The National Dementia Action Alliance at UK Dementia Congress 2018

Tuesday 20 November 2018

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Kate Young from Barts Health NHS Trust and Sarah Waller from University of Worcester presenting at the UK Dementia Congress

The 13th UK Dementia Congress ran from Tuesday the 6th until Thursday the 8th of November 2018 at the Hilton Brighton Metropole. The 3 day event featured a wide range of speakers from all areas of the sector and the National Dementia Action Alliance hosted our own stream again on dementia care in acute hospitals. This looked at the use of our Dementia Friendly Hospitals Charter and a selection of expert speakers from around the country introduced good practice in dementia care in hospitals.

Day one at congress began with a panel session featuring people living with dementia from NDAA member DEEP (Dementia Engagement and Empowerment Project) and and tide (together in dementia everyday) which was very well received. Other speakers of note on day one included Minister of State for the Department of Health and Social Care, Caroline Dinenage MP, NDAA members Buz Loveday of Dementia Trainers and Veronica Franklin-Gould of Arts4dementia as well as our steering group members Keith Oliver from the 3 Nations Dementia Working Group and Reinhard Guss from the British Psychological Society. 

In terms of sessions we attended on day one we were present for a fascinating session on sex and intimacy in care homes presented by Dawne Garrett from the Royal College of Nursing along with other speakers. The guidance from that session is available at https://www.rcn.org.uk/professional-development/publications/pub-007126. We also attended an interesting session on technology, supporting independence and having fun which featured an inspiring presentation by The Wayback who have produced an immersive virtual reality video for people living with dementia that recreates a street party for the Queen's Coronation. You can see a video about that at https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2&v=xG62vbr9FYQ.

On day 2 we ran our own stream with a host of expert healthcare speakers from hospitals up and down the country including Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, Solent NHS Trust, Barts Health NHS Trust, Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust, Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. Those hospital professionals were supported by a selection of health care organisations and university academics and we'd like to thank all of the speakers for contributing to an engaging and inspiring day of presentations and discussions. 

We will share the slides from the speakers in our stream where we have permission and when these are available and we're just waiting to receive them from the event organisers.

If you'd like to be alerted when those are available please email NDAA@alzheimers.org.uk