Policy Forum for Wales

Priorities for older people's care in Wales - funding, new models and working towards a dementia friendly Wales

Morning, Wednesday, 20th June 2018

Park Inn Hotel, Mary Ann Street, Cardiff CF10 2JH


This timely seminar is bringing together policymakers and key stakeholders to discuss priorities for older people’s care in Wales.

It will be an opportunity to discuss the implementation of the recently released Dementia Action Plan - looking at the challenges for meeting the needs of patients and supporting the wider circle of service users, including carers and NHS staff, as well as raising public dementia awareness.

The seminar also follows the Parliamentary Review of Health and Social Care, which focused on issues arising from changing demographics, and the Welsh Government’s recent response, which includes a new joined-up plan for Health and Social care. Delegates will consider the prioritisation of integration, and the resources for, and the development of, new models of care for older people.

Further sessions will focus on the opportunities for improving the regulation and governance of older people’s care - in response to varying standards - as well as the future role of bodies including health boards, local authorities and private care organisations in the effective delivery of services.

Attendees will also discuss priorities for enhancing standards in care homes, following the recent report from the Older People’s Commissioner for Wales, which calls for further action to be taken by the Welsh Government.

Guest of Honour

Daisy Cole

Director of Wellbeing and Empowerment, Older People’s Commissioner for Wales

Keynote Speakers

Professor Vanessa Burholt

Director, Centre for Innovative Ageing and Director, Centre for Ageing and Dementia Research, Swansea University

Professor Sir Mansel Aylward

Member, The Parliamentary Review of Health and Social Care Panel

Daisy Cole

Director of Wellbeing and Empowerment, Older People’s Commissioner for Wales


Rhun ap Iorwerth AM

Member, Health, Social Care and Sport Committee and Member, Cross-Party Group on Dementia

Councillor Phil White

Cabinet Member for Social Services and Early Help, Bridgend County Borough Council


Clare Jenkins

Joint Chief Executive, Board of Community Health Councils in Wales

Jane Hutt AM

Member, Finance Committee and External Affairs and Additional Legislation Committee

Councillor Tessa Hodgson

Cabinet Member for Social Services, Pembrokeshire County Council

Emma Quaeck

DementiaGo Project Manager, Gwynedd Council

Sue Phelps

Country Director, Alzheimer’s Society Cymru

Anne Caloe

Housing Manager, Wales & West Housing

Len Richards

Chief Executive, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board

Helen Buckley

Admiral Nurse Practitioner and Regional Lead, South Wales, Admiral Nurse Service, Royal British Legion

Siôn Jones

Partner, LE Wales

Bronagh Scott

Executive Director of Nursing, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board

Dr Sharon Williams

Senior Lecturer, Department of Public Health, Policy and Social Sciences, Swansea University

Chris Roberts

Campaigner, Dementia Engagement and Empowerment Project; Co-founder, 3Nations Dementia Working Group and Vice Chair, European Working Group of People With Dementia

Rob Tovey

Head of Quality, Home Instead Senior Care