“The busiest Care Show on record”

“The busiest Care Show on record”

The Care Show 2019 is now just a great memory in the minds of everyone who attended at the beginning of October, with the event delivering ideas and inspiration that will be of enduring benefit.

On the 9th and 10th of October, thousands of visitors travelled to the NEC to attend the usual annual gathering of the care sector – however, there was nothing usual about this year’s edition of the Care Show, as we’ve experience one of the busiest Care Show editions on record.

Here’s what Show Manager, Michael Corbett had to say:

“The Care Show was a carnival of inspiration, education and fun. This year was amazing to partner with UKHCA and STORM Care Managers Inner Circle who both created thought provoking conferences within the show, which attracted the “who’s who” of the care sector. As well as leading content, the show looked the best it has in a long time, with exhibitors stepping up the quality and feel of their stands, which helped the show have a strong buzz and feeling, which will lead us on well into 2020.”

This year has seen plenty of events; with new care providers opening their doors, the number of outstanding care providers increasing, the loss of some key providers and of course, Government talks about recruitment, funding and Brexit. This year’s Care Show focused on a number of different topics to help all visitors make the most for their business, help improve the environments their work in and boost CQC ratings by helping everyone deliver better care. With 5 theatres bursting with educational content, The Care Show had something for everyone.


2019 Highlights

One of The Care Shows’ newest partners in 2019, STORM Care Inner Circle have created an amazing digital community and have delivered a fantastic educational programme offering an engaging hands-on conference for managers across the country.

The Care Workers Charity and The Care Badge were also present at the show. A trip to their stand offered delegates the opportunity to purchase their Care Badge for their teams which has brought The Care Show audience closer together displaying a symbol of support for the 1 in 4 of the UK population that is either providing or receiving care outside of a hospital environment every day.

There were also over 200 manufacturers and distributors covering everything care homes or nursing homes would need. From flooring to furniture and from fire safety to the latest technology, there was a wide range of exhibitors to fill everyone’s time across both days of the event.

Here’s what Senior Marketing Manager, Bogdan Mihalache had to say:

“We hope that every delegate, speaker, exhibitor and sponsor attending the Care Show made the most of this excellent opportunity to network, share problems with possible resolutions and gain clarity on complex solutions. We hope everyone went away with great ideas to implement into their businesses”

For Home Care Providers, The Care Show had a fantastic new edition to the event, as the United Kingdom Home Care Association (UKHCA) hosted their annual England Conference and AGM at the show. The UKHCA and all their members have joined The Care Show in hope to boost the focus on domiciliary care and to create an opportunity for more home care providers to come together and learn from each other.

Here’s what UKHCA had to say:

“Our partnership with CloserStill Media meant that we were able to give access to the conference free of charge, and extend the programme over two days for the first time.

Delegates to the conference have also had the benefit to access the wider Care Show, which year on year showcases innovations, best practice and technological solutions for care.”

With a programme line up that showcased industry leaders developing the care sector from the front, the Keynote Theatre was a true highlight of the event. Speakers like Isaac Theophilos have covered topics such as “Why all care homes should aim to achieve an outstanding rating” or Jonathan Cunningham MBE covering aspects “Inspirational leadership to deliver Inspirational Care”

Here’s what Keynote Speaker Issac Theophilos had to say:

“Attending the Care Show has a lot of benefits in understanding what all services and products are available out there to make my job easier. Listening to speakers who have already achieved what you are aspiring to achieve is a shortcut to reach your goal. I did the same when I was a Manager. Reach, listen, learn and improve!”

The Keynote Theatre wasn’t the only source of incredible seminars. The full programme was spread evenly across the remaining theatres, each one focussing on various challenges that are currently faced by the care sector.

In the Design, Dementia and Wellness Theatre sponsored by Bespoke by Evans, in the opening of the show on Day 1, Lori Pinkerton-Rolet, Director of Park Grove Design covered a review of the currently contrasting approaches in care and dementia interiors. Day 2 also had a strong start with a fantastic panel delivered by Derek Breingan, Head of Health & Social Care Sector - Clydesdale and Yorkshire Bank, David McHattie, Head of Healthcare – Barclays Bank and Jeremy Huband, Head of Healthcare from HSBC. This panel discussion considered what funding is available for what projects, how to work with banks to secure the best deal, as well as refinancing existing portfolios in the current financial crisis.  

In the Business, Compliance and Regulation Theatre, Iain Dougall, Head of Power of Attorney Services at the Office of The Public Guardian shared his views on increasing awareness of LPAs and deputyships within the health and care sector. Day 2 has welcomed Ann Taylor, Chief Executive Officer at the Hilton Nursing Partners Limited delivering an educational-packed seminar around the Hilton model of care home avoidance.

The world of technology was also present at The Care Show this year as the Technology and People Theatre delivered talks covering everything from electronic care management, the use of drones and robots to how technology can increase the productivity of your staff.

The Care Show 2019 programme which was indeed a carnival of inspiration, education and fun, making it an unmissable date in the calendar of the social-care sector and we can’t wait to see what the organisers have planned for 2020.


“Using the sophisticated measure of the amount of times I apologised for bumping in to people, it was the busiest Care Show on record”

Neil Eastwood, Founder & CEO at Care Friends & Sticky People


 “Care Show is the only place to find out about up and coming products in the care sector”

Sarah Shone, Manager, Chester Lodge


Everything is super hands on which is incredibly beneficial for learning. I will definitely come back next year!

Dave McDougall, Care Line Live


Confirmed: 14 & 15th October 2020

The organisers of The Care Show have promised a bigger and better 2020. The dates for 2020 have been confirmed as Wednesday 14th and Thursday 15th of October, again at the NEC Birmingham. There is a waiting list already available and you can register your interest online.

The Care Show 2020 promises more exhibitors and more content than ever before, a fresh new speaker line-up and an exciting new look to be revealed in the first quarter of 2020.

Our latest webinar - recording coming soon!

Diabetes education & safety in care homes - took place Wednesday 21st October 2020 at 7 - 8 PM

- Dr David Strain: Clinical Senior Lecturer, Diabetes and Vascular Research Centre
- Sarah Gregory: In-Patient DSN
- Dr Amar Puttana: Diabetes and Endocrinology consultant
- James Ridgeway: Education and Research Associate (eden care)

Care Show Webinars

The Care Show are delighted to announce the launch of our new Care Show webinar series, delivering free online education and support to our care community during the COVID-19 outbreak. 

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