This year’s Care Show promises to be bigger and better than ever—bringing together more than 3,200 care sector professionals to network, share experiences and learn from others.

The two-day show on 17 to 18 October at the NEC in Birmingham will feature independent experts and thought leaders who can help care professionals improve the care they provide in a continuous professional development accredited event. Thousands of the latest products and services will be on show, and the event marks twenty years of learning, excellence and caring.

Speakers include Caroline Dinenage, the Minister of State at the Department of Health and Social Care. Ms Dinenage’s responsibilities are overseeing all aspects of adult social care, including dementia, loneliness and disabilities, community health services, and the integration of health and social care.

Improving housing provision

Bruce Moore, the chief executive of Housing & Care 21, is another of the featured speakers. Bruce is a qualified lawyer who had spent more than twenty years seeking to improve the provision of housing and care for older people and has served on the boards for housing associations and charities. His talk will focus on care models—what’s working in the residential care market.

The keynote theatre will run an event on the 17th, focussing on the social care green paper and what the sector needs. Speakers are Professor Martin Green, chief executive of Care England, and Dr Glenn Mason, chief operating officer of the Human Support Group.

Because the Care Show celebrates its twentieth birthday this year, the event honours those in the industry who go above and beyond in their caring roles, and this year there have been nominations and winners for a monthly Carer of the Month award to says thank you to those individuals.

Overall winner

Prizes include a certificate and gift pack and a voucher for £99, and the overall winner will be announced at the Care Show.

Danny Curran, founder and managing director of Finders International, said: “The Care Show brings together some of the country’s most important people—those on the frontline providing care and support to vulnerable populations in what are often challenging conditions.

“The care sector faces the double whammy of increased demand and dwindling budgets. And yet most of the people in this sector want to make a difference, and help people, particularly towards the end of their lives.

“We offer a number of services to those who work in care services in the public sector. They include our regular free deputyship development days, which we run so that public sector workers can meet with others who carry out the same services. We also offer free tracing services for next of kin and missing wills where people die in residential care and appear to have no known next of kin.”