Key Points
  • Government policy for Independent Living and an update on the National Strategy for Disabled People
  • What we can learn from how the pandemic has impacted Independent Living
  • Improving the Self-Directed Support Offer, use of Personal Budgets and take up of the Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG) to enable people to live at home
  • Ensuring inclusive support for minority groups of age impaired and disabled people
  • Improving participation in society by increasing access to employment, education, housing, goods and services and transport
  • The future of technology to improve living independently
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Overview
Speakers Include:
  • Lord Shinkwin, Chair, The Centre for Social Justice Disability Commission
  • Anna Dixon, Former Chief Exec, Centre for Ageing Better and Chair, Archbishops’ Commission on Reimagining Care
  • Michael Holden, Chairman, Centre for Independent Living, Northern Ireland, and UK Board Representative, European Network on Independent Living (ENIL)
  • Tracey Lazard, CEO, Inclusion London and Steering Group, Reclaiming Our Futures Alliance (ROFA)
  • David Truswell, Executive Director, Dementia Alliance for Culture and Ethnicity
  • Martin Walker, Policy Advisor for Personalised Commissioning and Self-Directed Support, Think Local Act Personal
  • Paul Smith, Director, Foundations
  • Warren Heppolette, Executive Lead - Strategy & System Development, Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership
  • Isaac Samuels, Co-chair, National Co-production Advisory Group
  • Lianna Martin, Social Prescribing Programme Manager, Healthy London Partnerships
  • Laura Alciauskaite, TRIPS Project Coordinator, European Network of Independent Living

    The pandemic has intensified the health risks of institutionalisation, but with restricted access to community services and interrupted care and support services, maintaining an independent life has become increasingly challenging.

    Join us at Westminster Insight’s Independent Living Conference where you will explore how the crisis can be turned into an opportunity by improving the right type, amount, quality and range of support options embedded in mainstream settings to enable people to live independently and be included in the community.

    You will hear directly from people with lived experience, including older people, people with disabilities and mental health problems, about how Covid has impacted independent living and what requirements will be needed for independence in the modern world.

    Attend to learn how we can improve provision of personal assistance, health and social care, adapted housing and technical aids and equipment to keep people living independently in their own homes.

    You will explore how to remove barriers to participation in society as full and independent citizens through improving access in local communities to education, job opportunities, transport systems, leisure activities, general public services and the built environment.

    Don’t miss your opportunity to enable people to have choice and control over how their needs are met and to stay independent, safe and well at home in their community.

  • Agenda
    Start

    09:20 - 09:30
    Chair’s Opening Remarks

     

    Speakers

    Anna Dixon Former Chief Exec, Centre for Ageing Better and Chair, Archbishops’ Commission on Reimagining Care

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    09:30 - 10:00
    Keynote Address: Government Priorities for Independent Living

     
    • The development and delivery of the National Strategy for Disabled People
    • Impact of the National Strategy on Independent Living
    • Dismantling barriers and strengthening age impaired and disabled people’s ability to participate fully in society
    • Making sure that older and disabled people are not left behind in the wake of Covid
    • Next steps and how practitioners can prepare for the implementation of the strategy
    9:50 - 10:00 Questions and Discussion 

    10:00 - 10:40
    Panel Discussion: Personal Testimonies of Enablers and Barriers to Living Independently

     
    • Understanding the impact of the pandemic on independent living
    • Addressing the largest barriers facing age impaired and disabled people: employment, education, housing, goods and services, and transport
    • What is working and what can be improved
    • Looking to the future: requirements for independence in the modern world
    10:30 - 10:40 Questions and Discussion 

    Speakers

    Michael Holden Chairman, Centre for Independent Living, NI, and UK Board Representative, European Network on Independent Living

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    Tracey Lazard CEO, Inclusion London and Steering Group, Reclaiming Our Futures Alliance (ROFA)

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    10:40 - 11:20
    Panel Discussion: Improving Self-Directed Support and Personal Budgets

     
    • Embedding people’s voices in the care and support planning process to provide person centred solutions in their own homes 
    • Improving the take up and use of personal budgets and direct payments
    • Challenges with self-directed support, how it can go wrong and how it can be successful
    • What providers can learn from people with lived experience
    • Overcoming common barriers in the health and social care system
    11:10 - 11:20 Questions and Discussion 

    Speakers

    Warren Heppolette Executive Lead - Strategy & System Development, Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership

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    Isaac Samuels Co-chair, National Co-production Advisory Group

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    Martin Walker Policy Advisor for Personalised Commissioning and Self-Directed Support, Think Local Act Personal

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    11:20 - 11:30
    Break

     

    11:30 - 12:00
    Improving Access to Employment, Education, Housing, Goods and Services and Transport

     
    • How the pandemic has disproportionately impacted age impaired and disabled people
    • Addressing the largest barriers facing age impaired and disabled people: employment, education, housing, goods and services, and transport
    • The Commission’s reform proposals
    11:50 - 12:00 Questions and Discussion 

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    Lord Shinkwin Chair, The Centre for Social Justice Disability Commission

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    12:00 - 12:30
    Social Prescribing Projects to Increase Independence

     
    • Taking a holistic approach to improving health through social, environmental and economic factors
    • Working with existing organisations to ensure all local resources are included in social prescribing proposals
    • Embedding social prescribing link workers across all health and care systems
    • Measuring the impact of social prescribing and avoiding common pitfalls
    12:20 - 12:30 Questions and Discussion 

    Speakers

    Lianna Martin Social Prescribing Programme Manager, Healthy London Partnerships

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    12:30 - 13:00
    Improving the Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG) to Enable Independent Living at Home

     
    • Removing barriers from people accessing the DFG 
    • Streamlining the application process
    • Improving information, awareness and take up of the grant
    • Performance monitoring and accountability
    • Ensuring quality adaptations and quality contractors
    12:50 - 13:00 Questions and Discussion 

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    Paul Smith Director, Foundations

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    13:00 - 14:00
    Lunch

     

    14:00 - 14:30
    The Future for Technology to Improve Independent Living

     
    • A look into the future of technical aids, equipment and digital technology and healthcare
    • Overcoming barriers to the uptake of technology and lessons we can learn from the rapid implementation of digital technology during the pandemic
    • Integrating technology solutions into health and care systems to increase independent living
    14:20 - 14:30 Questions and Discussion 

    14:30 - 15:00
    Full Inclusion of Multiply-Marginalised People in Community Based Care

     
    • Understanding the disproportionate effect Covid-19 has had on BAME communities and independent living
    • Examples of good personalised care and support for BAME to live independent lives
    • Ensuring inclusive practices, reducing care inequalities and improving quality of outcomes
    14:50 - 15:00 Questions and Discussion 

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    David Truswell Executive Director, Dementia Alliance for Culture and Ethnicity

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    15:00 - 15:30
    Improving Accessibility of Transport

     
    • Making transport more accessible for everyone
    • Addressing a wide variety of barriers in current urban transport systems
    • Ensuring co-production between users with disabilities, transport providers, city councils, accessibility and assistive technologies
    • Practical insights on co-production from the first year of the project
    15:20 - 15:30 Questions and Discussion 

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    Laura Alciauskaite TRIPS Project Coordinator, European Network of Independent Living

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    15:30 - 15:40
    Chair’s Closing Remarks and Close of Conference

     

    Speakers

    Anna Dixon Former Chief Exec, Centre for Ageing Better and Chair, Archbishops’ Commission on Reimagining Care

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    End

    Speakers

    Laura Alciauskaite TRIPS Project Coordinator, European Network of Independent Living

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    Anna Dixon Former Chief Exec, Centre for Ageing Better and Chair, Archbishops’ Commission on Reimagining Care

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    Warren Heppolette Executive Lead - Strategy & System Development, Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership

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    Michael Holden Chairman, Centre for Independent Living, NI, and UK Board Representative, European Network on Independent Living

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    Tracey Lazard CEO, Inclusion London and Steering Group, Reclaiming Our Futures Alliance (ROFA)

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    Lianna Martin Social Prescribing Programme Manager, Healthy London Partnerships

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    Isaac Samuels Co-chair, National Co-production Advisory Group

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    Lord Shinkwin Chair, The Centre for Social Justice Disability Commission

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    Paul Smith Director, Foundations

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    David Truswell Executive Director, Dementia Alliance for Culture and Ethnicity

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    Martin Walker Policy Advisor for Personalised Commissioning and Self-Directed Support, Think Local Act Personal

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