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NCAS 2016: our DH schedule

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We really love Manchester – and we’d say that even if the Department of Health wasn’t presenting at NCAS this year!

And we love the venue too – the Manchester Central Convention Complex, formerly the city’s main railway terminus, now reborn as state of the art conference facilities beneath the original building’s distinctive arched roof (at 64 metres, the second-largest railway station roof span in the United Kingdom, fact fans).

central-at-nightAnd like the roof above it, Community Health and Care Minister David Mowat, senior colleagues and sector partners will be covering a wide span of policies and issues of profound interest to the great and the good of the care and support sector.

The conference opens for registration at 8.30am on Wednesday 2 November, closing with lunch at 1.20pm on Friday 4 November.

To access the full agenda click here but see below for a mini-guide of who’s saying what, where and when. This year, we’ve also included sessions where DH colleagues are invited speakers, not just those that we’re leading. If you can’t make it to Manchester, keep tabs on our coverage through this site and on twitter using #ncasc16.

Wednesday 2 November

Market shaping – best practice and new ideas

Sub-plenary: 12.30am - 1.15pm, Charter 2

Mental health – finding a way forward

Sub-plenary: 12.30 – 1.15pm, Charter 3 (non-DH session – Jonathan Marron, Director Community Mental Health and 7 Day services is a panel member)

NHS England’s Better Care Fund Support Team

Meet and greet: 12.30 – 1.15pm, DH Lounge (E30)

Grooming, controlling and coercive behaviour

Sub-plenary: 2.15 - 3.15pm, Exchange 8/9/10 (non-DH session – Lyn Romeo, Chief Social Worker for Adults will be in the audience)

Improving mental health and wellbeing of looked after/adopted children, young people and care leavers

Policy session: 3.45 – 4.45pm, Charter 2

Thursday 3 November

David Mowat, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Community Health and Care

Plenary speech: 11.15am – 12.15pm, Auditorium

Lyn Romeo, Chief Social Worker for Adults and Carers UK

Meet and greet: 12.15 – 1.15pm, DH Lounge (E30)

Lyn Romeo, Chief Social Worker for Adults and the Adult Principal Social Worker Network

Meet and greet: 3.15 – 3.45pm, DH Lounge (E30)

NHS Digital – How can the social work role be supported, now and in the future through IT?

Evening non-DH fringe event: 5.15 – 6.45pm, Exchange 11 (Lyn Romeo, Chief Social Worker for Adults is facilitating)

Friday 4 November

The New National Carers Strategy – realising the spirit of the Care Act

Policy session: 9.00 – 10.00am, Charter 4

Social work in the 21st Century

Sub-plenary: 11.30am – 12.30pm, Charter 1 (non-DH led session: Lyn Romeo, Chief Social Worker for Adults chairing)


Please note: all details are subject to change. Keep checking the NCAS 2016 website for the latest information.

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  1. Comment by Mrs Maureen RichardsMBE posted on

    Yes why such an expensive location when health is in financial crisis, even if you think it's an ideal place to hold it what is the purpose, what will you gain?

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      Comment by Mark Osterloh posted on

      It is not our conference but one we are invited to attend each year. What will we gain? Hearing from and engaging with others in the care and support sector about what more we can do to improve the health and wellbeing of the population.

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      Comment by Pauline Bacon posted on

      Is this appropriate for workers at the sharp end or just managers and policy makers?
      Pauline Bacon front line worker in adult social care.