Alzheimer's Society Annual Conference 2022

Our Annual Conference sponsored by Rothesay will take place on 17 May 2022. This year's theme is Diagnosis - progressing the key issues around the diagnosis of dementia and the diagnostic and post-diagnostic pathway for dementia.

About our 2022 conference 

Our flagship annual conference returns in 2022 during Dementia Action Week and will be a force for change, to highlight the biggest problems facing a dementia diagnosis.

‘We have the right to an early and accurate diagnosis, and to receive evidence-based, appropriate, compassionate and properly funded care and treatment, from trained people who understand us and how dementia affects us. This must meet our needs, wherever we live.’

The importance of a dementia diagnosis cannot be overstated. It facilitates access to vital care and support that enables people to live well with the condition. Its importance is outlined in the Dementia Statements, which are grounded in human rights law.

Date: Tuesday 17 May 2022

Location: Park Plaza Hotel, Victoria, London

Elements of the day will also be available online.

What is this year's theme?

The conference will focus on the diagnosis of dementia, what is being done but what still needs to be done for people affected by dementia, including the latest innovations.

Who should attend?

We welcome delegates from across policy and health sectors including:

  • Thought leaders
  • Policy makers
  • Professional bodies
  • Health and social care professionals
  • Government and local authority representatives 
  • People with an association to dementia

What can conference delegates gain access to?

  • A jam-packed conference programme
  • Conference plenary sessions coupled with parallel sessions, each focused around taking action on and progressing the key issues around the diagnosis of dementia
  • Content on the research and innovations into diagnosis/diagnostics
  • Our interactive conference app
  • Panel discussions and audience Q and As
  • CPD accredited programme
  • Networking opportunities - via our exhibition, drinks reception and app networking

Who is speaking at this year's conference?

We are delighted to announce our conference will be hosted by Trevor Salomon (Carer, of wife who is living with dementia).

Throughout the day we will also hear from;

  • Alistair Burns, National Clinical Director for Dementia and Older People's Mental Health, NHS England and NHS Improvement; 
  • Sir Professor Mike Richards, Former National Cancer Director, Department of Health and Former Chief Inspector of Hospitals in the Care Quality Commission;
  • Kate Lee, CEO, Alzheimer’s Society 
  • and many more. 

There will also be two hours dedicated to parallel sessions on the day, where attendees can attend panel discussions of their choice. Full details of the keynote speakers and parallel sessions are available below. 

Full conference programme

08:30am - Registration, exhibition and refreshments

08:30am - Breakfast session (details coming soon)

09:30am - Welcome and housekeeping, Trevor Salomon, Carer 

09:40am - CEO opening address, Kate Lee, CEO, Alzheimer's Society

10:05am - Keynote speaker TBC

10:30am - Recovering and Improving National Dementia Diagnosis Rates

Alistair Burns, National Clinical Director for Dementia and Older People's Mental Health, NHS England and NHS Improvement

This session will discuss the recovery and improvement of national dementia diagnosis rates, what's already been undertaken and the opportunities that are presented by the development of a new national dementia strategy. 

11:00am - Refreshments, exhibition and networking 

11:30am - What can be learnt from the diagnosis of other diseases? 

Sir Professor Mike RichardsFormer National Cancer Director, Department of Health and Former Chief Inspector of Hospitals in the Care Quality Commission, in conversation with Kate Lee, CEO Alzheimer’s Society 

What are the successful advances in diagnosis of cancer, and what we can learn from this in the wider development diagnosis of dementia, including the wider impact of a new national strategy for dementia, currently in the early stages of development. 

12:00pm - Four Parallel sessions to choose from (please see options below)

1:00pm - Lunch, exhibition and networking 

2:00pm - Four parallel sessions to choose from (please see options below)

3:00pm - Exhibition, posters and refreshments 

3:30pm - The future of dementia diagnosis within integrated care systems

Chaired by Fiona Carragher, Director of Research and Influencing, Alzheimer’s Society

What are the opportunities for Integrated Care Systems (ICSs) to deliver a better diagnosis clinical pathway? How will they use the opportunity of health and social care integration to improve the diagnostic journey for people and their families living with dementia? 

4:30pm - Closing speaker TBC

4:50pm - Recap of the day and closing remarks, Trevor Salomon, Carer

5:00pm - Drinks reception 

Choice of parallel sessions (12pm)

Session 1 

Developing diagnostic pathways and transforming services during the pandemic 

The pandemic led to dramatic changes to how services within the NHS operate. The panel will discuss adapting services in the Covid-19 climate to deliver needed care and support to those living with dementia.

Speakers: 

  • Dr Hein Le Roux, GP and Deputy Clinical Chair, Gloucestershire CCG 

  • Dr Claire Kingswood, GP 

  • Dr Samir Shah, Consultant Older Age Psychiatrist 

  • Dr Claudia Cooper, Consultant Older Age Psychiatrist 

Session 2 

Diagnosing people from ethnic minority communities

People from an ethnic minority community may experience an inequity of diagnosis, with challenges both within communities and at service level potential barriers to diagnosis.  

Our panel will discuss the support required to break down the barriers within communities as well as establishing what memory services can do to promote a more culturally accessible diagnosis. 

Chaired by: Dr Karan Jutlla, Dementia Lead at University of Wolverhampton 

Speakers:

  • Versha Patel, person affected by dementia
  • Dr Krish Vedavanam Consultant Psychiatrist, Wandsworth Memory Assessment Service  

Session 3

What is the current gold-standard for a clinical diagnosis?  

What are the challenges clinicians face when diagnosing dementia? What is the current gold-standard for a clinical diagnosis? This session will discuss the challenges from a range of different clinical perspectives and discuss the changes required at a policy level to reach this standard. 

Speakers: TBC

Session 4 

What is the real experience of dementia diagnosis for people affected by dementia   

A Dementia Voice panel of people affected by dementia sharing their insights and experiences around diagnosis and its impact. 

Chaired by: Chris Maddocks, Living with dementia

Speakers: TBC

Choice of parallel sessions (2pm)

Session 5 

How Integrated Care Systems (ICSs) are improving the integration of dementia services 

The new health and care bill will place integrated care systems on a statutory footing ushering in a new era of closer integration in heatlh and social care. The panel we discuss practical steps ICSs are taking to better integrate dementia diagnosis pathways to improve efficiency and the support offered to those diagnosed. 

Speakers: 

  • Dr Nadia Wahid (GP)  

Session 6

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Dementia Care

Recognising and respecting an individual's background, beliefs, cultural identity and life experiences are fundamental to providing truly person-centred care. This session will explore the concepts of equality, diversity and inclusion in relation to dementia care. We will explore some of the ways in which each individual's experience of dementia is unique, examine ways of promoting equality and inclusion when supporting people living with dementia. 

Speakers: 

  • Gabrielle Morris, Senior Partnerships Account Executive  
  • Madison Harris, Outreach and Quality Assurance Manager 

Session 7

Upcoming innovations in diagnosis 

What are the upcoming innovations in dementia diagnosis? What are the next steps to get them into the clinic and ensure equity of access? This session will discuss upcoming innovations, including imaging, biomarkers, health data and AI. 

Chaired by: Fiona Carragher, Director of Research and Influencing, Alzheimer’s Society  

Session 8

The impact of delayed diagnosis 

What support do people get when they’re going through a dementia diagnosis, especially if that takes many months or years? This can potentially impact on jobs, benefits, relationships, support and symptoms they’re experiencing. Our panel of people affected by dementia will discuss the support required whilst awaiting a diagnosis and how successfully diagnosing people as early as possible can mitigate against further impact on the individual and their family. 

Speakers: TBC

How much does it cost to attend the conference?

Voluntary and public sector

Early-bird

In person: £149

Virtual: £75

Regular

In person: £199

Virtual: £99

Private sector

Early-bird

In person: £249

Virtual: £125

Regular

In person: £299

Virtual: £140

Student

Regular (this category is excluded from our earlybird discount)

In person: £70

Virtual: £30

People with dementia and carers

Regular (this category is excluded from our earlybird discount)

In person: £70

Virtual: £30

Please note: Carers attending to support a person with dementia can attend free of charge

Book now to secure your early bird rate!

Our sponsors 

Our Annual Conference is sponsored by Rothesay.

Rothesay is the UK's largest pensions insurance specialist. They manage over £60 billion of assets under management, secure more than 850,000 pensions and make average pension payments of approximately £230 million per month. Rothesay provide pension solutions for many well-known companies including Allied Domecq, Asda, British Airways, Cadbury's, National Grid, the Post Office and Prudential. To find out more please visit their website here.

Exhibition opportunities

Take advantage of the gathering of hundreds of leaders from across the policy and health sectors and showcase your organisation at Alzheimer's Society Annual Conference, the leading dementia conference.

We have various sponsorship and exhibition options to suit all requirements and budgets – if you are interested in exhibiting, take a look at our brochure, or you can email us at [email protected] to find out more.

Benefits of exhibiting

Raising the profile of your organisation by meeting key influencers and decision makers within Health and Social Care whilst networking to establish links directly with the delegates. 

FAQs

What is your covid policy?

We recognise the challenges we continue to face during the current global pandemic. Our decisions are always driven by the impact on people affected by dementia, the health and well-being of our staff, volunteers, partners, speakers and delegates.

We will be holding this conference in person, however we will be working in line with the government guidance and restrictions at the time. We will continue to monitor and review the policies and procedures we have in place in accordance with government and public health guidance. We will continue to update our attendees to any changes or considerations that will need to be put in place as part of these restrictions.

What is the address?

Park Plaza Victoria is located at 239 Vauxhall Bridge Road, London, SW1V 1EQ.

Telephone: 0333 400 6140

The nearest underground station to the venue is Victoria. Situated just two minutes from the Gatwick Express and National Rail service at London Victoria Station, Park Plaza gives you easy access to central London.

Please visit https://tfl.gov.uk/plan-a-journey/

Who will be attending?

We will be inviting thought leaders, policy makers, professional bodies, health and social care professionals, government and local authority representatives, people with an association to dementia.

Is the conference available online/virtually?

A reduced programme will be available online, registration for this type of ticket will open in March 2022.

What is the difference between an in person vs online attendance?

In person attendees will receive lunch, post reception drinks, visits to our exhibition stands, audience Q&A and conference plenary and parallel sessions.

Online attendees will be able to access our plenary sessions.

When does the early bird rate apply?

There is a discount for those registering from Tuesday 4 January up to and including Monday 31 January. 

Do you offer discounts for group bookings?

10 per cent discount for 3-4 people.
15 per cent discount for 5 people and above.
The discount will be automatically applied to your booking.

Do you offer student discounts?

Students receive a reduced rate if they are in full-time education. Students will be required to show a valid student card on arrival at the conference. 

Why are you charging people with dementia and carers?

At Alzheimer’s Society Annual Conference 2022 we will charge people affected by dementia a reduced registration fee of £70 per day. Charging for people affected by dementia (PABD) is in line with key dementia conferences (ADI, Dementia Congress). The conference aims to influence key members of the health and social care and local and national government. The registration fee is designed to dissuade members of the general public not in the target audience from attending, in order to maintain achievement of these aims.

We have assigned the reduced fee of £70 per day to PABD as this will cover the basic costs associated with a delegate attending the conference. This is primarily the per person cost Alzheimer’s Society is liable to cover for each delegate.  Our Annual Conference takes place in London to ensure we can welcome members of national government and is such is a costly endeavour for the Society. We are required therefore to ensure we recoup costs in every way possible. Other income sources include sponsorship of the event, exhibition fees and ticket sales.

People with dementia will be able to bring a carer to the conference at no additional cost.

Which sector do I fall into?

Voluntary / Public sector - Third sector, charities, not-for-profits, small medium Enterprises, Community Interest Companies, NHS, Local Government, Central Government, Universities, Councils and other Public Sector Organisations

Private sector - Commercial and profit-making organisations.

I registered for the 2020 Annual Conference, do I need to register again?

Yes, you will need to register again.

How do I pay for my place at the conference?

When placing your booking you can either pay by credit or debit card (Visa and MasterCard only) via the booking system.

Can I pay by invoice?

We prefer you to pay by Credit or debit card, if you are unable to do so please email the Conference and Events team at [email protected] to request this option. Please note an admin fee of £20 will be added to your invoice due to the admin and staff time involved in processing the invoice. 

Can I pay by cheque?

This option is not available.

How and when do I receive my confirmation once I have registered?

You will receive an email confirmation once you have completed your registration. You will not be able to attend the conference unless payment is made.

Is there a deadline for payment?

Yes, the deadline for BACS transfer and invoice payments is 14 days before the conference date Monday 2 May.

Cancellation/Refunds

Cancellations received up to and including 17 April 2022 – full refund of registration fee

Cancellations received between 17 April – 2 May 2022 – 50% refund of registration fee

Cancellations received after 3 May 2022 will not receive a refund.

Please note if you paid for the conference via our invoicing process, you will receive a refund of the registration fee as above, minus the administration fee of £20. 

Can I amend my booking after completion?

Yes, use the link in your email to login to your booking. Click ‘Modify’ to amend your booking. You can submit payment, amend your session choices and change answers to the registration questions. The deadline for amending bookings is Monday 2 May.

I am a speaker at one of the sessions, can I bring someone else along free of charge to speak with me?

Unfortunately, only one place per speaker is complimentary.

I can’t attend, can I appoint a colleague to attend in my place?

Yes, use the link in your email to login to your booking. Click ‘Substitute Registrant’ and enter the details of the person who will attend in your place. The deadline for substitutions is Monday 2 May.

How do I book for sessions?

We will be using a booking system which will allow attendees to pre-book sessions at the conference. You will be asked to select your sessions when booking your place at the conference. 

Will I be able to get a copy of presentations?

We will aim to get a copy of presentations from each speaker to be available after the event. These will be found on our webpages in the days following but as this is at the discretion of the speaker we cannot guarantee all will be available.

Can I see a delegate list before the event?

No, delegate lists will not be available. We will include delegate information on our conference App that delegates have chosen to share only. 

Can I see a list of exhibitors attending the conference?

Once our exhibitors are confirmed they will be detailed on our conference webpage and App.

Can I exhibit and/or sponsor at the conference?

For all exhibition enquiries and opportunities please see above or contact [email protected]

I have hearing problems, can you help?

Please ensure you indicate your requirements when registering for the event and we will accommodate these on the day.

Is there a dress code for the conference?

The dress code for the conference will be smart/casual.

What are the start and finish times of the event?

The conference will start at 9.00am for registration, exhibition and refreshments. The conference will close at 5pm, there will be a drinks reception at this time to end the day.

Is lunch included?

Yes, lunch and refreshments will be served at the appropriate times.

Is there a drinks reception at the conference which I can attend?

Yes, there will be a drinks reception on the evening of Tuesday 17 May.

Is there a cloakroom at Park Plaza?

Yes, there is a cloakroom upon arrival at the conference.

Will there be a quiet room during the conference?

Yes, there will be a quiet room to use which will be clearly signposted. Delegates will be advised the location of the quiet room on arrival at the conference.

Will there be a space for me to breastfeed during the conference?

Yes, there will be a quiet room for you to use. Please let us know when you arrive at the conference so we can direct you to the room.

Will there be a space for me to pray during the conference?

Yes, there will be a quiet room for you to use. Please let us know when you arrive at the conference so we can direct you to the room.

Is Wi-fi available at the conference?

Yes, you will be given the wi-fi network and access password on arrival. 

Is there wheelchair access Park Plaza?

Yes, there is wheelchair access and a lift available to all floors. 

Is there parking at Park Plaza?

The venue has no parking available on site.

Do you accept Guide Dogs?

Yes, the venue accepts guide dogs.

Covid measures at our Annual Conference

We await Government guidance on mass events during Spring next year and will continue to update delegates and visitors as we build up to the conference.

As this is a large event, we will take the following steps to reduce risk and to provide reassurance to those attending. We will encourage all delegates to wear a facemask when in the conference venue to provide reassurance to others, unless exempt.

Everyone over the age of 18 attending the Conference will be required to provide either evidence of double vaccination or a recent negative lateral flow test (currently 48 hours from the test result).

What social distancing measures will you have in place?

We will continue to work in line with the government restrictions at the time. We will update all delegates to any changes that will need to be put in place such as, one way systems.

Will I receive a refund if I decide not to attend but the conference is still going ahead?

Please see our refund policy above.

Will the conference run at a reduced capacity?

We are planning on holding the Annual Conference at capacity of 350 people, however the venue has space for 500 delegates so we will have extra space available. We will of course update delegates to any changes or considerations that will need to be put in place as part of the governments most current guidance.

 

Contact us

If you have any questions about this event please get in touch with our team on 0330 333 0804 or [email protected].

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