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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

Scottish Dementia Working Group

and

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 research

Ministerial address

10:30 – 10:45 Scottish Government representative

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
  • Dr Tom Russ, Co-Director of the Alzheimer Scotland Dementia Research Centre
  • Fiona Carragher, Chief Policy and Research Officer, Alzheimer’s Society

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)

Including raising awareness of the importance of dementia research

Co-chairs: Professor Martin Rossor, National Director for Dementia Research, National Institute for Health Research

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

 

  • Confirmed speakers coming soon

Care today: Improvements and innovations in specialist dementia care

(Morning & afternoon sessions)

Including exploring crisis response for people with dementia

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

 

  • Professor Mary Marshall, Senior Consultant, Dementia Centre, HammondCare
  • Dr Julie Christie, Region Manager UK & Ireland, Dementia Centre, HammondCare
  • Ambi Wildman, Project Lead – Dementia, NHS Education for Scotland
  • Maureen Taggart, National Dementia Nurse Consultant, Alzheimer Scotland

Care today: Forging ahead in acute care

(Morning & afternoon sessions)

Showcasing the pioneering improvements in acute care delivered by the work of the Dementia Nurse Consultants and Dementia Champions

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
  • 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 Tom Russ, Co-Director of the Alzheimer Scotland Dementia Research Centre

 

  • Jill Fowler, Senior Research Fellow, Alzheimer’s Research UK

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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