Dementia Awareness: Tackling a Growing Challenge

  • Thursday, 20 June 2024
  • Pendulum Hotel & Manchester Conference Centre
  • 08:30 - 16:30
Expert Speakers
Sponsors & Supporters
  • Overview

Dementia is the leading cause of death in England and with people living with dementia in England set to rise to 900,000 by 2025 and to over 1.3 million by 2040 it is the huge and growing challenge for the health and social care.

Open Forum Events has a burgeoning portfolio of health and social care conferences and is proud to announce the Dementia Awareness- Tackling a Growing Challenge conference.

It is hard to find a person whose life has not been touched in some way by dementia either personally or professionally. There are many disparities in dementia, whether it be risk factors, diagnosis rates, or delivery of personalised treatment and quality care. This meeting will feature a comprehensive programme of presentations and topics designed to develop greater understanding of the support needed by people with dementia, along with their families and carers, regardless of setting or situation.  

An impressive line-up of experts will guide us through a day of informative sessions where we will hear in depth about the challenges that are faced. Delegates will be updated on the current situation and hear about the latest developments, as we look to improve diagnosis rates, treatment, care and support. Exemplars of best practice will be shared to provide a path to positive progress and improved outcomes. There will be ample opportunity to discuss, debate and exchange knowledge throughout the day, along with informal networking during the refreshment breaks.

This event is for anyone committed to tackling dementia and supporting people affected by the condition and their families and carers. To that end, the significant conference content has been designed to offer insight and inspiration that can be utilised in both personal and professional practice to allow people to live well with dementia.

Book your ticket today and contribute to the narrative.

This conference is designed to induce change with knowledge, innovation, and inspiration.
Any transformation of a process or service requires the input of products and services devised to make improvements such as digital technologies; training provision; workforce planning; outsourced services; data and analytics etc.
If your organisation supports change through your products and services, our delegates and conference participants will be ready to engage with you.


  • Confirmed Speakers

  • Event Programme


Registration and Coffee in the Networking Area


Chair's Opening Address

Sally Ferris, Founder & CEO, Together Dementia Support (invited)


Keynote Address

Alistair Burns, National Clinical Director for Dementia in England Professor of Old Age Psychiatry University of Manchester and Manchester Academic Health Science Centre (invited)

"Dealing with Dementia- Now and in the Future"

A total of 1.7 million could be living with dementia in England and Wales by 2040 – which is over 40% more than previously thought.
New research shines a light on the rising number of cases, meaning the consequences for the health and social care system is likely to be considerably larger than currently forecast.

  • Dr Ross Dunne, Consultant Old Age Psychiatrist , Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust (confirmed)
"Getting to Disease Diagnosis"

Beth Goss-Hill, Deputy Head of the Admiral Nurse Academy, Dementia UK (invited)

"Identifying Risks"

Up to 50 million people worldwide are thought to be living with dementia, with numbers projected to triple by 2050, but targeting key risk factors, several of which involve lifestyle, could potentially avert around 40% of cases.


Headline Sponsor


Question & Answer Session

Allocated planned time for speakers to receive questions from the audience and induce further discussion


Coffee in the Networking Area


Case Study


James White, Head of National Influencing, Alzheimer’s Society’s (invited)

"Young-Onset Dementia"

Young onset dementia affects adults under the age of 65. Nationally there are estimated to be at least 70,800 younger people with dementia which means 92 in every 100,000 of the population are living with young onset dementia. 7.5% of all people with dementia developed it under the age of 65.


Sheona Scales, Director of Research, Alzheimer’s Research UK (confirmed)

"Research and the Development of New Treatments"

Recent breakthroughs in the understanding of dementia have begun to shed light on its complex nature and new treatments have begun to emerge.


Case Study


Question & Answer Session


Lunch in the Networking Area

A hot, two-course lunch consisting of multiple options will be provided for delegates. We cater for all dietary requirements, including vegetarian, vegan and gluten/dairy-free; just notify us ahead of time should you have any allergens or requirements.


Chair's Afternoon Address


Case Study

"Assistive Technologies"

Personalised, technology-based tools can assist people who are living with dementia
to live independent, more fulfilled lives and to be able to do the things they enjoy


Gemma del Toro, Clinical Lead Nurse Specialist, Dementia Palliative Care Team, Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust (confirmed)

"Improving End of Life Care for Dementia Patients"

The quality of end-of-life care for people with dementia remains variable. Most will
experience unnecessary emergency hospitalisation,8 which is often very distressing and can be
detrimental overall.


Question and Answer Session


Afternoon Refreshment Break


Sharing Best Practice

  • Libby Price, Co-founder and Director, The Filo Project CIC (confirmed)

Speaker TBC, Dementia United (invited)

"Living with Dementia"

Hear a personal account of the impacts of dementia.


Question and Answer Session


Chair’s Closing Remarks and Event Close

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  • Gain an understanding of the impacts of dementia and how it affects individuals and their families/carers
  • Discover how society is dealing with dementia now and how increased prevalence in the future will managed
  • Hear how the current disparities in diagnosis levels are being improved
  • Receive insight into the risk factors that can lead to developing dementia and how identifying these factors and early intervention can enhance outcomes
  • Learn about Young Onset Dementia and its occurrence in the under 65s
  • Listen to examples of innovative initiatives and best practice
  • Understand more about the advancements in research and treatment
  • Be updated on the technologies that are helping to support dementia patients to be independent and safe
  • See how end of life care can prevent hospitalisation and allow people to die in a way they prefer
  • Listen to accounts of lived experience
  • Hear from a line-up of expert speakers, all dedicated to making things better for people touched by dementia
  • Benefit from the opportunity to question, discuss and debate the challenges created by dementia
  • Take advantage of knowledge sharing and professional networking
  • Gain 8 CPD credits


  • Contact Details
  • News
  • Venue
  • Featured Events
  • Downloads
  • Who will attend

Contact Details


  • Keeping Dementia Care at the Forefront

    • Posted on 25 April 2017
  • New Deal on Dementia

    • Posted on 19 April 2017
    • by Bernadine McCrory
  • Devolution and Dementia: Opportunities to Transform Care

    • Posted on 11 April 2017
    • by Professor Maxine Power
  • Understanding the risks involved in an activity to enable a choice for people living with dementia

    • Posted on 11 April 2017
    • by Catriona Sudlow
  • Dementia Quality of Care: Personal-Accessible-Original Event Report

    • Posted on 16 April 2018


Pendulum Hotel & Manchester Conference Centre

Pendulum Hotel & Manchester Conference Centre

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  • Dementia: Innovation

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    • 08:30 - 16:45
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    • 12 April 2018
    • 08:30 - 16:30
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    • 08:30 - 17:00
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  • Dementia 2017: Implementing Better Care

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    • 08:30 - 16:30
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  • Dementia: Quality of Care 2016

    • 27 April 2016
    • 08:30 - 16:30
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  • Dementia: Quality of Care 2015

    • 21 April 2015
    • 08:30 - 16:30
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  • Dementia 2017: Managing Demand, Improving Care

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who will attend

  • 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 Service
  • 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