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The Leaders Club and Liverpool Hope University to host Social Care Crisis debate

Leaders from the public, private and voluntary sectors are being invited to Liverpool Hope University this June to debate the future of social care.

The debate ‘The Crisis in Social Care. Who cares? Who pays?’ will take place on Thursday 22nd June 2017, organised by The Leaders Club and the University. Sir Malcolm Thornton FRSA will chair the debate. 

The panel will include Mrs Justice Parker (Dame Judith Parker DBE QC, Judge of the Family Division of the High Court of Justice), Assistant Chief Constable Julie Cooke (Merseyside Police), Ruth Poole (UK Speciality Director, Celesio UK), Professor Michael Lavalette (Professor of Social Work, Liverpool Hope University), Jon Develing (Senior Responsible Officer, Cheshire & Wirral 5YFV Delivery Plan), Dwayne Johnson (Director of Social Care & Health, Sefton), Ian Smith (Former Chairman, Four Seasons Healthcare) and Professor Ian Smith (NED Great Ormond Street Hospital and previously Dean of Medicine at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust).

 Issues under discussion will include the impact of social care on other sectors, how the public, private and voluntary sectors can work together and use of technology. 

The evening will begin at 5pm, and there will be presentations from Celesio, HB Villages and IBM Watson from 5.30pm, followed by a debate on the issues raised. There will then be a supper and an opportunity for discussion, where delegates will be invited to refine and record their responses. 

The event is the first since the Leaders Club and Liverpool Hope University signed a new partnership, which also includes leadership awards and mentoring opportunities for students.

Stephen Fletcher from The Leaders Club said: “The aim of The Leaders Club is to encourage people to use their expertise and experience to develop new ideas and inspire leaders of the future. This event will bring together decision makers, those with in-depth experience of the social care sector and those from other sectors impacted by the current social care situation. Diversity of opinion and experience is the only way to take a fresh look at the situation and make informed recommendations for improvement. We are delighted to be working with Liverpool Hope University to help make this happen.”

Professor Ian Vandewalle, Head of Liverpool Hope University’s Business School said: “We are looking forward to working with The Leaders Club to welcome a range of opinion and expertise to Liverpool Hope, and to discuss an issue that affects all of us. We are delighted that a number of our researchers will be there to share their insights. We want to become a beacon for good leadership, and events like this give us an opportunity to show leadership in action.” 

The event is the first between The Leaders Club and the University since they announced their new partnership in March of this year, which will see regular ‘Question Time’ and think-tank style meetings in Liverpool, London and Bristol, an annual Leadership Awards ceremony, guest lectures and mentoring. Students at the University will be invited to the events and will have the opportunity to meet and hear from members of the Leaders Club. 

To reserve your place at the event (booking required) please contact

Stephen Fletcher from The Leaders Club spoke to BBC Radio Merseyside (1:26:12)  


Published on 20/03/2018