Collaborative working across the lifespan: Link Officers’ Annual Meeting 2024

This is hybrid event with the option to attend in-person or online.


It is ten years since the Care Act 2014 and the Children and Families Act 2014 were enacted to focus on a ‘whole-family’ approach to working with children, young people, families, adults and carers. How well are we doing? 

At Research in Practice we focus on how evidence-informed approaches can support the social care sectors needs and priorities. Each year our Link Officers’ Annual Meeting (LOAM) gives key colleagues from our Partner network the space to consider the key issues they are facing, reflect amongst peers, as well as share knowledge and good practice.  

This year’s programme will focus on collaborative working across the lifespan in the health and social care sectors. 

The programme will highlight research, showcase excellent practice from our network and comprise a mix of speakers, knowledge exchange and networking opportunities. It will explore key questions: 

  • How far have we come and how well are we doing? 
  • What learning can we share?  
  • What does this mean for workforce and practice development? 

LOAM will take place on 26 and 27 September at the Park Regis Hotel in Birmingham. This will be a hybrid event with the option to attend in-person or online.  

Speakers to be confirmed


As a Research in Practice Partner your attendance online and in-person (including meals and overnight accommodation on 26 September in Birmingham) is included in your organisational membership.  

  • Each children & families Partner is allocated two places in-person and two places online. 
  • Each adults Partner is allocated two places in-person and two places online.  

Request your place via your account using the button above. 

Additional places may be available if capacity allows. Please note adding this event to your calendar does not confirm your place at this event. Further details, including the full programme, will be available closer to the event.  

Designed for 

Link Officers, Strategic Champions, Principal Occupational Therapists and Principal Social Workers from across the Research in Practice network 

About the Link Officers’ Annual Meeting 

Link Officers focus on embedding learning and development within their organisation and championing evidence-informed practice. LOAM brings together Link Officers, Principal Social Workers, Principal Occupational Therapists and Strategic Champions from across our network. One of our most popular recurring event LOAM offers a unique opportunity for Partners to share best practice, discuss emerging sector issues and to learn from one another.  

Link Officer Awards 

In recognition of Link Officers’ efforts to support learning and development and championing evidence-informed practice, we will be presenting the annual Link Officer Awards at LOAM. Find out how to nominate your Link Officer.

Audience Types

Principal Social Worker (PSW)

Workforce development teams

Strategic leads

Senior leaders