Skillweb lines up experts for Care Show Birmingham

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A panel of experts is set to speak at Care Show Birmingham from 13th – 14th November 2012 on how providers can rise to the challenge of doing more with less in the community. Run by mobile solution provider Skillweb, the discussion at 1pm in the Keynote Theatre on the 13th November will cover how the challenges that care organisations face can be addressed and the ways that quality versus quantity of provision can be balanced, as well as where sector innovation can lead to accurate and improved funding for care on the ground, through mechanisms such as precise and efficient billing and increased family involvement.

Skillweb at Care Show Birmingham 2012

Care Show Birmingham 2012

Trevor Snaith, head of marketing at Skillweb, will chair the panel, which will include freelance consultant in Healthcare Policy, Graham Kendall; chair of the National Care Association, Nadra Ahmed, OBE; founder of YourCareHome, Mark Sadler; director and editor of, Jackie Brook; and head of policy and communication at the United Kingdom Homecare Association, Colin Angel.

Mr Snaith commented: "The issues surrounding community care provision over the past year have been well documented, so this panel discussion is designed to stimulate debate amongst industry leaders about how best to drive improvement within the sector.

"We want to better understand how organisations can achieve higher levels of service delivery at a time when community requirements are increasing and budgets are being squeezed."

Guest speakers

Graham Kendall advises a number of organisations on healthcare policy as a freelance consultant, including the manufacturers of BlackBerry solutions and Research In Motion Ltd. He has also helped to develop software solutions for the NHS and, before becoming a consultant, led the NHS Confederation's relationships with industry. While in this role, Mr Kendall set up a representative network for independent sector providers of care, known as the NHS Partners Network.

Nadra Ahmed has been involved with the care industry for over 30 years and until 2005 was the registered manager of two private care homes. She now champions education as a means to deliver quality service through her company Kent Care Training Associates and has been the chairman of the National Care Association since 2001. Previously, Ms Ahmed held the position of vice chairman of skills for care and was a council member of the LSC (SE). In addition to running her company and chairing the National Care Association, she is also a trustee of SCIE and Parkinson's UK, deputy lord lieutenant of Kent and Kent Ambassador. Ms Ahmed was awarded an OBE for her services to social care in 2006.

Mark Sadler comes from an automotive purchasing and project management background but has since founded This is partnered with Reevoo and aims to provide a trusted and transparent care review service. Mr Sadler is also the co-founder of legal and financial services.

Jackie Brook has worked in the publishing industry and now combines this with her passion for care. As the director and editor of, she has a fantastic network of associates and is abreast of all the latest developments in the independent care sector.

Colin Angel has been a member of the United Kingdom Homecare Association (UKHCA) since October 2004 and previously worked as a registered nurse and NHS manager. As head of policy and communication at the UKHCA, he is now charged with representing the views of homecare providers with policy makers, in addition to providing information about later sector developments. Mr Angel is also a fellow of the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence and a member of the Care Quality Commission's Provider Advisory Group.

Skillweb: A wealth of expertise

Skillweb will also bring its unique sector experience to the panel and will illustrate how technology can help care providers do more for less.

If you wish to take part in the debate and have questions to ask, please click here to register your interest in order that we can include them during the debate. Or alternatively email your requests to Skillweb at info(at)skillweb(dot)co(dot)uk.

SmartTask Attend Community Care is a simple to use time and attendance system that records the arrival and departure of care workers. Staff can simply swipe their mobile phone over a tag/label unique to a service user's home, sending accurate up-to-the-minute data back to their employers about their rounds.

This proof of attendance solution enables care providers to monitor how often workers are making their appointments on time and can help them identify how resources can be better utilised as well as reducing their admin overhead.

Skillweb provides mobile computing solutions that enable private and public sector organisations to better track the movement of goods and to manage their mobile workforces. The company has been operating for over 12 years, deploying end-to-end tracking systems for an international client base, and is now responsible for in excess of 80 million transactions each month worldwide.

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