Agincare: at the heart of discussions on the national stage

Published: Tuesday 30th July 2019

Sharing thoughts about the economy with the Governor of the Bank of England and speaking at a national conference about working with the public sector – it’s all part of the day job for Agincare CEO Raina Summerson.

Meeting with the Governor of the Bank of England

Raina regularly meets regional agents from the Bank of England to discuss the national economic situation from an employer’s point of view. Topics include lending, the impact of the cost of living, and workforce.

On 2 July Raina joined local business leaders for a lunch in Bournemouth with Bank of England Governor, Mark Carney. Mr Carney was speaking at the Local Government Association that afternoon.

Agincare CEO Raina Summerson joined local business leaders for a lunch in Bournemouth with Bank of England Governor, Mark Carney

Raina said:

“It was so interesting to spend time chatting with Mark Carney over lunch. He spoke about the economy, the impact of Brexit, interest rates, lending, employment and skills. It’s critical that businesses like Agincare seize every opportunity to influence debate on the economy at a national level.”

The challenges of integrating health and social care

On 27 June at the Health + Care Show healthcare industry conference in London Raina brought Agincare’s perspective to a headline panel discussion on overcoming ‘real world’ barriers to integrating health and social care.

Raina was joined by Dr David Hambleton, CEO of NHS South Tyneside CCG and Nick Hulme, Chief Executive of East Suffolk & North Essex NHS Foundation Trust to illustrate how organisations can work together to deliver more efficient, coordinated services.

Agincare is one of the UK’s biggest independent care providers. This means that Raina is well-placed to talk about why private providers should be involved in strategic ‘whole system’ discussions and engaged in Integrated Care System and Primary Care Network developments.

“Building great relationships with the public sector, other care providers and charities from the care sector is really important. That’s why being part of the panel at the Health + Care Show was so valuable. It gave me an opportunity to showcase the innovative work we’re doing at Agincare and speak on behalf of independent care providers.

“I also caught up with commissioning directors from two local authorities we work closely with – Derby and Medway, plus Karolina Gerlich, CEO of the National Association of Care & Support Workers and Richard Muncaster, CEO of the Care Workers Charity.

“These networks are a great way to share ideas and best practice. We often return with some great ideas for improvements we can make, for the good of Agincare, our workforce and the people we care for.”