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Registration for Health Plus Care has now gone live


CloserStill Media, organisers of Health Plus Care, taking place at ExCeL London on 26-27 April, are thrilled to announce that registration is now live. As part of Health Plus Care, there are three co-branded shows: The Healthcare Show, Digital Healthcare Show and The Residential & Home Care Show.

The Health Plus Care show is the most significant and innovative UK event for healthcare professionals looking to revolutionise the healthcare and social care sectors. The Health Plus Care show is the ideal platform for you to talk about your successes, promote best practice and be a part of key discussions with the UK’s most senior healthcare leaders.

Your team will be meeting senior policy makers from NHS providers, integrated care systems, local authorities and primary care. The event offers the opportunity to generate new leads and have a unique opportunity to meet top decision makers face to face across two days at the show.

With only the most up to date content exploring the latest developments across healthcare and social care, the three shows will educate across various different streams, with a carefully curated and thought-provoking agenda.

Health Plus Care in 2022

The whole of Health Plus Care is free to attend and fully CPD certified to meet your educational needs. This is a topical and timely event, where you’re able to meet your peers in person and come away refreshed with ideas and examples you can implement in your organisation.

FREE tickets for all healthcare and care professionals are available to book here.

The organisers, CloserStill Media, specialise in global professional events within the healthcare and technology markets. The healthcare portfolio includes some of the UK’s fastest growing and award-winning events, such as The Clinical Pharmacy Congress, The Dentistry Show, The Pharmacy Show, Best Practice and Acute & General Medicine.

It is a market leading innovator. With its teams and international events, it has won multiple awards, including Best Marketer – five times in succession – Best Trade Exhibition, Best Launch Exhibition, and Sunday Times Top 100 Companies to Work For – four years in series – among others.

CloserStill Media delivers unparalleled quality and relevant audiences for all its exhibitions, delivering NHS and private sector healthcare professionals from across occupational therapy, pharmacy, dentistry, primary and secondary care with more than £16m worth of free training.

For more information please contact –

Exhibition and speaker enquiries:

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Driving change in 2023: The Cleaning Show unites industry experts to discuss latest trends


Recruitment, training and sustainability are among the notable trends set to be discussed at The Cleaning Show 2023, which returns to the ExCeL, London, from 14-16 March 2023.

Recruitment, training and sustainability are among the notable trends set to be discussed at The Cleaning Show 2023, which returns to the ExCeL, London, from 14-16 March 2023.

Under the banner ‘The Cleaning Sector in 2023 – Driving Change’, the full line-up of this year’s conference programme is now available online, highlighting the topics and speakers set to encourage learning, discussion and debate around the key topics facing a modern cleaning and hygiene sector, buoyed by greater public and political recognition earned during the Covid-19 crisis.

Expert speakers from across the sector – including members of leading trade associations and industry organisations – will take a deep dive into a range of topics including recruitment pressures post-Brexit, training and education, sustainability and climate change, employee wellbeing, technology and more. Attendees can also join keynote sessions presented by representatives from Dettol Pro Solutions and highlights from the CSSA’s ‘Innovation Showcase’ programme.

Looking to the future

To kick start the conference programme, Jim Melvin, Chairman of the British Cleaning Council (BCC), will review the BCC’s stated aims in his session The Cleaning Sector Post-Pandemic – Progress, Obstacles and the Future (14 March, 11:00). Here, Jim will review the successes and failures of the past 12 months, the key priorities moving forward.

Also discussing the future of the industry, Paul Ashton, Chairman of the CSSA, will be joined by representatives from Infogrid, Softbank and ICE to discuss The future of cleaning – The role of data in driving positive change (14 March, 12:00). This session will help attendees understand the significance of data, the key benefits and how to overcome related challenges.

Paul Ashton will return on day two with representatives from Birkin, Bunzl and OCS to delve into The future of cleaning – How technology is creating career opportunities (15 March, 12:00). Here, the panel will answer questions such as, ‘why did they choose to work in the industry?’, ‘How do they see the industry changing because of technology?’, ‘What technology do they feel will have the biggest impact?’ and more.

Meanwhile, a new panel discussion for this year’s event will honour Hygiene innovation for the future (15 March, 14:00). It will be moderated by Louisa Moore, communications and sustainability leader, Kimberly-Clark Professional EMEA who will guide panellists through the trends – good and bad – that have emerged, along with the biggest challenges now facing the industry.

Closing the Conference Theatre on day one, three CSSA Innovation Showcase finalists will take to the stage for the CSSA Innovation Showcase Presentations – The future of cleaning (14 March, 15:00), to provide an overview of their innovation and explain how it is relevant to the future of the industry, including the key benefits.

Addressing emerging trends

Sustainability and climate change in the cleaning sector remains top of the agenda for many businesses and brands, as well as rising in consumer expectations. Other trends making an impact on the industry up for discussion during this year’s programme include recruitment pressures post-Brexit, obstacles within training and education and employee wellbeing.

From The Cleaning Show 2022

Nina Wyers, marketing and brand director, The Floorbrite Group will address the issue of climate change and the role of the cleaning sector in reducing its impact during her session, Cleaning for climate change (15 March, 10:30). Elsewhere, Delia Cannings, Director at Environmental Excellence Training Development Ltd., and deputy chair of the British Cleaning Council (BCC), will stress the importance of training for cleaning and hygiene operatives to reduce risk factors whilst creating safer spaces. During her presentation. Education opportunities for the cleaning industry (15 March, 11:00), she will provide visitors with an understanding of the value of training, designed to assist with succession planning for the future.

Also urging the value of employees and the significance of front line workers in the cleaning sector, Kelsey Hargreaves, BICSc youth ambassador, will address the difficulties in recruiting and retaining staff in her session, Youth employment: Less talking, more action (14 March, 14:00). Kelsey will explore how and why the industry fails to attract a new generation of cleaning professionals, exploring the ways in which the sector can combat issues with youth employment.

Facing the truth

Other highlights of the programme will see a technical presentation led by Peter Thistlethwaite, technical projects manager at MSL Solution Providers, who will inform attendees on two of the most popular techniques of decontaminating cleanrooms: ultraviolet light systems and automated chemical misting (airborne automated disinfection systems). With recent changes to regulations concerning both of these decontamination systems, visitors are invited to join Peter in his session, Whole-room disinfection – the impact of changes to regulations, on 16 March, 10:30 to learn more.

Meanwhile, Elise Craig, programme manager of the Living Wage Foundation and Dominic Ponniah, CEO at Cleanology will discuss the living wage in Paying a wage based on the cost of living – why it’s the right thing to do for your staff and for your business (16 March, 11:00), while Fiona Bowman, Managing Director for Dysart 57 Ltd. will return to the stage following her 2022 session, Hidden in plain sight (16 March, 11:00). She will offer advice on how to support staff experiencing domestic abuse.

Neil Nixon, conference director for the Cleaning Show 2023, said: “Knowledge and learning are at the heart of the modern cleaning and hygiene sectors – learning from experience gained during the pandemic, learning from each other, and learning from mistakes made. The cleaning sector has been re-energised by its role during the pandemic, and the agenda continues to be driven by a strong and determined British Cleaning Council.

“This conference will promote discussion and debate on what has been achieved, what needs to be done, and what resources are available in meeting the objectives of a critical sector providing an essential service at a time of limited budgets and recruitment challenges. This year more than ever engagement is key to ensuring that the cleaning sector continues its current upwards trajectory.”

Paul Sweeney, Event Director, The Cleaning Show, added: “The cleaning industry is at a crucial turning point, with many suppliers and manufacturers tackling the ongoing issues of the cost-of-living crisis amongst other global problems. We are thrilled to welcome the industry’s experts to the Conference Theatre in March to hear about the latest trends and challenges.

“I am confident visitors will leave with a greater understanding of the efforts being made to adapt to the new challenges faced, embracing the tools and strategies to overcome them with a fresh outlook on what is achievable. The cleaning and hygiene sectors are filled with so many new and exciting opportunities. We’re excited to see people reconnect at the show and immerse themselves in the future of this highly valuable and exciting industry.”

Registration for The Cleaning Show 2023 is now open. To register for your free pass to attend and to find out more about this year’s event, visit

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If integrated care is to be delivered locally, then it must be discussed locally

ICS roadshow

Public Policy Project’s ICS Roadshow offers the only opportunity for the wider health and care community to identify challenges and opportunities of integrated care at a truly local level.

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Now that integrated care systems (ICSs) are officially here, it’s time to maximise their value by tapping into their strengths. That is, delivering localised, personalised high-quality care for local citizens and reducing health inequality.

For these systems to bear fruit and make meaningful impacts on the nation’s increasingly complex health challenges, then discourse surrounding integrated care must become more granular. If this is indeed to be ‘national policy delivered locally’, then visiting specific regions and assessing their progress and challenges at a local level will surely be the most effective means to scale success.

Building to a localised approach

The arrival of integrated care systems (ICS) as statutory bodies earlier this month marked the beginning of the UK’s journey towards reframing health and care. Bringing together the NHS, local authorities and the third sector to allocate resources and deliver care to patients, the strength of the ICS is its ability to adapt to a region’s needs.

Central to both the NHS Long Term Plan and Health and Care Act, the 42 ICSs that span across England are all comprised of integrated care boards (ICBs) and integrated care partnerships (ICPs). While the ICB’s essential function is to deliver NHS services in the ICS area, an ICP works to develop and deliver the ICS strategy with a broad range of local stakeholders.

The ICS itself works over three levels – the first being the system level, across which the ICP and ICB work, and where the broad strategy for an ICS area is planned and delivered. The second level is the ‘place’ level, at which localised services and community care are planned in close conjunction with local Health and Wellbeing Boards. The third is neighbourhoods, or localities, which focus on specific areas within places – such neighbourhood organisations include primary care networks. This allows ICSs to respond to needs of specific communities or demographics that may find themselves underrepresented even at the ‘place’ level.

The delivery of health and care within an ICS, as such, will require the ICP to work across all three levels of the ICS area to accurately assess need and develop individualised plans of action. The ICB, too, will need to work closely with stakeholders at every level to ensure their provision of care is maximally responsive. Accordingly, even though the ICS model allows for a more personalised delivery of care than its predecessors, there is a pressing need for stakeholders at every level to establish collaborative working relationships – both within and without their own ICS area.

The PPP ICS Roadshow will take place across five cities across the UK, and will serve as an opportunity for members and stakeholders in local ICSs to discuss their roles in delivering fairer, more adaptive and responsive health and care systems.

The ICS Roadshow will be a valuable opportunity for the members and stakeholders of nearby ICSs to connect, share expertise and best practice, and collaborate with organisations from further afield. It will also, however, serve to showcase the diversity of health and care challenges across the UK – and the need for ICSs to equip themselves to deal with these challenges accordingly.

Below is a brief profile of each of the stops on the ICS Roadshow, outlining the diversity of health and care challenges different ICSs must approach and showcasing their potential to respond to acute needs within their areas.


  • 40 per cent of Birmingham and 12 per cent of Solihull residents live in the most deprived communities in Britain.

Birmingham is demographically one of the most diverse regions in the UK. It is also one of the most socially and economically deprived. This poses a unique set of health and care challenges, particularly as communities may find themselves isolated or underrepresented for myriad social, cultural and economic factors.

Birmingham will be the first stop of the ICS Roadshow and will host systems leaders from the Birmingham and Solihull ICS and Black Country and West Birmingham ICS. The session will not only be an opportunity to discuss how people can be empowered by integrated care, but how these systems can best modify and develop themselves to respond to the needs of their evolving demographics.


  • Bristol reports a higher rate of common mental health conditions than the rest of England, at20.7 per cent, versus 15.5 per cent across the rest of England.

Bristol boasts a high healthy life expectancy, low levels of cancer, and an infant mortality rate that is one of the lowest in the country. However, Bristol still faces unique challenges from an ICS perspective. With the second highest suicide rate in the country, the Healthier Together Partnership (an ICS which accounts for Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire) has made developing mental health services of all varieties a key priority.

Bristol also has the second highest rate of diabetes in the country, and an ageing population. As such, preventative, early intervention and holistic care system are a particular priority in the region, and are likely to be especially well served by work at the neighbourhood level which focuses on outreach to the elderly.

The Healthier Together Partnership also presides over an area with an acute shortage in its care capacity, having the lowest number of G&A and CC beds per capita in the country. Utilising the ICS effectively to relieve pressures on staff and deliver care more effectively and efficiently will, as such, be crucial to the ICS. Accordingly, this session will be of keen interest to ICS stakeholders seeking to find solutions to capacity problems.


  • As one of the early adopters of the ICS model, and operating under a devolution settlement, the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership already has more than 5 years’ experience serving 2.8 million people living across ten boroughs.

As one of the first ICS systems in the country, the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership already boasts a robust governance structure that serves as an example of the potential of the ICS framework.

More than two thirds of early deaths in the Greater Manchester region are the result of preventable causes, such as smoking, alcohol dependency, poor diet or air pollution. As a result, the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership has embarked on a series of targeted campaigns designed to promote healthier lifestyle choices, improve access to support, and directly engage with the communities most affected.

The delivery of these programmes has relied on Greater Manchester’s strong system of governance, which has established protocols for governance and accountability that deliver the consistency of delivery that other ICSs will strive towards in the coming years. This session will be a valuable opportunity to see how the ICS model can be leveraged to address community-specific issues, and how the frameworks to deliver that support should look.


  • There has unfortunately been a rise in the infant mortality rate in Leeds since 2013/15, and a persistent gap in outcomes between more deprived areas of Leeds and Leeds overall.

The West Yorkshire ICS, who PPP will host at the fourth instalment of the ICS Roadshow, is a prime example of the importance of ICPs within an ICS. There are significant inequalities between the more deprived areas of Leeds and Leeds overall – the third highest in the country – and there is a significant geographical element to this inequality. As such, the role of ‘place’ level leaders will be instrumental to closing the gap and delivering better health and care outcomes within the ICS.

The West Yorkshire ICS is currently prioritising the delivery of improvements to infant mortality and reducing mortality amongst those living with learning disabilities and autism. This instalment of the roadshow will accordingly develop insight into how ICSs can rise to the challenge of delivering highly personalised care based on a social model for health.


  • In 2019-20, those in the 90th net income percentile in London took home 10.8 times more than those in the 10th net income percentile.

The final date of the ICS Roadshow will see PPP play host to the 5 ICSs that serve London. While London faces several unique health and care challenges due to its size and diversity, lessons from the development of London’s ICSs will be valuable to system leaders across the country.

London’s extreme wealth inequality, and the geographical proximity of some of its most affluent and most deprived areas mean that its ICS systems will arguably have the largest gaps in care to close – and how they adapt their governance and outreach across the three ICS levels will be key. Each of its ICS systems are actively working to develop systems of care that reach diverse and often fragmented local communities, and the final instalment of the roadshow will be an opportunity to share their best practice.

The ICS Roadshow kicks off on September 13th and runs through to November 1st 2022. To find out how to get invovled, please visit our ICS Roadshow homepage.

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One week to go until The Healthcare Show opens its doors

The Healthcare Show

CloserStill Media, organisers of The Healthcare Show, taking place at ExceL London on 18-19 May 2022, are delighted to announce that over 3,000 healthcare professionals are registered to attend the largest, senior gathering of UK healthcare leaders.

Don’t miss out on your chance to attend The Healthcare Show, two days full of opportunities to increase your industry knowledge through CPD accredited content and to network with both old and new peers and learn about the latest products and services. Bringing thousands of senior healthcare managers and clinicians together who are striving to transform care and improve quality against a backdrop of Covid-19, it’s an event not to be missed.

Healthcare professionals can secure their free tickets online here

The Healthcare Show are extremely excited to open their doors again this year with a variety of new theatres and a fully booked exhibition hall. You will have ample prospects to develop professionally and examine the effects of Covid-19 within the healthcare sector.

Show highlights:

  • Louise Minchin, broadcaster and journalist, to chair the Healthcare Keynote Theatre
  • Co-located with the Digital Healthcare Show and The Residential & Home Care Show
  • Incorporating The National Association of Link Workers Conference and Awards Ceremony
  • Brand new theatres for The Healthcare Show 2022 include the Transformation Theatre, Clinical Priorities Theatre and Care Quality and Efficiency Theatre
  • Incorporating The Patient Safety and Infection Prevention Show
  • Patient Safety Learning Partner Lounge will offer a platform to share a combination of tools, resources, case studies and best practice
  • Meet CQC inspectors across health and social care at their Meet the Inspectors Hub and put all your burning questions to them

The programme is available to view here (subject to change).

Sponsorship is also now also open for the event. Should you wish to sponsor, speak or exhibit at The Healthcare Show please contact Mike Corbett on:

For delegate enquiries, please contact Imogen Scott on