Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Today Speaking Care Inspectorate Conference Shifting Landscapes of Dementia Care

Shifting Landscapes of Dementia Care Conference

Venue: Westpark Conference Centre, Dundee
Date: Wednesday 7 May 2014
Time: 9am – 4pm

Approximately 88,000 people have dementia in Scotland.  Around 3,200 of these people are under the age of 65.  About 191,000 people work in social care and social work, and between 60 and 80% of the workforce are likely to work with people with dementia in some way.

We are committed to supporting improvements in dementia care and are pleased to be hosting a conference that highlights best practice.  

The conference will:
  • cover a range of topics that promotes wellbeing and person-centred care for people living with dementia
  • share learning opportunities with you to keep the experience of the person with dementia at the heart of what we do.  

The Dementia Standards and Promoting Excellence Framework have been with us since 2011.  Scotland is now on its second dementia strategy taking us though to 2016. We are now seeing many services that are using the Promoting Excellence Framework to develop their workforce to meet the needs of people with dementia in a supportive and person-centered way.

Person-centred care is now associated with quality dementia care, however underpinning all of this has to be a strong human rights framework.  We are committed to ensuring that the rights of people with dementia are recognised and respected.

Who is it for?

This conference aims to bring together a range of people for whom improving dementia care and support is a priority.

You will find this event useful if you support people with dementia in social care and health. People with dementia and their carers who have an interest in how we are working to improve dementia care services are also welcome.

Please register your interest in attending our conference here

Closing date for applications Friday 4 April 


9.00 – 9.45
Arrival and refreshments

9.45 – 10.15

Karen Anderson, Director of Strategic Develoment / Deputy Chief Executive, Care Inspectorate

10.15 – 11.00
'Risks, Rights and People Living with Dementia'

11.00 – 11.20

11.20 – 12.30
Workshop – session 1

12.30 – 13.30

13.30 – 14.45
Workshop – session 2

14.45 – 15.30
‘Seeing Auntie’
Naomi Breeze
Breeze Productions

15.30 – 16.00
‘You can make a difference’

16.00 - 16.15
Reflections and close

Robert Peat, Director of Inspection, Care Inspectorate


Please register your interest in attending our conferencehere

Closing date for applications Friday 4 April


Professor Charlotte Clarke

Charlotte has an interest in research that concerns the health and wellbeing of older people.  Much of her work focuses on dementia care, and draws on several social science theoretical bases such as risk theory.  She prefers working in multi-disciplinary teams and uses her background as a nurse to address research questions about the experiences of ageing and living with a long term condition and the ways in which services can best meet peoples’ needs.

Charlotte qualified as a nurse in 1986 from what was then called Glasgow College of Technology.  She worked clinically for a number of years before moving into roles that focused on education and research. She joined the University of Edinburgh in 2011 as Head of the School of Health in Social Science.  Prior to this, she worked as Associate Dean (Research) at Northumbria University, leading a substantial and successful research centre.  A part-time PhD studentship funded by the then Regional Health Authority focused on the experiences of carers of people with dementia.

She also works with the National Institute for Health Research as Chair of the NE Research for Patient Benefit Committee, and was Associate Director of FUSE (a UKCRC funded Centre for Translational Research in Public Health).

Breeze Productions

Naomi Breeze established Breeze Productions in 2002, a professional theatre company based in the UK.  Naomi is a graduate of The Royal Scottish Academy of Music & Drama and a member of British Actors Equity.

The theatre company writes, produces, performs and tours its own original one person plays and specialises in creating plays on virtually any theme for any event or occasion.  Since 2002, Breeze Productions has worked for a wide range of voluntary, statutory organisations, criminal justice and businesses to help to raise awareness of many issues.  These include arts, health, education, social work and housing services in and around 20 local authorities.

'Seeing Auntie' focuses on the lives of a family, one of whom has dementia.  The play promotes awareness of people with dementia and their carers.  The powerful play gives you the opportunity to learn from the experience of a woman whose beloved Auntie develops dementia and traces the impact of the dementia journey on the whole family.

Tommy Whitelaw

For 20 years, Tommy Whitelaw worked in the music industry running merchandising operations on international tours for artists including Spice Girls, McFly, Kylie and U2.  His life changed dramatically in 2007 when he returned to Glasgow to become a full time carer for his mum Joan who had vascular dementia, up until she sadly passed away in September 2012.

Tommy’s struggle through this difficult and isolating experience has led to him becoming a tireless campaigner raising awareness of the issues surrounding dementia.  His ‘Tommy on Tour’ campaign saw him walk across Scotland’s towns and cities to collect hundreds of life story letters from people across Scotland providing an insight into the issues and challenges faced with those coping with Dementia and those caring for those with Dementia.

Now, as Project Officer of the Health and Social Care Alliance’s Dementia Carer Voices Project, Tommy continues to travel the length and breadth of the country to speak to carers groups, health and social care professionals and students as well as key decision-makers who have influence over the lives of people affected by dementia.  He continues to gather carer’s experiences, and shares them with those who can make life better for carers and the people they support.

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