9th Scottish Caring & Dementia Congress

 The Scottish Caring Dementia Conference in association with Alzheimer’s Scotland, Alzheimer’s Scotland Centre for Policy and Practice, University of the West of Scotland and Scottish Care was held on the 19th April at the Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh and attended by over 200 people.

The morning plenary chaired by Jim Pearson, Director of Policy & Research at Alzheimer Scotland, started with Julie Christie, Dementia Centre UK region manager, HammondCare, who gave an overview of the organisation’s work in Australia and the UK. The Scottish Dementia Working Group talked about their project on using iPads to enhance their communication and campaign effectiveness. Jeanette Maitland of Scotland’s National Dementia Carers Action Network (NDCAN) gave an engaging presentation on the group’s priorities for the year and their project to develop qualities of resilience in carers of people with dementia.

The conference then continued into exhibition viewing and then onto four breakout sessions including session on Community connections for care homes, staff development and training, a SWOT analysis of the care home sector and a symposium run by the Care Inspectorate.

After lunch and further exhibition viewing the delegates moved into the second plenary of the day chaired by Professor Graham Jackson, University of the West of Scotland on the ‘New National Care Standards for Scotland’ given by Rami Okasha, Executive Director of Strategy and Improvement at the Care Inspectorate.

Delegates completed the day with four final breakout sessions on quality of life in care homes,  ‘wander-walking’ in care settings, early support for people living with dementia, home support for carers and people living with advanced dementia.

The conference saw 17 exhibition stands made up of difference organisation offering a range of products and services:

  • Danfloor Ltd
  • Clairmont
  • Care Inspectorate
  • Hammond Care
  • Renray Healthcare
  • Viewpoint
  • Boots Care Services
  • E-Cred
  • Your Mobility
  • Disclosure Scotland
  • University of West Scotland
  • Alzheimer’s Scotland
  • Find Signage Ltd
  • Dementia UK
  • CPI
  • Creative Conversations
  • Teal

Presentations Delivered at Congress 2017


Morning Plenary

Julie Christie Hammondcare Challenging Behaviour- Challenging our practice

NDCAN Jeanette Maitland Carers Resilience

SDWG Keeping Connected

Morning Parallel Sessions

Mary Marshall and Jenny Henderson Faith in Older People ; Dementia Friendly faith communities

Kainde Manji University of Stirling Exploring Neighbourhood Living with people with dementia

Karen Watchman University of Stirling; Learning Disability and Dementia

Heather Edwards and Charlene Guild Care Inspectorate Scotland Updates on Dementia Inspection Focus area

Wendy Perry and Kevin Harrison Creating Meaningful activities for people living with dementia

Kevin Harrison Creating Conversations Ltd Creating Meaningful activities

Julie Garton NHS Dumfries & Galloway Walk in my shoes

Gareth Hammond and Thomas Bohlke A model of promoting excellence Bupa

Afternoon Plenary

Rami Oksasha Care Inpsectorate New National Care Standards for Scotland

Afternoon Parallel Sessions

Jan Dewing and Fiona Kelly Queen Margaret University Wander Walking

Jacqueline Crowther Kirkwood Hospice Admiral Nurse; Improving end of life care

Jenny Henderson and Amanda McCarren A model of sensory home care

Richard Ward University of Stirling Treasured Islands;the role of care based hair salon

Lynn Flannigan Healthcare Improvement Scotland and Julie Harkess Embrace Group ; Reducing Falls in Forefaulds Care Home

Sue Northrop Dementia Friendly East Lothian Care ( Homes) in the community; bringing community to the people

Paul Duffy & Michael Collins Glasgow City Health An Advanced Dementia Carers Education group

The 2018 conference will take place in April at the Murrayfield Stadium, the call for papers will be circulated in September 2017. If you would like to receive information on this conference and other conferences please contact jessica@hawkerpublications.com

For sponsorship and exhibition opportunities please contact Caroline Bowern:
or telephone: 020 7720 2108 ext 203



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