UK Dementia Congress 2016 – Dementia Leads Stream

November 3rd 2016, The Brighton Centre, Brighton


There was, for the first time, an Acute Hospitals Stream for Dementia Leads at UK Dementia Congress 2016. In his Introduction to the stream, Dr Richard Hawkins, Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Dementia Care said the stream was introduced in response to the increasing focus on the care of people living with dementia in hospitals. It was felt that UKDC offered an excellent opportunity for highlighting the issues faced by acute hospitals within a national and multidisciplinary event. Networking and increased communication between all specialties were essential if the challenges were to be overcome.

The presentations which followed addressed some of the key issues in hospitals. Danielle Wilde, Dementia Lead at the Royal Free Hospital described an effective programme of training aimed at lower grades of hospital staff: “You don’t need to be the boss to be a leader”. Danni Woods from Bradford Teaching Hospitals spoke on the importance of differentiating delirium from dementia; this was also addressed in a panel discussion chaired by Vicki Leah, Consultant Nurse for Older People at University College Hospital, London. Kelly Kaye from the Dementia Action Alliance (DAA) described the work which the DAA is doing  with their Dementia Friendly Hospital Charter, their website and regional events for Dementia Leads. Going forward the Journal is proposing to make an Acute Hospitals Stream at UK Dementia Congress a permanent fixture and to encourage as many people as possible to contribute to the Journal. The DAA proposes to continue to increase the number of hospitals signed up to the Charter, to expand its website coverage of acute hospitals and grow its regional events.

The Dementia Leads Stream will be relevant to all Dementia Leads and those working closely with them in hospitals. The programme was as follows:

Care for people with dementia in acute hospital wards: challenges and opportunities

Chair: Dr Amanda Thompsell, Royal College of Psychiatrists 

Speakers: Danielle Wilde, Royal Free Hospital, London; Kelly Kaye, Dementia Action Alliance; Danni Woods, Bradford Teaching Hospitals; Jillian Hartin, UCLH.

Moving forward: Planning a national network for dementia leads in acute hospitals (Dr Richard Hawkins).


Refreshments and Exhibition Viewing


SPACE: acute care development programme in eight acute hospitals in Wessex  Katherine Barbour, Wessex Academic Health Science Network
Maison for Liaison: Developing a better understanding of the experience of patients, families and carers of older persons mental health liaison services Aileen Murray, Wessex and Solent NHS Trust
Admiral nursing within the acute hospital community – achieving best practice, changing hearts and minds Pam Kehoe, Tameside Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.


PLENARY : The Challenge of Dementia
Professor Alistair Burns, National Clinical Director for Mental Health in Older People, NHS England


Lunch and Exhibition Viewing


PLENARY : Update on dementia in the population now
Professor Carol Brayne, Cambridge Institute of Public Health, University of Cambridge


Symposium: Focus on detecting, treating and managing delirium in acute hospital wards

Panel discussion chaired by: Vicki Leah, Consultant Nurse for Older People, University College Hospital London.

Panel: Leena Jeskanen, Senior OT, CNWL; Dr Catherine Harvey, Consultant Ortho Geriatrician at UCLH; Rosie Shadat, Senior Nurse, Transforming End of Life Care Facilitator, UCLH; Dr Sana Mufti, SpR Stroke Fellow, Homerton University Hospital


The next steps: action plan for a National Dementia Leads Network



Additionally there was a choice of five early bird sessions running from 8.30-9.00 that Dementia Leads were also able to attend.

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