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Pembrokeshire College, in association with Elliots Hill Care, recently hosted a high profile conference looking at what the future holds for the nation’s health and social care sector.

With Elliots Hill celebrating their 30th Anniversary this year, Director Simon Clarke wanted to use this milestone to take a brief look back before providing those working within Pembrokeshire’s health and social care sector with the opportunity to hear from high profile speakers about the future opportunities and challenges facing the sector.

Simon commented: ‘We wanted to celebrate 30 years of Elliots Hill Care’s service to the social care community of Pembrokeshire. We came up with the idea of the conference as a way to motivate, inspire and educate the social care workforce of the future. We were incredibly lucky to have the support of the college who pulled together the whole thing and created an informative and enjoyable conference with input from subject matter experts and policy makers of all levels.”

The seventh biggest contributor in Wales, employing over 90,000 employees, the ‘Tomorrow’s World’ Health and Social Care Conference was hosted by BBC Wales Political reporter, Carl Roberts and featured talks from: Huw Irranca-Davies, AM, Minister for Children, Older People and Social Care; Steve Moore, Chief Executive of Hywel Hda UHB; Sue Evans, Chief Executive of Social Care Wales; and Jonathan Griffiths, Director of Social Services at Pembrokeshire County Council.

Welsh Minister, Huw Irranca-Davies, used the conference to highlight the importance of early intervention in giving people the care that they actually need on a one-to-one basis before outlining plans to upscale social care services in Wales by integrating the social care and healthcare sectors. The Minister’s person-centred approach to care was backed by Simon Clarke who stated that all health care services should aim to provide care on an individual basis.

Meanwhile, Sue Evans proposed that standards and qualifications should be a set requirement across all areas of the industry whilst Jonathan Griffiths outlined resilience, improving micro enterprise and volunteering as much-needed steps forward.

Carl Roberts closed the conference with a question and answer panel giving the audience the opportunity to ask questions directly to the experts.