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Older People's Health & Social Care

Addressing equalities in older people's social care

Thursday 26 January 2012

A joint conference (CPD certified) from Making Research Count, Age UK London & the Social Care Workforce Research Unit

Henriette Raphael Function Room, Henriette Raphael House, Guy’s Hospital, London SE1 9RT, near London Bridge Station


Chaired by Professor Jill Manthorpe of SCWRU, this event brought together over 100 participants to hear and respond to a range of presentations on areas where care, equalities and human rights intersect.

Dr Helen Carr of Kent Law School reported on the troubling case of Macdonald v Kensington & Chelsea where the Supreme Court surprisingly ruled against an older woman’s argument that the restricted level of support she was offered breached her human right to dignity. Laura Ferguson of the Campaign to End Loneliness discussed how local organisations can link to maintain vital connections in older people’s lives. Dr Kritika Samsi of SCWRU looked at the equality and human rights dimensions of championing dementia. Dr Elizabeth Price of the University of Hull drew out some issues in improving service delivery for older lesbian, gay and bisexual people. Gerry Zarb of the Equality and Human Rights Commission outlined the findings of the EHRC’s inquiry into human rights and homecare for older people.

The overall message of the day was that human rights can make a vital difference to improving the lives of older people who need to use care services.—Gordon Deuchars, Age UK London

See also

This conference report, on the blog of the Social Services Research Group, is by Mark Barton of Research Plus+.

Save the date

The next SCWRU / Age UK London / MRC Joint Conference will be on Wednesday 30 January 2013 at the usual venue.


Dr Helen Carr
Reader, Kent Law School
Troubling women - the supreme court decision in Macdonald v Kensington and Chelsea (ppt, 824 KB)

Laura Ferguson
Director, Campaign to End Loneliness
How can local organisations work together to create and maintain vital connections in the lives of older people? (ppt, 430 KB)

Dr Kritika Samsi
Research Associate, Social Care Workforce Research Unit, King's College London
Championing dementia (ppt, 543 KB)

Dr Elizabeth Price
Deputy Director of Social Work, University of Hull
Improving social care service delivery for older lesbian, gay and bisexual users (ppt, 445 KB)

Gerry Zarb
Head of Human Rights in the Public Sector, Equality & Human Rights Commission
'Make my day': The findings from the EHRC Inquiry on human rights and home care for older people (ppt, 445 KB)


This was SCWRU's fourth joint conference with Age UK London (previously Age Concern London). Previous themes were: 'challenging times' (March 2011); 'personalisation' (January 2010); and, 'dignity in care' (June 2008). The next in the series is scheduled for 30 January 2013.

Presentations from 2011 conference
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