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Conference Speakers

Find out more about our confirmed speakers for the conference in 2018
 
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Afternoon breakout session speakers 

Please see below for a list of confirmed speakers, to date, for the 2018 conference programme. We’ll be adding to this list over the coming weeks.

Nicola Cooper

Nicola Cooper

Senior Technology Coordinator, Alzheimer Scotland.

Nicola Cooper leads on service and innovation design with Alzheimer Scotland’s Technology Team. The team has been funded by the Scottish Government to build a knowledge base around technology solutions available for people living with dementia and to create pathways supporting accessibility.

Her focus is on ensuring that the “lived experience” of people with dementia is amplified in everything that we do and also in how we respond to the opportunities and challenges of digital health and care.

Nicola led the team developing the Purple Alert app and she is now working to build the network of app users across Scotland. Her work around Safer Walking and Missing Persons has been taken forward through partnerships with Emergency Services, Health and Social Care, Housing, Academia, national bodies and the third sector.

Clive Flashman

Clive Flashman

Digital Health Consultant and the Director of Strategy at ORCHA

Clive is President of the TeleMedicine and eHealth Council of the RSM, and a mentor for the NHS Clinical Entrepreneurship Programme. He has a strong background and interest in digital transformation in health and care. He was one of the leading innovators of Knowledge Management in the UK at the start of the dotcom boom, and published in a range of journals at the time. He then re-entered the NHS where he set up a national Knowledge System for patient safety, facilitated a WHO committee, chaired a global HL7 Special Interest Group and sat on the NHS Information Standards Board and NHS National Knowledge Service. Clive has lectured and mentored at a number of universities. and is currently a visiting lecturer in Digital Health at the University of Cumbria.
Joyce Gray

Joyce Gray

Deputy Director Development, Alzheimer Scotland

Joyce joined Alzheimer Scotland in January 2010 as Deputy Director of Development and leads on major projects that have attracted international interest e.g. Dementia Dog. Joyce has a BA in Business and Enterprise and IPD Diploma in Training Management, in addition to over 30 years’ experience in the health and social care sector.

She started her career as a Psychiatric Nurse, but had the opportunity to join the voluntary sector in the early nineties and has since worked with young people excluded from main stream education, managed Carers Centres where she developed one of the first young carers services in the Scotland. Also before joining Alzheimer Scotland she worked on developing new and innovative services for people with learning disabilities. 

In her current role she drives the design innovation programme at Alzheimer Scotland pioneering the use of creativity to help build collaborative user driven service innovation.

Kate Fearnley

Kate Fearnley

Executive Director, Engagement and Participation at the Mental Welfare Commission

Kate was previously Deputy Chief Executive of Alzheimer Scotland, where she was responsible for the organisation’s service provision, and where she also held other roles over two decades, including Information Manager, Policy Director and Director of Personalisation. She was closely involved in the design of Alzheimer Scotland’s 5 Pillars Model of post-diagnostic support, and 8 Pillars Model of community support. She is also the author of publications including Coping with Dementia and Facing Dementia.

Kate has previously worked for other voluntary sector organisations including Sustrans and Citizen’s Advice Scotland and in the HIV/AIDS field. She has also served on the Boards of the Equality Network and the Health & Social Care Alliance.

Lynn Flannigan

Lynn Flannigan

Improvement Advisor, Healthcare Improvement Scotland

Lynn is an Improvement Advisor for Focus on Dementia which is an improvement portfolio within Healthcare Improvement Scotland.

Lynn is a HCPC registered Allied Health Professional (Physiotherapist) with 25 years of experience in a wide range of care sectors/settings including care homes, community, acute hospitals, community hospitals, general/old age psychiatry day hospitals, intermediate care settings and specialist dementia units. Having been a carer for someone with dementia, Lynn is passionate about improving services for people with dementia and their carers.

Lynn has an MSc in Dementia Studies and is a member of the Scotland’s National AHP Dementia Forum. Lynn is passionate about leading and supporting improvement. She has a post graduate certificate in Leadership and Management and is a graduate of the Scottish Improvement Leader Programme (ScIL).

Julie Miller

Julie Miller

Associate Improvement Advisor, Focus on Dementia, Healthcare Improvement Scotland

Julie is an Associate Improvement Advisor with Healthcare Improvement Scotland’s ihub Focus on Dementia portfolio.  She currently works on improving post-diagnostic support (PDS) for people with dementia by developing a Quality Improvement Framework for PDS and testing the delivery of PDS in Primary Care sites in Edinburgh, Nithsdale and Shetland.  She is a registered general nurse and, having worked for Alzheimer Scotland for many years prior to coming to HIS, have specific expertise in dementia and quality improvement.  She has an MSc in Citizenship and Human Rights and graduated from the Scottish Improvement Leader programme in November 2017.
Jim Pearson

Jim Pearson

Director of Policy & Research, Alzheimer Scotland

As Director of Policy & Research, Jim leads on all of Alzheimer Scotland’s public policy engagement. Jim is responsible for working with other partners to drive forward the commitments of Scotland’s National Dementia Strategy, including work around the post diagnostic support guarantee, testing our 8 pillar model of integrated community support and extending the improvement work in health care to other settings such as specialist dementia care services and continuing care environments. Jim is also responsible for Alzheimer Scotland’s engagement with international partners including Alzheimer Europe and Alzheimer Disease International.
Barbara Sharp

Barbara Sharp

PhD, BA Lit (Hons), PG Cert. Research Methods, RN (Adult), RN (Children), Lecturer/Practice Educator

Barbara is Policy and Research Advisor with Alzheimer Scotland. Prior to joining Alzheimer Scotland in 1990, she worked in the NHS for 18 years, specialising in the nursing care of older people, latterly as a joint nurse manager/clinical teacher with the NHS and University of Glasgow.

Within Alzheimer Scotland, Barbara has held a wide variety of posts traversing practice, research and policy development. She currently works within Alzheimer Scotland’s public policy team and as a collaborative partner with the Alzheimer Scotland Centre for Policy and Practice at University of West of Scotland. She is part of the team delivering the Dementia Champions’ programme and works closely with the network of Alzheimer Scotland Dementia Nurse Consultants in each health board.

Sue Scotland

Sue Scotland

Service Development Manager, Scottish Centre for Teleheath & Telecare / NHS 24

Sue Scotland is a Service Development Manager who joined SCTT in May 2011. Currently she is the Telecare Lead for the Scottish Government’s Technology Enabled Care Programme, which includes Programme Lead for Scotland’s transition from Analogue to Digital Telecare. Sue has previously led various National Programmes in Telehealth and spent 2 years on secondment working in Innovation with the Digital Health & Care Institute.

Sue is a Registered General Nurse who started her career in 1990, training at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary. Sue worked in Accident & Emergency, Neurology ITU and Cardiology before leaving to becoming a full time student at the University of Edinburgh to train as a social worker.  When qualified Sue worked for City of Edinburgh Council in the Supported Accommodation Team HIV/Aids and Drug Assessment and Rehabilitation Teams. Sue also worked in the Third Sector in hostels supporting homeless women and provided outreach support for sex workers.

Maureen Taggart

Maureen Taggart

National Dementia Nurse Consultant, Alzheimer Scotland

Prior to the appointment of Alzheimer Scotland National Dementia Nurse Consultant, Maureen had an excellent 38 years career within NHS Lanarkshire. She held various roles within the organisation including Team Leader for Community Mental Health Team,  Service Development Manager Clydesdale Locality, Service Manager with Operational Lead for Old Age Psychiatry and then Alzheimer Scotland Nurse Consultant with a specific remit to improve the quality of care for people with dementia in the Acute general Hospitals and supporting the Dementia Champions as agents of change and innovation.

Following the publication of the Mental Welfare Commission Dignity and Respect Report in 2014 Maureen was appointed to the joint funded post by AS and SG as the National Nurse Consultant. The Transforming Specialist NHS Dementia Care Report is due to be published with an Implementation Plan in the very near future.

Charlotte Swarbrick

Charlotte Swarbrick

Senior Technology Coordinator, Alzheimer Scotland

Having originally trained and qualified as a Diagnostic Radiographer, Charlotte went on to leave the NHS clinical world and pursue career advancement within the health and social care field. Working across private, voluntary and third sectors in a variety of roles over the past decade, Charlotte’s passion for training and workforce development emerged. In her current role as Senior Technology Co-ordinator with Alzheimer Scotland, she is funded by the TEC programme until October 2018 to explore innovative digital ways to support people living with dementia and their carers, using technology. Her main work stream within this team is training and the development of a national and local workforce upskilling programme.

Email contact – cswarbrick@alzscot.org

Maureen O'Neill

Maureen O'Neill

Director, Faith in Older People

Maureen has been the Director of Faith in Older People since 2007. The aim of the organisation to develop a stronger understanding of the importance of the spiritual dimension to the well-being of older people. Previously, Maureen was the Director of Age Concern Scotland (now AGE Scotland) and has worked in the voluntary sector in Scotland for nearly 40 years as a staff member and a board member in a range of organisations concerned with mental health, ageing, and community development. She was the Scottish Government appointee to the European Economic and Social Committee for a several years.
Martin Stepek

Martin Stepek

Mindfulness Teacher, Ten for Zen and Mindfulness Columnist, Sunday Herald

Martin Stepek is one of Scotland’s most respected and authentic teachers in Mindfulness, a published author in the field and the Sunday Herald’s Columnist on Mindfulness.

Martin began practicing the simple, scientifically proven techniques of Mindfulness nearly 20 years ago. He has been teaching Mindfulness since 2004 and helps companies across a range of industries, learn these techniques and deliver these benefits.

His wide-ranging studies include East Asian Poetry, and the neuroscience of happiness and peace of mind. Martin serves on the Choose Life group, the pan-Lanarkshire suicide prevention body.

Martin is founder of Ten for Zen (www.tenforzen.co.uk), a website which aims to bring Mindfulness into the lives of individuals across the UK and beyond.

Outwith his commercial work, Martin strives to bring Mindfulness to as many groups, as he can, and has given his time to speak in schools, prisons and various community groups over the years.

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