Care providers harness the power of new technology

Care providers will now learn how harnessing the power of robotics and new technology can open up a new world for them when they attend the annual Independent Care Group conference and exhibition.

The conference is expected to be the innovation in social care. It will focus on the latest technology, in particular how it will aid the delivery of care, alongside the latest development in hydration and nutrition, surroundings and wellbeing, health and safety, and person-centred software.

Mike Padgham, The Independent Care Group chair, said: “This is a challenging but exciting period for social care at the moment with new technology opening up huge opportunities and changes in the way we care for older and vulnerable adults.” Organisers have lined up some key speakers for the event, including former Care Services Minister Paul Burstow are expected to attend.

“By using technology, in particular robotics, we will all be able to remove some of the routine, repetitive tasks and free up staff to do what they do best, interact with, stimulate and care for our older residents,” said Mr Padgham.

He added: “The response to previous conferences has been phenomenal and given the state of the sector at the moment, I am sure the take up of places will be very strong so I would urge you anyone interested in coming to book their places straight away.”

Mr Padgham sounded a note of caution as the conference will take place against a backdrop of challenges and uncertainty within social care. “We are facing a difficult and uncertain future and our conference will be an opportunity to gather and see how we go forward. By that time we might have a Green Paper setting out how the Government proposes to deal with the future funding of social care and that is likely to feature prominently on our agenda,” said Mr Padgham.

The conference and exhibition will be held at the Pavilions of Harrogate, Harrogate on 21 November. For more information, please visit the Independent Care Group.

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