On Tuesday 12th April 2016, we sponsored a Parliamentary Reception in the House of Lords, organised by our partner Care England. The reception was hosted by Baroness Greengross, with the purpose of raising awareness of the care sector with Parliamentarians.
The reception took place on the terrace of the House of Lords and was attended by a number of MPs, Care England board members and care home owners, as well as other key care sector figures. The main aim of the event was to bring together members of Parliament who have an interest in and passion for social care and want to learn more about the sector and the challenges faced.
This was the first reception of its kind, to our knowledge, and it was a fantastic opportunity to raise the profile of social care on the political agenda, and give Parliamentarians an insight into the challenges faced in the industry, as well as see how proposed legislation would affect the sector and those within it.
The event was hosted by Baroness Greengross OBE, a Cross Bench Peer who is a champion of care. She spoke passionately about the ongoing challenges that the care industry faces and took the opportunity to stress the important role Parliamentarians play in overcoming them.
Also speaking at the event was Alistair Burt MP who is the Minister of State for Community and Social Care at the Department of Health. He spoke about the various Government initiatives that are designed to improve the quality of care and support those working to achieve this.
Finally, Care England Chief Executive Professor Martin Green used the event to launch both the Social Care Network and the Outstanding Group, made up of homes with an outstanding CQC status. The purpose of both of these initiatives is to encourage further collaboration within the sector, with a particular focus on homes and services helping each other to maintain and improve standards. He also took the opportunity to further encourage improved communication between the sector and MP’s.
It was a fantastic event which we were extremely proud to be involved in. Care England really are a voice for the care sector in the UK and we would urge anyone that doesn’t know what they do to take a look at their website, as they are committed to improving the quality of care and improve standards for those who deliver it.