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Dementia outcomes in England - research, prevention, personalisation, care integration, inspection, and next steps for policy

December 2019

Price: £95 PLUS VAT

This conference examined the way forward for improving dementia outcomes in England.

It took place as policymakers prepared for a raft of possible developments in the new parliament for changing funding and the organisation of social care.

Areas for discussion included:

  • Integrating health, housing and social care services,
  • Delivering personalised care,
  • Dementia prevention and risk-reduction, and
  • Priorities for research and innovation in diagnosis, treatment and care delivery.

Speakers and chairs

Keynote addresses from:

  • Fiona Carragher, Chief Policy and Research Officer, Alzheimer’s Society;
  • Dr Elizabeth Gill, Clinical Chair, NHS High Weald Lewes Havens Clinical Commissioning Group; and
  • Alison Murray, Head of Inspection, Adult Social Care, Care Quality Commission.

Further keynote contributions from: Dr Jenny Barnett, Cambridge Cognition; Dr Alison Evans, Alzheimer’s Research UK; Professor John Gallacher, Dementias Platform UK and Dr Wendy Neil, York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

Also speaking contributions from: Professor Graeme Betts, Birmingham City Council; Professor Martin Green, Care England; Zena Aldridge, Dementia UK; Irfan Hassan, Programme Director, Technology Integrated Health Management for Dementia Study, Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and University of Surrey and Peter Watson, Dementia Carers Count.

The chair was Baroness Greengross, Co-Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group on Dementia and Chief Executive, International Longevity Centre.

The agenda

  • Progress on meeting the goals of the Dementia 2020 Challenge and priorities for moving forward post-2020;
  • Developing an integrated approach to improving dementia outcomes in Birmingham;
  • Integrating health and social care - workforce development, creating dementia-friendly communities and the role of technology;
  • Personalised care in practice - addressing barriers, increasing access and supporting patient choice;
  • Key issues for regulating dementia services;
  • Next steps for dementia research - funding, translating research into practice and improving patient participation:
    • Supporting research to improve dementia outcomes;
    • Data in the digital age for dementia research: Dementias Platform UK;
    • Collaboration with industry partners: and
    • Encouraging the translation of research into clinical practice.

Case study contributions

  • How technology can be used to aid independent living - with Irfan Hassan with her work on the Technology Integrated Health Management for dementia project;
  • The ‘Golden Ticket’ project, which provides personalised care and social prescribing to patients with dementia and their carers - with Dr Elizabeth Gill, Clinical Chair, NHS High Weald Lewes Havens Clinical Commissioning Group; and
  • Providing care in the community - with Zena Aldridge, Admiral Nurse Research Fellow, Dementia UK.


The discussion took place in light of:

  • Policy proposals for reforming adult social care in England;
  • Aims in the NHS Long Term Plan to provide enhanced support in the community through multidisciplinary teams and integrated health and social care services;
  • NHS England considering the right to personal health budgets for those with dementia outlined in Universal Personalised Care: Implementing the Comprehensive Model;
  • The Dementia 2020 Challenge approaching its final year, with the Dementia 2020 challenge: progress review highlighting areas where further progress is needed; and
  • The Ageing Society Grand Challenge mission to ensure people have at least five extra healthy, independent years of life by 2035.

This pack includes

  • Dropbox video recording of the conference
  • PDF transcript of the discussion, including all speaker remarks and Q&A
  • PDFs of speakers' slide material (subject to permission)
  • PDFs of the delegate pack, including speaker biographies and attendee list
  • PDFs of delegate articles