UK Dementia Congress 2017

Over the last 12 years the UK Dementia Congress, organised by the Journal of Dementia Care, has built a reputation as the single annual dementia event which cannot be missed, bringing as it does the latest ideas and innovations as well as providing a unique forum for professionals, experts and people living with dementia to network, learn and share within an exciting and positive environment.

We offer a stimulating mix of plenary sessions, parallel sessions, workshops, symposia and posters, early bird and special interest sessions, an open debate and superb networking opportunities including two drinks receptions open to all. 


This year we will also run specialist streams on the following topics for those who wish to focus on a particular area, however, the sessions will be open to all as part of the programme:

Following the final day of the Congress we will host the 8th National Dementia Care Awards.



Please see the booking form at the foot of this page for prices and to book online. Alternatively, contact Fiona Robb at for a hard-copy booking form.


About the venue

The 12th UK Dementia Congress will be held at historic Doncaster Racecourse, in the market town of Doncaster in scenic South Yorkshire. Offering a modern grandstand with spacious interiors and easy access, set in stunning scenery with impressive views across the racecourse and beyond, Doncaster Racecourse is perfectly placed, being just minutes away from the A1, M18, M1. The East Coast Main Line from London takes only 90 minutes plus Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield, Leeds Bradford and East Midlands airports are within easy reach.



We are delighted to announce our keynote speakers across all three days of the Congress:

Murna Downs is Professor in Dementia Studies and Head of the School of Dementia Studies at the University of Bradford. Murna co-directs the University’s Alzheimer’s Society funded Doctoral Training Centre on dementia care and services research and is series editor of the Jessica Kingsley Good Practice Guides on Dementia Care.  Murna is a member of the Dementia Expert Advisory Group for Health Education England, the NIHR Portfolio Development Group for Dementia and Neurodegenerative Diseases and the Research Strategy Council of the Alzheimer’s Society.  She is an ambassador for the Alzheimer’s Society, adviser to Alzheimer Europe and is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America.


James Pickett is Head of Research at Alzheimer’s Society. He manages the research programme, contributes the overall strategy direction of the research agenda and the development of new research partnerships and collaborations.  Previously, James worked for Diabetes UK and as an editor at Nature Reviews Molecular Cell Biology. He completed his PhD in molecular pharmacology from the University of Cambridge. James has a positive outlook for progress in dementia research and believes that new treatments will be found in the next decade. 


Craig Ritchie is Professor of the Psychiatry of Ageing at the University of Edinburgh, Director of the Centre for Dementia Prevention and Associate Director of the Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Facility (Edinburgh). Professor Ritchie is a leading authority on Clinical Trials in Dementia and has been senior investigator on over 30 drug trials of both disease modifying and symptomatic agents for that condition. He is leading the PREVENT project; a major initiative nationally which will identify mid-life risks for later life dementia and he also leads the EPAD (European Prevention of Alzheimer’s Dementia) Consortium.


Liz Sampson is a Reader in the  Marie Curie Palliative Care Research Department, Division of Psychiatry, University College London. Her research focusses on how to improve palliative and end of life care for people with dementia and liaison psychiatry for older people. Liz works clinically as lead consultant for older people’s liaison psychiatry at North Middlesex University Hospital.



Claire Surr is Professor of Dementia Studies and Director of the Centre for Dementia Research at Leeds Beckett University. She has spent her academic career conducting dementia care and services research. She is leading the multi-centre DCM EPIC trial looking at the effectiveness of Dementia Care Mapping for delivering person centred care in care homes and the recently completed What Works? study examining the ingredients for effective dementia workforce education and training.

Minister Confirmed


The 12th UK Dementia Congress extends a warm welcome to Jackie Doyle-Price MP, Minister for Care and Mental Health, who has confirmed she will be speaking at this year’s conference. More details to follow shortly.




Please click the image below to download the latest version of the UK Dementia Congress Programme



We traditionally open the UK Dementia Congress with a lively debate, we always choose a hot topic and one that is sometimes controversial. This year is no different and we are pleased to announce that the UKDC 2017 motion is:

“Research has brought us no closer to a cure for dementia than we were a decade ago, and therefore funding should be switched to researching care and support.”

The motion will be proposed by Professor Claire Surr, Professor of Dementia Studies, Leeds Beckett University and opposed by Dr James Pickett, Head of Research, Alzheimer’s Society, then followed by panel and audience contributions.

We look forward to hearing your views.  

Special Events at Congress

We’re very excited to feature Vamos Theatre as part of our exhibition on the second day of congress (8th November). There will be a walkabout in the exhibition area at 11.30am, don’t miss it!

Award-winning, Vamos Theatre bring full mask characters from their sell-out international touring production Finding Joy. This interactive and engaging  grandmother and grandson duo, show positive caring in action and practically demonstrate the importance of non-verbal techniques in caring for people living with dementia.




We are delighted that on the second evening of Congress (8th November) Four Seasons Health Care will be hosting a film premiere of ‘Toast’, a new 45-minute drama, to be followed by a reflective panel discussion, chaired by Dr Claire Royston.

Join us at 7pm in the Main Hall for the premiere with a finger buffet and wine!



Sponsorship and Exhibition

Huge thanks to our sponsors:

The Congress is home to a large and interactive exhibition with a variety of stands. Exhibitors so far include:


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



Early Bird Prices

(bookings before 1st September 2017)

Main Prices

Day 1 (debate): £34 plus VAT (£40.80)

Day 1: £42 plus VAT (£50.40)

Day 2: £199 plus VAT (£238.80)

Day 2: £232 plus VAT (£278.40)

Day 3: £189 plus VAT (£226.80)

Day 3: £222 plus VAT (£266.40)


£350 + VAT for all 3 days


£420 + VAT for all 3 days



We are offering discounted rates to People Living with Dementia, Carers coming with a Person Living with Dementia, Students (undergraduates and postgraduates), Bradford University postgraduate students and Alzheimer’s Society staff. To apply for a discounted place, please contact Fiona Robb directly on

Hotel Bookings In Doncaster

For discounted hotel bookings in Doncaster, exclusively for UKDC attendees, please CLICK HERE

National Dementia Care Awards

The 8th National Dementia Care Awards are taking place on the final evening of the Congress, Thursday 9th November, if you are attending the congress and would like to also attend the Awards Evening, we are offering a discounted price of £65 + VAT


Online Booking Form


Questions or queries?

If you have any further questions or queries about the Congress, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the team.


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