7th & 8th September 2023
Glasgow, Scotland

About the conference

About the conference

The 2023 Global Ageing Network’s biennial conference in Glasgow in conjunction with Scottish Care and the National Care Forum – leading care and support provider associations in Scotland and England – provided an outstanding opportunity and venue for colleagues to gather in a unique forum dedicated to shared learning and professional networking.

The conference showcased innovative and forward-looking programmes and approaches from around the world, offering a stimulating forum for the exchange of both practical knowledge and new strategies focused on the provision of high quality care and support. Each of the sessions gave delegates the opportunity to learn about innovative practices, explore new ideas, and create environments that maximise the quality of life for those who require/access care and support.

Care About Our Future

Global Symposium for Sustainable Care and Support

Convening under the theme of Care About Our Future: Global Symposium for Sustainable Care and Support, the conference programme offered an unprecedented opportunity to explore and debate the urgency of sustainability in every aspect of aged care and support, from government policies, our overall ecology, built environments, operations, frontline workforce, and, most importantly, its impact on individuals who live with the experience of care and support. 

Global Ageing Network Week Overview

There was series of events leading up to main conference, starting on the week beginning 4th September 2023.

This included an opportunity which offered a limited number of participants the chance to play a round of Scottish Golf in Troon and to share in an innovative programme to support people living with dementia. This took place on Tuesday 5th September 2023. 

Followed by a Social Care International Workforce Summit at the Clayton Hotel in Glasgow, Wednesday 6th September, 12:00 – 17:00.

We ended the week with a Ceilidh on the evening of Friday 8 September.

Themes and Topics

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Human Rights

Human rights, along with issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion, focused on those with the lived experience of care and support and their participation as citizens, as well as those who work in our sector.

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Music, the Visual Arts, and Creativity

The central role of music, the visual arts, and creativity in elevating the quality of life and wellbeing of those receiving our care and support.

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Models of Care

Innovative and novel models of care, support and/or services designed to meet the needs and preferences of upcoming cohorts of consumers.

Row Two
Ethical Considerations

Ethical considerations in the delivery care and support services, as well as national responses to global challenges, including the movement of populations in need, as well as the service export market.

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Workforce challenges for both managers and front-line workers, including recruitment and retention strategies that reflect the workplace of the future and staff wellbeing.

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Changing Management and Leadership Practices

Change management, leadership practices, as well as development strategies for the workforce and boards of directors/trustees.

Row Three

Wellness, dementia care, as well as culture change and person-directed care initiatives.

Row Three
Technology aimed at improving Care

Enabling technologies aimed at improving care and service delivery, including care coordination and health system optimisation that leverage technology and data to improve outcomes and gain efficiencies.

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Housing and Supportive Service Delivery

Housing and supportive service delivery models that empower independence and facilitate ageing in the community.

Row Four
Advanced Design and Operations

Advanced design and operations, including new buildings as well as the expansion and renovation of existing buildings, interiors and landscapes that support healthy and engaged living.

Row Four
Continuous Quality Improvement

Issues related to continuous quality improvement and care coordination.

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Our delegates consisted of leaders and professionals from the United Kingdom and throughout the world including: owners, sponsors and operators; CEOs and other senior-level executives; along with a vast array of board members, researchers, care innovators, business providers, policy makers, frontline managers and staff, care home residents and community-based clients with lived experience, and family carers.

Conference delegates participated in interactive sessions to gain inspiration and practical tools, as they forge new partnerships, both locally and abroad.