Praise as care group holds 10-year milestone conference

David Behan Care Quality Commission Chief Executive
David Behan Care Quality Commission Chief Executive

Leading figures in social care have paid tribute to an influential providers’ group ahead of its 10th anniversary conference.

The Independent Care Group (York and North Yorkshire) will mark its milestone year with a special conference and exhibition in York today, Tuesday 7th October.

Some top names in the sector have praised the contribution it has made to social care in the past decade.

Dr Glen Mason, Director of People, Communities and Local Government at the Department of Health, said: “Congratulations to the Independent Care Group on its tenth anniversary. ICG has an unwavering commitment to independent care providers, offering them support and advice in providing high quality, user-led services. It has a long and strong history and I wish it every success with its tenth anniversary conference and the

next ten years of its life.”

David Behan, Chief Executive of the Care Quality Commission, said: “For the past 10 years the independent care group has championed good quality care, not only in Yorkshire but by making a contribution to national policy and practice. ICG has supported its members through conferences, training and development; highlighting the very best practice so that others can learn and acting as an advocate for the sector. It has been a model for organisations representing providers of care.”

Sandie Keane, Immediate Past President of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Care (ADASS), said: “ICG is, for me, a leading organisation championing and showcasing excellent work across the social care sector.

“Their passion and commitment to high quality, innovative and responsive care   is inspirational. ICG’s promotion of positive partnerships with both commissioners and providers as well as strong advocacy for a fair financial settlement for the sector is hugely valued.”

And Martin Green, Chief Executive of Care England, added: “The Independent Care Group reflects the views and opinions of local care providers and is an essential foundation of an effective and vibrant care sector.”

The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu and Andrea Sutcliffe, CQC Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care will be key note speakers at the event at York Racecourse.

Andrea said: “I very much look forward to being part of the ICG’s conference in York on Tuesday and to joining this forward-looking and innovative group in moving social care forward for the years to come.”

The Independent Care Group’s Chair, Mike Padgham, said: “We are very much looking forward to the conference and to marking 10 years of the group.

“Above all else, it is a celebration of the partnership working that we have been able to do with local authorities, the NHS, the CQC and many other colleaguess, that have helped us as providers to deliver better social care to the area’s older and vulnerable people.”

Other key speakers on Tuesday 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 at the conference on the role of the media in delivering social care, chaired by BBC Look North presenter Harry Gration.

Today’s conference was preceded by a celebration dinner at the Royal York last night



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