For events led by the Alzheimer’s Society click –  HERE
For events led by Dementia UK click – HERE

December 2014

Oxford AHSN Webniars:

1. Wednesday 3 December, the ‘Circles of Support’ project

Paul Cann, Chief Executive Age UK Oxfordshire

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2. Wednesday 17 December, Memory Clinic variation highlighted in the National Audit of Memory Clinics

Dr Alison Stewart, Associate Specialist, Berkshire Healthcare NHS FT

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November 2014:

MindEd evening courses in November and December .  London.  FREE

The MindEd e-Portal Programme is sponsoring an RCPCH ‘Evenings of Evidence’ mental health education series in winter 2014. Suitable for a multi-professional audience these evening courses are open to all adults working or volunteering with children and young people and are free of charge:

Mental health and young people in the youth justice system | 24 November | 6-8pm | RCPCH, WC1X 8SH

Early attachment and mental health – the real story | 10 December | 6-8pm | RCPCH, WC1X 8SH

Mental health in the classroom | 16 December | 6-8pm | RCPCH WC1X 8SH



East Midlands Dementia Day. Friday, 21 November, 2014. Nottingham. Free

This is a one day free conference for Secondary Care Specialists, GP’s and Community Nurses.  Professor Rowan Harwood, Consultant Geriatrician, Nottingham University Hospitals and Karen Harrison Dening, Director of Admiral Nursing and Independent Dementia Nurse Consultant provided support to Napp in meeting agenda content. Logistical support is provided by Nottinghamshire Public Health.  To find out more click HERE


Mental health in prisoners: health needs, suicide risk and self-harm

Tuesday 18 November, 6pm. Oxford Brookes University, Marston Road Campus, Headington, Oxford

Dr Seena Fazel, consultant and Wellcome Trust senior research fellow, will be exploring the common mental health problems in prisoners and special populations of prisoners with particular health needs, including juveniles and prisoners from low and middle income countries. Booking will be made available on the Oxford Brookes website:


NIHR MindTech Healthcare Technology Co-operative 2014 Mental Health Technology symposium.

24 November 2014, London

Mind The Gap – How can evidence keep pace with new technologies in mental healthcare?

MindTech 2014 brings together leaders in clinical practice, patient experience, academic research, industry and technology development to address the key challenges in building a faster evidence-base to support implementation of new technologies in mental healthcare.

Online booking for this event is now open, early bird savings apply until 30 September 2014. For more info and booking click HERE


UK Dementia Congress

10th,11th and 12th November Hilton Brighton Metropole. The event will offer a mix of plenary sessions, parallel sessions workshops and symposia. For further information, click HERE


October 2014:

British Psychotherapy Foundation  –  Group Relations Conference

Dates 24th  –  26th October.  Venue:  London

The Conference is an experiential workshop in the Tavistock tradition (there are no lectures or seminars); it is intended for anyone curious about the way in which individuals function within organisations, and how groups impact on their capacity for thoughtful and effective action.  The Conference activities explore issues such as task, authority, accountability and leadership, considering the meaning, limitations and creative potential of taking up a role in the process of working with others.   For more information click:  HERE

24th Alzheimer Europe Conference

20 – 22 Oct 2014.  Crowne Plaza Glasgow, Congress Road, Glasgow, G3 8QT

The conference will bring together people who are affected by dementia, caring for someone with dementia or working in the field of dementia. There will be distinguished speakers from all the European member states. To find out more and to register click HERE


Achieving good end of life care for people with dementia

Date: 14 October 2014  Venue: London

This course is intended to help health and social care professionals adapt their existing skills to achieve excellent end of life care for people with dementia and their families. It is aimed at GPs, district nurses, community matrons, CPNs, care home nurses, domiciliary care managers, social workers, allied health professionals and other care workers who would like the opportunity to reflect on their work with people with dementia.

Book online    Further information     View brochure


The Care Quality Commission invites you to the launch of its dementia themed inspection report ‘Cracks in the Pathway’

Monday, 13 October 2014  1600 – 1730 (Light refreshments from 1530)

Regus London City Point The event will give us a chance to share the report with you, highlight actions for the CQC and share thoughts on how partnership working could take forward its findings.



Carer’s Rights

8th October: London

Recent years have seen major reforms of the law as it relates to carers. This course examines how that legislation fits in with the maze of other community care statutes, and what rights carers have as a        consequence, both from social services and  NHS  perspectives. For more info and to register click HERE


September 2014:

A Life Worth Living – young onset dementia services and support

Oxford Tuesday 30th September.

YoungDementia UK and Hawker Events are holding a day-long national conference.

The intention is to provide a platform to share innovative and excellent support that works well for younger  people with dementia and their    families in actively living their lives.  The even twill include the active participation of younger people, their families and professionals.  For more info and to book click HERE


Outcome research – how do we know what we think we know about clients?

Free event from the British Psychological Society.  Bristol:  3rd September

The evidence suggests therapists are prone to over-estimate their skill and are not reliable judges of client progress. Since a pretty consistent minority of clients actually get worse in therapy therapist myopia is worrying. If you too worry that relying on your  experience and intuition (therapist gut) may sometimes not be enough, this talk is for you. For more info click HERE


Dementia Challenge North

Leeds Thursday 18th September

The Dementia Challenge North – Continuing the Fight Back will highlight not just the government’s commitments to improving the lives of those living with Dementia but also all the latest developments, strategies and policies throughout the dementia care community that are contributing in tackling the issues. For more information click HERE


Digital Health care

London 3rd September

This all day conference will cover many aspects of digital health care and data sharing. For more information click HERE


Preparing for and learning from the new CQC inspections in mental health and community care

22 September 2014. Location: Hallam Conference Centre, London

This conference aims, through national updates and the experiences of Mental Health and Community Care NHS Trusts who have experienced         inspection, to provide a practical guide to preparing for and learning from the new Care Quality Commission inspections in mental health and community care.  Further information and book online  A 20{79f878acaa41f375dcd804cc8c058b5459a5482f20a3b9f87269b26c8734749b} discount may be available by quoting ref: HCUK20ALZ when booking.


Living Well with Dementia Event: Organised by Age UK Berkshire

Thursday 25 September 2014.  Best Western Reading Moat House, Mill Lane, Sindlesham, Wokingham, RG41 5DG

From 3pm to 7:30pm. A free event for people with dementia, their families, friends & anyone who is working with or supporting those with dementia.  Hear from key speakers, engage in a debate around the defining issues for people with dementia and their families, get creative with some exciting craft activities, and become a Dementia Friend. For information and registration click HERE


July 2014 and earlier:

The Oxford Academic Health Science Network Dementia Network is

trialling a series of four webinars over July and August.

These are described below:

1. Wednesday 16 July 12:30 – 13:30

Posterior cortical atrophy

Dr Jacqueline Hussey, Consultant Old Age Psychiatrist with a special interest in young onset dementia

Posterior cortical atrophy (PCA) is a progressive degenerative condition involving the loss and dysfunction of brain cells,

particularly at the back (posterior) of the brain.  In the vast majority of cases, this loss of brain cells is associated with the

same pathological brain changes seen in typical Alzheimer’s disease, so PCA is usually considered to be an atypical variant of Alzheimer’s.


2. Wednesday 30 July 12:30 – 13:30

Do clinicians learn from quality failings in the NHS? 

Dr Nick Woodthorpe, Consultant Old Age Psychiatrist

Nick will look at how we are doing in developing a safety culture in psychiatry, and the messages that came out from his

series of interviews with psychiatrists.


3. Wednesday 13 August 12:30 – 13:30

To be confirmed


4. Wednesday 27 August 13:30 – 14:30* (one hour later)

Legal aspects of dementia

Dr Hugh Series, Consultant Old Age Psychiatrist, Regional Adviser

Hugh will cover common legal questions in dementia: lasting powers of attorney, making a will, and making decisions for

people who lack capacity.  He will also briefly discuss the current state of the law on Deprivation of Liberty.


To express an interest in participating in these please contact:

Jane Parkinson

Dementia Network Coordinator

Oxford Academic Health Science Network

07817 792926


Health Matters Bucks: Art and mental health – Tom Cox

 Date: Tuesday 1 July 2014  Time:  6pm – 8pm. The talk will last for 45 minutes and will be followed with light refreshments and a Q&A session.

Where: Conference Room, Whiteleaf Centre, Bierton Road, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP20 1EG

Come and listen to Tom Cox talk about art and mental health and the artwork developed for the Highfield Unit, Oxford and the Whiteleaf Centre, Aylesbury. Tom will also talk about the importance of art in hospital settings and how this can benefit long term health and wellbeing.

This talk is open to the public and is free of charge but spaces are limited. To book your place, please email:-

To download a poster, please click here.

The Alzheimer’s Show 2014

Olympia London on May 16th and 17th. It will include 60+ exhibitors showcasing leading
products and services and a line up of impressive speakers. The event will be repeated in
Manchester’s Eventcity on 4th-5th July. For further information, click HERE


Thames Valley Strategic Clinical Networks Addressing the challenge of  Long Term Conditions and the contribution of the House of Care

De Vere Wokefield Park, Reading RG7 3AH – Tuesday  17th  June 2014 from 12.00-16.30

Supporting people with LTCs is one of the biggest challenges facing our health and social care system. This event will set out the scale of the challenge, the economic and personal cost, and consider the House of Care as the generic framework of choice in moving to a patient-centred coordinated care approach. This event will be of interest and relevance to commissioners and clinicians across the health system, and voluntary/3rd sector colleagues.   For more information and to book a place :-Long Term Conditions Poster FINAL 3


Thames Valley Strategic Clinical Networks Commissioning and Providing End of Life Care.  What does “GOOD” look like?

 Kassam Stadium Oxford – Tuesday 6th May

You are invited to hear key national speakers,  local initiatives and have an opportunity to help form future focussed work to support commissioners and providers of End of Life Care. This event will be of relevance to providers, commissioners, voluntary and third sector colleagues and will be followed by a series of half day workshops. For more information and to book a place :- End of Life Care Poster Version 5 sent out 21Mar2014


 The Dementia Challenge.  London  8th April 2014

The National Dementia Strategy, published in 2009, set new standards for dementia care. Since then, treatment using antipsychotic drugs – which can have major side effects – has become far less common. The Prime Minister’s Dementia Challenge launched in March 2012 sets out plans to go further and faster in improving dementia care, focusing on raising diagnosis rates and improving the skills and awareness needed to support people with dementia – and their carers. It also has details of plans to improve dementia research.

A lot can be done to help people cope with the symptoms of dementia. But at the moment, the diagnosis rate in England is only 45{79f878acaa41f375dcd804cc8c058b5459a5482f20a3b9f87269b26c8734749b} – lower than Scotland and Northern Ireland.

The government want to increase diagnosis rates so that they’re among the best in Europe by:

  • making sure that doctors give 65 to 74 year olds information about memory services as part of the NHS health check programme, and refer them for assessment if they need it (from April 2013)
  • making £1 million available for innovative NHS projects to increase diagnosis rates through the Innovation Challenge Prize for Dementia
  • launching a new toolkit to help GPs provide better support

A quarter of hospital beds are occupied by people with dementia. To improve health and care services for people with dementia the government set goals to:

  • ask every hospital in England to commit to becoming dementia-friendly
  • link £54 million in funding for hospital dementia risk assessments to the quality of dementia care
  • make the dementia information on the Our Health South West website available nationally, so people have a better understanding of the services available in their local area
  • ask care homes and services to sign up to the Dementia Care and Support Compact, which sets out new standards for dementia care
  • provide £50 million of funding to adapt wards and care homes for people with dementia
  • provide dementia training resources for health and care workers
  • help to fund a £300 million programme to build or renovate housing for people with long-term conditions, including dementia
  • provide £400 million to help fund breaks for carers

While it’s very common, dementia is not very well understood.

To find out more or to register please visit:


Living Well with Dementia  Monday 31st March 2014   3:00pm – 7:30pm Hilton Reading Hotel, Drake Way, Reading RG2 0GQ

Free event for people with dementia, their family, friends & anyone who is working with or supporting those with dementia. Hear from key speakers, engage in a debate around the defining issues for people with dementia and their families, get creative with some exciting craft activities, and become a Dementia Friend. Over 30 stands from charities, local borough councils, health services, local businesses, & the voluntary & community sector, with information on the support and services they offer for people with dementia and their families.

To register go to:-


Dementia Awareness Open Day.  22nd March 10am – 1pm Lecture Theatre 2,  Academic Centre, John Radcliffe Hospital

Join Alzheimer Research UK  to find out more about the latest developments in research on Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.

  • What can a dish of patient-derived stem cells tell us about dementia?
  • What is Frontotemporal Dementia?
  • What is the relationship between brain structure and function – particularly in language and social cognition?
  • Can rehabilitation and physical activity help in brain recovery?
  • Hear about the interesting research and innovation projects that are taking place in the Thames Valley region.

There will also be various information booths set up during the  tea break. This year’s participants include: Alzheimer’s Research UK,  Alzheimer’s Society, Carers Oxfordshire, NIHR Oxford BRC, OxDARE

Dementia Awareness Open Day 22nd March 2014 Flyer


How Oxford based research is helping to solve the challenge of dementia – Webex : 18th February 2014

Claire BurleyClaire Burley from OxDARE (Oxford Dementia and Ageing Research), will share her experience of how Oxford based researchers are working collaboratively across University departments and NHS trusts on dementia and ageing research. Claire’s presentation will be followed by an opportunity for the audience to ask questions. For further information on how to join this Webex:How Oxford based research is helping to solve the challenge of dementia – 18th February 2014



Thames Valley Strategic Clinical Networks – Dementia Care Conference – 25th February 2014

With  keynote presentations from National Directors and local leaders in the care of  dementia patients this will be an opportunity to hear a vision of the future in dementia care and to participate in shaping how Thames Valley collectively meets the 2014-15 Dementia Challenge. For further information:  Dementia Conference 25th February 2014 Flyer


Kings Fund event – Improving Mental Health –  4th February 2014 London

Since April 2013, clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) and health and wellbeing boards have had the responsibility for commissioning and ensuring provision of mental health services for their local populations. This conference will explore the role that primary and community care services have in supporting better health outcomes for people with mental health conditions. The event will show you how multi-disciplinary approaches, better engagement with GPs, and thinking about how mental health services are commissioned, can reduce unnecessary emergency admissions and ensure that the right care and support is provided in community settings. For further info click: HERE


Southern Health Local Event – Children and PTSD  – 24th January 2014  Aylesbury 10 -12am

Dr Ruth Reed, Specialty Registrar in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, will look at how traumatic events affect children and why some children develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or other mental health conditions as a result of traumatic events. Her talk will also cover how these conditions are detected, how they can be treated and will explore the factors which can promote recovery and resilience, even in the face of extreme childhood experiences, including how families recover from traumatic events together or keep each other’s illness going and how PTSD affects children’s educational and social activities. For further information click:  HERE


2013 Events


8th Annual UK Dementia Congress November  2013 click  – HERE


Thursday 10th October 2013 was World Mental Health Day.

The day is celebrated at the initiative of the World Federation for Mental Health and focuses on raising  awareness of mental health issues and reducing the stigma that still attaches to mental ill health.

The theme of World Mental Health Day in 2013 was “Mental health and older adults”.

The World Federation has produced a document  World MH Day 2013 that explores some the issues surrounding of mental ill  health in older people.

UK Mental Health Foundation’s perspective can be found HERE


Local Dementia CoI Event

26th September 13.30 – 16.30hrs Shaw House Newbury

Workshop to launch the Dementia Community of Interest:  Flyer 26th Sept

The Workshop Programme is now available: CoI Programme 26th

A summary of our 26th September Dementia Community of Interest Launch is now available: HERE

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