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New Directions in Social Care and Health Services for Adults: Innovation, Information and Indicators

Thursday 18th November 2010, The Banqueting Suite, Council House, Birmingham

Speakers :

  • Simon Medcalfe (DH) “I’ll be setting out our consultation proposals for a new strategic approach to quality and outcomes in adult social care.  I will outline our plans for an enabling framework which seeks to foster a focus on outcomes, improve quality in services, and empower citizens to hold their Councils to account for the services they provide. It is a broad agenda founded on our principles of localism and recasting the relationship between national and local Government and people who use services.  This will be part of formal consultation process running to late January 2011, through which we plan to co-produce a new agenda with the social care sector”.
  • Robert Lake (NHS IC) Will give a “a whistle stop tour” through the strategic direction for adult social care information and informatics. This will include the new role for the IC (as per the recent NHS White Paper), the development of the Adult Care Support Record and a section on work going forward with East Midlands Region on TRIPS.
  • Alan Rosenbach (CQC) Will discuss the NHS White Paper and ALB review – implications for CQC, and also the proposed architecture for social care regulation, how we will get there and the leadership behaviours needed to successfully deliver the requirements.

Fee SSRG Members: £95; Others £155

Video and Presentations:

Chair: Nick Miller, Consultant

  • Alan Rosenbach, Policy Manager, Care Quality Commission (5MB PowerPoint file) <! Overlarge file)
  • Robert Lake, Director for Social Care Information Delivery, The NHS Information Centre for Health & Social Care (500kb PowerPoint file) Presentation
  • Simon Medcalf , Social Care Performance Strategy Manager, Local Government & Regional Policy, Department of Health (164kb PowerPoint file)  Presentation
  • Michael Varrow, Oxfordshire County Council
  • Michel Chew, Derbyshire County Council (430kb PowerPoint file) Presentation
  • James Cuthbert, Wiltshire County Council
  • Oscar Alexander, Cubicus
  • Phil Brown, Essex County Council (2MB PowerPoint file) Presentation

Joint SSRG PSSRU meeting on Research Governance and Ethics in Adult Social Care

13th October 2010

This jointly run free event explored issues about research governance and ethics in adult social care research. It was targeted at local authority staff with responsibility for research governance and university researchers. Carol Lupton, who manages the Department of Health Policy Research Programme, Martin Stevens, SSRG Chair and Paul Dolan, representing the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services jointly introduced the Research Governance Framework Resource Pack, which was launched at the event.

There were also presentations from Chris Russell, who described the development work she is undertaking in relation to Research Governance and Rachel Taylor from Oxfordshire County Council, who described the Research Governance process in the county. Martin Knapp from PSSRU introduced the second half of the day, which included presentations on research ethics in social care from Deborah Rutter, from the Social Care Institute for Excellence, Paul Dolan and Nigel Wellman, Chair of the Berkshire and Oxfordshire NRES Research Ethics Committees, from Thames Valley University. The day closed with facilitated group discussions. A report of the event is being produced and will be posted on the site shortly.


Research Governance – Resource Pack (250kb PowerPoint file) Presentation

Martin Stevens, SSRG chair, Social Care Workforce Research Unit, King’s College London

Research Governance – the Local Authority context (33kb PowerPoint file) Presentation

Chris Russell, Independent Consultant, Research Governance Development Project (DH/KCL)

RGF in practice (1MB PowerPoint file) Presentation

Rachel Taylor, Oxfordshire County Council

Research Ethics for adult social care in practice (1MB PowerPoint file) Presentation

John Woolham, Coventry University

Ethical Review of Adult Social Care Research: Practice issues & resources (280kb PowerPoint file) Presentation

Deborah Rutter, SCIE

Research Governance Resource Pack 2010 (40kb Powerpoint file) Presentation

Paul Dolan, Birmingham City Council

Social Work History Network 10th birthday event : ‘Leading Lights in Social Work’

Thursday 14th October 2010 1.30pm – 4.30pm, Henriette Raphael House, Guy’s campus KCL

Speakers include Dr David Jones, Professor June Thoburn and Sir William Utting

Social workers, archivists, historians, students and any others interested in the history of social work are welcome. Download more info here

£10: students £5. Attendance certificates on request

  • Download the flyer (50kb PDF)

Equalities Act 2010 – Implications for Adult Social Care Regulation and Practice

Wednesday 29th September 2010, Austin Court, Birmingham

The Equality Act brings together nine separate pieces of legislation into one single Act simplifying the law and strengthening it to help tackle discrimination and inequality. It comes into effect in October 2010

This event will begin with a broad overview of the legislation, and then look at the impact on social care services for adults including:

  • The memorandum of understanding recently agreed between the Care Quality Commission and the Equality and Human Rights Commission
  • Key issues for inspection and regulation
  • Existing good practice – LG Improvement and Development Pilots


  • Download the programme (100kb PDF)
  • Download the booking form (30kb XLS)

International Conference on Social Care

Hosted by the Personal Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU) at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

The International Conference on Evidence-based Policy in Long-term Care will be held from 8 to 11 September 2010 in London.  The conference will showcase presentations from more than 140 leading international researchers, academics and policy makers covering all key aspects of long term care policy.  The event aims to provide a forum for exchanging the latest international evidence on key long-term care policy topics, including how to organise, deliver, fund and regulate services.

Keynote speakers include:

Professor Dennis Kodner: “Integrating Health and Social Care Services for Long Term Care Clients: Taking a Fresh Look”

Professor Naoki Ikegami: “Japan‘s Long-term Care Insurance: Lessons from ten years’ experience”

Francesca Colombo: “Where to? Current models, performance and directions in financing long-term care in OECD economies”

Professor Edward Norton: “Economic issues in Informal Care”

Conference registration is open until 16 August 2010.  For details on the programme please visit:

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