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National DAA Annual Conference

Event Date:
Wednesday 06 February 2019
Royal College of Nursing, 20 Cavendish Square, London, W1G 0RN

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The National DAA annual conference will take place on Wednesday 6 February 2019 at the Royal College of Nursing in London. You can now reserve your place to attend:

Click here to reserve your place for the NDAA Annual Conference


09:45 am – 10:15am Arrival/registration/networking

10:15 am – 10:20am Welcome by a member of the Royal College of Nursing

Professor Dame Donna Kinnair, Acting Chief Executive and General Secretary, Royal College of Nursing

10:20am – 10:30am Welcome and introduction from Chairs

Mohammed Akhlak Rauf MBE, Founder and Director, Meri Yaadain CiC

Chris Maddocks, Living with young onset vascular dementia, Alzheimer's Society volunteer, member of 3 Nations Dementia Working Group, volunteer at St Wilfrid's Hospice in Eastbourne.

10:30am – 11:30am Making waves with central and local government
All-Party Parliamentary Group on Dementia (APPG) to update on their latest enquiry ‘dementia as a disability’ and updates from the LGA and ADASS

  • Debbie Abrahams MP, Co-Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group on Dementia 

  • Cllr Ian Hudspeth, Conservative Chair, Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board

  • Georgia Chimbani, Dementia Lead, ADASS

  • Chair - Jeremy Hughes, Chief Executive Officer, Alzheimer's Society

11:30am – 12:30pm Learning from people living with dementia and carers; what works and why in dementia care and support?
A panel of people living with dementia and carers share their constructive experiences of living well in the care home, healthcare, research and leisure sectors. What can we learn from these approaches?

  • Mary Mitchell, carer to husband Mike, tide member, retired headteacher

  • Tracey Shorthouse, retired Nurse, member of the Dementia Friendly Hospitals Taskforce, and living with dementia

  • Gillian Harrison, Alzheimer’s Society Research Volunteer and an ex-carer

  • Chair: Rachel Niblock, DEEP Southern Coordinator, Innovations in Dementia

12:30pm – 13:20pm Lunch/networking

13:20 am – 13:40am Address by NDAA Secretariat

  • Kelly Kaye, Executive Lead, National Dementia Action Alliance

  • Keith Oliver, Living with young onset dementia, Alzheimer’s Society Ambassador, Kent & Medway PT NHS Dementia Service User Envoy and member of 3 Nations Dementia Working Group

13:40pm – 13:50pm The Dementia Challenge 2020, what next?

  • Sally Copley, Director of Policy Campaigns and Partnerships, Alzheimer’s Society

13:50pm – 15:00pm NDAA member showcase: Understanding needs to deliver tailored outcomes for people living with dementia and carers

    • HC-One: Prof Graham Stokes, Director of Memory Care

    • MacIntyre: Sarah Ormston, Specialist Health Advisor & Dementia Project Manager

    • Housing and Care 21: Vanessa Pritchard-Wilkes, Head of Strategic Engagement & Eileen Gilbert

    • Life Story Network: Mohammed Akhlak Rauf MBE

    • Dementia Adventure: Neil Mapes, Chief Executive Officer & Lorraine Brown

15:00pm – 15:15pm Refreshments

15:15pm – 16:30pm Workshop: How research is informing practical solutions to improve the lives of people living with dementia and carers

Discuss and engage with a selection of innovative projects working to improve the wellbeing of people living with dementia and carers:

  • Meeting Centres, University of Worcester: Shirley Evans, Joy Valentini & Liz Dedman

  • IDEAL study: Nicola Hart & Keith Oliver

16:30pm – 16:35pm Chairs closing remarks

16:35pm – 17:30pm Networking and wine tasting with Direct Cellars brand partner, Sian Jones

Sponsored by:

housing and care 21

“Housing & Care 21 is proud to sponsor this year’s NDAA conference. We are a dementia-friendly organisation committed to helping people live well with dementia and we are looking forward to sharing our experience on the importance of good housing to enable this.”

Vanessa Pritchard-Wilkes, Head of Strategic Engagement, Housing & Care 21

This event is free for National Dementia Action Alliance members listed here and to contributors to our campaigns. The event is designed for National DAA members working across England and so is not free to attend for Local Dementia Action Alliance members. For non-members the fee to attend is £75 per person.

Become a sponsor of the NDAA Annual Conference

If you would like to discuss options for sponsoring the event please email us at NDAA@alzheimers.org.uk or to see a full list of sponsorship options see our Sponsorship Package 2019.