Alzheimer's Society Annual Conference 2017

ASAC17 Conference

Taking on Dementia Together

Alzheimer's Society held its biggest-ever conference in London on Thursday 18 May. We brought together 450 delegates from across the health, social care, research and policy communities to discuss how best to improve the quality of life for people affected by dementia.

The conference provided the opportunity to hear first-hand the views and priorities that matter from a range of high-profile national and international speakers and join the debate on what needs to be done.

Date: Thursday 18 May

Time: 9.00 AM - 5.00 PM

Venue: Grand Connaught Rooms, London


Our CPD accredited conference programme provided an unpreceded opportunity to hear and ask questions to the leading figures in dementia, health, social care and research fields.

At the conference we:

  • Unveiled the findings of our biggest ever conversation with people affected by dementia
  • Explored in greater depth what works and the challenges across health, care, diagnosis, drug discovery and research
  • Heard and asked questions from leading figures in government, health and research

Delegates also attended workshops to explore in greater depth what works in dementia care, as well as the big challenges.

Browse our plenary sessions, workshops and key speakers in more detail in our Conference Programme.

You can also download presentations from our plenary and workshop speakers.


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Key speakers: 

The conference was chaired by journalist and presenter Bill Turnbull, and keyspeakers included:

  • Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP, Secretary of State for Health
  • Professor Sir Malcolm Grant, Chairman, NHS England
  • Professor Bart De Strooper, Director, UK Dementia Research Institute
  • Professor Maxine Power, Chief Executive, Haelo Innovation and Improvement Science Centre
  • Professor Alistair Burns, National Clinical Director for Dementia and Older Peoples' Mental Health, NHS England
  • Charles Alessi, Senior Advisor and Lead for Preventable Dementia, Public Health England
  • Dan Corry, Chief Executive, New Philanthropy Capital
  • Professor Mike Trenell, Director, NIHR Innovation Observatory, Newcastle University
  • Tim Hammond, Chief Executive, Four Seasons 
  • Ray James, Immediate Past President of ADASS
  • Wendy Noble, Senior Lecturer at King's College London
  • Nicola Duffield, Health Checks Commissioning Lead, NHS Southampton
  • Keith Oliver, Ambassador, Alzheimer's Society and KMPT Dementia Envoy
  • Professor Jan Oyebode, Dementia Care, University of Bradford
  • Richard Perry, Consultant Neurologist, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust
  • Catherine Thompson, Experience of Care Lead, NHS England
  • Caroline Weimar, Homecare Worker
  • Josie Huggins, Family Carer
  • Dr Justin Walker, GP, Stewart Medical Centre, Buxton, Derbyshire
  • Ben Page, Chief Executive, IPSOS Mori
  • Ian Sherriff, Academic Partnership Lead for Dementia, Plymouth University
  • Shelagh Robinson, Living with dementia
  • Hilary Doxford, Research Network Volunteer and Alzheimer’s Society Ambassador
  • Joy Watson, Alzheimer’s Society Ambassadors
  • Wendy Mitchell, Alzheimer’s Society Ambassador
  • Alex Preston, Three Nations Dementia Working Group member
  • Zahid Khan, Service Delivery Consultant, Anchor
  • Gillian Findley, Director of Nursing, Durham Dales, Easington and Sedgefield CCG and North Durham CCG

Who attended?

  • Leading influencers in health and social care
  • Central and local government
  • Third sector organisations
  • Dementia researchers and research organisations
  • Providers of community health services

Thanks to our conference sponsors Lilly and Xcalibre.

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