How Can Hospitals Improve Their Interaction With Patients Living With Dementia, UK First Cross Sector International Dementia Conference

“Wandering and misplaced patients miss treatments, medications and care   ”

Taking place 3 – 4 November 2015 at the Vox (the new centre at the NEC Birmingham), the conference will tackle a range of issues facing the NHS relating to patients living with dementia such as becoming dementia friendly, improved care of the elderly in acute care and integration of care.

This conference will be profiled at the UK’s first cross sector International Dementia Conference. This conference will also welcome dementia experts from across the world, as well as from different industries to learn and share ideas on the best solutions to tackle this global issue.

Dementia is the word used to describe the symptoms of a range of diseases including Alzheimer’s disease and vascular disease. The number of people affected is set to double in the next twenty years just because of the ageing population.

Professor June Andrews, Director, Stirling University’s Dementia Services Development Centre (DSDC) and a leader in developing this exclusive conference comments: “Staff at NHS hospitals are dealing with patients living with dementia across most of its services, it is therefore important that the hospital and its staff are equipped to make the journey for the patient as optimal as possible.”

The International Dementia Conference has been established by DSDC as an interactive, educational platform to drive understanding. It will take place alongside the dedicated Care & Dementia Show, therefore also offering practical support. Organisers are specifically inviting

  • Nurses who work in acute medical and surgical wards in general hospitals
  • Other clinical staff including allied health professionals
  • Nurses who work in the community
  • Any psychiatric nurses who work in old age settings
  • Staff who work in geriatric or care of elderly wards.
  • NHS managers who wish to ensure their area is making use of the latest knowledge around dementia.

60 concurrent session presentations will address topics ranging from: Ideas to Change health care culture, patients with dementia in acute hospitals, peer support for patients with dementia, to signage and room design and many more valuable areas for dementia discussion and debate.

Professor Andrews concludes:

This is a conference for everyone who want to know how to better serve and care for those affected by dementia. Best practice ideas will be shared and trends revealed that will help many areas of the NHS to prepare to confront this increasingly important subject.”

The conference programme will also feature a series of individual talks, panel discussions and practical case studies highlighting the recent trends related to Best Practice within acute care dealing with patients living with dementia; Inspection and Regulation; Training and Regulation; Law and Ethics; Research and Design.

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