The aim of his event is to understand the challenges facing social care in the devolved nations and the lessons learned during the pandemic. It will then look at the way forward and how social care might be reformed to meet these challenges.
The event will take place on Monday 1 February 2021 starting at 7pm and finishing by 8:30pm. It will be held over Zoom.
This is an open meeting. SHA members in the devolved nations will be sent a direct invite, others will have to register by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The link will be sent to all those registering the day before the meeting.
After introductions from the Chair, Alison Scouller (SHA Wales/Cymru), Tony Beddow (SHA Wales/Cymru) and Dave Watson (SHA Scotland) will make presentations on the social care delivery, challenges and reform initiatives in their respective nations. This will be followed by responses from two political leaders; Julie Morgan MS the Deputy Minister for Health and Social Services in the Welsh Government, and Monica Lennon MSP, Scottish Labour’s Shadow Health and Social Care Minister.
Julie Morgan MS
Julie been a Member of the Senedd for Cardiff North since the 2011. She was previously the Westminster MP for Cardiff North from 1997 until 2010. Before entering parliament she had a career in social work with Barry Social Dervices and the charity Barnardo’s. She is currently the Deputy Minister for Health and Social services in the Welsh Government.
Monica Lennon MSP
Monica has served as a Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) for the Central Scotland region since 2016. She has been its Spokesperson for Health and Sport since 2018 and was previously the spokesperson for Communities and Local Government. Before entering politics, she had a career in planning. Most recently she championed a members bill to tackle period poverty which is the world's first legislation to make it mandatory for all public institutions to provide sanitary products.
Dave is the Secretary of the Socialist Health Association Scotland. He retired as head of policy and public affairs at UNISON Scotland in October 2018, and currently works on policy development projects, including leading work on Scottish Labour manifesto for the 2021 Scottish Parliament elections. He was previously seconded to the Scottish Government to implement a radically new human resources strategy for NHS Scotland. He subsequently served on the NHS Scotland Management Board and was an expert advisor to the Christie Commission on public sector reform.
Tony is a career health service administrator and planner. He held a range of posts in the NHS including Chief Executive for Morriston NHS Trust. He then joined the Welsh Institute for Health and Social Care at the University of Glamorgan undertaking projects for the Welsh and UK, governments and international bodies. He was seconded to the Welsh Office and was a special advisor to Edwina Hart, the Welsh Health Minister, when the devolved Labour Welsh Government removed the internal market. He was secretary of SHA Cymru Wales for many years until 2020, has been a member of Central Council and UK Vice Chair. He is currently an independent member of the Adult Social Services Performance and Scrutiny Committee of the City and County of Swansea.