Last week’s National Children and Adult Services Conference 2013 (NCAS), proved a fruitful and engaging exercise for many delegates. This gathering of the care and support sector’s great and the good in Harrogate, North Yorkshire gave Department of Health ministers, policy teams and sector partners the opportunity to discuss and debate the big issues during three days of speeches, plenary sessions, workshops and breakfast meetings.
Inevitably, the Care Bill, funding reform, implementation and integration were the main topics of discussion. Ministerial priorities, including health risks attached to loneliness of the elderly and the need to embed parity of esteem in the system for physical and mental health, were also given prominence.
We hope you found our conference coverage useful. It was a massive team effort from colleagues throughout the department - all driven by a commitment to inform and engage with the sector.
Those of you on Twitter will have been witness to our live conference coverage. This coverage included audio content uploaded to our dedicated Audioboo social care channel. Listen again to commentary and conversation from Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, Director General for Social Care Jon Rouse, senior policy colleagues and sector partners.