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Digital Skills and Innovation in Care Conference
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Welcome to the Local Skills Improvement Fund (LSIF) Digital Skills and Innovation in Care Conference landing page. You will find all the information you need about the conference on this page.


Taking place at
The Ashford International Hotel

22nd February 2024

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Building on the Digital Care Conference by registering delegates will benefit from...
  • Finding out about Assistive Technology

  • ​​Practical workshops designed to assist implementation

  • ​​Information about funding and accessing training, which complements the provision already available through Skills for Care and other organisations

  • ​​Networking with providers, stakeholders and employers​​

East Kent Colleges Group is pleased to present the Digital Skills and Innovation in Care Conference.

The conference is funded through the LSIF, as part of the college's care focused project, which in turn is one of four LSIF funded projects which have attracted £5m to Kent and Medway through the colleges.

The LSIF projects complement the priorities detailed in the Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce Local Skills Improvement Plan.

We hope you will join the conference delegation and participate in discovering more about understanding the use of digital technologies which are delivering innovative and effective change in the care sector. 
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Digital Skills and Innovation in Care Conference Portal

Please register using the form below. The deadline for registration is noon 14th February 2024. So feel the love and join us for the first major health and care conference of the year.
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Digital Skills and Innovation in Care Conference
Digital Skills and Innovation in Care Conference
22 Feb 2024, 08:30
Ashford International Hotel
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LSIF - Digital Skills and Innovation in Care Conference - Programme

22nd February 2024

Ashford International Hotel

Timings below may change slightly

so please check full updated programme...


   08:30-09:00 - Arrivals & Networking - Sign-in & Refreshments - Kent Suite

   09:00 - 09:10 - Welcome - East Kent Colleges Group & Jonathan Shaw (Kent Further Education)

  09:10 - 10:00 - Setting the Scene

  Nadra Ahmed - Chair, National Care Association

  Teresa Murray - Deputy Leader, Medway Council

  Lucy Dresne - Chief Contracts & Policy Officer, Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce

  Paul Sayers - Chief Information & Strategy Officer, East Kent Colleges Group

   10:00-11:00 - Enabling a digital culture

   Sarah de Costa - Chief Administration Officer and Keith Easley - IT Manager, LDC Care

   Cathy Bellman - Deputy Director, East Kent Health & Care Partnership

   Pia Rathje-Burton - Locality Manager, Skills for Care

   Georgina Walton - Senior Project Manager, Adult Social Care & Health, KCC

   Dave Harris - Chief Operating Officer, Time 4 U Ltd

   11:00-11:15- Tea & Coffee Networking

   11:20-12:20 - How can assistive technology be integrated into Health and Social Care

   Alan Matthews - Director, Automated Spaces

   Vernon Kearl / Clare Brown / Claire Bush & Sian Gabriel - Health and Social Car, Kent Further Education Colleges (KFE)

   Billy Smith - Curriculum Consultant, East Kent Colleges Group

   Clare Burgess - Chief Executive Kyndi, Ltd

   12:20-13:15 - Enabling change through funding, regulation and policy

   Professor Vic Rayner - Chief Executive Officer, National Care Forum

   David James (CQC)

   Pia Rathje-Burton - Locality Manager, Skills for Care

   Robert McClaren - Director of Policy, Policy Connect

   Paul Smith - Director, Foundations

   13:15-13:20 - Plenary - Conference overview and next steps

   13:20-14:15 - Lunch Networking & Digital Technology Demonstrations

   14:15 - Conference Close

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