Increased Budget: Finding the next part of the solution

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The care industry is in a state of flux as it works to meet the increasing demand. We recently saw the release of the budget providing an additional £240K for winter pressures and a further £410K made available in 2019/20 for additional care costs. These allowances will be readily available for local authorities to utilise, but with the increased pressure steadily ramping up over the years, how far will this realistically stretch?

There are only four months to prepare for Brexit whilst also juggling the need to continue the improvement of national care, and when looking at the State of Care Report by the CQC we see that whilst the overall quality of care has increased and remains good, there is still the question of how the industry is going to be able to keep this improvement going. It has been collectively agreed by local authorities that increasing spending will help the improvement of social care, but only as part of a sustainable working model which we are all expecting the Green Paper to address. With one of the biggest issues facing the care sector being reliable and trained workers, a truly sustainable model will look at both budget and workforce in tandem for the success we want.

The Nuffield Trust estimates that there could be a total shortfall of 70,000 social care workers by 2025/26, a figure that when compared to the anticipated 3.7% increase in demand for services, could see a huge missed opportunity and more strain on the NHS. There are renown difficulties retaining staff within the care industry, with around 350,000 vacancies coming onto the market a year from staff moving onto other jobs. With these frightful numbers finding permanent place in mainstream news, it prompts suggestions of what else can be done.

Exhibitions serve as an exceptional way for care homes to expose themselves to the plethora of services and suppliers who are readily available to aid in the uphill battle for universal outstanding care across the country. With 3000 care home owners, home care business owners and decision makers attending the first ever Dementia, Care & Nursing Home Expo this year, there is an expected increase to 5500 next year, showing just how widely appreciated these events are within the sector.

Exhibitions serve as an excellent place to get quick and easily applied knowledge. With masterclasses like the Accessible Information Standards Masterclass run by the CQC at Dementia, Care & Nursing Home are perfect examples of being able to get world class training at the exhibition that makes attending them worthwhile. Seminars led by the likes of CQC, Sharon Allen OBE from Skills For Care and Leslie Weare from Reed Recruitment, and suppliers like Able Training, Blue Leaf, Everylife Technology and QCF, there is everything needed to help continue the industries forward momentum.

Exhibitions like the Dementia, Care & Nursing Home Expo stand as opportunities for not only pioneering products and services to be brought to market, but also for pioneering concepts like the bridging of health and social care, something that will be expected at the next Dementia, Care & Nursing Home Expo as it runs alongside the Prysm Medical Portfolio. Being able to connect this two intrinsically linked industries will be unique and will look to show the benefits that both of the industries will experience through synergy.

The Dementia, Care & Nursing Home Expo is partnered with the National Care Forum and tickets are free and readily available from carehomeexpo.co.uk, where you can also see the full speaker and exhibitor lineup, as well as securing your position on the masterclasses available at the event.