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SSCR Annual Conference 2014

8 April 2014
09:45 - 16:30
New Academic Building, London School of Economics and Political Science

The School's Annual Conference provided an opportunity to hear about emerging evidence from SSCR's commissioned studies and implications for adult social care practice.

The PDF's of the day's presentations are available to download from the links below each video.

Opening keynote and Plenary: Evidence-based regulation - can CQC inspire service improvement?
Chair: Professor Randall Smith, Bristol University

Welcome - Professor Martin Knapp, LSE, Director of NIHR School for Social Care Research

Opening keynote - Norman Lamb, Minister of State for Care and Support

Plenary: Evidence based regulation: Can CQC inspire service improvement? - Andrea Sutcliffe, Care Quality Commission

Session 1: Strengthening support within communities
Chair: Professor David Morris, University of Central Lancaster

The Connecting People Intervention - Enhancing Social Connections and Wellbeing of Adults with Mental Health Problems or a Learning Disability - Dr Martin Webber - University of York

Supporting older people in the community: What next for Shared Lives? - Professor Ann Netten, Lisa Callaghan, Sinead Rider & Nadia Brookes - University of Kent

Building Community Capacity - Professor Martin Knapp, LSE

Discussant: implications for adult social care practice - Catherine Wilton, Empowered Communities Programme Advisor and Think Local, Act Personal partnership

Session 2: Preventing the need for care and support
Chair: Viv Cooper, Challenging Behavior Foundation

Commissioning for prevention: a study of the supply chain - Robin Miller & Dr Kerry Allen - University of Birmingham

Preventing challenging behaviour of adults with complex needs in supported accommodation - Professor Peter McGill, University of Kent

Matching methods to evidence for evaluating the outcomes of prevention in social care - Dr Jose-Luis Fernandez, LSE

Discussant: implications for adult social care practice - David Brindle, The Guardian

Session 3: Meeting the needs of BME groups
Chair: Lord Victor Adebowale, Turning Point

Reasons for ethnic group differences in satisfaction with social care - Dr Rosalind Willis, University of Southampton

People with learning disabilities from black and minority groups - Michael Larkin, University of Birmingham

Chinese Voices of Social Care: Factors that contribute to levels of satisfaction with social care amongst people from Chinese backgrounds - Professor Fiona Irvine, University of Birmingham

Discussant: implications for adult social care practice - Lord Victor Adebowale, Turning Point

Session 4: Personalised care and support
Chair: Sam Bennett, Think Local Act Personal

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Personal budgets and direct payments for older people - do they live up to expectations? - Dr John Woolham, University of Coventry

Men living with long term conditions: exploring gender and improving social care - David Abbott, University of Bristol

Indirect Payments: the Mental Capacity Act meets Direct Payments - Dr Eva Cyhlarova, Mental Health Foundation

Discussant: implications for adult social care practice - Dr Sam Bennett, Think Local Act Personal

Session 5: Crossing boundaries
Chair: Helena Herklots, Carers UK

Can we save the Government £1.3 billion a year by supporting unpaid carers in employment? - Dr Linda Pickard - London School of Economics

Making it easier for disabled people wanting to move across local authority areas for employment or education - David Marsland, University of Hull

Supporting people with learning disabilities, who have offended, to live safely in the community - Professor Tony Holland, University of Cambridge

Discussant: implications for adult social care practice - Paul Coleing, Surrey County Council

Session 6: Allocating resources
Chair: Angie Carmichael, SSCR User Carer Practitioner Reference Group

Advance Care Planning: What do we know about the economic case? - Josie Dixon, London School of Economics

Resource allocation at the micro-level in adult social care - Professor David Challis, University of Manchester

Allocating Resources to Carers through Carer Grants - Dr Wendy Mitchell, SPRU, University of York

Discussant: implications for adult social care practice - Oliver Mills, Local Government Association

Closing keynote: Social Work - challenges and opportunities
Chair: Des Kelly, National Care Forum

Closing keynote: Social work - challenges and opportunities - Lyn Romeo, Department of Health

LSE University of Bristol University of Kent University of Manchester University of York

The School for Social Care Research (Phase II, 2014 - 2019) is a partnership between the London School of Economics and Political Science and the Universities of Bristol, Kent, Manchester and York, and is funded by the National Institute for Health Research (

Phase I (2009 - 2014) of SSCR involved the London School of Economics and Political Science, King’s College London and the Universities of Kent, Manchester and York.
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