Event Programme

The Congress offers great choice and variety with sessions running simultaneously. The expertise of leading international and UK speakers were on display and for those who prefer a more interactive style, there was plenty of opportunities for sharing ideas, information and experiences. In a rich mix of presentations, symposia and workshops the Congress covers all areas of care and support for people with dementia and their carers in care homes, acute hospitals, day care, sheltered and extra-care housing and the community. We are delighted that people with dementia and carers were closely involved as contributors throughout the whole event. Please click HERE to find out more about our Keynote Speakers.

We were excited to deliver an interactive virtual Congress, where delegates had access to all plenary and themed sessions at UKDC, the virtual exhibition and poster presentations, plus networking and chat facilities to socialise with fellow attendees, speakers and exhibitors. Attendees were also able to view the Dementia Care Awards presentations on the 12th November! Additionally, there was post event access to the sessions after the event, so everyone were able to revisit the sessions.



11.00 Welcome address
11.30 Themed sessions 1
13.00 Themed sessions 2
14.00 Plenary session 1
14.00-14.40 Part 1 with Q&A
15.00-15.45 Part 2 with Q&A
16.00 Themed sessions 3



10.00 Plenary session 2 followed by Q&A
13.00 Themed sessions 4
14.30 Plenary session 3 –  Tom Kitwood Memorial  Address followed by Q&A
15.45 Themed sessions 5



09.00 Themed sessions 6
10.15 Plenary session 4 followed by Q&A
12.15  Q&A with DEEP – meet the filmmakers and the film stars
14.00 Themed sessions 7
17.00 National Dementia Care Awards

You will find an outline of all of the themed sessions available over the three days of Congress below.


  • Upholding the Equality Act in practice in care homes – Lynne Phair, Independent Consultant Nurse & Kara Gratton, Milford Care
  • Using the legal test for mental capacity to assist our client group – Sara Wilcox, Pathways Through Dementia
  • Best practice in diagnosis for young onset dementia -Janet Carter, UCL and NELFT
  • Positive post-diagnostic support for Young Onset Dementia: Findings and evidence-based resources from The Angela Project – Jan Oyebode, University of Bradford & Vasileios Stamou, Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Exploring financial impact and affordability of care – Andrea Mayrhofer, University of Hertfordshire
  • Experiences of diagnosis and support services – Amy Semple, Health Innovation Network
  • Purbeck Meeting Centre: A collaborative community initiative – Rachel Murray, Dorset Healthcare & Shirley Evans, University of Worcester
  • The Dementia Challenge – the future of dementia and technology – Colin Capper, Alzheimer’s Society
  • Supporting enhanced dementia care provision within primary care networks – Beth Goss-Hill & Emily Oliver, Dementia UK
  • Alzheimer’s Society Accelerator Programme – charities working with start-ups and new products – Simon Lord, Alzheimer’s Society
  • Dementia and delirium at end of life – Sharron Tolman, Consultant Admiral Nurse
  • End of life doulas working with people with dementia – Hazel Ratcliffe, Caro Rosie Dent and Aly Dickinson, End of Life Doula UK
  • What does a good death look like? – Karen Harrison Dening, Dementia UK
  • Gavin Terry, Jo Vavasour & Tim Shakespeare, Alzheimer’s Society


  • The impact and use of the Mobii Interactive Table (Magic Surface) for people living with dementia in residential care – Louie Werth, Care Research & Anna C Park, OM Interactive
  • Exploring the difference between music therapy and meaningful music for people with dementia – David Moore & Ming Hung Hsu, Methodist Homes Association
  • Organisational change and physical activity in a large care provider – Surraya Mahmood, NorseCare & Ryan Hughes, Active Norfolk
  • The garden is a mirror of your care culture – Mark Rendell & Debbie Carroll, Step Change Design
  • Managers’ experiences of supporting residents to navigate care homes – Michelle Heward & Amanda Adams, Bournemouth University
  • Creating checklists for dementia friendly hospital environments – Louise Page & Sally Byers, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Alternatives to care homes for people with dementia – Rebecca Jarvis, Health Innovation Network
  • What are the challenges facing nursing home staff when a person with advanced dementia deteriorates?  – Zena Aldridge, De Montfort University
  • My Future Wishes conversation starter pack – Bindi Dhesi & Neil Courtman, Alzheimer’s Society
  • The effectiveness of life song at the end of life in dementia care – Adele Kinsella, Life Song
  • Recognising the value of connecting with nature for people living with dementia – Simon Evans & Teresa Atkinson, University of Worcester and Vivienne Depledge, Dementia Adventure
  • Vanessa Pritchard-Wilkes & Katey Twyford, Housing Learning and Improvement Network, John Walker, Walker Simpson Architects, Ruth Eley, tide and Kris Peach, Housing & Care 21


  • Alive and Direct – connecting in the corona crisis – Isobel Jones, Alive Activities
  • Living life through a pandemic – adapting to change – Rosie Monger & Elise Woolnough, Woodland Grove Care Home
  • From person centred to family centred care – Charlie Hoare, The Huntington and Langham Estate
  • Music in Mind: Remote – Helena Bull & Amina Cunningham, Manchester Camerata
  • Discovering dementia – Claire Craig, Sheffield Hallam University & John Killick, Dementia Positive
  • Dementia and self-management – Scottish Dementia Alumni
  • How to keep community groups and activities going: the SCI-Dem review – Thomas Morton & Teresa Atkinson, University of Worcester
  • Experiences of living grief: bereavement in carers of people with dementia – Amanda McCarren, tide
  • Caring from a distance for a parent living with dementia – Sarah Robertson & Sarah Butchard, Merseycare NHS
  • Using video consultations to support families living rurally with dementia – Tom Rose, St Barnabas Hospice & Gayle Madden, Dementia UK
  • “To ask or not to ask? That’s the question in dementia care” – Pati Bielak-Smith, author and trainer
  •  Dementia and end of life community of practice – We have come a long way – Catriona Sullivan and Anita Hayes, Hospice UK
  • Covid-19, dementia and care homes – Karen Harrison Dening, Dementia UK
  • Why does it matter to consider the duality of being a clinician and family caregiver? – Sarah Russell, Dementia UK and family carer
  • Exploring the importance of emotional care being a central focus in life during and beyond Covid-19 – Luke Tanner & Sally Knocker, Meaningful Care Matters, Kate White, Butterfly Home and Diane Kehoe, Beaumont Court Care Home
  • Alcohol and dementia: prevention, treatment and recovery – Tony Rao, South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and IoPPN
  • Supporting Ahead Programme – community outreach support from within the acute hospital – Caroline Ellis, Royal Cornwall Hospital NHS Trust and Emily Oliver, Dementia UK
  • Innovating to keep people safe through hospital journeys – Natasha Morgan, Alzheimer’s Society


  • Improving the health of people living with dementia through inspiring care – Kate Grange, Norsecare & Steve Gardner, Oomph Wellness
  • Reducing inappropriate polypharmacy in care homes – Aileen Jackson, Health Innovation Network & Aiysha Saleemi, UCL Partners & Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust
  • Ensuring good mouth care for care home residents: a partnership approach – Alys Griffiths, Leeds Beckett University & Karen Spilsbury, University of Leeds
  • Who’s in charge here? Supporting people living with dementia and dysphagia – Lindsey Collins & Jan Oyebode, University of Bradford
  • The development of a Distressed Behaviours Pathway -using non-pharmacological interventions to support residents in care homes – Julie Braithwaite, Rotherham Doncaster & South Humber NHS Foundation Trust

Chair: Fiona Carragher, Alzheimer’s Society

Professor Dame Louise Robinson, Academic GP & Ageing at Newcastle University, Daphne Havercroft, Daughter and Attorney for Dorothy who was living with dementia and Professor Alistair Burns, NHS England and NHS Improvement

  • Challenging research ethics processes through Dementia Enquirers – Philly Hare, Innovations in Dementia CIC & Dementia Enquirers Pioneers
  • Can we still deliver a person-centred service? – Sheila Manclark & Beverley Graham, Darnell Dementia Group
  • Developing a new service for families affected by Lewy body dementia– Rachel Thompson, Dementia UK/Lewy Body Society & Chris Maddocks, living with Lewy body dementia
  •  “CHARMed to work with you:” using the action researcher-in-residence model in care homes – Dr Isabelle Latham, Faith Frost, Professor Tracey Williamson and representatives from four participating care homes (Assured Healthcare Solutions; Hallmark Care Homes; Sanctuary Care and Care UK).
  • Welcome address – Dementia-Friendly Hospitals and the Charter – Sarah Tilsed, National Dementia Action Alliance
  • Dementia and Covid-19 – what happened to personhood? – Sarah Mould & Jeni Bell, University Hospital Southampton
  • Acute hospital supporting patients with dementia during lockdown – Chris O’Connor & Clarissa Gibson, Surrey & Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust
  • Staying virtually connected – positivity from a pandemic and beyond – Kate Hudson & Ginnie Adamson, Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust


  • Ruth Eley, Anna Gaughan & Karen Greenhalgh, tide & Clarissa Giebel, University of Liverpool
  • Harnessing collective experience and expertise: caring from a distance – Fay Valentine, Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Trust & Sarah Russell, Dementia UK
  • Remote post-diagnostic support – Sarah Butchard & Jill Pendleton, Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust
  • Supporting clinicians remotely during the Covid-19 pandemic – Victoria Lyons & Caroline Scates, Dementia UK
  • The experience of living with dementia in British minority groups – Harriet Falk, University of Nottingham
  • Integrating compassion into dementia care – Sarah Butchard & Matthew Simpson, Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust
  • Exploring the attitudes and perceptions of sub-Sahara Africans in Nottingham towards dementia and dementia care – Farai Pfende, JoCo Learning and Development
  • Innovative training approaches to improve care for people with dementia – Professor Jane Murphy, Michele Board & Michelle Heward, Bournemouth University
  • Lynne Phair, Independent Consultant Nurse & Lorraine Poundall, Milford Care



  • Wear to care – uniforms in care homes – Suzanne Mumford, Care UK & Faith Frost , University of Worcester
  • Regaining skills the Montessori way – Sally Dando & Lynne Phair, Dementia and Supported Living The Montessori Way (UK)
  • Environmental LGBTQ micro aggressions in dementia care settings – Phil Harper, Coventry University Group
  • People with dementia engaging in sport in their local communities – Chris Russell, University of Worcester
  • Social prescribing to arts as diagnostic practice for dementia – Veronica Franklin Gould & Cicely Ryder-Belson, Arts 4 Dementia
  • The updated Guide to Psychosocial Interventions – what’s new? – Reinhard Guss, Faculty of the Psychology of Older People, British Psychological Society & Felicity Caryer, Kent & Medway Partnership Trust
  • Post diagnostic support & promoting research within a memory assessment service – Jenny Day & Amanda Morgan, Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust
  • Music and musicking in care homes – Fiona Pritchard & Donia O’Connor, Colten Care
  • Creating purposeful days for people living with dementia in their own homes – Emma Sadler & Kerri-Anne Jones, The Good Care Group
  • Best practice guidelines for the delivery of activities for dementia – Surraya Mahmood, NorseCare & Amanda Burke, University of East Anglia
  • Creating with care – Paula Har & Angela Conlan, Oxford Health Foundation Trust
  • Improving oncology services and support for people with cancer and dementia – Professor Claire Surr & Rachael Kelley, Leeds Beckett University
  • Liaison Occupational Therapy – evolving within an acute care setting – Gina Warren & Marie Henderson, Tees, Esk & Wear Valley NHS Foundation Trust
  • Family caregiver application of person centred care during mealtimes – Vicki Leah, University of East London


  • Professor Ian James, Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne & Wear NHS Foundation Trust
  • Impact of dementia training on staff competence and confidence to care – Ana Barbosa & Clare Mason, University of Bradford
  • Magic Moments in dementia care – a storytelling approach to learning – Nick Andrews, Swansea University
  • Implementation and impact of DEALTS2 dementia education in acute care – Michelle Heward, Bournemouth University
  • Human rights in dementia care – Stuart Wright, Brunelcare
  • How meeting centres adapted to Covid-19: strategies and impact – Shirley Evans & Professor Dawn Brooker, University of Worcester
  • “Remembering Yesterday, Caring Today” – exploring new solutions – Pam Schweitzer, European Reminiscence Network
  • Dancing horses and creativity in lockdown – Clare Morris & Mike Parish, For Brian CIC
  • Intergenerational adventures: arts practice designed to create connections – Nicola Abraham, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama & Lucy Gilby, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust
  • The impact of vintage ads on people with dementia in acute settings – Jane Jarvis, History of Advertising Trust & Elizabeth Yaxley, Norfolk and Norwich NHS Trust Hospital

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