8th Scottish Caring & Dementia Congress
This event took place on 20 April 2016 at the Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh
It was organised in association with Scottish Care, Alzheimer Scotland and The Alzheimer Scotland Centre for Policy and Practice, University of the West of Scotland
About The 8th Scottish Caring and Dementia Congress
Caring Times and the Journal of Dementia Care have been running care and dementia based events in Scotland for over twenty years. We are delighted with the success of the concept behind the Scottish Caring and Dementia Congress which is to bring together on one occasion all those involved in the various strands of care for elderly people, for the purpose of networking and learning with each other, from each other and about each other.
The Congress was held on one very busy day. It included two plenary sessions featuring keynote speakers of importance to all delegates, and afterwards divided into specialist parallel sessions for the rest of the day to cater for everyone’s interests. There were also plenty of networking opportunities and a large Exhibition.
In his plenary address to the Eighth Scottish Caring and Dementia Congress, Professor Brendan McCormack, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh urged practitioners to move from person-centred moments to a person-centred culture that cares for staff too and helps teams flourish.
The way we relate to people with dementia all the time is fundamental, he said. For many clinicians things like activities and conversation are what others come in to do. The challenge is to make them the norm, as important to the registered nurse as the drug round or the care plan.
We need a capabilities approach, starting from the position of what really matters to the person: “Whatever plan we put in place won’t work unless we focus on that. It’s a huge challenge as all our systems focus on dependency,” he said.
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Professor Craig W Ritchie, Professor of the Psychiatry of Ageing Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences, University of Edinburgh and Visiting Professor, Imperial College London
Professor Ritchie is a leading authority on dementia research, has published extensively and is currently undertaking major national and international research projects. He sits on several advisory boards for major pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies as well as The Wellcome Trust and the Public Health Steering Group for the Alzheimer’s Society.
Title of Presentation: Preventing Dementia: A stepped approach towards 2020
Professor Brendan McCormack, Head of the Division of Nursing/Head of QMU Graduate School, Associate Director Centre for Person-centred Practice Research, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh
Brendan’s internationally recognised work in person-centred practice development and research has resulted in successful long-term collaborations in Ireland, the UK, Norway, The Netherlands, Canada, Australia and South Africa. In 2014 he was made a Fellow of the Royal College of Nursing, awarded the ‘International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame’ by Sigma Theta Tau International and listed in the Thomson Reuters 3000 most influential researchers globally. In 2015 he was recognized as an ‘Inspirational Nursing Leader’ by Nursing Times (UK nursing magazine).
Title of Presentation: Opportunities for advancing person-centred care
Henry Simmons, Chief Executive, Alzheimer Scotland
Henry Simmons has over twenty years’ experience in the health and social care sector and has spent the majority of his career in the voluntary sector, primarily involved in developing new community-based person-centred services. He is a registered Social Worker, RMN, has an MBA and been awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Queen Margaret University. Henry was a Board Member of Alzheimer Europe for several years and is a General Member of the Mental Health Tribunal for Scotland. He is also chair of the NHS NES/SSSC Dementia Programme Board.
Title of Presentation: How Scotland can lead the way in dementia care – transforming the lives of people with dementia and those who care for them in Scotland
Plus representatives of the Scottish Dementia Working Group
Scottish Dementia Working Group (SDWG) is a national campaigning group, run by people with dementia. The Working Group campaigns to improve services for people with dementia and to improve attitudes towards people with dementia.