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Alzheimer Scotland Annual Conference 2018

Making sure nobody faces dementia alone

Do you share our passion for improving the lives of people living with dementia and their families? Perhaps you’re already doing it?

Join us at the Alzheimer Scotland annual conference to meet bold practitioners and inspirational leaders, and hear the latest big ideas in policy, practice and research.

This year’s conference will explore how we can work together to make sure nobody faces dementia alone. Through plenaries, presentations and pitches, we’ll investigate how to close the gap between policy and practice, design a digital strategy that is inclusive of people with dementia, delve into the future of dementia research and much more.

Leave inspired with new connections, creative solutions and new ideas that will help us all in our aspiration to make sure nobody faces dementia alone.

Morning session

In the morning, we’ll hear the personal stories of people living with dementia – both those with a diagnosis and family carers – and their passion to make a difference.  Maureen Watt MSP, Minister for Mental Health will deliver the keynote address and Henry Simmons, Chief Executive, Alzheimer Scotland will explore the importance of closing the gap between policy aspiration and lived experience.

New for 2018, we will hear from the finalists of the ‘Next Big Innovation’; a unique partnership opportunity to find a new, creative and practical approach to transform care and support for people with dementia and their families. The cast your vote for your favourite during the breaks.

 

Afternoon session

In the afternoon, you’ll have the opportunity to put your questions to a panel of sector experts who will be giving their perspective on closing the gap between policy and practice. The panel will be chaired by Eleanor Bradford, Associate Partner, Spey and will include:

  • Karen Hedge, National Director, Scottish Care
  • Ron Culley, Chief Officer, Western Isles Health and Social Care Partnership
  • John Wood, Chief Officer for Health and Social Care, COSLA
  • Geoff Huggins, Director, Health and Social Care Integration, Scottish Government
  • Kirsty Yanik, Communications Manager, Alzheimer Scotland.

Then the winner of the ‘Next Big Innovation’ will be revealed.

Full Conference Programme

Item Time Presenter
Doors open & registration (Tea & coffee available) 09:00 – 10:00

 Local voices

10:00 – 10:15

Carol Hargreaves, Vice Chair, Scottish Dementia Working Group

Annette Tait, National Dementia Carers Action Network

Ministerial address 10:15 – 10:30

Maureen Watt MSP, Minister for Mental Health

Closing the gap together 10:30 – 10:50 Henry Simmons, Chief Executive, Alzheimer Scotland
Official launch 10:50 – 10:55 Emma McDonald, Scottish Brain Health Register

‘Next Big Innovation’ – Hear all about it

Alzheimer Scotland are delighted to launch a unique partnership opportunity to find the next big innovation in dementia care, offering up to £10,000 supportive funding to help turn your innovation into a reality. Gain a quick overview about each finalist and where to find them throughout the day for further details about their innovation.

10:55 – 11:10 Jan Beattie, Deputy Director of Workforce Development, Alzheimer Scotland
Tea & coffee break 11:10 – 11:30
Breakout sessions 11:30 – 12:30 Further information below
Lunch 12:30 – 13:30
Breakout sessions 13:30 – 14:30 Further information below
Tea & coffee break 14:30 – 14:50

How we can make it happen

Hear the perspectives of a panel of sector experts about how we can close the gap between policy and practice, together. Followed by an opportunity for audience questions.

14:50 – 15:50 Chair – Eleanor Bradford, Associate Partner, Spey
Geoff Huggins, Director, Health and Social Care Integration, Scottish Government
Karen Hedge, National Director, Scottish Care
Ron Culley, Chief Officer, Western Isles Health and Social Care Partnership
John Wood, Chief Officer for Health and Social Care, COSLA
Kirsty Yanik, Communications Manager, Alzheimer Scotland

‘Next Big Innovation’ – The result

15:50 – 15:55 Jan Beattie, Deputy Director of Workforce Development, Alzheimer Scotland
Moving forward together 15:55 – 16:00 Henry Simmons, Chief Executive, Alzheimer Scotland

Morning Breakout Sessions

How the sector is ensuring nobody faces dementia alone

Session Focus Description Chair & Speakers
Research: Care today, cure tomorrow Find out about current research developments and ideas: what can be done before symptoms emerge; new imaging techniques to measure the wobbliness of the brain in health and illness (Magnetic Resonance Elastography); the latest in scientific development of new treatments; all the way through to care in the advanced stages. Chair – Dr Tom Russ, Co-Director, Alzheimer Scotland Dementia Research Centre
Prof. Debbie Tolson, Director of Alzheimer Scotland Centre for Policy and Practice & Assistant Dean Research and Enterprise within the School of Health, Nursing and Midwifery, University of the West of Scotland
Prof. Tara Spires-Jones, DPhil, UK Dementia Research Institute Programme Lead and Deputy Director, Centre for Discovery Brain Sciences, The University of Edinburgh
Karen Ritchie, Research Director, French National Institute of Medical Research
Lucy Hiscox, PhD student at the Alzheimer Scotland Dementia Research
Practice: Personalised support Yoga. Forestry walks. Music. What would you enjoy? Explore the benefits of evidence-based, therapeutic activity for people with dementia, where there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach. Chair – Jan Beattie, Deputy Director of Workforce Development, Alzheimer Scotland
Yvonne Manson, Dementia Nurse Consultant, Balhousie Care Group
Paula Pinda, Heart for Art Manager, CrossReach
Gillian Councill, Dementia Advisor, Alzheimer Scotland
Citizenship: Be heard! The voices of people with dementia and those who care for them must be at the heart of meaningful change in our communities. Hear about how the Scottish Dementia Working Group, National Dementia Carers Action Network and Alzheimer Scotland’s local teams are supporting citizens to be heard by key decision makers and campaign to make a difference. Chair – Kirsty Yanik, Communications Manager, Alzheimer Scotland
Fiona Kane, Dementia Advisor, West Dumbartonshire, Alzheimer Scotland
Anne MacDonald, Co-Vice Chair, Scottish Dementia Working Group
Geoff Orry, Member, Scottish Dementia Working Group
Janette Kean, Member, National Dementia Carers Action Network

Afternoon Breakout Sessions

How nobody will face any stage of their dementia journey alone

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