The Care Show has been postponed until next year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The conference and exhibition was originally due to take place at the Birmingham NEC on October 14-15.
But the show’s organiser, CloserStill Media, has now announced that it will be pushed back to October 13-14, 2021.
Michael Corbett, event director said: “The Care Show team feel incredibly privileged to be working with the care profession as they continuously adapt to the enormous pressures and uncertainty COVID-19 has brought to all of our lives.
“Although the government made their decisions to re-ignite mass gathering events from the 1st October, The Care Show team have made what they feel is the most ethical and moral decision based on the individuals our delegates look after and to run the event as a commercial gain is not in the company’s interest.
“The last few months has had a huge impact on both the mental physical wellbeing of care teams across the country and we are dedicated to protecting the safety of our delegates, sponsors and speakers as our top priority.”
In the meantime, CloserStill Media has been building an online community to serve the social care sector throughout the year.
The Care Show will host the Virtual Care Festival on November 25-26, featuring debates, presentations and virtual stands.
It will also deliver fortnightly webinars on the latest topics from the care sector and will host virtual events alongside the Residential & Home Care Show to bring the community together.
In addition, the Care Show is hosting the Future Hero’s Campaign to find current nurses and managers under 30 who are going above and beyond.
CloserStill Media said that when the Care Show returns it will be a “real celebration” of the sector, with the aim to make the event an experience for everyone to unite and drive social care as a “united force”.