SouthWest Annual Care Conference
The largest care conference brought to you by the Care Network Group Ltd

An event that brings health and social care providers together for a day of networking, national speakers and workshops.

Thursday 12th September 2019 event starts at 9:30-15:30

The yearly conference invites all health and social care providers within the Southwest to be inspired by regional and national speakers, and to network with like minded providers within their sector. This event will also give you the opportunity to meet lead commissioners, ICO, NICE, Public Health, CQC, and CCG representatives all in one day.

The annual conference is supported by several organisations including Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust, Devon County Council, Torbay Council, Skills for Care and Proud to Care South West.

The conference will commence at 09:30 with a planned finish of 15:30. There will be a range of exhibitors, a raffle, unlimited teas and coffees, and lunch will be provided. The event will be held at the Rivera Conference Centre in Torquay.

Please see below a few of our confirmed speakers attending this amazing network event.


Nadra Ahmed OBE DL

Chairman – National Care Association

Nadra has been involved in the field of social care for over 30 years. Her background is in training and education which has been the passion that drives her towards a quality service, underpinned and provided by a skilled workforce.

Nadra has been Chairman of NCA since 2001 and stepped down as a Trustee of Parkinson’s UK in October 2018. She holds various positions within voluntary organisations, delivering services to vulnerable people in the community and has been a member of a number of advisory committees in the DoH, including a number at Ministerial level and served on government Taskforces.

As a regular contributor to journals and conferences she is frequently called upon by major media networks to represent the views of social care providers. In 2006 she was awarded the OBE for her services to Social Care, she is Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Kent and a Kent Ambassador, and has been awarded ‘Outstanding Contribution to the Business Community’.

Jill Croskell- Skills for care 

As a qualified and registered Social Worker I have worked in various roles for almost 30 years within the public sector, including Safeguarding Children, Adult Social Care Hospital and Community Social Work.

I have managed Adult Social Care teams working closely with the provider sector and meeting the needs of vulnerable adults being discharged from Hospital and with those who remain in the community.

I managed a local authority Learning and Development team and a Community Learning Team for 12 years, providing integrated learning and development for the Adult and Child Social Care Workforce.

My last public sector role was working within a safeguarding children role, specifically projects that included child sexual exploitation and radicalisation of children and young people. My current role is Skills for Care South West Locality Manager covering Devon and Cornwall.
Skills for Care is an employer led and organisation led workforce development body for adult social care in England, it is a not for profit organisation funded by the Department of Health and Social Care.

Lorraine George- Early Years Advisor Torbay Council

Torbay Council, with support from the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust (WCMT) Travel Fellowship, has been making connections across the Atlantic to see how the UK could benefit from the practice of co-located intergenerational care.

Lorraine George, a member of the Early Years Advisory Team at Torbay Council, received a 2017 WCMT Travel Fellowship which enabled her to travel to the USA to experience this innovative and inspiring practice

Co-located intergenerational care is when nurseries and school kindergartens classes are based within residential care homes. Upon returning to the UK Lorraine will now look at how this type of care could make a difference and be implemented here.

Councillor Julien Parrott, Executive Leave for Adults and Children said: “We have to thank the WCMT Travel Fellowship for giving Lorraine this amazing opportunity to see how this innovative idea of co-located intergenerational care can work. Care of adults and children is a topical subject right now due to an ageing population and the reduced Government funding that is available, but co-located care like this has already been shown that regular engagement between the ages is beneficial to both groups and also impacts favourably upon staff, employers and the community. I for one am really excited to see how this type of care can work for our residents of Torbay.”

Lorraine said: “This Travel Fellowship has given me a fantastic opportunity to really experience the benefits of intergenerational learning and to see how it works in the USA. I got to see the different business models that have been used in the different communities from major cities such as Providence Mount in Seattle to smaller rural towns such as Windsor Place in Coffeyville, Kansas. Seeing how the children and elders learned alongside each other was really interesting and all of my research will be contributing to the debate about the type of care that could be delivered here in the UK.”

While on her trip Lorraine met with the local School District Superintendent and staff, School Board Members, Teachers, Directors and Administrators of co-located Care Homes along with staff, residents, children and parents. This helped Lorraine to gather everyone’s experiences of intergenerational care. She particularly focused on the benefits that co-location brings, how the environment is structured to facilitate intergenerational interactions, the practical issues involved in setting up co-location and the community partnerships that were created. She also saw how children and elders learn alongside each other.

Paul Courtney- Chrysalis 

Chrysalis Innovations is a Care Management Consultancy based in the South West working in association with the award winning Southern Healthcare who are passionate about care.

Working collaboratively and closely with Managers and Owners, we provide a range of developmental and transformational support using our “Road to Outstanding” tool-kit. This has a proven track record of attaining overall OUTSTANDING with the Care Quality Commission, not just once, but three times so far.

Our team have over 75 years experience of excellence in the care industry and have delivered overall OUTSTANDING ratings with the Care Quality Commission at three of our nursing homes in Devon.

From our proven success we have developed a toolkit of training, support, mentorship, and audit to help your home on the road to outstanding. Our on-site support and mentorship provides guidance and action plans to meet and surpass the requirements of the Key Lines of Enquiry.


Proud to Care South West

Proud to Care South West is a partnership of 16 local authorities and Health Education England working together at a regional level to raise the profile of a career in care and health.

The partners are: Health Education England, Bath and North East Somerset Council, Borough of Poole Council, Bournemouth Borough Council, Bristol City Council, Cornwall Council, Devon County Council, Dorset County Council, Gloucestershire County Council, Isles of Scilly, North Somerset Council, Plymouth City Council, Somerset County Council, South Gloucestershire Council, Swindon Borough Council, Torbay Council and Wiltshire Council.


Adrian Poole- Porter Dodson Solicitors – Managing difficult staff

Adrian is head of Porter Dodson’s specialist Medical and Care team which helps businesses deal with the wide range of issues which can face them within the GP and Care Sectors.
The team’s specific expertise for Care clients include:

Regulatory issues

Preparing for a CQC inspection and associated issues

Safeguarding issues

Expanding, acquiring or selling a care home or site

Business formation, including the creation of partnerships and companies

Training and personal development

Business restructures and mergers

Disputes, credit control and debt collection

Deborah Ivanova-CQC 

Deborah Ivanova is the Deputy Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care in the London and South regions. She was Head of Regional Compliance at CQC before she was appointed Head of Inspection for the South Region in 2014. She also worked at CQC’s predecessors, the Commission for Social Care Inspection and National Care Standards Commission (NCSC).

Deborah spent five years working as a volunteer for Voluntary Service Overseas in Albania and Bulgaria, training staff and developing services for children and adults with learning disabilities and mental health needs. During this time, she also worked as a consultant for Unicef in Macedonia considering how to improve the situation of children with disabilities.

As a qualified social worker, Deborah’s previous posts include inspecting learning disability services in Gloucestershire and managing a residential service for people with disabilities coming out of long stay hospital. She was also a project worker in a respite service for children with disabilities and a care assistant in a children’s home. Deborah remains on the Health and Care Professions Council register and has a BSocSc in Social Administration and Sociology, and a Masters of Social Work.



Tickets are £27.00 to include unlimited refreshments and lunch.

All  Health and social care providers are welcome subject to availability.

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