UK Dementia Congress 2018

6-8 NOVEMBER 2018


We are delighted to announce that the 13th UK Dementia Congress will be held at the iconic seaside resort town of Brighton, East Sussex on the 6th, 7th and 8th November 2018.

As always we will be offering an exciting mix of plenary sessions, parallel sessions, interactive workshops, symposia, posters, early bird sessions, special events and installations.


The Call for Presentations 2018 is now open

We invite proposals for presentations and posters on any aspect of support, care and treatment for people with dementia and their families, in any service setting. We will give preference to papers that include an element of evaluation of a project or service, with scrutiny of the factors that led to success or failure, what were the barriers to progress, whether these were overcome and how, and drawing out conclusions and lessons learned on quality and cost-effectiveness. All presentations should demonstrate how practice is linked to knowledge gained from research, experience, guidelines or expert consensus. As in previous years, a strong theme running through the Congress will be the experience of people with dementia, and involvement of them and their families in services at every level. As appropriate, proposals should show that this important aspect has been addressed in their project or service. Please retain a copy for your own reference.

Please click the image (left) to download the Guidance for Authors


Deadline • Midnight 22 April 2018



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UK Dementia Congress 2017

12th UK Dementia Congress ran at Doncaster Racecourse on 7th, 8th and 9th November 2017, attended by over 700 delegates, with participation from professional experts, people living with dementia and carers, health and social care workers as well as specialists in dementia from other sectors including care homes, academia, acute hospitals, hospices and creative arts. Organised by the Journal of Dementia Care, in partnership with the University of Bradford and with support from the Alzheimer’s Society, there were over 150 different presentations and workshops addressing topics ranging from use of technology, preventing hospital admissions, meaningful activity and end of life care through to design and environment, staff development, and quality of care, as well as many more topical issues for discussion and debate.

This year we will also ran specialist streams on the following topics for those who focus on a particular area. The sessions were open to all as part of the programme:




We would like to thank our excellent keynote speakers at the Congress:

Murna Downs is Professor in 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.

Keynote speech by Minister, Jackie Doyle-Price MP


The 12th UK Dementia Congress was delighted to welcome Jackie Doyle-Price MP, Minister for Care and Mental Health




Wednesday 7th November 

Early Bird

1.3  I thought you would all be stuck up- Jane McKeown and Emma Yarwood, University of Sheffield

1.3 Creating a dementia friendly Generation -Gavin Miller , Alzheimer’s Society

1.4 Rehabilitation for people living with dementia- Jackie Pool, Sunrise Senior Living

1.5   Simulation training to explore positive dementia Care -Jennifer Casson, End of Life partnership

1.5 Impact of a simulated dementia experience on care home staff -Dr Claire Royston, Four Seasons Healthcare

 1.6 Pioneering Chaplaincy- Julia Burton-Jones, Diocese of Rochester

 1.6 This cannot be; dementia conversations -David Jolley, University of Manchester

Main plenary

End of Life Care – Deep and tide

Living well with until the end – Dr Liz Sampson ,University College London

Lunchtime Film

A five-minute film based on the findings of a University of York research project looking at good practice in life story work is now available. The film can be used by anyone (for non-commercial purposes) free of charge, for example for staff training or awareness raising:

Parallel Sessions

1.2 Living Well – to live well until you die -Anna Gaughan,  Life Story Network

1.3 With a little help from my friends- Ian Mackie and Lucy McCormack, Dementia Voices Stockton

 1.3 Dementia Diaries – Philly Hare, Innovations in Dementia and Steve Clifford and Teresa Davies, DEEP

1.4 Activating personal relationship networks- Cath Barton and Helen Sanderson  Community Circles

1.4 Co producing meaningful activities with Care home residents -Simon Bernstein- Alive!

1.4 The benefits of intergenerational relationships- Gill Roberts- Alive!

1.5 Use of psychotropic and anti psychotic drugs in care homes – Debjani Gangopadhyay, Universiy of the west of Scotland

1.5 Reviewing and reducing antipsychotics in care homes- Dr Claire Royston, Four Seasons Health Care

1.5 Dementia Antipsychotics can be good for you- Anthony Bainbridge and Christopher Rusius Sheffield Health and Social Care Trust

1.5 Reviewing and reducing antipsychotics in care homes- Dr Claire Royston, Four Seasons Health Care

1.7 Recovery and Living well with dementia -Carol Duff Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Trust

1.7 Law Clinic Workshop- Kathryn Penrith & Michael McLoughlin Making Space

2.1 Working effectively with multidisciplinary team to ensure a holistic service – Nicki Bones, SweetTree Homecare

2.3 Responding to distressed behavioiur – Amanda Thompsell and Helen Lister, South London and Maudsley NHS Trust

2.5 A Consideration of possible Carer involvement in the operating Theatre- Barbara Hodkinson, Butterfly Scheme

 2.5 Co-development and delivery of a carers education and support programme -Emily Shoesmith, Leeds Beckett University

2.5 Investment brings benefits for carers -Anna Gaughan and Jean Tottie tide and Life Story Network

2.6 Is this space dementia-inclusive -Philly Hare Innovations in Dementia and Steve Clifford & Eric Batten ,EDUCATE

2.6 Lets talk about toilets – Mary Marshall HammondCare

2.6 The Dementia Sensory palaces programme – Anthea Innes, Salford University & Jana Haraglova, Historic Royal Palaces

2.7 What works National study on effective training – Claire Surr and Cara Sass, Leeds Beckett University

3.1 Diagnosing well, the role of homecare in diagnosis and support – Rikki Lorenti, Sweettree Homecare

3.2 Improving end of life care Sian Harrison and Debbie Callow ,End of Life Partnership

3.2 Walsall Care Improvement and End of life service in Walsall- Helen Reeves ,St Giles Hospice and Michael Hurt ,NHS Walsall CCG

 3.4 AcTo Dementia working with developers Phil Joddrell ,University of Sheffield

3.4 Seeing the whole person effectiveness of BRighTER DAWN Jane Fossey and Alice Coates ,Oxford Health NHS FT

3.6 Development of ADAPT for care homes Claire Surr and Alys Griffiths ,Leeds Beckett University

3.6 The family carer experience- Suzanne Mumford ,Care Prepared

3.6   Seeing the whole person effectiveness of BRighTER DAWN- Jane Fossey and Alice Coates ,Oxford Health NHS FT

3.6 Implementation and evaluation of training to support people to eat and drink well- Jane Murphy and Joanne Holmes, Bournemouth University


Thursday 9th November

Early Bird Sessions

EB 2.3 Dementia and the health of migrant communities -David Truswell, SomeFreshThinking Consultancy

EB 2.5 Supporting care staff applying principles of person centred care – Clare Morris and Louisa White Joyful Jams CIC

Parallel Sessions

4.1 National Audit of Dementia -Chloe Hood ,Royal College of Psychiatrists

4.2 The Impact of Dementia on Two Best Friends- Nicky Payne and Rachel Silver , MacIntyre

4.5 The Impact of Dementia Practice Development Coach -Isabelle Latham, University of Worcester and April Dobson, The Abbeyfield Society

4.5 CLEAR Dementia care training Frances Duffy and Marc Harvey ,Northern Health and Social Care Trust

4.5 The ethics of restraint in care homes – Colin Sheeran, Four Seasons Healthcare

4.6 Music Mirrors Amy Semple Health Innovation Network & Heather Edwards Music Mirrors

4.7 Our Right to Get Out & About Philly Hare Innovations in Dementia and Elaine Stephenson, York Minds and Voices

4.7 A Practical approach to human rights and dementia- Sarah Butchard, Mersey Care NHS FT

Main Plenary

Medical and scientific advances in prevention and treatment- Craig Ritchie , University of Edinburgh

Parallel Sessions

5.1 Improving end of life care in the acute setting , Angela Moore North West Anglia NHS Trust

5.1 Spreading the hospital pathway Red Bag -Don Shenker, Health Innovation Network and Christine Hargar ,Sutton CCG

5.1 Developing Leadership for Dementia Care in the acute setting- Buz Loveday, Dementia Trainers and Lynda McNab Barts Health NHS Trust

5.2 My Choice, My Home- Emma Killick, MacIntyre

5.3 How Collective leadership helps to deliver Outstanding Care – Issac Theophilos, Maplehurst Care Home

5.3 A Study of handover at shift changeovers -Jo Moriarty, Kings College London

5.4 Our voice in the First Dementia strategy for Wales- Rachel Niblock, DEEP and Nigel Hullah, Chris Roberts and Jayne Goodrick DEEP

5.4 DEEP evaluating the impact of user involvement- Rachael Litherland, Innovations in Dementia

5.6 My Nature A training tool kit Wendy Brewin, Sensory Trust and Noreen Orr, University of Exeter

5.6 How open is your open door policy Debbie Carroll and Mark Rendall Step Change Design Ltd

5.6 Using dementia champions as a catalyst for change – Karen Franks Gateshead Health NHS FT & Catherine Andrews Northumberland Tyne and Wear NHS FT

5.7 Meeting centres -Dawn Brooker and Shirley Evans ,University of Worcester

5.7 Breaking new ground in Japan- Pam Schweitzer, European Reminiscence Network

6.1 Mental Capacity and consent -Joanne Shaw, Liverpool Heart and Chest hospital

6.1 A Moment in time- Liz Yaxley Norfolk and Norwich Hospital NHS FT and Sarah Houseden University of East Anglia

6.2 Learning Disability and dementia receiving a timely diagnosis- Sarah Ormston and Nicola Payne, MacIntyre

6.4 Conversations with frontotemporal dementia- Reinhard Guss British Psychological Society and Chris Ryan and Chris Norris Kent Dementia Service

6.5  Replacing DoLS update on Law Commission- David Jolley ,University of Manchester

6.7 Supporting sports based reminiscence through technology – Tony Jameson-Allen, Sporting Memories Network

 7.1 Enabling A positive Inpatient experience – Louise Page and Emma Dale , Sheffield Teaching Hospitals FT

7.1 Seeing the person behind the condition -Helen Sanderson, Wellbeing teams and Rod Kersh , Doncaster and Bassetlaw NHS Trust

7.1 Promoting the emotional Well-Being of patients with dementia – Janine Valentine Yeovil District Hospital

7.2 The LAUGH project; Compassionate design for late stage dementia- David Prytherch, Cardiff Metropolitan University

7.3 Evaluating Support for carers -Kate Gridley and Gillian Parker, University of York

7.3 Evalutating the Doncaster Admiral Service- Hilary Piercy, Sheffield Hallam University

7.3 New Approach to measuring the outcomes that matter most to people with dementia- Polly Sinclair ,Health Innovation Network

7.3 Scotland’s National Dementia Champions programme – Anna Waugh, University of the West of Scotland.

7.5 Age sensitive services for people affecte by young onset dementia – Andrea Mayrhofer , University of Hertfordshire

7.5 Remembering Yesterday, Caring Today – Pam Schweitzer and Errolyn Bruce, European Reminiscence Network

7.5 Hope through the eyes of younger people living with dementia – Jane Pritchard, The Good Care Group



Please click the image below to download the UK Dementia Congress Programme


Special Events at Congress

We were very excited to feature Vamos Theatre as part of our exhibition on the second day of congress (8th November). 

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.


On the second evening of the Congress, Four Seasons Health Care hosted a film premiere of ‘Toast’, a new 45-minute drama – an innovative method of learning developed to enhance empathy and understanding of the resident journey.





Sponsorship and Exhibition

Huge thanks to our sponsors:

The Congress is home to a large and interactive exhibition with a variety of stands. This year exhibitors included:

About the venue

The 12th UK Dementia Congress was held at historic Doncaster Racecourse, in the market town of Doncaster in scenic South Yorkshire. It is a modern grandstand with spacious interiors and easy access, with impressive views across the racecourse and beyond.






Questions or queries?

If you have any further questions or queries, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the team;

For sponsorship and exhibition opportunities please contact Alan Leary; or telephone: 020 7720 2108 x 203


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