In February 2014, Open Forum Events held our first Dementia: Quality of Care conference. Attracting over 150 delegates from across health, social care, and the wider public, private and third sectors, as well as people living with dementia, their carers and families, this innovative and inspirational event focused on key stages in the dementia pathway using best practice case studies and personal stories to shine a light on the way forward for dementia care and support. Proper integration across services, truly personalised care, real engagement and empathy were major themes of the day.
So where are we a year on? The news is still full of stories about low diagnosis rates, a lack of funding for quality care, and so on. Policy papers are full of talk of patient engagement and involvement, and integration of health and social care. But is this actually making a difference to the people at the centre of things? At Dementia: Quality of Care 2015, we will examine the current state of affairs and establish how things need to change.
This event has been designed to bring sectors and systems together to look at the bigger picture of dementia care and support, focused on the whole person perspective and the whole community perspective. People with dementia, their carers and families will be actively involved in every session, as well as professionals offering practical examples of excellent work being done and how it might be adapted and adopted by others. The conference will provide a rare chance to engage with and learn from each other. Delegates will have the opportunity to listen, digest, debate and then reflect on information that will make a difference to their professional or personal lives.
Open Forum Events’ Dementia: Quality of Care 2015 conference offers a unique opportunity to hear directly from people living with dementia and their families about their experiences of the health and social care system, including:
• Diagnosis and post-diagnostic support
• Care in the community
• The care home system
• Hospital care
• End of life
The conference will bring together professionals from health and social care, academia, and the wider public, private and third sectors with those living with dementia, providing a rare chance to engage with and learn from each other.
The programme has been designed to offer maximum practical value, featuring a mix of keynote speeches, service-user presentations, and case studies from those who are doing things well.
If you are awaiting funding you can request us to hold your place today to ensure you do not miss out.
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