Event promises pragmatic solutions to care problems

Heledd Wyn

The challenges faced by families or professional carers who are responsible for protecting vulnerable people against physical, financial, emotional exploitation and abuse will be under the spotlight at a publicly accessible event in Bristol on 15 October.

Anyone with an interest in this area can attend the day-long workshop, which will be held at the Mansion House in Clifton.

It has been organised by a group called Pragmatic Practitioners – a voluntary association of individuals who are all professionally qualified to offer assistance to people at difficult times in their lives, and believe that those affected by disability, mental health difficulties or age should be able to exercise their rights in the same way as anyone else.

Event organiser and one of the founders of the group, Heledd Wyn, head of Long-Term and Elderly Care with solicitors Gregg Latchams, said: “This is an event for anyone who wants to have a clearer overview of what support and protection is available to carers of people with disabilities, mental health difficulties, or issues relating to old age.

“Members of the audience will be able to meet representatives from all corners of the care world and benefit from their knowledge, insight and ideas on the current care system.

“This is an exciting opportunity to hear from a broad range of specialists and should appeal to anyone involved in caring, including medical practitioners, social service managers, financial advisors and solicitors. And there will be plenty of opportunity for everyone to ask questions and bring their own experiences to the debate.”

The keynote speaker for the event is Dr Jane Townson, CEO of United Kingdom Homecare Association, who will be addressing the issue of safeguarding in social care, with a focus on how to achieve parity between health and social care.

Other speakers will address safeguarding carers and those they are caring for; the legal rights of carers; the characteristics of good care; financial abuse and early inheritance syndrome; and protecting your reputation in a crisis.

Tickets for the workshop are £59.22, available through Eventbrite here: https://bit.ly/2TYoVpt where a full list of speakers is also available. All profits from the event will be shared equally between the dementia research charity BRACE and Bristol Dementia Action Alliance.

The aim of Pragmatic Practitioners is to use members’ combined knowledge and experience for advocacy with government and local public bodies, in order to create a regulatory, policy and funding environment that is effective in supporting vulnerable people.


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