The third annual Dementia: Quality of Care conference will help you to develop a greater understanding of how we can actually create a society where every person with dementia, and their carers and families, receive high quality, compassionate care from diagnosis through to end of life care.
The programme will be based on the Prime Minister’s challenge on dementia 2020, built around the key themes of quality of care, quality of life, planning for a good death, and spreading innovation and best practice. Presentations from people living with dementia and their carers will be supplemented by practical sessions which are designed to be transferable, encouraging adoption across different teams and organisations.
Open Forum Events are delighted to be gaining a reputation for “truly inspirational” health and social care conferences. Delegate feedback from our last two Dementia conferences includes:
“The patient stories and carer stories reminded me of how much work we still need to do to improve dementia care”
“I have gained a better understanding of the challenges and true stories – what I can do to improve care and pathways for families”
“I have gained a lot of ideas to take back to my organisation”
“I have gained ideas for innovation both on a small and large scale”
Join us at Dementia: Quality of Care to hear the latest developments in dementia care and support, and examples of best practice from leading organisations across the health and social care sector. You will have the opportunity to question, discuss and debate the very latest policies, projects and emerging models of care, as well as sharing your own stories and experiences with the conference and contributing to wider thinking about dementia in England.
Dementia is a growing challenge for every country in the world. As the population ages, it is rapidly becoming one of the prevailing global health and care issues. The number of people living with dementia worldwide today is estimated at 44 million people, and this is predicated to almost double by 2030. In England, it is estimated that around 676,000 people have dementia, costing society an estimated £26 billion a year, more than the costs of cancer, heart disease or stroke.
In March 2012, Prime Minister David Cameron launched a national challenge to fight dementia, an “unprecedented programme of action to deliver sustained improvements in health and care, create dementia friendly communities, and boost dementia research.” Three and a half years on and there has been significant progress, with more people now receiving a diagnosis of dementia than ever before, over 1 million people trained to be Dementia Friends to raise awareness in local communities, and increased training for NHS and social care staff so that they can better support people with dementia.
In February 2015, Mr Cameron issued a new Prime Minister’s challenge on dementia 2020, saying that within the next five years he wanted to England to be the best country in the world for dementia care and support and for people with dementia, their carers and families to live; and the best place in the world to undertake research into dementia and other neurodegenerative diseases. The strategy behind this ambition has been built upon what people with dementia have said is important to them. According to the challenge publication, they want a society where they are able to say:
• I have personal choice and control over the decisions that affect me.
• I know that services are designed around me, my needs and my carer’s needs.
• I have support that helps me live my life.
• I have the knowledge to get what I need.
• I live in an enabling and supportive environment where I feel valued and understood.
• I have a sense of belonging and of being a valued part of family, community and civic life.
• I am confident my end of life wishes will be respected. I can expect a good death.
• I know there is research going on which will deliver a better life for people with dementia, and I know how I can contribute to it.
The Prime Minister has set the challenge to create a society by 2020 where every person with dementia, and their carers and families, from all backgrounds, walks of life and in all parts of the country, receive high quality, compassionate care from diagnosis through to end of life care. This applies to all care settings, whether home, hospital or care home. Where the best services and innovation currently delivered in some parts of the country are delivered everywhere so there is more consistency of access, standards and less variation. A society where kindness, care and dignity take precedence over structures or systems.
The programme of Open Forum Events’ third annual Dementia: Quality of Care conference will be based on the Prime Minister’s challenge, built around the key themes of quality of care, quality of life, planning for a good death, and spreading innovation and best practice.
Presentations from people living with dementia and their carers will be supplemented by practical sessions which are designed to be transferable, encouraging adoption across different teams and organisations. Join us to hear the latest developments in dementia care and support, and examples of best practice from leading organisations across the health and social care sector. You will have the opportunity to question, discuss and debate the very latest policies, projects and emerging models of care, as well as sharing your own stories and experiences with the conference and contributing to wider thinking about dementia in England.
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Casicare Nursing Agency is a Nurse Led, Nurse Managed Company specialising in nurses and care staff to both the NHS and private sector. We also pride ourselves in having a wealth of experience in the training and development of staff to give the best quality solution to your staffing needs. We have over 30 years’ experience in operating in the care industry and know first-hand what is needed to operate your business.
Alzheimer’s Society is the UK ‘s leading support and research charity for people with dementia, their families and carers. We provide information and support to people with any form of dementia and their carers through our publications, National Dementia Helpline, website, and around 3,000 local services. We campaign for better quality of life for people with dementia and greater understanding of dementia. We also fund an innovative programme of medical and social research into the cause, cure and prevention of dementia and the care people receive.
As well as establishing the Laws of the Sport and supporting over 1,000 affiliated swimming clubs, the ASA works to ensure that swimming and aquatics is accessible to all.
Swimming is the most popular participation sport in England and each year thousands of children and adults learn how to swim with the ASA Learn to Swim Framework. Swimming has numerous health and social benefits and the ASA works to encourage everyone to take advantage of these regardless of age, gender, background or level of ability.
Four Seasons operates 350 care homes throughout the UK, employing 16,000 people who provide high quality care to around 20,000 residents. We work in partnership with the NHS as part of the nation’s social care provision offering long and short-term care. Our vision is to improve the lives of residents and the communities we serve by consistently delivering special resident experiences and to be the best place to work in the sector.
New Vision is a Bradford based signage company that has developed a range of products specifically for hospitals and care homes. Using some of the latest thinking on cognitive response to images and objects, New Vision’s range includes products designed to stimulate or promote calm, depending on the setting. Many of the products are dementia friendly, including memory boxes, digital fish tanks and reminisce rooms. New Vision has worked with a number of NHS trusts and care homes on projects, including the new dementia wards at Bradford Royal Infirmary that went on to win the Building Better Healthcare Award for Interior Design.
The Grief Recovery Method
Unresolved grief is probably the single biggest unaddressed emotional health issue in the world today. The Grief Recovery Method takes an educational, step by step approach that provides an effective alternative to therapy or counselling. It is unique in recognising that grief follows ANY loss regardless of cause; giving practitioners (known as Grief Recovery Specialists) a set of tools that are effective in a wide range of scenarios. Grief Recovery (UK) is a not-for-profit training organisation that is dedicated to helping the maximum number of people in the shortest possible time.
The ExtraCare Charitable Trust
The ExtraCare Charitable Trust enables older people to enjoy a healthier, active and more independent lifestyle in a network of inspirational communities. Founded in 1988, ExtraCare is a registered charity based in Coventry. It operates 3,831 homes within 14 retirement villages and 17 smaller housing developments across the Midlands and the North. Each Housing Scheme or Village has 5 to 18 social, health and leisure facilities that are accessible to over 4,400 residents and up to 5,000 older people living in surrounding communities.
Founded in 2013, Healios is a leading digital healthcare technology company working to empower patients and families affected by mental and physical illnesses. Healios is pioneering how family intervention and behavioural change techniques are delivered beyond treatment team walls, to maximise patient and family outcomes. By blending the best of technology, specialised expertise and a personal human connection, we help patients and families develop a new level of understanding and sustain healthier habits over time.
Our mission is to transform how care is delivered to help patients, families and carers effectively move forward and achieve their goals, providing a better quality of life.
Sarah Reed, Dementia Communications Specialist
With a background in visual communications, Sarah Reed, founder of The Bright Grey, is a dementia communications specialist with over two decades’ experience working with older people and the care organisations that represent them. The Bright Grey is a multi-faceted creative agency responding to the growing awareness of the need for better communication across the generations.
At the heart of REAL Communication is a set of behavioural values and approach that form the basis of good quality care of older people with dementia and these remain core values of The Bright Grey.
Sarah founded Many Happy Returns in 2008, providing Chatterbox 1940s and 1950s memory trigger cards to help people connect and communicate better across the generations. She is a strategic project developer for MY Home Life and Norfolk & Suffolk Dementia Alliance and an Expert by Experience for Care Quality Commission.
Larry Gardiner, Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) Coproduction Network
Larry Gardiner was born in 1952 and has been investigated for memory disorders following a series of transient ischaemic attacks or TIAs. He is now making a good recovery from a more serious stroke that left him with temporary loss of both language and mobility. His consultants have shown him a picture of the infarct in his brain that caused a complete left side collapse and loss of the use of his arm and leg. Clinicians subsequently referred for a series of detailed and thorough assessments and investigations because of impairments, deficits and behaviours that made it impossible to continue with his demanding and responsible job.
A baseline evaluation and repeated assessments over a period of time have resulted in a description of mild cognitive impairment. Although the most prevalent types of dementia have been excluded it has not been possible to rule out incipient dementia of a less common type at this stage because some significant deterioration in functioning is evident. His lead consultant says that it is most unusual for a person to present with symptoms that do not fit a defined pattern. The prevalence of dementia increases with increasing age. Larry was therefore also first referred for psychiatric evaluation to investigate for more common functional disorders like depression or anxiety that are often found to produce memory disorders in people of working age. Young onset memory disorders are comparatively rare; because of this tentative diagnoses are not uncommon.
Larry is now part of the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) coproduction network. Professionals, care givers, people who use services and individuals with a range of lived experiences work alongside each other with equal status and shared decision making to produce and deliver very highly regarded services and materials. SCIE has been commissioned by NICE to coproduce a range of materials and guidance for professionals across the health and social care sector. Larry has recently been invited to celebrate the launch of an advocacy resource pack in connection with the government’s Care Act at the House of Lords.
He has also been asked to contribute to a series of SCIE Leadership Round Table events for chief executives and directors in businesses, public sector and voluntary sector organisations. Prior to this he served as a non executive director and as a charity trustee with Oxfordshire Advocacy.
Individuals who experience memory disorder symptoms at an early age are frequently working full time, have family responsibilities, they often have mortgages and other financial commitments in addition to being able to pursue a full range of other interests. Family members and loved ones struggle to understand the changes in behaviour which can drastically impact on relationships and which can also precipitate a catastrophic and disorderly collapse of their entire situation. Larry had three school age children at home when he lost his job. He subsequently lost his home, his savings and eventually his marriage collapsed too. He now lives alone in sheltered accommodation and has a personal care assistant to provide essential support.
Dr Amanda Thornton, Clinical Lead for Dementia for the Strategic Clinical networks, NHS England
Amanda has worked with older people as a Clinical Psychologist since graduating in 1999. First working in Salford for 5 years, she took up an Older Adult Consultant Psychologist Post with Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust in 2005 , also acting as Network Lead Psychologist for Adult Community Services.
Amanda has been Clinical Director for Adult Community Services since 2012 working hard to strengthen clinical leadership in the network and organisation. She remains the Clinical Lead on the Lancashire Dementia Pathway redesign which has seen real investment in community based teams and was the Clinical Lead responsible for transitioning the mental health wards in 2015 into the new bespoke ‘Harbour’ mental health facility in Blackpool. In April 2015, she also became the NHS England Specialist Clinical Network Clinical Lead for Dementia for Greater Manchester, Lancashire and South Cumbria.
As a special interest, since 2000, Amanda has undertaken National Research for the Home Office, supported Home Office Task Forces as an older adult expert, trains police interviewers in gaining best evidence from older witnesses, and continues to support major investigations when an older adult is victimised by crime. Amanda is also an Honorary Lecturer in Clinical Psychology at Lancaster University.
Jo Vavasour, National Business Development Manager, Alzheimer’s Society
Jo Vavasour, National Business Development Manager Alzheimer’s Society, has been working in the transformation and whole system change for almost 17 years. Key expertise in developing person centred health and social care solutions, which develop individual outcomes and health efficiencies. Jo has a passion for enabling user involvement and organisational collaborations to develop innovative solutions which meet commissioner expectations.
Jean Tottie, Director & Chair, Involvement Network for Carers of People with Dementia
Jean worked in health & social care before taking early retirement in 2007 when her father needed more care and support as his dementia advanced rapidly. Jean now works voluntarily to improve services for people with dementia and their carers.
She is a passionate about supporting family carers to have a voice, to be partners in care and use their experience to help other carers as well as professionals so that services continue to improve.
With the Life Story Network Jean is working with family carers to build their resilience by focussing on communication & relationships using narrative therapy.
Jean has now helped establish the new national family carer involvement network for carers of people with dementia as a legacy of the Carers Call2Action. tide – together in dementia everyday is hosted by the Life Story Network which she chairs.
Suzy Webster, Carer
Suzy Webster lives in a multi-generational home with her husband, Mum, Dad and two children.
Suzy’s Mum is 69 years old and lives with dementia. Her family take a team approach to caring by facing the many challenges that dementia brings together.
Suzy believes that personal stories can effect change in services that are often ‘one size fits all.’
Dr M Claire Royston, Group Medical Director for Four Seasons Health Care
Dr Royston qualified at the University of Manchester before holding a number of senior positions within the NHS covering both clinical practice and research. She was registered as a specialist in General Adult and Old Age Psychiatry in 1997. She was made a Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in 2005 and was Vice President of the Royal Society of Medicine between 2004 and 2006.
Dr Royston has held a number of senior level positions including Lead Psychiatrist for Mental Health Act Commission, Medical Member and Trainer for the First Tier Tribunal Service, Mental Health. She has also led a number of independent Trust level inquiries.
In her current role Dr Royston is the Group Medical Director for Four Seasons Health Care and is a Board Director with particular emphasis and responsibility for all aspects of the quality and governance of care delivery. Dr Royston is the Responsible Officer for all medical staff, acts as the Nominated Individual and senior contact for the care regulators and is the Caldicott Guardian for the organisation.
Malcolm Bray, Chair, Crawley Dementia Alliance
Malcolm has worked in West Sussex since 2001 with a focus on leading and managing strategic partnerships to improve wellbeing. His role as Principal Manager , Partnerships and Public Health System Development involves leading the development of effective health and wellbeing partnerships and building the capacity and capability of the public health system. Malcolm is currently on secondment to Crawley CCG as Programme Director where he is developing social prescribing and public health projects. Malcolm is the joint lead for Crawley Dementia Alliance and Crawley Health and Wellbeing Partnership. He has a particular interest in the psychological aspects of health and wellbeing and is currently studying an MSc in Health Psychology at City University London.
Lara Lill, Head of Health and Wellbeing, ASA
Lara Lill is Head of Health at the ASA and leads the Dementia Friendly Swimming project. Swimming can contribute to the health of the general population and is unique because anyone can participate regardless of ability or health. Lara has a wealth of experience and knowledge in swimming and the health sector and is a senior lead for participation in relation to health and wellbeing. She regularly provides strategic information and representation to key stakeholders and government departments.
Lara has a background in sport, having taught PE and English at secondary school and currently volunteers at the local swimming club. Lara’s has a strong passion for leadership development which includes being a trustee for Sports Leaders UK, a Steering group member for European Women and Sport and on the management board for Females Achieving Brilliance.
Michael Spellman, Dementia Lead, The ExtraCare Charitable Trust
Michael joined the ExtraCare Charitable Trust in 2008 working within the training and quality teams. In 2011 Michael qualified as a psychotherapist and provided support to adults in private practice and voluntary services outside of ExtraCare. For the last 3 years Michael has led ExtarCare’s Enriched Opportunities Programme, a specific service within our Healthy Lifestyles team focussing on improving the lives of residents living with dementia.
Dr Maria Liakata, Assistant Professor, University of Warwick, Coventry
Maria is Assistant Professor at the Department of Computer Science, University of Warwick. She has a DPhil from the University of Oxford on learning pragmatic knowledge from text and her research interests include text mining, natural language processing (NLP), related social and biomedical applications, analysis of multi-modal and heterogeneous data (text from various sources such as social media, sensor data, images) and biological text mining. Her work has contributed to advances in knowledge discovery from corpora, automation of scientific experimentation and automatic extraction of information from the scientific literature. She has published widely both in NLP and interdisciplinary venues.
Maria is researching NLP for social science. She holds an IBM Faculty Award for studying “Emotion sensing using heterogeneous mobile phone data” and is a co-investigator on the EU Project PHEME, which studies the spread of rumours in social media. She is also a co-I on an IBM Faculty award for developing a course on Big Data ethics. Maria is leading a project funded by the Warwick Innovation Fund to diagnose and monitor dementia using text analysis.
Miguel Vasconcelos Da Silva, Research Nurse, Wolfson Centre for Age Related Diseases, King’s College London
Miguel Da Silva is a Registered Nurse. Qualified with a Nursing Degree, at University of Madeira – Portugal, in 2009. Started working as General Nurse in Care Homes, where he developed his skills in working with older adults, and people living with dementia.
A Year later started working at King’s College Hospital in the Hyper Acute Stroke Unit, and developed his skills as a General Nurse, and specialised in Stroke Care, having completed the Stroke Care Module in 2013.
During his experience in the ward, he developed an interest in research, and got involved in the ongoing Stroke research. In 2014 started working in Stroke Research at King’s College University, where he developed his knowledge and skills as researcher.
In the end of the year 2014 started working at the Wolfson CARD King’s College London, and has been working in Clinical Trials Team, conducting Research in care homes, where he has improved his skills in research, research management, and Research for older people living in care homes.
Richard Andrews, Founder & Chairman, Healios Ltd.
Having close family and friends who’ve suffered from mental illness, dementia and diabetes, Richard experienced first-hand the challenge of accessing support for both those affected by the illness and the families involved. In 2013, he founded Healios to transform how care is delivered – helping patients, families and carers effectively move forward and achieve their goals – providing a better quality of life.
Richard has deep knowledge and experience of healthcare environments gained from various executive roles at some of the world’s largest blue chip healthcare organisations, in several countries across Europe and the US.
His passion for combining overall well-being, science and technology has led him to develop innovative services to empower people to live healthier lives. Healios has quickly become the UK’s leading family intervention and behavioural change digital healthcare technology company, by blending the best of technology, specialised expertise and a personal human connection.
John Loder, Head of Startegy, Health Lab, Nesta
John is a Head of Strategy in the Health Lab at Nesta. John leads much of Nesta’s digital health work, and has a particular interest in the potential of data to radically improve healthcare. He leads the Dementia Citizens project, building a citizen science platform for Dementia, as well as a portfolio of grants in the area. He co-wrote Doctor Know, looking at the potential for new ways of creating and using data and knowledge in healthcare.
Before joining Nesta, John led the health team at the Young Foundation. His main focus was on innovation in healthcare, including working directly with healthcare innovators, helping health institutions create an environment for innovation, and writing about innovations that need championing. Previously John was a partner in an investment fund.
Piers Kotting, MBA, NIHR Programme Director & NHS Innovation Accelerator Fellow, University College London
Piers is the Programme Director for the office of the National Director for Dementia Research at the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and a Fellow of the NHS Innovation Accelerator Programme. His role at the NIHR is to support the NIHR National Director for Dementia Research to deliver on the NIHR’s commitments under the Prime Minister’s challenge on dementia and the G8 Dementia Summit.
Piers has spent the past ten years leading improvements and innovation in how dementia research is developed and delivered in the NHS. He is currently leading is the establishment of Join Dementia Research, a new national service to increase opportunities for people to take part in research and make it easier and quicker for researchers to recruit people to their studies.
Simon Denegri, Chair of INVOLVE and National Director for Public Participation and Engagement in Research
Simon Denegri is National Director for Patients and the Public at the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), and Chair of INVOLVE – the national advisory group for the promotion and support of public involvement in research funded by NIHR. He was Chief Executive of the Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC) from 2006 until 2011 and, prior to this, Director of Corporate Communications at the Royal College of Physicians from 2003. He also worked in corporate communications for Procter & Gamble in the United States from 1997 to 2000. He has a long-standing personal and professional interest in the needs and priorities of people with dementia and their carers and currently chairs the Lay Champions Group for the national portal on dementia research that is to be launched this year. He is a member of the NIHR Advisory and Strategy Boards, and a Board member of the UK Clinical Research Collaboration (UKCRC), Farr Institute and care.data programme respectively. He blogs about the public and health research at http://simon.denegri.com/ and publishes his poetry at http://otherwiseknownasdotcom.wordpress.com/
Katherine Barbour,Senior Project Manager, Dementia Quality Improvement Programme, Wessex AHSN
Katherine Barbour is a Senior Programme Manager with the Wessex Academic Health Science Network leading on the Dementia Programme.
She has worked in health and social care settings for most of her career working as a social worker, team manager and NHS senior manager with a focus on learning disability and older persons mental health.
She has a special interest in user and carer engagement and in community development. Latterly she has been an telehealth and telecare Project Manager at the Wessex Health Innovation and Education Cluster, University of Southampton responsible for the successful implementation of a telehealth change programme. She is a member of the Royal Society of Medicine telemedicine and e health council.
She has been personally affected by dementia and has a strong commitment to improving dementia care services in Wessex. She is a dementia friends champion and has created over 200 friends since becoming a champion.
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