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Dementia: Quality of Care 2016

  • Wednesday, 27 April 2016
  • Pendulum Hotel & Manchester Conference Centre
  • 08:30 - 16:30
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  • Overview

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.

  • Confirmed Speakers

  • Event Programme


Registration and Coffee in the Networking Area

  • Vic Rayner, Executive Director, National Care Forum (confirmed)
"How Care Has Changed"

A supply of reliable, good quality care is urgently needed to meet the needs of our ageing
population. More needs to be done to provide leadership and invest in staff.

"Group Discussion "

Facilitated by Sarah Reed, Dementia Communication Specialist
Phill Watmough, Person with Dementia (expert through experience), Tibbs Dementia
Chris Forse, Person with Memory and Cognitive Change (expert through experience), Tibbs
Dementia Foundation
Wendy Watmough, Family carer (wife), Tibbs Dementia Foundation
Carol Forse, Family carer (wife), Tibbs Dementia Foundation
Zoe Harris, Carer & Founder, Care Charts UK

"Dementia End of Life Care"

The special interest group (SIG) is a joint venture between Dementia UK and Hospice UK
which seeks to bring together practitioners and clinical leaders keen to build their skills,
knowledge and confidence in providing high quality palliative and end of life care for people
and their families affected by dementia.


Question and Answer Session


Coffee in the Networking Area


Case Study

  • Andrea Harman, Concept Developer Healthcare, Saint Gobain Ecophon (confirmed)
"Reducing the Impact of Noise on People with Dementia"

It is generally accepted that noise has a huge impact on people with dementia. In this
presentation, we investigate the effects of the sound environment on their mood, social
inclusion and interaction. We show design features that can inadvertently cause acoustic
challenges and look at how changes can be made to enhance well-being.


Case Study

"Effective Strategies to Evict the Elephant In the Room"

Why is the topic of grief so completely ignored in relation to dementia care? In this session
Carole offers insights in how grief impacts patients, families and staff along with practical
hints and tips you can take back to your setting immediately.

  • Martin Neal, Lecturer in Mental Health and Dementia Studies, University of Bradford (confirmed)
"It’s Ok to Be Angry – Lets Work with It"

Anger is frequently perceived to be a problem that carers of people living with dementia
find difficult and frustrating to manage. The session will look at a new model – LOWLINE
that can help carers reframe the anger they are being exposed to, helping them to see
anger as an expression of the human state that is being experienced by the individual living
with the condition. The speaker will link the approach to other therapeutic approaches that
aim to enhance the care of the person with dementia.


Case Study

  • Catriona Sudlow, Dementia Friendly Swimming Coordinator, Amateur Swimming Association (confirmed)
"Creating Accessible Services for People with Dementia and Their Carers – How to Improve Facilities and Remove Barriers"

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.


Question and Answer Session


Lunch in the Networking Area


Chair’s Afternoon Address


Case Study

"IDEA: Intervention to prevent Depressive symptoms and promote well-being in EArly stage dementia: development and feasibility"

People with dementia are at increased risk of depressive symptoms or depression. This
presentation considers current research in the area and the development of a psychological
intervention based on behavioural activation to prevent depressive symptoms in people
with early-stage dementia.


Workshop Session:

A. Julia Pitkin, Dementia Coach and Trainer, Validation Teacher Level 3, Occupational
“iCarer: Validation skills made simple for the whole community”
Understand that the behaviour of a person with dementia is a form of communication and
a means of communicating unmet needs. Learn how to identity a need through skilful
conversation that validates the person’s experience and builds a trusting bond.

B. Susanna Howard, Creator and Artistic Director, Living Words
“Living Words: A Practical Approach to Promoting Person-Centred Communication”

In this part-experiential / part-talk workshop, Susanna Howard – founder of arts and
literature charity Living Words – will focus on relaxation, practical physical awareness
exercises and the spoken word to give participants easy and enjoyable techniques to be
shared back in your workplace after the conference has ended. We will look at the Living
Words project model, hear from people with advanced dementia who have participated in
projects and discuss barriers to effective communication. Come along to explore and share
how the art of listening and validation can transform communication with the people we
care for, and the people we work with.

C. Luke Tanner, Associate Trainer, Dementia Care Matters
“The Impact upon Relationships”
Relationships matter in dementia care – families, friends and those working with people
living with dementia are also on a journey. Supporting positive relationships whilst facing
the losses and changes is key to providing the very best dementia care.


Afternoon Coffee Break

  • Aileen Jackson, Senior Project Manager (Diabetes & Dementia), South London Health Innovation Network (confirmed)
"Diagnosing Dementia"

DeAR–GP is a simple paper based case-finding tool that has been developed by the South
London Health Innovation Network for use by care workers to identify people who are
showing signs of dementia.

"Feedback from the Workshop Session "

Presenting outcomes, ideas and solutions that have been worked on during the topics
raised in the different Workshops and networking sessions.


Question and Answer Session


Chair’s Closing Remarks and Event Close

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