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Welsh RESEC goes from strength to strength

The 11th Annual RESEC Cymru joint policy Reception was again hosted by the Lord Mayor at the impressive City Mansion House. 

Ar ol croeso byr gan Richard ir 11fed Derbyniad Blynyddol – roedd bwffe bach diolch ir Arglwydd Maer a Chyngor…

Professor Dame June Clark and Professor Joyce Kenkre hosted the evening which saw Welsh Government Care Minister Rebecca Evans AM cover a range current health and social care issues and current proposals in Wales. The Minister said she and the Welsh Government had been very impressed with RESECs input on policy issues in Wales for over a decade and its aims of securing best practice initiatives across the health and social policy sectors.

Professor Dame June Clark expressed best wishes on behalf of everyone to Professor John Wyn Owen, the President of RESEC Cymru, who was indisposed but who had sent his thoughts – and which she shared with everyone.

Dr Vanessa Webb updated members about her work with carers, and then the 25 invited guests drawn from academia and the third and statutory sectors participated in a Q&A session led by Professor Kenke.

Paul Pavia, the Wales RESEC Secretary, was thanked for his great efforts in developing RESEC Cymru and congratulated on his recent election to Monmouthshire Council where he had been entrusted with developing economic issues.

Richard Edwards congratulated Dame Clark and Professor Kenkre on their new roles as Associate Trustees – which recognised their support of RESEC Cymru plus individual contributions in social care & health improvements in Wales and beyond.

Simon Harrison, the UK RESEC Chair, closed the evening by detailing current RESEC activities.

Rebecca Evans AM, Minister for Social Care

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Notice of 11th RESEC AGM

RESEC Patron
Baroness Dr Ruth Henig

will act as host for the

11th AGM of RESEC UK & Ireland

House of Lords

Monday 27 November 2017
12 noon – 2pm

President’s Opening Remarks
Guest Parliamentary Speaker
Annual Election of Trustees
Annual Election of Officers
To receive the Annual Reports
2017 – 2018 Programme

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Successful RESEC meeting advocates more
social care funding

Monday 17 July

Allied Irish Bank hosted the Annual RESEC Midlands policy reception at their HQ in Birmingham on Monday 17 July

40 guests from local universities, several local authorities and the care plus health sectors head from two key speakers, Professor Bob Arnott, RESEC trustee of Green Templeton College at Oxford, and Dr Graham Betts, the lead social care director for Birmingham. The meeting was chaired by Professor Guy Daly, Pro-Vice Chancellor (Executive Dean – Health and Life Sciences), Coventry University.

Professor Daly commented ‘This was a useful session in which Professor Bob Arnott set out the historical context and contemporary challenges of providing adequately funded social care and Dr Graeme Betts outlined possible approaches including integration, devolution and personalisation. The general consensus of the meeting was that a new proposition needs to be formulated that tackles the chronic underfunding of social care currently.’


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Successful Newcastle and Tyneside Meeting

Wednesday 22 March 2017

Newcastle & Tyneside held a very successful health partnership evening with the two local Universities, Healthwatch and an abundance of local independent care providers.

RESEC Trustee Rita Stringfellow OBE opened the meeting and was joined by Associate Trustee Andrew Newman and local RESEC supporters. 50 guests from local authorities, Healthwatch, the NHS and care home managers enjoyed presentations on a range of subjects, particularly new research about extending opportunities and best practice.

RESEC Vice Chair Richard Edwards closed the meeting by thanking Rita and Associate Trustee Janet Hunter for their support in setting the evening up which allowed interesting interchanges, discussion and debate.

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Seminar 22 July 2016

Hosted by solicitors Lester Aldridge

The chair, Peter Grose, RESEC, welcomed delegates to the seminar and gave an introduction to what RESEC and Lester Aldridge did.


  • Geoff Hodgson, Editor, Caring Times spoke on the challenges for providers in following good practice and what the future may hold.
  • Dr Jane Murphy, Associate Professor, Bournemouth University (BU) gave an overview of research and educational activities at Bournemouth University Dementia Institute (BUDI) as well as her own research on nutrition and dementia care.The  keynote speaker, Dr Jane Murphy, is an Associate Professor at Bournemouth University (BU) and a Registered Nutritionist and Dietician. She is leading the BU Dementia Institute (BUDI) on research and education across Health and Social Care for people living with dementia. She is also Clinical Lead for the Older Person Nutrition Programme – Wessex Academic Health Sciences Network. She leads research and evidence-based education on improving nutritional health and wellbeing. She  specialises in age-related conditions, including the complex problems faced by people living with dementia. She has led a highly successful research project on understanding nutrition and delivering dignity in dementia care (funded by the Burdett Trust for Nursing) and evaluated the educational outputs of the research (workbook and training film). See website for details:
  • Mel Knight, CEO, Castleoak –gave an insight into what he looks for when being commissioned to build a care home and included practical examples of property developments and property considerations relating to those with dementia. Geoff Hodgson further started the discussion on advanced directive. A stimulated discussion followed.
  • Peter Grose asked the participates if they had notices any change in services following the Brexit.
  • A free discussion followed on the role of the regulator and quality ratings.
  • Bhavna Keane-Rao, thanked Lester Aldridge for hosting this seminar and the speakers for providing such stimulating presentations.

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Challenging discussion in Nottingham

Invited guests attended a well presented RESEC morning discussion on the 30th June 2016 hosted by Freeths Solicitors in Nottingham.

The topic for the discussion was the extent to which the ‘living wage’ has / will shape the immediate future of elderly care; how can providers mitigate a further burden to their operational costs in the face of falling local authority fees?

The Chair was Bhavna Keane-Rao, RESEC’s chair for England

The panel was made up of:

  • Geoff Hodgson – Editor of social care management magazine ‘Caring Times’
  • Andrew Long – Group Development Director of the LNT Group & ‘responsible individual’ for the Ideal Care Homes Group
  • Laurence.Dowden – RESEC vice chair /Commissioning Manager Social Care Oxfordshire County Council
  • Derek Breingan –  UK Head of Health & Social Care for Clydesdale / Yorkshire Bank

The discussion –  about the challenges that the care sector faces including  funding issues and Brexit – raised more issues then answers. All agreed that more open and honest discussions were needed along with clarity from the policy makers. It was also agreed by those attending  that further roundtable discussions were required.

RESEC event June

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Presentation at the Resec meeting on March 10th at the House of Lords

The National Care Service: By Professor Guy Daly, Coventry University and Dr John Woolham, Kings College, London

This presentation is now available for public download.
Please CLICK HERE to download PDF.

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Old age is an opportunity not a burden

A conference jointly organised by the RSA (South West) and RESEC in March 2016 in Exeter

Speakers included Councillor Andrea Davies, chair of Devon’s Health and Wellbeing Board, and Simon Harrison, chair of RESEC.
Over 65 people attended and over 15 speakers contributed to a very interesting morning


1.     To ensure much more coordination of national and local government, voluntary, faith and community groups to end duplication, concentrate resources, give priority to prevention and combat resistance to change.
2.     To ask communities to produce a local vision of how the needs of older citizens can be met.
3.     To develop community hubs to give people easy access to health and social care, information and advice, education, arts, leisure
4.     To require health and social care agencies to act on the presumption that frail older people are not admitted to acute hospitals with “hospital at home” as the community alternative. There should be a redirection of funding to provide adequate community nursing and social care.
5.     To give priority to tackling social isolation by developing innovative ideas which can be developed and then be taken out to lonely older people in their homes.
6.     To encourage housing and social care agencies to work together to ensure older people can access suitable housing with advice and assistance easily available to help people “downsize” to accessible, sustainable and cheaper-to-run accommodation.
7.     To publicise and develop web sites to allow older people to find opportunities for employment and voluntary work using their experience and expertise.
8.     To tackle the Devon challenge by supporting high quality cultural projects, and projects based on reminiscence therapy
9.     To recognise the crucial role of volunteering and the major role played by older people, and the consequent need for adequate support including the importance, particularly in rural Devon, of access to transport

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Social Care Revisited

Over 30 RESEC trustees and guests attended an important Seminar in The House of Lords today hosted by Baroness Dr Ruth Henig and chaired by leading health care publisher Dr Richard Hawkins.

Those with provider, banking, third sector, operator, NHS and policy / academic interests came together to debate their views on the sectors future.

Led by Professors Bleddyn Davies and Guy Dally from Oxford and Coventry Universities – a lively debate ensued covering the viability and sustainability of the sectors highlighting the needs of the care home and domiciliary sectors through to integrated devolution of health and social care in Greater Manchester and Cornwall. The managed sector and how to recognise that demand will always outstrip demands.  Needs led / mutual models and employer led models and changing demographics all needed to be considered.

Tensions between regulators and local authorities commissioning and the lack of work force based training, attendees thought needed focus. Local bottom up solutions involving those accessing services was also discussed as was personal budget effectiveness. Accurate clear and monitor-able plans were needed as was targeted research to provide better evidence base planning.

Dr John Woolham of Kings College London added an additional focus on personal budgets and effective personal outcomes.

Financial models, examples from the USA and Europe as well as views from Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales were also covered.

RESEC Chair Simon Harrison announced  a special focus evening on English health and social care devolution in May in partnership with a major social care housing provider.

With attendees coming from across England from Cornwall to Newcastle and London to Leicester and including banks to single home operators and NHS senior leaders, the seminar in the Lords is the second of three to be hosted each year by RESEC.

House of Lords