We are delighted to give you advance notice of Holyrood Insight’s Delivering the New Dementia Strategy for Scotland Conference being held on Wednesday 21st February 2024 in Edinburgh.

Dementia affects an estimated 90,000 people in Scotland, an estimated 3,000 of whom are under 65.  Following the recent launch of the ten-year national strategy, Dementia in Scotland: Everyone’s Story, join us to take a deep-dive into the plans for the first phase of delivery over the next two years*.

How can services and partners work together to deliver a better experience for people living with dementia? From diagnosis to end of life, we will explore what high quality, person-centred and trauma-informed practice looks like and how this can be delivered against the backdrop of current pressures on all parts of the system.

Holyrood Insight’s Conference will bring together colleagues from health, the third sector, local government, providers of residential care, academia, Convention Of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA) and Scottish Government to explore the next important practical steps in delivering the vision of the National Strategy.

Speakers will include leading voices from dementia services and organisations across Scotland who will share the latest evidence-based and innovative approaches to dementia care and support for patients, their families and carers.

Don’t miss this opportunity to network with colleagues and partners and explore how to ensure that the people in your communities, and their families, live well with dementia.

* Expected to be agreed by end of 2023 for delivery at the start of financial year 2024/2025.

Sessions will include:

  • An update on the first two-year delivery plan for the New National Strategy for Dementia in Scotland
  • Tackling stigma – improving recognition and understanding of dementia
  • Promoting inclusion and addressing inequalities in diagnosis and post-diagnostic support (PDS) 
  • Delivering a connected approach across health and care, housing, third sector and other key partners
  • Providing support and care for people with dementia and additional needs such as learning disabilities and sensory loss
  • Co-production to engage and support people living with dementia and their carers
  • Community based-approaches to tackle isolation and improve living conditions
  • Improving the experience of people with advanced dementia in hospitals and providing dementia-specific palliative care
  • Education, training and professional development of the workforce to ensure care responds to need and supports overall wellbeing