UK Dementia Congress
This event took place on 10, 11 & 12 November 2014, at the Hilton Brighton Metropole
The 9th UK Dementia Congress was delighted to be back in Brighton on the 10th,11th and 12th November 2014. The organizers were the Journal of Dementia Care and the Main Sponsor was again Bupa.
Highlights of the first day included a lively and stimulating debate which lived up to expectations that, as always, it would get UKDC off to a controversial start. The topic ‘This house believes that only the media have the power to get action on bad practice in care of people with dementia’ stimulated a vigorous exchange of views from proposer Lynne Phair, an independent consultant nurse and expert witness and opposer Andrea Sutcliffe, chief inspector of Adult Social Care, CQC. The motion was defeated confirming victory for Ms Sutcliffe in this debate.
Another highlight of the first day at Congress was Naomi’s Flight kindly brought to UKDC by Dementia Care Matters. The Flight was a piece of performance art combining theatrical storytelling with aerial acrobatics performed by Mara Neimanis which offered a bold and unstinting look at dementia expressed in a visually stunning and emotionally powerful way.
The following two days of plenaries, parallel sessions, posters and early bird sessions offered a wide selection of topics and speakers, with opportunities both to learn from experts and to join in interactive workshops. A large and lively exhibition and ample time to network and socialise with like-minded colleagues completed the unique experience Congress offers.
Further highlights included
1. A moving presentation from people living with dementia and their carers – coordinated by the DEEP group and Carers Call to Action – Dementia Action Alliance
2. The annual visit to UKDC by the Minister of State for Care and Support, Norman Lamb
3. A challenging review of the dementia sector and prospects going forward by Jeremy Hughes, Chief Executive, Alzheimer’s Society
4. A motivating keynote address on ‘Making Changes Happen’ by Dr Stephen Judd, Chief executive, HammondCare in Australia
5. And a superb summary ‘The challenge of complexity in dementia care’ by Professor Sube Banerjee, Professor of Dementia at Brighton and Sussex Medical School.
As the event organizer, the Journal of Dementia Care was hugely indebted to a great number of people and organizations. The Congress Planning Committee played an important role in shaping the event as did the generous support of all the sponsors,
Four Seasons Health Care, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Designability, the Daily Sparkle and Dementia Care Matters as well as the invaluable role played by the Alzheimer’s Society. The University of Bradford again supported UKDCA as Academic Partner and their students got the event off to a great start with a presentation on ‘Imagery, digital media and humour: what is our role in combating the stigma of dementia ?’
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