Events and opportunities

This page features all the current events, webinars and opportunities available to Care Makers. There are some fantastic learning and development opportunities and we will do our best to keep you posted as and when they arise.

If you are looking for Care Makers to attend an event please contact and we will send you a form to complete and organise attendance. Please note there may be a need to cover Care Maker travel costs for some events.

Leading Change, Adding Value event opportunity

24 and 25 September 2018

We are delighted to offer 4 Care Makers from the London region the opportunity to support some Leading Change, Adding Value (LCAV) workshops at Barts Health NHS Trust on 24 and 25 September 2018. These will be hosted by Thomas Whitelaw, a patient and carer advocate and UK Project Lead for Dementia Carer Voices, Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland.

Thomas regularly speaks to health and care staff about the distressing challenges he experienced when caring for his Mum Joan. He has taken that very personal first-hand knowledge to explain how an inequity of service can have a devastating effect on families and carers, to thousands of staff across the country; while at the same time highlighting the incredible difference that great care also made to him and his mother at a very difficult time when their lives were affected by dementia. Colleagues attending those talks are invited to reflect on how they can and will lead change and make a pledge of their own practice. Pledge trees have been created in hospitals, care homes, universities and workplaces all across the country and these also offer a reflective place for frontline staff.

The LCAV National team work in partnership with Thomas and the national “You can make a difference” dementia campaign. The LCAV framework can offer a solution to formally ensuring that pledges make a difference, and importantly can be shared elsewhere to spread good practice. Find out more at:

The full details are yet to be confirmed for these workshops but they will take place at a number of sites across Barts Health NHS Trust in London and we are able to organise travel.

We would ask that you are available for the full day on either date to help set up the workshops and provide any support needed so you will need to obtain permission from your line manager to be released from duties for the day.

To register your interest for either day, please email the Care Maker mailbox at by 31 August 2018, indicating which day you would prefer to volunteer for. Please also let us know your current role and the organisation you work for.

Care Maker; Leading Change, Adding Value webinars

Leading Change, Adding Value is a framework for all nursing, midwifery and care staff. It can be used by everyone, wherever you work and whatever your role.

Care Makers have a key role to promote and role-model how staff can use the framework to close the three gaps identified in the Five Year Forward View – the health and wellbeing gap, the care and quality gap, and the funding and efficiency gap. By encouraging all nurses, midwives and care staff to make change, the outcomes and experiences of those we care for will be improved and staff will make better use of resources to deliver high quality care. The 6Cs remain the value base of the framework and support its use to identify and address unwarranted variation in care – variations in health and care outcomes, patients’ experience and use of resources that cannot be justified by reasons of geography, demography, or infrastructure.

During November and December 2017, we hosted a series of Leading Change, Adding Value (LCAV) webinars specifically designed to raise awareness of the LCAV framework and support Care Makers to use it to make changes to identify and address unwarranted variation and improve outcomes and experience for individuals they care for as well as making better use of resources.

Follow the links below to hear from other staff including Care Makers who have made changes which identify and address unwarranted variation – these real life examples bring the framework and its application to life.

Webinar 1

The Care Makers; Leading Change, Adding Value (LCAV) webinar took place on Thursday 30 November, it focussed on raising awareness of the LCAV framework for nursing, midwifery and care staff and was chaired by Anthony Longbone, Nursing Assistant and Care Maker, Kingsway Hospital, Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.  Anthony was joined by Stacey McCann, Head of Nursing Strategy and Commissioning from the Leading Change, Adding Value team at NHS England.

If you were unable to join us, please see here for a recording of the webinar – it’s a great learning resource with some interesting discussions during the Q&A session.

Webinar 2

The Care Makers; Leading Change, Adding Value (LCAV) in action webinar took place Thursday 07 December with Debbie Cromack Regional Care Maker Co-ordinator (Yorks, Humber and North East) and Quality, Health and Innovation Lead/Staff Governor, Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust who shared her experiences of being a Care Maker, Debbie described how she has been using the LCAV framework to identify unwarranted variation and implement change in her role. Debbie was joined by Sally Baker, Practice Nurse, The Old Forge Surgery, Durham who discussed how Leading Change, Adding Value has been used by Practice Nurses to improve outcomes for people who want to lose weight in their rural area. The practice nurses identified and addressed unwarranted variation in their weight management consultations.

Please see here for a recording of this inspiring webinar.


Travel expenses and accommodation

Unfortunately for the majority of local events NHS England are not in a position to reimburse travel expenses or pay for overnight accommodation. Sometimes the event organisers may have a small budget and they may be able to organise rail travel/reimburse travel expenses; others may not be in a position to do so. In these cases we tend to ask for Care Makers from the local area to attend. We will state if travel expenses are included.