UK Dementia Congress 2015

The 10th UK Dementia Congress, held at Telford International Centre on the 3rd, 4th and 5th November 2015, was a huge success:

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For more feedback, tweets and comments from the congress view our #UKDC2015 page HERE!

On the first day, Congress got off to a flying start with an open debate: “This house believes that care and support services for people with dementia and their carers have improved over the last ten years”. Following a panel of speakers, the lively debate was opened up for discussion and contributions from the floor. The voting was close, with the majority ‘for’ the motion but a significant swing towards ‘against’ at the end of the session.

The following two days of plenaries, parallel sessions, interactive workshops and satellite special interest sessions provided a wide selection of stimulating topics and an impressive array of distinguished speakers. There was a large and lively exhibition with plenty of time to network and socialise with like-minded colleagues, as well as make new connections. The Congress offered remarkable choice and variety of sessions, inspiring expertise of leading UK and international speakers, as well as numerous opportunities for interaction, sharing experiences and networking.

Another highlight was the first plenary presentation, led by people living with dementia and family carers from the DEEP (Dementia Engagement and Empowerment) Group and tide (together in dementia everyday), followed by a presentation on Women and Dementia from Professor Dawn Brooker (University of Worcester), Philly Hare (Joseph Rowntree Foundation) and Wendy Mitchell (York Minds and Voices). The session was chaired by Jeremy Hughes, Chief Executive of the Alzheimer’s Society, and his opening address set out five challenges for dementia care.

For a special Congress 10th birthday event, there was an exciting evening celebration of the arts in dementia care which included dance, drama, film, exhibitions and short workshops. There were also moving tributes to Tim Lloyd-Yeates and Cynthia Heymanson which developed into a wonderful celebration of their lives and work.

Throughout the Congress, there was a huge amount of activity and interaction on Twitter, resulting on the final day with #UKDC2015 trending number 1 in the UK for a short period, only to be overtaken by #bonfire night. At one of the closing parallel sessions, there was a standing ovation for the emotionally powerful play Collecting stories, making memories by Haylo Theatre and EDUCATE.

As the event organizer, the Journal of Dementia Care is indebted to a great number of people and organizations. The Congress Planning Committee played an important role in shaping the event and selecting interesting topics and speakers. We greatly appreciate the generous support of all the sponsors, and particularly the Main Sponsor Barchester Healthcare. We are extremely grateful to all the supporting organisations and exhibitors who added so much to the event. We would especially like to thank the University of Bradford, the Alzheimer’s Society, Dementia Care Matters, Anchor, Joseph Rowntree Foundation and the University of Worcester for their outstanding support.

Minister, you need to know…
At the UK Dementia Congress, Alzheimer’s Society Executive Director Jeremy Hughes invited delegates to send messages to the Minister who was unable to attend – “Minister, you need to know…” – and agreed to collect and deliver them as part of the consultation around the implementation plan for Challenge 2020. The collected messages have been sent to the Minister, Jane Ellison MP, and can be seen here: Messages To The Minister

Speakers Presentations
The following presentations have kindly been made available to download. Please click on a session to download the presentation. All works are subject to the copyright of the authors and are intended for reference and personal use only.

Wednesday 4 November
Early Bird Session 08.30-09.15:

Plenary Session 09.40-11.30:

Parallel Sessions 12.00-13.10:
Burton-Jones, J & Cowleard, S – Dementia Pathfinders Young Onset Dementia
Duffy, F – CLEAR Dementia Care and Distressed Behaviour
Jolley, D – Antipsychotics in care homes
Guss, R & Slade, L – Involving people living with Dementia
Howard, M & Taylor, V – Support worker care within the household model
Jolley, D – Antipsychotics in care homes
Sutcliffe, C – Right Time Place Care

Plenary Session 14.10-15.00:
Prince, M – Fiscal and policy challenges for long-term care for people living with dementia

Parallel Sessions 15.10-16.20:
Chaplin, R & Slater, E – Stockport Young Onset Dementia Service
Cleeve, G – Demonstrating that dementia friendly design improves outcome on an acute medical ward

Crossley, M & Moloney, M – A dementia friendly Butterfly room within A & E at Airedale Hospital
Hicks, D – Developing a National Reading Well Books
Jarvis, R & de Waal, H – Putting people with Dementia in Control
La Fontaine et al – Family Experiences of living with bvFTD
Maciejewski, C & Jones, M – Developing a service for younger people living with Dementia

Parallel Sessions 16.50-18.00:
Botsford, J – Dementia Culture and Ethnicity
Brewin, W & Walker, L – The use of nature in Cognitive stimulation therapy
Dodd, D & Josephs, C – Partnership working to improve dementia diagnosis and care both pre and post diagnosis across Dorset
Elliot, Victoria – The Impact of the Admiral Nurse in Promoting the Dignity of Care Home Residents
Gage, C – Creative Thinking
Herzand, M & Read, K – Promoting Cultural Competency in the Domicilliary Care Workforce
Improving mental and physical wellbeing through sporting memories
Keogh, F – Genio Dementia Programme
Macmillan, F & Robbins, J – Evaluation of a person-centered cascade training project to support small care homes in East Riding
Thompsell, A and Evans, R – Development of tools to improve quality of Dementia care across all settings
Truswell, D – The Reminiscence Tea House Story

Thursday 5 November
Early Bird Session 08.30-09.00:
Tolhurst , E – Experiential impacts of Cognitive Function tests upon men with Dementia

Parallel Sessions 09.15-10.25:
Elkins, Z – Using Life History as a holistic tool kit
Gilfoy, K – Art Amongst the Teacups
Howarth, A – Supporting family caregivers
Mitchell, Hare & Gordon – Building dementia friendly communities

Schweitzer, P – Training for expressive and visual artists in reminiscence
Woodyhead, H & Hewat, E – Supporting dementia

Plenary Session 11.00-11.50:
St John, K – Namsate Care as a Hospital Service
St John, K – Research Paper

Parallel Sessions 12.00-13.10:
Anthony, A – How to hear from the less often heard; connecting communities project with BAME
Edwards, H – Music Mirrors
Milton, S – Age UK Making Mainstream services accessible to people with Dementia
Myles, P – Dementia Diaries
Pendleton, J – People living with Dementia leading innovation
Voss, S – Recognising and responding to dementia in the Ambulance service

Parallel Sessions 14.10-15.20:
Hill, M & Whittle, T – Volunteering in Care Homes
Penney, S & Ryan, A – Light Bulb Moments for Care Homes
Pepper, A – Developing a specialist Admiral Nursing Service
Wootton, C & O’Dea, R – Our House involving the local community


Please click the image below to download the official programme for this past event.
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