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3 highlights of the UK SAGE Study Tour 2018

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Vic Rayner is the Executive Director of the National Care Forum, a British organization that represents the non-for-profit care sector.

In this interview, she discusses 3 highlights of the UK SAGE Study Tour 2018: UK eldercare and retirement – solutions for the 21st century”.

1. An Introduction to the National Care Forum, the largest representative of the non-for-profit care sector in UK

The National Care Forum has represented the non-for-profit care for the elderly in the United Kingdom since 2003. Our members offer a wide range of services including home care, housing with care, day care, intermediate care, outreach, residential and nursing care and specialist provisions for adults and older people.

The programs of the National Care Forum focus on:

  • Fostering innovation : The Forum identifies, promotes, and rolls out best and emerging practices. The sources of innovation are wide: the members of the NCF, international partners, and outsiders to the care sector. We look out for new technologies and ideas and work with our members to understand how they can change our ways and create new opportunities.
  • Supporting a strong evidence-based approach: The National Care Forum aims to prove the impact of the contributions of its members and support them to target and update their use of research and evidence to showcase the contribution and quality of the social care sector.
  • Connecting its members: The Forum offers different events throughout the year including forums, conferences, and events. The National Care Forum works closely with its members to share learning and development.
  • Promoting leadership: The Forum is deeply involved in the development of the leaders of the non-for-profit sector. We provide tailored support and guidance to increase their impact on a local, regional and national level.

The National Care Forum is a leading voice in the promotion of quality of care through the not-for-profit sector. The innovations we support spread across health and social care and even have international reach – for example the concept of Care Home Open Day, an opportunity to connect homes and communities in order to enrich the lives of UK care’s residents.

2. Learn about Patient Centered Care in the UK

Patient Centered Care is a fundamental area of interest of the National Care Forum. We believe that good quality care can only be provided when people are at the heart of services. We work closely with the national Care Quality Commission to advocate for person centred care, and work with our members to contribute to the standards that are used by the inspectors to evaluate how responsive to individual needs the organisation is. Person Centred Care has become a very important part of the mandatory inspection facilities undergo every other year.

We are proud to count among our members outstanding practices such as the award winning Royal Star and Garter Homes, which the participants of SAGE’s study tour will visit. Specialized in caring for our veterans, The Royal Star and Garter Homes have designed a care philosophy based on the latest research. Every house is designed to meet the special needs of the residents and a specialist in dementia care works with the staff to develop a caring and positive approach involving families and friends in the development of care plans.

3. Make your voice count at the conference “Ageing in Common”

The conference, “Ageing in Common,” that SAGE delegates will attend, will take place between the 16th and 18th of April 2018. This year, we decided to merge the first ever Commonwealth Elder’s Forum and the National Care Forum UK Care conference. We have invited experts from around the world to present the latest trends in the field. In addition we will be concentrating on Human Rights, End of Life Care, Exemplars of best practice and Reform of Care across all UK countries. This international event will be a unique opportunity for the participants to be a part of setting the agenda around care for our elders.

I believe that this SAGE study tour is an outstanding occasion to experience the wide variety of care in England and to work with leading providers who exemplify some of the best care provision in the country and in the Commonwealth. Participants will be invited to look outward, expand their horizons and find a new perspective on daily problems.