Bristol Dementia Conference - Living Well with Dementia

Date: 07 Jul 2016

Category: Events

Bristol Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) held its first annual Dementia Conference on 23 June 2016 at Ashton Gate Stadium.  The event, chaired by Alison Moon, Transformation and Quality Director and Hilary Doxford, World Dementia Council Member and Vice-Chair of the European Working Group of People with Dementia, welcomed delegates from all over the country.

The purpose of the day was to share our successful approach to delivering dementia services and to celebrate Bristol reporting the highest dementia diagnosis rates in the South West.  

The event, attended by over 120 delegates, included a range of speakers from different organisations followed by facilitated workshops in the afternoon. Attendees included GPs, Secondary Care clinicians, commissioners, the voluntary sector, provider services and service users and carers.

Professor Alastair Burns giving his keynote speach at the Bristol Dementia Conference 2016
2 women and a man chatting and having refreshments at the bristol dementia conference

The key note speech delivered by Professor Alistair Burns, National Clinical Director for Dementia, set the national scene whilst reminding everyone that the wellbeing of people with dementia is central to all we are striving to achieve. Prof Burns was followed by an inspirational talk by Hilary Doxford, who described her personal journey from diagnosis to the reality of living with dementia. 

Speakers then included our own Dr Pippa Stables, Clinical Commissioning Lead GP for Dementia, who delivered a presentation on engaging GPs in primary care diagnosis. There then followed a presentation by Dr Colm Owens from the Dementia Wellbeing service who discussed the Bristol model for delivering a community based service.

The conference also included discussion on how to improve engagement of BME (Black Minority Ethnic) communities and how this important area is being taken forward as a research project.  The afternoon workshops were well attended and covered a range of topics from the use of antipsychotic medication to a carers perspective of supporting someone with dementia. 

Bristol dementia conference panel of 4 speakers answering questions from the audience with a microphone
Group photo from left to right Prof Alistair Burns, Dr Pippa Stables, Hilary Doxford, Colm Owens and Alison Moon

The day offered a chance to share and discuss best practice with other CCGs and for staff across organisations/CCGs to network and explore current practice. Feedback from the conference has been highly encouraging with one delegate noting that the day was “extremely positive and inspiring”.

For more information on the conference please contact heather.allward@bristolccg.nhs.uk.

Conference Twitter overview

Conference presentations

Useful links

  • Alzheimer's Society - a national charity offering advice, information and support for individuals living with Alzheimer’s, their family and carers. 
  • Bristol Dementia Wellbeing Service - a local service providing support, guidance and help for people living with dementia in Bristol. 
  • Bristol Dementia Health Integration Team (HIT - a team of professionals who are working together to transform care for people affected by dementia.
  • Alive! -  a charity dedicated to improving the quality of life of older people in care.
  • The ReMemBr Group  -  a Bristol based research group that conduct neuroscience and psychology research into memory, the brain and dementia.
  • BRACE - a charity that funds research into Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.
  • Bristol Dementia Action Alliance - Bristol Dementia Action Alliance is working to raise awareness of dementia across Bristol and make it a dementia friendly city.