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Dementia 2017: Implementing Better Care

  • Thursday, 20 April 2017
  • The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
  • 08:30 - 16:30
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  • Overview

One year from the publication of the Challenge on Dementia 2020 Implementation Plan, Dementia 2017: Implementing Better Care is taking place to provide the opportunity to discuss the quality and consistency of dementia care across England, the initial outcomes of pilot programmes that have been created and the emerging innovations to ensure high standards of care and support for those with dementia and their families.

There are 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK, with numbers set to rise to over 1 million by 2025. This will soar to 2 million by 2051. Risk reduction, health and care, awareness and social action, and research have been identified as the core themes that together would possible reduce these figures and make England the world-leader in dementia care.

Attending this national conference delegates will have the opportunity to learn from the organisations across the country contributing to the challenge. City devolution deals across England have the potential to provide an unprecedented opportunity to raise the quality of life for people living with dementia and in Greater Manchester, the scale of ambition is unparalleled. With the programme “Dementia United” the city is looking to transform the lived experience for people with dementia for today, but also to be at the vanguard of how health and care services are delivered in the future.

Public understanding and engagement in dementia is increasing and different sectors are becoming dementia-friendly to overcome the potential challenges facing the aim of England to become the most dementia friendly society in the world by 2020. For example, NHS England is working with ten Healthy New Towns demonstrator sites to shape the health of communities, and to rethink how health and care services can be delivered.

Dementia 2017: Implementing Better Care will explore the best practices that are moving England forward to be the best place in the world to live well with dementia. A place where people with dementia can get the support they need every day of the year, whether that be at home, in residential care, hospital or in the wider community.

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  • Event Programme


Registration and Coffee in the Networking Area


Chair’s Opening Address

  • Michael Hurt, Head of Older People and Dementia , NHS Walsall Clinical Commissioning Group (confirmed)
"Welcome and Introduction"

Keynote Address

"The Challenges of Dementia"

This talk will cover a review of current practice and future directions in dementia and explore and discuss the nationally agreed template to support services to move towards delivery of personalised and integrated care.

  • Dr Charles Alessi, Senior Advisor and Lead for Dementia, Public Health England (confirmed)
"Public Health England’s Dementia Intelligence Network (DIN)"

The ambition of Public Health England’s Dementia Intelligence Network (DIN) is to work across all organisations involved in the care and support of people who have dementia, providing data and intelligence that complements the NICE dementia pathway and supports improved outcomes for people with dementia and their carers.

  • Robert Tovey, Head of Inspections, Care Quality Commission (confirmed)
"Reducing Dementia Inequalities"

CQC is building partnerships with national organisations and engaging with community groups to increase access to the experiences of people with dementia. CQC have promoted inspections to local dementia groups to get feedback about services, and will continue to explore ways of hearing from a range of people living with dementia, encouraging contributions from local dementia groups, volunteers and carers.


Question and Answer Session


Coffee in the Networking Area

  • Dr Helen Rostill, Director of Innovation and Development, Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS FT (confirmed)
"TIHM for Dementia"

With a growing elderly population who are likely to experience long-term physical and mental health conditions, pioneering new technologies such as those we are trialling will help more people receive the support they need to live well in their own homes. It is also about improving responsiveness of the health and care system, providing support at an earlier stage and reducing the amount of time people spend in hospital.


Case Study

"Insight – Preventing Falls, Pressure Ulcers and Detecting Early Clinical Deterioration in Individuals."

The costs to the NHS of both falls and pressure ulcers is huge. Insight is a discrete technology that facilitates the prevention of both and the early detection of deterioration in individuals.

"New Deal on Dementia – Rising to the Challenge"

This session will cover integrated dementia care, the role of social action, sustaining Dementia Friendly Communities and enhancing technology.


Case Study

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

Dementia affects both our physiological and psychological reaction to sound. In addition both ageing and dementia can affect hearing which affects understanding and interaction. As a result, for a person with dementia, noise can be annoying, alarming, frustrating, and emotional. This causes stress and contributes to social isolation, fear, tension aggression and poor sleep quality.
In this presentation we investigate the effects of noise, show design features that can inadvertently cause acoustic challenges and look at how changes can be made to improve the sound environment.


Question and Answer Session


Lunch in the Networking Area


Chair’s Afternoon Address

  • Michael Hurt, Head of Older People and Dementia , NHS Walsall Clinical Commissioning Group (confirmed)
  • Davina Lytton, Chief Officer, Age UK Walsall (confirmed)
"The Power of Partnership"

How partnership working can bring about innovative service transformation to improve outcomes for people 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 Swim England Learn to Swim Framework. Swimming has numerous health and social benefits and the Swim England works to encourage everyone to take advantage of these regardless of age, gender, background or level of ability.


Devolution and Dementia: Opportunities to Transform Care

"Devolution and Dementia: Opportunities to Transform Care"

Presenting a pioneering Greater Manchester’s devolution-driven dementia transformation programme, Dementia United, the session will look at the opportunities for improving dementia care and support that the government’s devolution programme provides, using Greater Manchester as an example.


Coffee in the networking area

  • Anne Reed, Managing Director, iMind Initiative (confirmed)
"Hogewey In the Making – the UK Flagship Model"

iMind has secured the first licence in the world to replicate the Hogeweyk model. iMind was set up to implement innovative care in an inspirational setting. Through the vision and passion of its Managing Director Anne Reed, the £20 million funding for the project has now been secured and the project team are in the midst of finalising a site in the Southwest. This will bring together a number of methods to include the environment and care approaches in which clients can be cared for thus preserving their normality.


Closing Keynote Address

  • Hilda Hayo, Chief Executive, Dementia UK (confirmed)
"People with Dementia Living Independently for Longer"

Using person centred communication and risk management skills to support people with dementia to retain their independence through meaningful occupation allowing people to feel involved, included and fulfilled.


Question and Answer Session


Chair’s Closing Remarks and Event Close

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The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

Construction of The Bridgewater Hall commenced on 22 March 1993, but the idea of a new concert hall for Manchester dates back to the reconstruction of the Free Trade Hall in the 1950s after wartime bomb damage. The Free Trade Hall was home to the city’s famous Hallé orchestra and also hosted rock and pop concerts. However, despite holding great public affection, the 1850s Free Trade Hall was ill-equipped to respond to the rising standards of service and acoustic excellence demanded by performers and audiences.

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who will attend

  • Admiral Nurses
  • Allied Health Professionals
  • Care Coordinators
  • Care at Home Managers
  • Care Home Owners/Managers
  • Carers
  • Chairs
  • Chief Executives
  • Clinical Leads/Directors and Specialists
  • Clinical Psychologists
  • Commissioners
  • Community Health and Outreach Teams
  • Consultants
  • Dementia Champions/Coordinators/Leads
  • Dementia/Older People Nurses
  • Directors/Heads of Adult Social Care and Older People’s Services
  • Directors/Heads of Carers and Service Users
  • Directors/Heads of Community Care Services
  • Directors/Heads of Dementia Care Teams
  • Directors/Heads of Development
  • Directors/Heads of Nursing and Patient Safety
  • Directors/Heads of Operations
  • Directors/Heads of Policy and Strategy
  • Directors/Heads of Primary Care/Community Mental Health
  • Directors/Heads of Public Health
  • Directors/Heads of Quality Improvement
  • Directors/Heads of Services
  • Education/Training and Development Managers
  • Extra Care Housing Managers/Homecare
  • Geriatric Psychiatrists and Health Teams
  • Gerontologists
  • General Practitioners and Teams
  • Heads of Housing Services
  • Hospital Managers
  • Mental Health Directors/Teams
  • Patient and Public Involvement Leads
  • People Living with Dementia
  • Psychiatrists
  • Research Directors/Professors/Nurses
  • Senior Nurses/Matrons/Ward Managers
  • Service Integration Managers