08:30 – 09:00

Registration, Tea and Coffee

09:00 – 09:15

Chair’s Opening Remarks

Henry Simmons

Chief Executive, Alzheimer Scotland

09:15 – 09:35

Keynote Address: Priorities for Dementia Policy and Practice in Scotland

  • Discussing national priorities for improving dementia support across Scotland
  • Policy implementation and funding: next steps for delivering the Dementia Strategy for Scotland
  • Outlining how the new Dementia Strategy will improve support for people living with dementia

Maree Todd MSP

Minister for Social Care, Mental Wellbeing and Sport

09:35 – 10:20

Panel Discussion: Promoting Early Intervention and Improving Diagnosis Pathways

  • Prevention and early detection: improving awareness of symptoms of dementia
  • Outlining practical steps to strengthen dementia diagnosis pathways
  • Ensuring information and support is clear and accessible for all
  • What happens next? Providing high-quality post-diagnostic support
Questions and Discussion
10:05 - 10:20

Dr Kainde Manji

Head of Dementia, Age Scotland; and Member, National Dementia Strategy Advisory Group

Dr William McGeown

Reader, School of Psychological Sciences and Health, University of Strathclyde

Susan Banks

Team Lead, Dundee Post Diagnostic Support Service, NHS Tayside 

10:20 – 11:05

Panel Discussion: Adopting a Community-Based Approach to Dementia Care and Support

  • Promoting societal integration: enabling people to live and participate in their community
  • Understanding the barriers to support for those from marginalised communities
  • Improving support for carers and families of people living with dementia
Questions and Discussion
10:50 - 11:05

Margaret Chiwanza

CEO, Minority Ethnic Carers of People Project (MECOPP); and Member, National Dementia Strategy Advisory Group 

Angela Currie

Chief Executive, Hanover Scotland  

Graham Galloway

Chief Officer, Kirrie Connections; and Member, National Dementia Strategy Advisory Group 

11:05 – 11:35

Networking Break

Meet your colleagues and make new connections face-to-face

11:35 – 12:00

Spotlight Session: Upholding the Rights of People Living with Dementia across Scotland

  • Promoting a human-rights based approach to care and support throughout every dementia journey, from diagnosis to end of life care
  • Encouraging discussions around mental health and wellbeing for those living with dementia
  • Best practice in adopting a person-centred and trauma-informed approach to dementia car
Questions and Discussion
11:50 - 12:00

Jan Savage

Executive Director, Scottish Human Rights Commission

12:00 – 12:45

Developing a Skilled Workforce to Meet Increasing Demand for Dementia Care and Support

  • Promoting upskilling and professional development: ensuring staff are skilled and equipped to best support those living with dementia
  • Improving awareness and understanding of dementia across the health and social care sector
  • Meeting increasing demand for care and support: building a talent pipeline of dementia specialists
Questions and Discussion
12:30 - 12:45

Tracy Viljoen

Oakminster Healthcare; and Finalist, Training, Learning & Staff Development Award, Scottish Care National Care Home Awards 2022

Professor Debbie Tolson

Director, Alzheimer Scotland Centre for Policy and Practice, University of the West of Scotland; and Fellow, Royal College of Nursing

Jess Elsey

Head of Workforce Policy and Planning, Scottish Social Services Council

12:45 - 13:25

Case Studies: Best Practice in Supporting People to Live Well with Dementia

  • Fully embedding a person-centred and trauma-informed approach to dementia care
  • Providing practical and timely support, including financial and housing advice
  • Driving continual improvement and professional development to strengthen support for those living with dementia
Questions and Discussion
13:10 – 13:25

Claire Peart

National Lead Dementia Nurse Specialist, Barchester Healthcare

Susan Holland

Alzheimer Scotland Nurse Consultant, NHS Ayrshire and Arran; and Member, The Alzheimer Scotland Dementia Nurse Consultants' Group

13:25 – 13:30

Chair’s Closing Remarks

Henry Simmons

Chief Executive, Alzheimer Scotland

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