10th Scottish Caring & Dementia Congress

Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh
Wednesday 18 April 2018

Call for Presentations Now Open

The focus will be issues affecting long term care and dementia care in Scotland and we now invite proposals for oral presentations and posters

Deadline: 15th December 2017

Wide range of opportunities for presentations

At least three parallel sessions will run concurrently, so there will be plenty of opportunities for presentations on any aspect of support, care and treatment for older people requiring care including those living with dementia, their families and care staff, in any of the service settings below:

Care homes // Home care // Community settings // Acute hospital settings // Extra care // Assisted living // Sheltered housing

About the 10th Scottish Caring & Dementia Congress

The 10th Annual Scottish Caring and Dementia Congress, organised by Caring Times and the Journal of Dementia Care, will take place on 18 April 2018 in Edinburgh.

Caring Times and the Journal of Dementia Care have been running care and dementia based events in Scotland for over fifteen 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 is held on one very busy day. It includes two plenary sessions featuring keynote speakers of importance to all delegates, and divides into specialist parallel sessions for the rest of the day to cater for everyone’s interests. There are plenty of networking opportunities and a large exhibition. 

Submitting your Proposal
We welcome proposals for presentations; please send these by 15 December 2017 to:
Theresa Ellmers, theresa@hawkerpublications.com or contact her to discuss ideas
Please fill in the details below, including a summary of no more than 500 words. Please ensure you have received an acknowledgement email to confirm that we have received your proposal.
Submissions will be assessed by members of a multi-disciplinary panel, convened by Caring Times and the Journal of Dementia Care. Applicants will be informed in January 2018 whether or not their presentation can be included in the programme.
Please include the following information for all authors
Daytime telephone number:
Email address:
Summary (500 words maximum):


If you have any queries please contact Theresa Ellmers via
or telephone 020 7720 2108 ext. 205





9th Scottish Caring & Dementia Congress 2017

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


For sponsorship and exhibition opportunities please contact Pat Petker:
or telephone: 020 7720 2108 ext 203



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