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Under Pressure: Smarter Spending for Older People’s Services
12 Oct 2010
Big challenges for the big society. Held at The Grand Connaught Rooms, London

This conference considered stronger corporate approaches to financial planning and collaborative working, addressing methods to improve service costs, preventing waste and achieving better outcomes and examined innovative ideas for services models that deliver what older people need and value.

Stephen Burke, Chief Executive, Counsel and Care
Welcome and introduction by chair

Under Pressure: Tackling the financial challenge for council
Louise Gitter, Research Manager, Policy, Research and Studies, Audit Commission Jane Carrier, Lead on Older People and Adult Services, Audit Commission

Guy Robertson, Joint Head of Programme Ageing Well, Local Government Improvement and Development
Morning keynote address

Jeff Jerome, National Director, Social Care Transformation, Putting People First (Local Government) Consortium
Final year perspective

Questions and discussion: Session 1
Refreshments, networking and exhibition
Seminar A: Adopting telecare and assistive technology wisely for people with dementia: better outcomes at lower cost
Jim Ellam, Assistive Technology Project Lead, Prevention and Independence Team, Joint Commissioning Unit, Staffordshire County Council Celia Price, Director, Just Checking

Seminar B: Strategies for age-friendly communities: Challenges and opportunities
Paul McGarry , Strategy Manager, Valuing older people team, Manchester Joint Health Unit, Manchester City Council

Seminar C: Forecasting and planning for an ageing population
Ray Beatty, Demand Forecasting and Planning Workstream Lead, Care Services Efficiency Delivery Programme, Department of Health

Questions and discussion: Seminar C
Buffet lunch, networking and exhibition
Seminar E: Big Society: Building sustainable partnerships and engaging the local community
Rachel Cooper Development Officer, Leeds Older People’s Forum

Seminar F: Planning for the financial impact on social care
David Walden, Director of Adult Services and Regional Development, Social Care Institute for Excellence

Seminar G: Re-ablement: Delivering better outcomes and savings
Gerald Pilkington, Operations Manager, Care Services Efficiency Delivery Programme, Department of Health

Questions and discussion: Seminar G
Refreshments, networking and exhibition
David Behan CBE, Director General for Social Care, Local Government and Care Partnerships, Department of Health
Afternoon keynote address: Delivering efficiencies through partnerships

Vicky Walker, Older Peoples’ Housing Strategy Co-ordinator, Bolton Council
Joint housing plan for older people: A beacon authority perspective

Panel Discussion: Commissioning in a cold climate: Addressing the financial challenges of an ageing population
Les Clarke, Director of Strategy and Service Development, Housing 21 Dawn Warwick, Director of Adult Social Services, Wandsworth Borough Council Jane Carrier, Lead on Older People and Adult Services, Audit Commission Phil Saunders, Editor - Sitra Bulletin, Sitra