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Successful Newcastle and Tyneside Meeting

Wednesday 22 March 2017

Newcastle & Tyneside held a very successful health partnership evening with the two local Universities, Healthwatch and an abundance of local independent care providers.

RESEC Trustee Rita Stringfellow OBE opened the meeting and was joined by Associate Trustee Andrew Newman and local RESEC supporters. 50 guests from local authorities, Healthwatch, the NHS and care home managers enjoyed presentations on a range of subjects, particularly new research about extending opportunities and best practice.

RESEC Vice Chair Richard Edwards closed the meeting by thanking Rita and Associate Trustee Janet Hunter for their support in setting the evening up which allowed interesting interchanges, discussion and debate.

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Seminar 22 July 2016

Hosted by solicitors Lester Aldridge

The chair, Peter Grose, RESEC, welcomed delegates to the seminar and gave an introduction to what RESEC and Lester Aldridge did.


  • Geoff Hodgson, Editor, Caring Times spoke on the challenges for providers in following good practice and what the future may hold.
  • Dr Jane Murphy, Associate Professor, Bournemouth University (BU) gave an overview of research and educational activities at Bournemouth University Dementia Institute (BUDI) as well as her own research on nutrition and dementia care.The  keynote speaker, Dr Jane Murphy, is an Associate Professor at Bournemouth University (BU) and a Registered Nutritionist and Dietician. She is leading the BU Dementia Institute (BUDI) on research and education across Health and Social Care for people living with dementia. She is also Clinical Lead for the Older Person Nutrition Programme – Wessex Academic Health Sciences Network. She leads research and evidence-based education on improving nutritional health and wellbeing. She  specialises in age-related conditions, including the complex problems faced by people living with dementia. She has led a highly successful research project on understanding nutrition and delivering dignity in dementia care (funded by the Burdett Trust for Nursing) and evaluated the educational outputs of the research (workbook and training film). See website for details:
  • Mel Knight, CEO, Castleoak –gave an insight into what he looks for when being commissioned to build a care home and included practical examples of property developments and property considerations relating to those with dementia. Geoff Hodgson further started the discussion on advanced directive. A stimulated discussion followed.
  • Peter Grose asked the participates if they had notices any change in services following the Brexit.
  • A free discussion followed on the role of the regulator and quality ratings.
  • Bhavna Keane-Rao, thanked Lester Aldridge for hosting this seminar and the speakers for providing such stimulating presentations.

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Challenging discussion in Nottingham

Invited guests attended a well presented RESEC morning discussion on the 30th June 2016 hosted by Freeths Solicitors in Nottingham.

The topic for the discussion was the extent to which the ‘living wage’ has / will shape the immediate future of elderly care; how can providers mitigate a further burden to their operational costs in the face of falling local authority fees?

The Chair was Bhavna Keane-Rao, RESEC’s chair for England

The panel was made up of:

  • Geoff Hodgson – Editor of social care management magazine ‘Caring Times’
  • Andrew Long – Group Development Director of the LNT Group & ‘responsible individual’ for the Ideal Care Homes Group
  • Laurence.Dowden – RESEC vice chair /Commissioning Manager Social Care Oxfordshire County Council
  • Derek Breingan –  UK Head of Health & Social Care for Clydesdale / Yorkshire Bank

The discussion –  about the challenges that the care sector faces including  funding issues and Brexit – raised more issues then answers. All agreed that more open and honest discussions were needed along with clarity from the policy makers. It was also agreed by those attending  that further roundtable discussions were required.

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Presentation at the Resec meeting on March 10th at the House of Lords

The National Care Service: By Professor Guy Daly, Coventry University and Dr John Woolham, Kings College, London

This presentation is now available for public download.
Please CLICK HERE to download PDF.

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Old age is an opportunity not a burden

A conference jointly organised by the RSA (South West) and RESEC in March 2016 in Exeter

Speakers included Councillor Andrea Davies, chair of Devon’s Health and Wellbeing Board, and Simon Harrison, chair of RESEC.
Over 65 people attended and over 15 speakers contributed to a very interesting morning


1.     To ensure much more coordination of national and local government, voluntary, faith and community groups to end duplication, concentrate resources, give priority to prevention and combat resistance to change.
2.     To ask communities to produce a local vision of how the needs of older citizens can be met.
3.     To develop community hubs to give people easy access to health and social care, information and advice, education, arts, leisure
4.     To require health and social care agencies to act on the presumption that frail older people are not admitted to acute hospitals with “hospital at home” as the community alternative. There should be a redirection of funding to provide adequate community nursing and social care.
5.     To give priority to tackling social isolation by developing innovative ideas which can be developed and then be taken out to lonely older people in their homes.
6.     To encourage housing and social care agencies to work together to ensure older people can access suitable housing with advice and assistance easily available to help people “downsize” to accessible, sustainable and cheaper-to-run accommodation.
7.     To publicise and develop web sites to allow older people to find opportunities for employment and voluntary work using their experience and expertise.
8.     To tackle the Devon challenge by supporting high quality cultural projects, and projects based on reminiscence therapy
9.     To recognise the crucial role of volunteering and the major role played by older people, and the consequent need for adequate support including the importance, particularly in rural Devon, of access to transport

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Social Care Revisited

Over 30 RESEC trustees and guests attended an important Seminar in The House of Lords today hosted by Baroness Dr Ruth Henig and chaired by leading health care publisher Dr Richard Hawkins.

Those with provider, banking, third sector, operator, NHS and policy / academic interests came together to debate their views on the sectors future.

Led by Professors Bleddyn Davies and Guy Dally from Oxford and Coventry Universities – a lively debate ensued covering the viability and sustainability of the sectors highlighting the needs of the care home and domiciliary sectors through to integrated devolution of health and social care in Greater Manchester and Cornwall. The managed sector and how to recognise that demand will always outstrip demands.  Needs led / mutual models and employer led models and changing demographics all needed to be considered.

Tensions between regulators and local authorities commissioning and the lack of work force based training, attendees thought needed focus. Local bottom up solutions involving those accessing services was also discussed as was personal budget effectiveness. Accurate clear and monitor-able plans were needed as was targeted research to provide better evidence base planning.

Dr John Woolham of Kings College London added an additional focus on personal budgets and effective personal outcomes.

Financial models, examples from the USA and Europe as well as views from Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales were also covered.

RESEC Chair Simon Harrison announced  a special focus evening on English health and social care devolution in May in partnership with a major social care housing provider.

With attendees coming from across England from Cornwall to Newcastle and London to Leicester and including banks to single home operators and NHS senior leaders, the seminar in the Lords is the second of three to be hosted each year by RESEC.

House of Lords

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Press Release
Simon Harrison, Managing Director of Ideas Afresh and formerly of Executive Care, has been elected Chairman of RESEC replacing David Parry who was the founder chair. Simon will continue with the charity’s commitment to identifying priorities in social care research and teaching..

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Report on the Resec Meeting held on June 12th at the House of Lords hosted by Baroness Henig

34 Trustees and guests present
Facilitators : Simon Harrison and Dr Richard Hawkins

Summary of conclusions:

  • Accountability for delivering the NHS England plan is being underlined – the additional £8bn from the Conservatives is a commitment but more uncertainty surrounds the savings achievable + reliability of some assumptions made in the plan. 7 day working is the subject of several cost estimates plus conjecture reachievability.
  • Integrated health and social care (commissioning + provision) has a very mixed track record. The Manchester experience will be closely watched.
  • Future for Commissioning organisations is attracting interest – are (some) CCGs too small? Can national commissioning outcomes be more widely applied? Will Health and Wellbeing Boards figure more strongly?
  • In social care, the “north / south divide” increases – not diminishes. Most commissioning is “person by person” – not by population by outcomes. Very little long term planning. Insufficient attention being paid to the potential of extra care housing.
  • The investor market in social care is changing (e.g. UK Reits, L and G, pension funds, mainstream banks finding life much more competitive)

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RESEC Events Spring/Summer 2015

The 7th Annual RESEC Cymru Seminar took place on the 6th March 2015 jointly sponsored by The Dementia Development Centre at Bangor University and RESEC. Chaired by Prof Bob Woods it went well as usual, attracting a full house.
This was the second event that Rhodri had chaired for us and it was opened by Rhun ap Iorweth Anglesey’s Assembly member and attended by other Assembly members from Labour and the Conservatives as well as an excellent cross section of those involved in social care and health from all the sectors…including carers, practitioners, the Inspectorate and Care Forum Wales.

The first week in March 2015 also saw Trustees Simon, Bleddyn. Bhavna and Philip come  together in Oxford for an excellent set of two presentations led by Green Templeton College – University of Oxford. Other RESEC local supporters made up a good proportion of the 45  strong audience

A RESEC ‘Talking heads”  round table discussion with a social care / health futures focus will be held on Thursday 9th April  at the Civic Centre Board Room at Salford Metro Council. Run in partnership with the Legacy Social Enterprise. With greater Manchester taking on special developed powers, this should be a real treat. There are 28 places available.

Wednesday 29th April will see the relaunch of  RESEC Alba / Scotland at the Scottish Caring and Dementia Congress, Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh run by Trustee Dr  Richard Hawkins, founder  of Caring Times and the Journal of Dementia Care. The event attracts 400 plus delegates and Trustees Richard,
Maura and Bhavna will be speaking at a lunch time re- launch.

Devon and Cornwall will be active again in late Spring with Trustees Richard, David P and David C linking with our local groups.

A  RESEC ” Talking Heads ” round table will be held on Friday  12th June at the House of Lords hosted by RESEC Lords Ambassador, Baroness Ruth Henig CBE