Devon Care Homes Collaborative
Annual Conference 2024

Held at Exeter Racecourse, 14th March 2024

Thank you to all those who attended our Annual Conference on 14th March 2024 and for making it such a positive experience.

The event began with a welcome address from Councillor James McInnes, who stressed the importance of passion and collaboration within the sector. This sense of unity was clearly evident in the number of care professionals who attended the event. Working together, we can inspire change and enhance the quality of care for the elderly and the vulnerable.

Our guest speakers covered a variety of topics, including the new CQC Single Assessment Framework. We also recognised those individuals who have shown extraordinary drive and dedication in their work for the sector.

We hope you found the day both enjoyable and informative.

"I had the most wonderful day yesterday. Your members are a delight and I had so many amazing conversations. Some people have already emailed me and I have also had some offers of voluntary help.
You are incredible and I should love to work with you in any way you thought was appropriate."

Jill Fraser, Kissing it Better (Speaker)

Award Winners

These awards recognise individuals who have shown extraordinary drive and dedication in their work for the sector.

Award for Norman McNamara for his outstanding personal contribution as an advocate for people living with dementia.

Award for Eve Carder for creating and implementing the Infection Control Champion training during the COVID pandemic.

Award for Nicola Tribble for maintaining effective communication with providers throughout the pandemic.

An award was also presented to Pam Prior for her voluntary work on a number of digital
projects (unfortunately, we do not have a video for Pam).

"I cannot thank you enough for the event your team has organized. It was really wonderful event. It shows the unity and passion in this industry. I must admit that I have learnt a lot from this session and this event was such a big boost for me."

Tabita Subba Batas,
Registered Manager at Bronte Residential Care Home

Resources from our Guest Speakers

CQC’s Single Assessment Framework

Slidedeck from guest speaker Mei-Ling Huang, Partner at RWK Goodman


Sustainability in Buildings

Slidedeck from Sarah Lee, Senior Associate Architect at Stride Treglown


Single Assessment Framework

Slidedeck from Anna Knight, Development Lead at Dorset Care Association


"It was an absolute pleasure to join you all, to reconnect with members I have not seen in person for some time, and the opportunity to be introduced to several new faces too. 

I already knew what a professional and collaborative organisation you are, but I was impressed at the quality and diversity of the content and the presenters and how well organised it was. 

But what really struck me was the warmth and respect shown to fellow providers and guests alike. In a world where we all have to operate under increasing statutory and budgetary burden, it was inspiring to see the strengths of relationships and quality of support shown. It was a real privilege to be invited and to be made so welcome, thank you."

Solveig Wright,
Deputy Director of Integrated Adult Social Care 
at Devon County Council 


Specialist electrical appliances supplier. Products include laundry, refrigeration, small appliances and cleaning products. Gillmans also provide, install and service commercial and domestic electrical appliances across the UK.

Your local, independent specialist in all things nurse call. That is everything from a pressure mat, to an annual service inspection, right through to a new system installation. InstaCare work with leading manufactures such as Aid Call, Courtney Thorne and SAS.

RWK Goodman offer specialist legal advice for every aspect of your care business including recruitment, HR, real estate and data protection.

Prydis are leaders in wealth performance management, accountancy, commercial finance and legal services.

CLH Healthcare provide a full range of care home supplies and healthcare products, making them a one stop shop for all your business and care needs.

Coolcare is a software management system that makes operating you care home easier, more efficient and more profitable.

"As a new registered provider into adult social care, I have found the DCHC group very welcoming. There is always a topical discussion which you can tap into as well as a forum to ask questions from the very knowledgeable members. I would highly recommend membership."

Dominique, Bay Court Nursing Home


Nourish provides a tailor made 'all in one' digital care management platform, enabling care delivery to be reported as it happens.

Hosted by Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust, the Hive is a learning management system that provides access to numerous digital, virtual and classroom training sessions.

How AI can enhance your services.

Easy to use paper free care planning software. The aim is to enable staff to focus their time on the residents instead of writing reports.

Reframe specialises in helping business owners showcase the services they provide via effective video marketing and use of social media.

WPS is a not for profit health insurance provider. Using their App, members can access a 24 hour employee assistance programme, receive cash back for prescriptions and optical and dental care.

The leading specialist for buying and selling business in our sector. Their professional services include surveying, valuation, agency, consultancy, finance, insurance, stock control and software solutions.

A specialist healthcare agency with offices in the South West.

Sonder Digital are one of the leading South West agencies specialising in web and logo design, SEO, pay-per click marketing and Facebook and Google ads.

DCHC can help you register and complete the Data Security and Protection Toolkit. The DSPT not only ensures that you are handling your records correctly, but also enables NHS mail accounts and support for CQC compliance.

Pairly connects providers that have the capacity to care now with people who are looking for services. If offers a bespoke, personalised service to support people when they need it.

BCR is a mutli-award winning procurement and net zero consultancy that specialises in helping businesses control costs, mitigate consumption, reduce emissions and achieve net zero goals.

JMS One helps digitalise your workforce management and maximize operational efficiency.

Indago's training courses focus on international recruits and support social care workers to develop specialist skills in leadership and management.

Devon based electronic care planning systems.

On a mission to eradicate loneliness, isolation and boredom in the care environment, Eden's interactive training maximises the involvement of all participants.

"Good day, executed brilliantly. Good variety of stand holders and speakers. I learned a lot and felt that there was something for everyone. Lucy was brilliant and Issac was very funny, which made people feel relaxed and able to join in."


Thank you to Max Berry Productions for creating great video and image content from the day.

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