8th Annual UK Dementia Congress
The 8th Annual Congress was held over the 5th, 6th & 7th November 2013 at the East Midlands Conference Centre, Nottingham
The most powerful impression from the 8th UK Dementia Congress, recently held in Nottingham, was that the previously separated worlds of care in care homes, in the community or in hospitals are coming together. This is an exciting and important development because each world has so much to teach and learn from each other.
The 8th Congress, kindly sponsored by Bupa, started with a thought-inspiring presentation from students from Academic sponsor, the University of Bradford, entitled “We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are. Reflecting on through our own window on the world of Congress”.
It continued with a passionate debate “This house believes that dementia should be diagnosed as early as possible”. For the first time, two GPs, Dr Jill Rasmussen and Dr Martin Brunet, were the principal speakers for and against the motion. At the beginning of the debate the vast majority of the audience supported the concept of early diagnosis, with some “undecideds”. However the argument that seemed to win on the day was that timely diagnosis was needed, but that too great an emphasis on early diagnosis, if it came at the cost of subsequent support because of limited resources, was not a good thing. Certainly the number of undecideds dropped and the number of opposers rose. The motion “This house believes that dementia should be diagnosed as early as possible” was, however, still won.
Those living with dementia and their carers play a big part in each UK Dementia congress and this was shown to good effect by presentations from Heather Roberts and Peter Dunlop, Alzheimer’s Society Ambassadors and Sheila Wainwright and Louise Langham from Uniting Carers Dementia UK. Norman Lamb, Minister of State for Care and Support, enjoyed the presentations and during his own presentation showed how dementia remains at the top of the political tree. Next year there will be a review of the UK’s Dementia Strategy. This session was certainly one of the highlights of Congress.
With six parallel sessions running at any one time, an excellent Exhibition with many interesting products and services, Early Bird Sessions, Posters, Workshops and Plenary Sessions there were plenty more highlights. In an inspiring Tom Kitwood Memorial Address, Professor Brendon McCormack from the University of Ulster discussed the widespread over-simplification of Kitwood’s core ideas and urged us all to remember that to flourish we need to give and receive loving kindness. Marc Wortmann, Executive Director at Alzheimers Disease International showed us how the UK was ahead in some areas of dementia care but behind in others. And finally Professor Tom Dening from the Institute of Mental Health in Nottingham summarised the latest medical and scientific advances in dementia and suggested that new breakthrough drug advances are unlikely in the near future.
Over 800 people gathered together for Congress and it is hoped that they all returned back to their organisations invigorated by the experience of meeting with each other, learning and teaching, eager to communicate what they have learnt for the benefit of those they work with.
The 9th Dementia Congress will be held at the Brighton Hilton Hotel on the 10-12th November 2014. This will be a return to a venue successfully visited before and all are very welcome.
Dr Richard Hawkins, Editor in Chief, Journal of Dementia Care
The following presentations have kindly been made available for public download. Please click on the name to download the presentation.
Wednesday 6 November 13:40 -14:30
Thursday 7 November 08:30 -09:00
Thursday 7 November 09:15 -10:25
Noble, Rusius & Bainbridge
La Fontaine, Jenny
Buckell & Knibbs
Kindell, Wilkinson & Keady
Thursday 7 November 11:00 -11:50
Thursday 7 November 14:10 -15:00
PLEASE CLICK TO DOWNLOAD THE PROGRAMME FOR THIS PAST EVENT
For information on exhibition and sponsorship opportunities for future events please contact Caroline Bowern on firstname.lastname@example.org or tel 020 7720 2108 ext 203