April 13th 2018

So – the final day of our 2018 Spring Seminar, and what a superb start to the day!  David Behan offered to give us the benefit of his thoughts on “If I knew when I started what I know now, what would I have done differently?”.  We were treated to a little peep into the influences in David’s early life that formed his strong sense of social justice and led to him going into social care in the first place, before him giving some excellent insights into what makes effective leaders and supports leaders to do that role well.  David reminded us that we are not powerless, voiceless or choiceless. Food for thought….

This was followed by a refreshment break, after which there was a panel session chaired by new vice-president Julie Ogley, on the adult social care Green Paper, involving the collective wisdom of David Pearson, Paul Burstow and David Behan, who are all involved in the Green Paper expert advisory Group.

Paul expressed the need for us to utilise the learning from the past when we consider the issues in the green paper, and encouraged us to to be bold, grasp the opportunity and “ not allow good to be the enemy of the best”. This will be a complex challenge and David acknowledged that “It’s going to take political courage to decide what the solution is” .It was recognised that we will all have a role to positively influence the process in our conversations with key people outside of social care.

After this,  we had some good dialogue with journalists from the BBC, Times, Telegraph and Community Care. They acknowledged the public concerns about funding for social care through their interviews and experiences. We learned that stories about social care in the press can be positively received , especially if they are about “firsts” and have a great human angle to them. The audience asked some insightful and challenging questions, including why we don’t have social care guides alongside the educational guides in top newspapers. It triggered quite a bit of thought! 

Glen closed the conference and extended his thanks to all those who have contributed to the spring seminar.

So until next time, we hope you have found the Spring Seminar enlightening, helpful and fun!  Have a safe journey home, and see you next time.