ARC NI Conference 2018

How To Conquer Everest:

Exploring recruitment & retention basecamps to reach the social care summit.

Thursday 17th May 2018


La Mon Hotel & Country Club, Belfast


The social care workforce is a valued asset, recognised by providers and required by the Northern Ireland population to offer high quality person centred care and support.  To date we have over 32,000 registered social care workers but this is known to be insufficient to meet future demands.


There has been much conversation of late, highlighting the challenges of the broader health and social care system as noted within the Department of Health’s commitment ‘Health and Wellbeing 2026: Delivering Together’ and more recently within the Expert Panels report ‘Power to People’.  These documents acknowledge the need to address a whole system reform to ensure sufficient numbers of people with the right value base and skill set are working in community services carrying out a range of essential roles.


It therefore feels timely that ARC NI’s Conference brings stakeholders together to discuss, reflect and consider how we can achieve more people interested and working in social care.


This year’s conference aims to:

  • understand the future needs of social care and the projected demands of our workforce in Northern Ireland
  • consider the Department of Health’s workforce strategy
  • learn of local experiences that have and have not worked in recruiting and retaining social care staff
  • highlight practical top tips based on global research to achieve positive outcomes
  • inspire organisations to try new techniques that are easy to implement at little extra cost.


Guest Speaker

One of this year’s guest speakers is Neil Eastwood.  Neil is a UK-based international speaker on frontline healthcare worker recruitment and retention. He has spent many years studying the best practices of care recruiters around the world.  Previously he was a director at a 10,000-staff care provider and studied at the University of Sheffield and Harvard Business School.


Neil is a sought-after presenter.  His findings and recommendations have generated dramatic improvements in the volume and quality of frontline staff with a wide range of care providers. He presents across the UK, Europe and further afield. His company, Sticky People, holds the UK licence for the award-winning care candidate screening tool, PeopleClues, which is used by over 1,000 social care recruiters and interviewing managers in the UK and Ireland.


Conference Programme:

Details of workshops and programme for the 2 days can be in found in the Conference Programme*.


Booking Arrangements:

Places can only be secured by completing the appropriate booking form which is available here.

Tel: 028 9038 0960 | Email:

Place will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis, so early booking is advisable.


Special Discount:

An early bird offer will run from Tuesday 13 March – Thursday 12th April 2018. Bookings received within this period shall be invoiced and Payment Terms will apply ie 30 days Strictly Net – interest of 2% per month maybe added to the account if it remains unpaid after the term.


*Information is correct at the time of print and is subject to change.


Please note all conference info and booking forms are also available to download from the ARC NI website