Beyond Dilnot: a new future for social care?

The King's Fund

Event highlights

With the publication of the Law Commission Report in May, the recommendations from the Commission on Funding Care and Support in July and with an expected White Paper due later this year, this conference brought together a platform of key policy designers and decision-makers to deliberate the future of social care provision.

Andrew Dilnot, Chair of the Commission on Funding of Care and Support, gives an overview of the Commission's findings and sets out how a fair, affordable and sustainable funding system for social care in England can be delivered.

Lord Warner, Ros Altmann, Shaun Gallagher and Nick Starling give their responses to the Dilnot report recommendations

Frances Patterson QC, Public Law Commissioner at the Law Commission, outlines the recommendations set out in the new legal framework for adult social care.

Peter Hay, Emily Thornberry, Cynthia Bower, Allan Bowman and Peter Beresford tell us what they think about the Law Commission adult social care report.

Clive Bowman, Medical Director, Bupa Care Homes, gives a history of care homes in England and looks at the challenges facing residential care provision in the future.

Imelda Redmond OBE, Chief Executive of Carers UK, discusses what it's like being a carer and what opportunities need to be grasped to ensure services are modernised sufficiently in the future.

Marianne Talbot gives a personal and moving account of the challenges she faced while caring for her mother.



10am-11.25am: Session one: Funding

Welcome and introduction
Professor Chris Ham, Chief Executive, The King's Fund

The finding of the Commission on Funding of Care and Support
Andrew Dilnot CBE, Chair, Commission on Funding of Care and Support

Response to the recommendations

  • Dr Ros Altmann, Director-General, Saga
  • Lord Warner, former Health Minister and Member of the Dilnot Commission on Funding of Care and Support for Adults 
  • Nick Starling, Director of General Insurance and Health, Association of British Insurers
  • Shaun Gallagher, Director of Social Care Policy, Department of Health

Questions and discussion

11.25am: Refreshment break, exhibition and networking

11.50am-1.05pm: Session two: Law reform

Creating a new framework for delivering adult social care
Frances Patterson QC, Public Law Commissioner

Response to the findings

  • Peter Hay, President, Association of Directors of Adult Social Services
  • Cynthia Bower, Chief Executive, Care Quality Commission
  • Professor Peter Beresford, Director, Centre for Citizen Participation, Brunel University and Chair, Shaping Our Lives
  • Emily Thornberry, Labour MP for Islington South & Finsbury and Shadow Health & Social Care Minister

Questions and discussion

1.05pm: Buffet lunch, exhibition and networking

2.05-3.05pm: Session three: Roundtable discussions with expert facilitators

A number of social care experts will lead roundtable discussions with delegates on some of the most pressing questions that need to be addressed in advance of the White Paper.

Facilitators include:

  • Anne McKay, Director of Policy, English Community Care Association
  • Martin Routledge, Head of Operations, In Control
  • Peter Spiers, Director, Private Sector, First Stop
  • Ruth Sutherland, Executive Director of Services, SCOPE
  • Diane Lawson, Chief Executive, National Skills Academy for Social Care
  • Des Kelly OBE, Executive Director, National Care Forum
  • Imelda Redmond, Chief Executive, Carers UK
  • Lawrence Tomlinson, Chair, LNT Group and Chief Executive, Ideal Care Homes
  • Tim Spencer-Lane, Lawyer, Public Law Team, Law Commission
  • Pushpa Raguvaran, Chief Executve, Housing21

Discussions will focus on the following topics:

  • information and advice
  • achieving real integration
  • personal budgets
  • legal framework
  • funding challenges.

3.05pm: Refreshment break, exhibition and networking

3.30pm-4.30pm: Session four: Making a change on the frontline of care and support

Synopsis from the roundtable discussions
Richard Humphries, Senior Fellow, Social Care, The King's Fund

Care home manager's perspective
Clive Bowman, Medical Director, Bupa Care Homes

A carer's perspective
Imelda Redmond, Chief Executive, Carers UK
Marianne Talbot, Carer and Director of Studies in Philosophy, Department for Continuing Education, Oxford University

Social worker's perspective
Jo Moriarty, Deputy Director, Social Care Workforce Research Unit, King's College London

Questions and discussion

Summary and closing comments
Richard Humphries, Senior Fellow, Social Care, The King's Fund

4.30pm: Close of conference