NEC Birmingham |  09 - 10 October 2024

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The Virtual Care Festival – A review of the digital experience

3065 delegates, 55 education sessions, 111 leading industry speakers, 37 specialist exhibitors!

The Care Show and OT Show team were delighted to see so many regular attendees to the physical show turn up to the first virtual experience. In addition to the loyal partners were hundreds of new faces and contacts who benefitted from being part of the 2 days.

The show launched with an incredibly insightful debate from our partners UKHCA; where a team of industry leaders discussed the COVID-19 pandemic and the lessons learned and what to do differently.

Followed by a double headliner of The Minister State of Care Helen Whately, speaking with our very own Portfolio Manager Mike Corbett as she addresses the sector, to be continued by Debbie Ivanova; the Deputy Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care from CQC as she discussed everything the regulator has been up to over 2020 and some plans for the future.

Debbie Ivaonva talks about culture being an important focus for any care culture and this theme is carried out throughout the two days and is discussed in a lot more detail by Simon Parker, Avnish Goyal, Adam Hutchinson, Angela Boxall and Martin Green in the Inspiring Leadership and Developing Culture in Uncertain Times webinar.

Day Two; started with an emotional impact as Big Ian Donaghy commissioned an exclusive recording and video sharing the diaries of those who have lived through the pandemic within a care home environment. We may not have had the crowds singing together, but that didn’t reduce any impact from this must watch webinar.

There were insightful debates around technology, workforce, equality and diversity, leadership, the perfect care environment, wellbeing and much more. Something for any care residency or home care provider.

The exhibition hall looked like you were back in NEC at one of the shows. 37 innovators to the care sectors all with the perfect offering and services. You can still see the exhibition hall for the month of December and a full line up or exhibitors include: Access, AKW, Essex Cares, Accora, Adaptive Martial Arts, apetito, Arjo UK, ASI Wise, Blueleaf, CareLineLive, Care Planner, Closeomat, Connect Builds, Cool Care, Dycem, Gordon Ellis, Hill Rom,  Wissner Bossenhoff, NurseBuddy, Medequip, Motability, My Learning Cloud, NRS Healthcare, OnePlan Software, Opera Care, Ornamin, OSKA, Surestop, Promedica 24, Recruitve, Relias Learning, Standex Systems, Sumed, The Care Umbrella and Vileda Professional.

The platform will remain on-demand till the 24th December, meaning if you have any spare time and want to watch any of our webinars you can simply head to , register and head to any of our 5 theatres.

Coming up next from the Care Show team is the “Building up you Care Business” on the 27th January which will focus on recruitment, marketing, finance, technology and a number of other hands-on sessions to help kick start you 2021. More details will follow in the New Year.

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