival,  National Co-production Advisory Group
  • Martin Yates, National Co-Production Advisory Group
  • Jon Rouse, Director General for Social Care, Local Government and Care Partnerships  - Department of Health
  • Vicky McDermott, Chair of Care Support Alliance
  • Mike Parish, Chief Executive, Care UK
  • Rob Webster, Chief Executive, NHS Confederation
  • Samantha Jones, Director leading on New Models of Care, NHS England
  • Dame Moira Gibb DBE, Chair – Skills for Care
  • Clara Swinson, Director of Social Care Policy, Local Government and Care Partnerships, Department of Health
  • Saffron Cordery, Director of Policy and Strategy, NHS Providers
  • Phil McCarvill, Senior Policy Advisor (Economics and Regulation), NHS Confederation
  • Christian Fillet,  European Social Network President
  • Neil Ayling President of ADSS Cymru
  • Elaine Torrance, President of Social Work Scotland
  • David Behan Chief Executive, Care Quality Commission
  • Andrea Sutcliffe Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care, Care Quality Commission 

We have built in time for policy leads to meet with their networks, for regional chairs to meet and some optional leisure activities on one evening including the traditional tennis tournament (& running?)
For the second year running we have sent out press invitations. This is both an opportunity for journalists to understand the issues we are grappling with and for us  to articulate our key messages. Please be assured that there will be clarity about not attributing what is said without agreement.

And finally, this year, we will be welcoming a number of new sponsors who we hope will contribute additional thinking through workshops and contribute to the sustainability of the organisation.

Cathie Williams
ADASS Chief Officer