Policy Conference 2021

Find out more about the Alzheimer's Society Policy conference which took place on 23 March 2021, and re-watch content from the day.

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Alzheimer’s Society was pleased to host this half-day conference on 23 March 2021.

The day was focused around delivering quality social care for people with dementia, and allowed attendees to learn more about our work as well as participate in breakout discussions and question and answer sessions.

There was also the opportunity to learn about our related areas of work, including a forthcoming discussion paper on Quality of Care and our Research Centres of Excellence.

You can read our discussion paper 'A Future for Personalised Care' and watch back the recordings from the conference below. 

A Future for Personalised Care: our report

A future for personalised care

A Future for Personalised Care
This discussion paper starts a conversation on what social care reform needs to deliver in order to meet the needs of people with dementia.

The paper considers evidence from legislation, guidance, standards and frameworks that define quality care or drive improvement, from le ading bodies across the social care sector. It also examines evidence from research hubs such as the Alzheimer’s Society Centres of Excellence, to understand the hallmarks of quality care, and how social care can best be delivered. It looks at personalised care, what ‘living well’ means for people with dementia, and the importance of social connections. It also considers how the social care system needs to be built to enable personalised care.

This paper provides the foundation for future work we will undertake to further explore themes of personalised care and what matters most to people affected by dementia.

Watch the conference back

Opening welcome, presentation of our new report and panel discussion


Breakout session: How to get better data in social care? 

Breakout session: How can we support the workforce and providers to deliver good care?


An introduction to our Centres of Excellence


Breakout session: Dementia Change Action Network


Breakout session: Social Care Future


Breakout session: Alzheimer's Society and Sport England


Breakout session: The Dementia Pathway


Closing remarks

Who attended?

We had a wide range of attendees at the conference including:

  • Anyone living with or affected by dementia
  • Social care professionals/practitioners
  • Industry bodies
  • Local authorities
  • Research institutes
  • Think tanks

Conference programme

  • 13:05 – Opening welcome
    • Fiona Carragher, Director of Research and Influencing
  • 13:15 – Presentation of our new report, panel discussion and Q&A
  • 14:00 – Break
  • 14:15 – Parallel workshop sessions
  • How can national policy and legislation best support local change?
  • How to get better data in social care?
  • How to drive forwards research in this area?
  • How can we support the workforce and providers to deliver good care?
  • 15:00 – Break
  • 15:15 – Researchers – Introduction to the Centres of Excellence
  • 15:55 – Break
  • 16:05 – Parallel workshop sessions
  • Dementia Change Action Network
  • Social Care Future
  • Alzheimer's Society and Sport England
  • The Dementia Pathway
  • 16:35 – Break
  • 16:45 – Closing remarks
    • Kate Lee, Chief Executive Officer
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