Please see below for a list of confirmed speakers, to date, for the 2017 conference programme. We’ll be adding to this list over the coming weeks. You can search for names using the search box.
Barbara is Policy and Research Advisor with Alzheimer Scotland. Prior to joining Alzheimer Scotland in 1990, she worked in the NHS for 18 years, specialising in the nursing care of older people, latterly as a joint nurse manager/clinical teacher with the NHS and University of Glasgow. Within Alzheimer Scotland, Barbara has held a wide variety of posts traversing practice, research and policy development. She currently works within Alzheimer Scotland’s public policy team and as a collaborative partner with the Alzheimer Scotland Centre for Policy and Practice at University of West of Scotland. She is part of the team delivering the Dementia Champions’ programme and works closely with the network of Alzheimer Scotland Dementia Nurse Consultants in each health board. Barbara’s PhD research was an interpretive phenomenological analysis of stress as experienced by people with dementia.
Having originally trained and qualified as a Diagnostic Radiographer, Charlotte went on to leave the NHS clinical world and pursue career advancement within the health and social care field. Working across private, voluntary and third sectors in a variety of roles over the past decade, Charlotte’s passion for training and workforce development emerged. In her current role as Senior Technology Co-ordinator with Alzheimer Scotland, she is funded by the TEC programme for the next two years to explore innovative ways to support people living with dementia and their carers, using technology. Her main work stream within this team is training and the development of a national workforce upskilling programme.
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I am an occupational therapist and I have worked with older people in a variety of practice contexts throughout my career. My doctoral research, framing occupational therapists’ knowledge and beliefs of alcohol misuse in physical health care settings, considered the role of education and how education influences professional knowledge and beliefs connected to alcohol misuse. Through my doctoral research and practice experience, I am interested in the importance of promoting meaningful occupation with older people to encourage and sustain healthy lives for longer. This interest has guided the collaborative work I undertake with Alzheimer Scotland, initiating and implementing a funded internship programme for occupational therapy students and recent graduates. Our internship projects embrace a commitment to, and are shaped by, the importance of person-centeredness, anchored and intertwined with meaningful occupation with people experiencing dementia.
Dr Marie Prince is the Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Lead for the Young Onset Dementia (YOD) Service across Glasgow & Clyde. Since completing her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Hull, Marie has worked in the NHS within Older People’s mental health services, clinical health psychology and neuropsychology. Marie is currently working to establish efficient and equitable care pathways for people with YOD in Glasgow & Clyde. Raising awareness of YOD and neuropsychological assessment amongst health professionals is a priority for the YOD Service across Glasgow & Clyde. In addition Marie is keen to work with partners to ensure that evidence based psychological interventions are available for people with YOD and their families.
Elaine is an occupational therapy graduate of St. Johns University, York, and has completed further academic study at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh. Elaine has extensive clinical experience in mental health and dementia and has been responsible for the clinical, strategic and managerial leadership of allied health professionals (AHP’) in a health board in Scotland. Elaine was previously seconded to Scottish Government, developing a policy for AHP’s in mental health called “Realising Potential”.
Elaine now works at Alzheimer Scotland in a strategic AHP leadership role in partnership with Scottish Government and Alzheimer Scotland. Elaine collaborates with clinician’s, individuals and organisations to increase an awareness of who allied health professionals are and how they CAN support people living with dementia to live positive and independent lives. Elaine leads on the AHP dementia policy called “Connecting people, connecting support. The allied health professional offer to people living with dementia in Scotland.”
I have 15 years fundraising experience working in the areas of nature conservation, disability and assistance dogs. Previous to taking up this role, I spent a few years in Sydney working for Assistance Dogs Australia who took the Dementia Dog concept ‘down under’ to successfully pilot throughout the country. We continue to closely collaborate to share international learning as this next phase of the project launches in Scotland.
Helen joined the EWGPWD in October 2014, nominated by The Alzheimer Society of Ireland and served as Vice-Chairperson until 2016.
Henry has over twenty years’ experience in the health and social care sector and has spent the majority of his career in the voluntary sector, primarily involved in developing new community-based person-centred services.
Henry has worked in both the learning disability and mental health fields. He was a Board Member of Alzheimer Europe for several years and is a General Member of the Mental Health Tribunal for Scotland. He is also chair of the NHS NES/SSSC Dementia Programme Board and currently a member of the Fair Work Convention.
Recently, Henry has been fortunate to be awarded Honorary Doctorates from both Queen Margaret University and Glasgow Caledonian University.
Before joining Alzheimer Europe as its first Executive Director in 1996, Jean Georges worked as a journalist for the European and International department of the Luxembourg newspaper “Tageblatt” and as a parliamentary assistant for Members of the Luxembourg and European Parliament.
As Executive Director of Alzheimer Europe, Jean was in charge of the various projects of the organisation including the three-year European Commission financed “European Collaboration on Dementia – EuroCoDe” (2006—2008) project which brought together over 30 dementia experts from 20 European countries. He also represents the organisation in IMI, Horizon2020 and FP7 projects, such as PredictND, EPAD or EMIF.
He has been liaising with various other European organisations and held a number of elected positions, such as Secretary General of the European Federation of Neurological Associations (2002-2004) or Vice-Chairperson of the European Patients’ Forum (2007-2008). In 2005, he was appointed by the Council of Ministers and the European Parliament as one of two patient representatives to the Management Board of the European Medicines Agency (2005-2008).
Jenn is a core member of the Quality & Workforce Development team at Alzheimer Scotland. With over 15 years’ experience of working in social care, Jenn now plays a fundamental part in the design & delivery of Alzheimer Scotlands learning and development programmes. Jenn is committed to promoting the human rights of people living with dementia and their carer’s and has a particular interest in what is still a taboo topic; Sexuality & Dementia. Having just recently started an MSc in Citizenship & Human Rights at Glasgow Caledonian University, Jenn hopes to focus her studies around this area.
John Starr studied in Cambridge and London before taking up a clinical research fellowship in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Edinburgh. After a spell at the Hammersmith Hospital, London, he returned to Edinburgh and is now hoary Professor of Health & Ageing and a consultant running three memory clinics per week. He has a special interest in adults with Intellectual Disabilities who have dementia. He established and continues to lead the Alzheimer Scotland Dementia Research Centre. He has published over 400 peer-reviewed papers on a broad range of areas related to dementia and cognitive impairment. He has been a Trustee and Board member of Alzheimer Scotland for over ten years.
Joyce joined Alzheimer Scotland in January 2010 as Deputy Director of Development and leads on major projects that have attracted international interest e.g. Dementia Dog. Joyce has a BA in Business and Enterprise and IPD Diploma in Training Management, in addition to over 30 years’ experience in the health and social care sector.
She started her career as a Psychiatric Nurse, but had the opportunity to join the voluntary sector in the early nineties and has since worked with young people excluded from main stream education, managed Carers Centres where she developed one of the first young carers services in the Scotland. Also before joining Alzheimer Scotland she worked on developing new and innovative services for people with learning disabilities.
In her current role she drives the design innovation programme at Alzheimer Scotland pioneering the use of creativity to help build collaborative user driven service innovation.
I have worked for Healthcare Improvement Scotland (HIS) for the past 2 years initially as an inspector with the Older People in Acute Hospitals team and then with Independent Healthcare leading hospice inspections. I moved into the improvement hub's Focus on Dementia team in July 2016 and have a specific remit for supporting improvements in post-diagnostic support. I am a registered general nurse and, having previously worked for Alzheimer Scotland for many years in service management and practice development, have specific expertise in dementia and quality improvement. I have an MSc in Citizenship and Human Rights and am currently on the Scottish Improvement Leader programme.
I have been caring for my partner since his diagnosis 2 years ago. It has been a life changing experience which is both challenging and rewarding. Previously an Office Manager, I now endeavour to make our lives as fulfilling as possible.
Having spent many years working with people with both physical and learning disabilities, I have been working as a Children’s Instructor at Dogs for Good over the past 3 years. This involved training and matching assistance dogs to families with children with physical disabilities to create life changing partnerships.
In my role as Dementia Dog Instructor I will be training and placing assistance dogs with service users who are living with dementia and provide ongoing aftercare support for them.
Maruska Greenwood has been the CEO of LGBT Health and Wellbeing since 2008. The organisation runs a wide range of projects and services that promote the health, wellbeing and equality of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in Scotland.
The organisation runs LGBT Age, a unique project that supports older LGBT people (over 50). The project also works with mainstream organisations to increase awareness of the particular issues faced by older LGBT people to enable services to become more accessible and responsive to those needs.
Prior to this role Maruska worked with a number of health and wellbeing focused voluntary sector organisations, including Alzheimer Scotland and the ‘see me’ mental health anti-stigma campaign. As a community activist she has over the years been involved in a range of LGBT and women’s groups and organisations.
She entered the Scottish Parliament in April 2006 as a regional MSP for North East Scotland and was the first MSP to take the oath in Doric as well as English. She served as Minister for Schools and Skills in the first ever SNP Government between 2007 and 2009 and as convenor of the Scottish Parliament's Rural Affairs and Environment Committee between 2009 and the elections in 2011. She was appointed as Minister for Public Health in November 2014.
Michael is a Senior Health Improvement Officer at NHS Health Scotland which is a national NHS Board that aims to reduce health inequalities. Before that Michael worked for NHS Health Scotland as Health Improvement Officer, supporting the NHS and others to promote physical activity. Michael previously worked for NHS Health Scotland’s Equality Team, and before that he worked for the Disability Rights Commission and Glasgow Housing Association.
Michael has a BA Honours in Sociology from Stirling University and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Housing, also from Stirling. He has a Masters Degree in Equality and Human Rights from Glasgow University.
Michael is a Trustee of the charity, Partners in Advocacy, and he is currently a member of the National Institute for Health Care Excellence’s Public Health Advisory Committee, which is updating good practice guidelines on making people more physically active.
Michael has managed the various Memories Projects since 2011 for Alzheimer Scotland. He pioneered the Football Memories project which has now been replicated with Rugby, Shinty, Golf, Cricket, Speedway and Athletics. There is a non-sporting project for Cinema. His initial career was in Education and he has been involved in voluntary work since 2000, initially with a housing association for older people, and then with the Children’s’ Panel and Alzheimer Scotland.
Michelle’s interest in dementia started as a teenager when her grandmother was diagnosed with dementia. Michelle now combines her passion for improving dementia care and support with her day job. As Team Lead for Focus on Dementia, Michelle builds on her own family experience of dementia and her professional experience of leading improvement programmes, together with her academic qualifications (MBA graduate, currently undertaking MSc in Dementia at Stirling University and qualified Improvement Advisor through Institute of Healthcare Improvement, USA). In 2015, Michelle was awarded the Winston Churchill Fellowship and travelled to Japan and USA to learn more about how these countries are supporting people with dementia to live well in their own homes and stay part of their communities. Since returning from her travels she has shared her learning nationally and locally and on a voluntary capacity, is supporting Prestwick to become a Dementia Friendly Community.
Now Peter has embraced the opportunity to bring to the aged care sector his vast restaurant experience along with his love of ‘unadulterated’ food where ‘the flavours do the talking’ through fresh, seasonal and sustainable produce and innovation in modified meals.
Yoghurt you can eat with your hands? Pureed foods that can be picked up with your fingers? These are some of the breakthrough recipes Peter Morgan-Jones has developed to support older people and people with dementia who are no longer comfortable with cutlery or who have swallowing difficulties.
In his session, Peter Morgan-Jones will describe how foods that can be eaten by hand, including for modified diets, along with smaller portions eaten more regularly throughout the day, are keys to maintaining the joy of eating for vulnerable people who too often miss out. Peter has hands on knowledge about food engagement for a person living with dementia.
Peter Morgan-Jones is an author of two bestselling cookbooks, don’t give me eggs that bounce. His new book is it’s all about the food not the fork! 107 easy to eat meals in a mouthful. Both books are written for carers as a support tool for mealtimes for a person living with dementia.
We have been involved with the Dog Day programme in Kilmarnock for 18 months and have also made people go ‘awww’ in other parts of the country too. We hope one day to be Intervention Dogs or even Facility Dogs and we’re training really hard to be as clever as possible. We have a finely honed double act, with Albert very much the Morecambe to Poppy’s Wise.
Prof Ritchie is the Director of the Centre for Dementia Prevention at the University of Edinburgh. He has developed expertise over 20 years in clinical trials of new treatments for dementia as well as improving the understanding of disease processes in the years before the onset of dementia. This expertise has culminated in his leadership of the PREVENT Dementia Program which will recruit 700 people across the UK aged between 40 and 59 and follow them up closely using detailed clinical and biological assessments. Coupled to this he also leads the European Prevention of Alzheimer’s Dementia (EPAD) Project which is the largest study ever launched globally to develop a much clearer understanding of Alzheimer’s Disease in the preclinical phase of this condition. It does so to inform the embedded clinical trial of numerous interventions for the secondary prevention of Alzheimer’s dementia. He also leads on the Prevention Workstream of the Scottish Dementia Research Consortium.
As well as a significant clinical practice and leadership record including being listed as one of nursing’s inspirational leaders by the Nursing Times, Professor Dewing has held a variety of other joint practice and education and research posts in universities in the UK and with The Royal College of Nursing. She continues to work in practice and volunteering roles.
I have worked in the mental health profession for over 30 years, within a variety of roles since qualifying as a mental health nurse in 1986. I graduated in 1998 B.Sc Health Studies, and was undertaking my masters qualification when my own mother was diagnosed with Vascular Dementia, at the time of my Father’s death. In 2011 my work was recognised when I received national “Unsung Hero” award. I am presently employed by Alzheimer Scotland where I work as a Dementia Advisor. Area of interest being “sexuality in the elderly” and within the organisation we are actively developing a training toolkit for staff, taking this forward with people living with dementia. In 2017 the abstract was accepted “Lets Talk about Sexuality” was successful for the Alzheimers International conference in Kyoto. In 2015 “Scottish Health Awards” the Dementia Advisor team won the category “Integrated Care for Older People.”
Robbie is a teacher and a befriender and founded the social enterprise Lingo Flamingo around 18 months ago. Lingo Flamingo provide language lessons to older adults in communities and care homes on an outreach basis, tailoring their courses to consider the needs of older adults. Our reasons for teaching foreign languages to older adults are twofold, firstly it provides them with an interactive and exciting group activity to undertake where they learn a new language, explore a different culture and have a lot of fun doing so. Secondly, we are using language learning as a platform to stimulate the brain- as there is some very interesting research which shows that speaking a second language can delay the effects of dementia as well as aiding with stroke recovery. For anyone who is interested to know more then please get in touch with Robbie “Flamingo” Norval at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sandra is a registered Occupational Therapist and after retiring from the NHS as a national Allied Health Professions Dementia Consultant in September 2015 has been working with Alzheimer Scotland to raise public and professional awareness of how everyday technologies as well as telecare and telehealth can make a difference to the quality of life of those living with dementia in Scotland.
She supported the development of The Technology Charter for People Living with Dementia in Scotland (launched 9th December 2015) and has been working to embed the principles and values of the Charter in practice and encourage everyone involved in dementia care to consider the potential of technological solutions at every stage of the dementia journey.
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The charity Playlist for Life, encourages families and other caregivers of people living with dementia to offer on an mp3 player device such as an iPod, a thoughtfully compiled and highly personal playlist of music that has been meaningful to them during their life. Andy Lowndes has been Deputy Chair of the charity Playlist for Life and was its Lead Trainer for the last three years. Until recently a lecturer / researcher at Glasgow Caledonian University, Andy holds honorary positions as Lecturer at Glasgow Caledonian University and as a Cognitive Stimulation Therapist (CST) in NHS GG&C. He has worked in mental health care for the last 36 years, specialising in the last 17 years in the care of older people and people with dementia in all care settings. His particular interests are in the use of reminiscence and CST. Since retiring early from GCU Andy has adopted a new persona as “The Music Detective” where he travels around the UK supporting people with dementia and their families to develop Personal Playlists and raising awareness of the charity.