Can Early Talent Plug Front Line Care Gaps: Revisited

Thursday 13th February 2020

2pm – 5pm | London

Register your interest for this event here.

Can Early Talent Plug Front Line Care Gaps: Revisited‘ will be exploring how to best engage with and deploy early talent entering the social care workforce.

CONFIRMED – Students from Barking and Dagenham College

We’re thrilled to be joined again by our fantastic group of students from Barking and Dagenham College. For those of you who attended our 2019 Early Talent forum, you’ll remember our panel interview where we heard from young people about the real experiences of studying and working in social care. Not to be missed to hear how they are getting on now!

CONFIRMED – Professor Martin Green, CEO Care England

We are extremely pleased that Professor Martin Green will be chairing our session with students from Barking and Dagenham College. Martin will be asking our panel about their experiences of engaging with health and social care employers.

CONFIRMED – Hertfordshire County Council 

We’re delighted to announce confirmed guest speaker, Paul Rainbow, Senior Learning & Development Officer, Adult Care Services with Hertfordshire County Council.  Paul will be sharing success stories with hiring younger talent.

CONFIRMED – Stow Healthcare

Stow Healthcare will be sharing a case study on successfully recruiting early talent into their organisation.

Our Guest Speakers

Paul Rainbow is a Senior Learning & Development Officer, Adult Care Services with Hertfordshire County Council. He is a board member of the Trailblazer in Social Care Group and Apprentice Ambassador Network Group. He is responsible for setting up the award winning L2 App in HSC which has been running for 15 years. Paul contributes to Health and Social Care working groups nationally.

BDC is a successful general Further Education college situated within the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham, with a mission to ‘Innovate, inspire and transform lives through high quality and responsive training for work that leads to economic independence and prosperity’.

Jeanette Griffin – Head of Partnerships 

Jeanette’s current role involves managing partnership delivery at BDC which is firmly linked to the local, regional and national agenda of skills development, employer engagement and widening participation in education, training and employment.

With a background in health and education, Jeanette is passionate about ensuring that the training that is delivered creates a high quality workforce that is an adaptable fit for the present and the future.

Micheala Harris – Curriculum Team Leader for health and social care, Adult care, Science & Counselling 

Micheala has a breath of experience within the Education, health and social care sector and is very passionate about ensuring that the training that is delivered, creates a high-quality workforce that is work ready as the industry is ever changing.

She was involved with the ELVET project (J P Morgan) and this led to very positive outcomes for partnership working with various care homes – this led to student’s gaining industry placements and training of the care staff with new digital technology – working alongside Skills for care. Michaela went out to many different care settings and completed various training needs analysis (TNA’s).

Professor Martin Green OBE


Chief Executive: Care England

DH: Independent Sector Dementia Champion

Chair: International Longevity Centre – UK

Martin Green has had an extensive career in NGO development, both in the UK and internationally, and is Chief Executive of Care England, the largest representative body for independent social care services in the UK. He is also Chair of the International Longevity Centre, a Trustee of Independent Age, Vice President of The Care Workers Charity, and a Champion of The National Aids Trust.

In 2013 he was appointed Visiting Professor of Social Care to Buckinghamshire New University.

In 2012, in his role as Department of Health Independent Sector Dementia Champion, he led the development of the Dementia Care and Support Compact for The Prime Minister’s Challenge on Dementia.

In 2008 he was named care personality of the year and was awarded an OBE for Services to Social Care in the 2012 Queen’s Birthday Honours List. In 2019 he was presented with the Health Investor Outstanding Contribution award.

Martin Green writes and broadcasts extensively on social care issues and is on the Editorial Board of Community Care Market News and Care Talk magazine.

Stow Healthcare is a multiple award winning, family-run company that specialise in turning failing homes into outstanding homes. As Operations Director and Coordinator, Ruth and Alex work hard to actively shape positive perceptions of care, working with 14-18 students to encourage work experience and apprenticeships and are supporting several newly qualified nurses who have joined the company.