Alzheimer's Society Conference 2015

George McNamara speaking at 2015 policy conference

Delivering on dementia: new models of care

Working together to improve the quality of care and support for people with dementia and their carers.

Dementia is a national challenge and has ramifications for the health and social care system, as well as wider society. But at a cost of £26 billion a year, with over 850,000 people living dementia across the UK, how we are we meeting their needs?   

Alzheimer's Society's first major national conference on dementia following the general election heard from leading national and international speakers from health, social care and housing, the aim being to find out more about what works in dementia care and support.  

About this event

Building on the progress made in dementia care, a key theme of our conference was to showcase and learn from what works. It explored what the NHSE Five Year Forward View, new models of care, Dementia Challenge 2020 and Care Act 2015 mean for the delivery of dementia care and support. 

During the conference we published findings from our report, Dementia 2015: Aiming higher to transform lives. This provided a snapshot of current experiences and attitudes towards dementia for people living with the condition in England today.  We launched the Code of Practice for the recognition of dementia friendly communities, in association with the British Standards Institution, as well as the Local Government Association guidance for dementia friendly communities.  

Key themes of the conference were:

  • What should be the key dementia priorities for the new government? 
  • What does quality care look like? 
  • How can we transform our health and social care system so that it really meets the needs of people with dementia and their carers? 
  • How do we deliver new models of care for dementia? 
  • What makes a Dementia Friendly Community and how can we incentivise and support community progress?

Special focus - breakout sessions

There were four seminars, which focused on: 

  • Diagnosis and post-diagnosis support 
  • Transitions into and out of hospital for people with dementia 
  • People living well with dementia and maintaining their independence 
  • Dementia Friendly Communities - supporting local innovation and partnerships 


The speakers are the conference were:

  • Ian Shaw, Standards Solutions Consultant, British Standards Institution
  • Ray James, President of ADASS 
  • Sue Morgan, Programme Manager, New Care Models, NHS England
  • Sir David Dalton, Chief Executive, Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust
  • George McNamara, Head of Policy, Alzheimer's Society
  • Bridget Warr, Chief Executive, UKHCA
  • Nicole Beaching, Head of Service Development, Accord Group 
  • Nicci Gerrard, Dementia Campaigner of John's Campaign and leading author
  • Dr Sam Jebur, Dementia Lead, Cumbria CCG
  • Hazel Bayley, Regional Operations Manager, Alzheimer's Society
  • Duncan Burton, Director of Nursing and Patient Experience, Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Ian McCreath, Personal Choice Programme Manager, Alzheimer's Society
  • Dr Nicolette Morgan, Consultant Geriatrician, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust
  • Cllr Gillian Ford, Lead Member for Dementia, Local Government Association
  • Nikki Crowther, Head of Community Engagement, Alzheimer's Society
  • Dr Sunil Gupta, GP and Clinical Advisor for Dementia for Midlands and East

View the full conference programme

Other key speakers included:

  • Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Health
  • Dr Dennis Gillings CBE, World Dementia Envoy                                                          
  • Professor Alistair Burns CBE, NHSE National Clinical Director for Dementia
  • Jeremy Hughes, Chief Executive, Chief Executive, Alzheimer's Society
  • Hazel Blears, Alzheimer's Society Ambassador
  • Joy Watson, person living with dementia and Tony Watson, husband and carer
  • Dr Charles Alessi, Senior Advisor and Lead on Dementia, Public Health England
  • Philly Hare, Policy and Research Manager, 'Dementia Without Walls', Joseph Rowntree Foundation

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