Best Practice in the Care Home Sector

20 JUNE 2018

Following the launch of this highly successful conference in 2017, Caring Times is delighted to confirm the Best Practice conference will return to the mac arts complex and theatre in Birmingham on Wednesday 20 June 2018.

Best Practice in the Care Home Sector conference is designed to highlight and showcase the very best practice in the care home sector by providing a strong annual event which will offer staff and organisations who are doing excellent work the opportunity to showcase it, creating a learning opportunity for those attending the event and demonstrating to the media, CQC, commissioners and other stakeholders that there is excellent work going on in the independent care home sector.

Programme Announced

The conference will be structured around two main plenary sessions; one on arrival in the morning and one before close later in the afternoon. There are also two sets of three concurrent parallel sessions and a ‘Quickfire Debate’ with a panel of experts.
Topics covered throughout the day will include:
• All aspects of the challenge of employing appropriate quality staff including recruitment, retention and training
• The use of technology and practical alternatives to enable the best use of limited staff to be made
• Innovation in care homes

Please click the image below to view the full programme:

Who Should Attend?
  • Innovative leaders in care homes
  • Senior care home management but also newly appointed managers and front line staff
  • Stakeholders such as regulators, commissioners and the media
  • Advisers and consultants
  • Technical support specialists
  • Architects and builders
  • HR Managers
Bookings Now Open

Single Delegate Rate = £130 + VAT per person

Special Offer: Book 2 delegates from the same organisation and receive a 
Dual Delegate Rate of £115 + VAT per person

Special Offer: Book 3 or more delegates from the same organisation and receive a 
Multiple Delegate Rate of £100 + VAT per person

To book online (credit/debit cards only) please fill in the online booking form below. For alternative payment methods or booking enquiries, please contact Gabriele Gineviciute at

Exhibition Opportunities

There will be an exhibition for suppliers who have innovative products and services which match the content of this conference. Such suppliers should contact Alan Leary on for more information.



Skills for Care helps create a well-led, skilled and valued adult social care workforce. A trusted independent charity with over 18 years’ experience in workforce development, and a delivery partner for the Department of Health and Social Care. Also working closely with related services such as health and housing.






If you have any further questions or queries, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the team; or telephone: 020 7720 2108 x 204

For sponsorship and exhibition opportunities please contact Alan Leary; or telephone: 07912 895 484






Best Practice in the Care Home Sector 2017


Main Sponsor 2017

Caring Times is delighted that our new conference was held at the MAC Theatre, Birmingham on 20th September 2017 to great reception. The conference was designed to highlight the excellent practice which is happening day in and day out in the care home sector.

The purpose of this was two-fold:

• To provide a ‘live-theatre’ experience which informs, challenges, teaches and enthuses care staff to learn from those providing the best care so that as many as possible can return to their workplaces and put into practice what they have learnt
• To start highlighting, documenting and broadcasting (by word of mouth, digitally and in print) the evidence which is needed to show to stakeholders such as the regulators, commissioners, the consumer and the media that the sector provides high quality, innovative care in so many settings.

Presentations delivered on the day

Parallel Session 1

The Role of chaplaincy in meeting spiritual needs of care home residents – Julia Burton Jones, Church of England, Diocese of Rochester
Bedside Buddies – Sue Faulkner, The Fremantle Trust
Walsall Care Improvement and End of Life Care Helen Reeves ,St Giles Hospice & Michael Hurt, Walsall CCGr

Parallel Session 2

Information Governance in Care Homes – Mandy Thorn, Care Provider Alliance and Marches Care and Keith Strahan, NHS Digital
Using Music: Effectively in your care setting – Beckie Morley, Music Moments 
Abbeyfield Making Music – April Dobson, The Abbeyfield Society
Sing more, Live better: A Choir in every Care Home – Douglas Noble, Wellbeing – Live Music Now 
Improving person-centered care for OP in care homes Jennifer Collieson and Pamela Holmes SCIE

Quick Fire Debate

Care Protect ,Philip Scott

Parallel Session 3

Activating people’s personal relationship networks – Cath Barton, Community Circles
From Red to Green! – Sanjay Dhrona, The Close Care Home
Mountains and Mousetraps – Maggie Candy, Guide Total
Your favourite tipple George Sampson MHA

Conference Programme

We are delighted to announce our full conference programme.
Please click the image below to view and download the PDF programme.

Sponsorship and Exhibition

The conference hosted a varied and interactive exhibition. Exhibitors were:

Questions or queries?

If you have any further questions or queries, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the team.

For queries regarding:

Future conferences, please contact
Previous presentations, please contact
Sponsorship or the exhibition please contact

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