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The National Advocacy Conference 2017 takes place at the NEC Birmingham on Thursday, 19th October.
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The future for adult social care in England: funding, integration and workforce challenges

This event takes place in the morning, Thursday, 2nd November 2017
Central London

This seminar will be a timely opportunity to assess priorities for social care policy in the new Parliament.

Planned sessions focus on the future role of the CQC in regulating and inspecting the sector, as well as next steps for joining up health and social care, with concerns regarding long term funding of social care and the need for better integration with the NHS.

It will also be an opportunity to assess key issues for the social care workforce as the UK begins the process of withdrawing from the EU, and key findings from the expected National Audit Office report on how government and other national bodies are working with local authorities and other providers to ensure there are enough paid workers with skills to meet rising demand.

Priorities for social services in Wales: legislation, integration and local government

This event takes place in the morning, Tuesday, 12th December 2017
Central Cardiff

This seminar will examine the priorities for social services in Wales. It comes as the Welsh Government prepares to introduce a Local Government Bill next year to improve the integration between local authorities and deliver social services at a regional level, following its consultation on the local government White Paper.

It will be an opportunity to consider the implementation of the Social Services and Wellbeing Act, including the effectiveness of regional partnership boards and the challenges involved with the introduction of pooled budgets for health and social care.

Delegates will also discuss the initial impacts of the first stage of the Regulation and Inspection of Social Care Act which reformed workforce regulation and registration arrangements and established Social Care Wales. There will also be consideration of the implications of the second and third stages of the Act ahead of their implementation in 2018 and 2019 respectively.

Delegates will discuss the effectiveness of the £60m Integrated Care Fund and the challenges and opportunities surrounding delivering social services at a regional level; including establishing governance arrangements, improving financial and workforce resilience and integrating local authorities.