The Archbishop of York and the head of the body that inspects social care businesses are just two of the key speakers taking centre stage at a major conference in York next month.
The Archbishop, Dr John Sentamu, is expected to speak about the need for a living wage to be paid to care workers, when the Independent Care Group (York and North Yorkshire) hosts the event at York Racecourse on 7 October.
Then Andrea Sutcliffe, CQC Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care, will bring delegates up to date with sweeping inspection changes coming in this autumn.
The Independent Care Group is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year and Chair Mike Padgham says it is fitting that they have their best-ever conference to mark the milestone.
“We are absolutely delighted to have got such fantastic keynote speakers for the conference,” he said.
“The issue of the living wage is very topical at the moment, particularly with recent predictions from Bank of England governor Mark Carney suggesting the economic recovery should soon fuel wage increases.
“At the same time, social care providers are about to go through some huge changes in the way they are inspected and we are pleased to give them the opportunity to hear about those changes first hand, from Andrea Sutcliffe.
“The conference offers a fantastic opportunity for social care providers in the area to raise their concerns about the sector, face to face with the key people who shape social care.”
The conference has been called An Inspector Calls, as it is planned to prepare providers for “The challenges of delivering social care in the new world.”
Other key speaker will include David Pearson, President of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Care (ADASS); Richard Webb, North Yorkshire County Council Director of Health and Adult Services and Dr Paul Edmondson-Jones, City of York Council Deputy Chief Executive & Director of Health and Wellbeing.
There will also be a debate on the role of the media in delivering social care, chaired by BBC Look North presenter Harry Gration.