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Conference Programme 2019

Programme

Item Time Presenter

Doors open

Registration, tea & coffee and an opportunity to browse the exhibition stands, posters & clinics

09:00 – 10:00
Welcome 10:00 – 10:15

Every Voice Community Choir

followed by

Danny McDonald

Member, Scottish Dementia Working Group

and

Catherine McDonald

Member, National Dementia Carers Action Network

Helping our brains stay healthy

Scottish led research continues to make significant advances in the understanding of the earliest stages of brain diseases that lead to dementia in later life. With this knowledge we are poised to start programmes to implement changes that will ‘help our brains stay healthy’ – time for action?

 

10:15 – 10:30

Professor Craig Ritchie 

Director of the Centre for Dementia Prevention and Professor of Psychiatry of Ageing, University of Edinburgh

Scotland’s commitment to dementia care and research

Ministerial address

10:30 – 10:45

Claire Haughey MSP

Minister for Mental Health,
Scottish Government

Improving care today

This session will reflect on some of the good practice and innovations that have been developed in key areas since the National Dementia Strategies were developed. It will also explore how we can work collectively towards delivering on the commitments

10:45 – 11:05

Henry Simmons

Chief Executive, Alzheimer Scotland

Tea & coffee break

Opportunity to browse the exhibition stands, posters & clinics

Including signing of the Emergency Services and Dementia pledge

11:05 – 11:25

Breakout presentations & practical workshops

Choose to attend either a breakout presentation or the practical workshops. The practical workshops are specifically tailored with the interests of people with dementia and carers in mind.

11:25 – 12:25  Further information below
Lunch 12:25 – 13:20

Breakout presentations & practical workshops

Choose to attend either a breakout presentation or the practical workshops. The practical workshops are specifically tailored with the interests of people with dementia and carers in mind.

13:20 – 14:20 Further information below

Tea & coffee break

Opportunity to browse the exhibition stands, posters & clinics

14:20 – 14:40

Delivering fair dementia care for people with advanced dementia

Equality of access to healthcare which is free at the point of delivery

14:40 – 14:55

Jim Pearson 

Director of Policy & Research, Alzheimer Scotland

Can we find a cure?

Short presentations followed by a panel discussion with the audience

14:55 – 15:55

Chaired by RT. Hon Henry McLeish

Panelists to date include:

  • Professor Craig Ritchie, Director of the Centre for Dementia Prevention and Professor of Psychiatry of Ageing, University of Edinburgh
  • Hilary Evans, Chief Executive, Alzheimer’s Research UK
  • Fiona Carragher, Chief Policy and Research Officer, Alzheimer’s Society
  • Geoff Huggins, Director of NES Digital Service, EU Join Action on Dementia
  • Professor Martin Rossor, National Director for Dementia Research, National Institute for Health Research

Prevent, Care and Cure

Reflections on the day and moving forward together

15:55 – 16:00

Henry Simmons

Chief Executive, Alzheimer Scotland

Breakout presentations & practical workshops 

  • Breakout presentations and practical workshops will run at the same time
  • Some breakout presentations will be available only in the morning and some only in the afternoon – these are specified in the table below
  • Practical workshops will run in both the morning and afternoon; practical workshops will not have a strictly structured timetable therefore you can choose to go to one workshop or all four, within the hour
  • Across the morning and afternoon sessions, you can choose to attend:
    • only the breakout presentations
    • only the practical workshops
    • a combination of both
  • Please state your preferences on the registration form; these will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Breakout presentations

Short presentations followed by audience question & answers

Session Focus Description Chair & Speakers

Prevent now: Brain health and dementia research

(Morning only session)

This session will explore new approaches, ideas and conversations into the optimisation of ‘Brain Health’ including debunking myths around nutrition and how it effects brain health. Hear more about the Global Brain Health Initiative and the NuBrain Project, as well as the opportunities available to get involved in clinical research today.

Chair: Professor Craig Ritchie, Director of the Centre for Dementia Prevention and Professor of Psychiatry of Ageing, University of Edinburgh

Co-Chair: Heather McLeod, former carer of a family member who lived with dementia

  • Emma Stevenson, Professor of Exercise Science and Nutrition, Newcastle University
  • Professor Brian Lawlor, Deputy Executive Director of Global Brain Health Institute, Trinity College, Dublin
  • Professor Martin Rossor, National Director for Dementia Research, National Institute for Health Research

Care today: Improvements and innovations in specialist dementia care

(Morning & afternoon sessions)

This session will explore the work being undertaken to improve and transform specialist dementia care in Scotland. This will include the invaluable contribution of workforce education and training in improving practice and positive outcomes for people with dementia, as well an opportunity to learn more about a national programme in Australia which aims to prevent inappropriate crisis admissions to specialist dementia care units or hospitals.

Chair: Susanne Forrest, Programme Director, NHS Education for Scotland

 

  • Ambi Wildman, Project Lead – Dementia, NHS Education for Scotland with:
    • Karen Spiers, Dementia Specialist  Improvement Lead, NHS Lanarkshire
    • William McLoughlan, Dementia Specialist Improvement Lead, NHS Lanarkshire
  • Maureen Taggart, National Dementia Nurse Consultant, Alzheimer Scotland
  • Dr Julie Christie, Region Manager UK & Ireland, Dementia Centre, HammondCare with:
    • Professor Mary Marshall, Senior Consultant, Dementia Centre, HammondCare

Care today: Forging ahead in acute care

(Morning & afternoon sessions)

The experience of people with dementia who use acute care is known to be variable. Showcasing some of the improvements that are being led by Dementia Nurse Consultants and Dementia Champions, we will ask what is working well and what still needs to be done to improve our general and community hospitals?

Chair: Professor Debbie Tolson, Director, Alzheimer Scotland Centre for Policy and Practice, University of the West of Scotland

 

  • Dr Margaret Brown, Depute Director, Alzheimer Scotland Centre for Policy and Practice, University of the West of Scotland
  • Professor Hugh Masters, Policy Consultant, Alzheimer Scotland
  • Lyn Irvine, Co-chair, Alzheimer Scotland Dementia Nurse Consultant Group
  • Helen Skinner, Co-chair, Alzheimer Scotland Dementia Nurse Consultant Group

Cure tomorrow: Research developments

(Afternoon only session)

Showcasing outcomes of recent dementia research

Chair: Dr Keith Chapman, Chair of Research Advisory Forum and Trustee, Alzheimer Scotland

 

  • Archie Noone, Office Bearer, Scottish Dementia Working Group and Trustee, Alzheimer Scotland

  • Jill Fowler, Senior Research Fellow, Alzheimer’s Research UK
  • Dr Fergus Doubal, Consultant Stroke Physician and Geriatrician, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh
  • Dr Catherine Pennington, Clinical Lecturer in Dementia Neurology, Bristol University
  • Dr Lewis Killin, Project Manager, Centre for Dementia Prevention, University of Edinburgh

Practical workshops

Practical and interactive sessions specifically tailored for people living with dementia, their partners, families and carers

Pop up clinics

An opportunity to have a one-to-one conversation with an expert about subjects which are important to you. Our experts will then signpost you to further specific support. These 20-minute sessions will run all day; delegates will have the opportunity at the event to sign up to attend a clinic at a time that suits them.

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