It was wonderful to be able to meet colleagues in the care sector face-to-face again after so many virtual discussions; exhibitors told us that footfall had been good. Covid-safe protocols were very much at the forefront of people’s minds, with face masks and hand gels in abundance as exhibition giveaways.
The Conference programme was divided into 8 different streams, each addressing a different aspect of care management. The streams included ‘Build and Design’, where visitors could learn more about architecture design for dementia-friendly and age-inclusive spaces; ‘People’; ‘Infection Prevention’; ‘Technology’; and ‘Better Care’. All of these topics have an underlying theme of raising standards in the care sector, both for people accessing services and those providing them.
Also in attendance were colleagues from Care England; NICE and the Care Quality Commission; demonstrating the importance of the care show as a meeting place for the sector. We were also delighted to meet with colleagues from PredicAire and Nourish, to hear about the progress they are making in the field of care technology.
Standards Wise attended several seminars on the ‘Technology and People’ stage, to learn how technology is being applied in care to improve standards. The ‘Personalisation through Better Insight’ session offered some very interesting figures on the benefits of personalised care plans, quoting reductions of 38% on emergency admissions and 18% on GP visits in facilities where these were used. We also listened to the ‘Digitising Adult Social Care’ presentation by NHS X, where the speakers outlined their work on the Digital Social Care Records Assured Supplier list, and the process which is gone through for technology suppliers either on or hoping to join this list.
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