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Unpaid carers: sorely undervalued in spite of being worth ‘a second NHS’

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Madeleine Starr, Director of Business Development and Innovation at Carers UK, explains to the CLGdotTV studio audience why, despite a great legislative framework, unpaid carers in the UK still struggle to get the support they need.

this video is also available as a podcast see below

There are 6.5 million of them, looking after friends, family or neighbours who through illness, disability or old age need care that is not being provided by the NHS or formal care services.

The value of this contribution is £132bn to the UK economy and can be equated to having a ‘second NHS’. But that contribution, and indeed social care generally, is not sufficiently valued by those in power, to support it with proper funding.

The situation has arisen partly because of the UK’s artificial divide between health and social care, with the ‘heroes’ of the NHS always coming first in the queue for money. But it is not just about money: our siloed system also prevents the sort of integration in care provision that we can find in places like the Netherlands and Estonia.

This discussion, including audience contributions, refers to a number of positive developments including a programme on the sustainability of care being led by the University of Sheffield, the potential of technology, and the idea for a Royal College for care workers.

 

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On 6th February 2019 we will be making five programmes about 'smart lives' in front of a studio audience. You could be in front of the camera or in our expert audience.

Our smart lives are no longer connected to place. We carry This Smart Life with us everywhere we go and overlapping coverage allows ever more ubiquitous connectivity. We no longer notice or count the spaces where we can connect, we only notice when connection is poor or when we cannot connect at all. This Smart Life is a whole new world. Programmes will be online from 11 Februaryand will also be available as podcasts.

10.15 - Coffee and Registration


11:00-11:40 – Smart Ubiquity
An end to commuting and to traffic congestion; work as state of mind not a place of labour; the future of private car ownership if there is one; my data total recall, voice bidable things; identity and personal security.

12:00-12:40 – Health & wellbeing – a smart approach
Wearable monitoring/diagnosis/treatment. Predictive analytics for healthier populations. The Caring Home. Self-management of wellbeing

13:00-13:40 – Data and security
Getting buy in from the public, standards in public cyber behaviour, empowering the citizen, the well-warned society, data-literate management and workforces

14:00-14:40 – The DroneZone - City Airspace Management
This programme is being sponsored by Dedrone, with guest panelists Amit Samani of Dedrone and Elaine Whyte of PwC. Further details on content will be published in due course.

15:00-15:40 - This Smart Life - Round Table
Five guests and our host discuss and respond to what they have heard during the day

All this takes place at 58 Victoria Embankment (the NESTA building) two minutes walk from London Blackfriars Station. Cameras are rolling by 10.30am and it's all over bar the handshakes by 4.00pm. Lunch and refreshments? Of course. But let’s be frank, it’s the quality of the brain food not the sandwiches that make this the single most useful ticket for those shaping the future of UK local public services.

An Audience with CLGdotTV is now running ten times a year. We invite a studio audience of around 50 to join us to make five CLGdotTV programmes. There are no power-points and the questions and interventions from the floor are valued as much as the panellists' contributions.

Some guests stay with us for just one programme and some stay for the lot. It’s a logistical nightmare but somehow we make it work. Each programme is broadcast on CLGdotTV. Plus we edit a 30-40 minute video summary of the day’s conversations with clips from all the debates.

 

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