There are a range of different shows that have relevance to home care and certainly to the wider social care context. We've put all the main ones for 2016 into a helpful guide for you. Here they are in chronological order over the course of the year
1. IIC Show – IIC stands for Inclusion, Independence and Choice. Aimed at the general public, it is a show all about providing those with disabilities and carers a wealth of information, inspiration and advice.
When: 31 January - 1 February 2016
2.National Diginity in Care Annual Conference – A conference rather than a show, I thought it was important to include it as we are big supporters of the Dignity Champions and it is really important in homecare. It is aimed at Dignity Champions and those who work in, or access, services in the health and social care sector who are committed to, and have a passion for, making Dignity not just theirs but everybody's business.
Where: London The Grand Connaught Rooms
When: 1 February 2016
3. Skills for Care Conference - Another conference rather than trade show, but another crucial stakeholder in the home care sector. We are huge fans of Skills for Care as they put out a wealth of resources for training your staff. Speakers include Alistair Burt Minister of State for Community and Social Care
Where: Birmingham Hilton Metropole
When: 10 March 2016
4. Dementia 2020 - David Cameron and the Conservative government has a vision that by 2020 England will be:The best country in the world for dementia care and support and for people with dementia, their carers and families to live; The best place in the world to undertake research into dementia and other neurodegenerative diseases.
This conference will examine progress to date, and dissect the aspirations contained within the Dementia 2020 strategy.
Price: Charity Sector £195.00 Private Sector £295.00 Public Sector £295.00
Where: London Church House
When: 12 April 2016
5. Care Roadshows – This is a series of local home health care shows across the country. It started in 2011 and is designed to bring carers who are local together to share experiences as well as hear from professionals and discover new products. It is aimed at care home providers, professionals in social services and healthcare along with those involved in home care.
Where and When: Glasgow, 19 April 2016; Liverpool, 10 May 2016; Birmingham, 5 July 2016; Cardiff, 18 October 2016; London, 15 November 2016
6. Naidex This is not just about being a home care professional, but is focused on living independently as well as care within the home – it has over 300 exhibitors featuring the latest products and services to aid independent living. Again, this is not just a trade show, but is designed to appeal to a wider audience. It is split (roughly evenly) three ways – Trade, such as manufactures and care groups, Healthcare Professionals and End Users and family. It lasts 3 days.
Where: Birmingham NEC
When: 26-28 April 2016
7. Community Care Live As you can tell from the pricing below - they want people involved in social work to attend. It is about learning about this sector and sharing best practice.
Price: FREE if if you are a registered social worker, local authority commissioner or director
Where:Birmingham The International Convention Centre
When: 10-11 May
8. Health + Care They charge entry if you are not a professional in the health and social care sector, so for delegates it means you’ve got exhibitors that are talking about things you are interested in. It is a two day conference with over 7,000 delegates. There is a home care specific area developed in association with UKHCA.
Price: FREE either FREE or £100's depending upon your professional role
Where: London ExCel
When: 29-30 June 2016
9. Health and Care Innovation Expo – This is an NHS show, very much aimed at the trade sector, rather than the public. There are around 100 exhibitors and the focus as you would expect from an NHS event is about clinicians.
When: 10 - 11 May 2016
10. The Care & Dementia Show – Large national show in Birmingham. It used to be In Bournemouth as well, but that show has closed. It isn’t specifically about home care, but is about care for older people. The Care Shows are designed to provide education, products and services for those owning, or running any organisation responsible for the care of older people.
When: 11-12 October 2016
11. The Expo Bills itself at Wales's premier social health care event, it is somewhat smaller that the othe national shows with around 70 exhibitors. Very much focused around social care, mobility and Autism, this is a show aimed at the general public
Price: Unknown - no reply to email asking for information
Where: Last year was in Cardiff City House of Sport
When: Last year was 15 October
12. UKHCA Annual Conference - Last year had Alistair Burt MP, Minister of State for Care and Support as well as Paul Burstow speaking. A wide range of useful workshops, along with the conference sessions, this is essential for those who want to know more about the home care sector.
Price: Last year was £125 for members and £250 for non-members
Where: Last year was in London The Oval Cricket Ground
When: Last year was 21 October