Care & Support West: Spring Conference

As an association Care and Support West was really pleased with how our Spring Conference went. It ran to plan with a great line up, impressive attendance, and an excellent venue and food.

We are always pleased to see Martin Green, Chief Executive of Care England and our voice in the corridors of Westminster and this time we were also delighted to be joined by Andrea Sutcliffe Chief Inspector with CQC.

Martin as always delivered his astute assessment of the sector from a provider perspective. His insights into how he felt the Care Act would play out for providers was very useful for us all to hear. Once Martin had warmed up the room, Andrea provided us with her  insights into how the Care Act would affect CQC’s work.  The presentations of both speakers can be downloaded from our website at

This was then followed by a very interactive session around key aspects of the Care Act facilitated by both Andrea and Martin. From the Association’s perspective it was great to see both Andrea and Martin work the room as they did and the extent to which the providers present engaged in these discussions.

After a hearty lunch the afternoon session addressed the hot topic of surveillance cameras in Care Settings. There were informative contributions to this contentious debate from CQC, Quality Solicitors Burroughs Day and Eye Witness Care Monitoring. It was testament to the value of this discussion that the room was still full as we closed the day.

 We are always pleased when events we put on are so well received and seeing so many delegates there being as engaged as they were makes all the organisation and hard work worthwhile. A big thank you to all who were involved. It felt like a very worthwhile day.