Changing Dementia Care-Conference

Start Date:
18th May 2017

End Date:
18th May 2017

Start Time:
8.45 am

End Time:
4.30 pm

Event title: Changing Dementia Care-Conference
Venue: Shropshire Education Conference Centre at Royal Shrewsbury Hospital, Mytton Oak Road, Shrewsbury SY3 8XQ
Name: Karen Breese
Telephone: N/A
Event description: The NHS Trust that runs Shropshire’s two acute hospitals host this conference which will look at improvements in care for people living with Dementia.

The Changing Dementia Care conference follows two successful end of life care conferences held in the last two years. It is being organised by Karen Breese, Dementia Clinical Specialist at SaTH.

She said: “A quarter of patients in our hospitals live with a dementia or some form of confusion. We are working to ensure that those patients, and their carers, receive the individualised and sensitive care that is appropriate to their needs, to help to ensure that their stay in hospital is no longer than it needs to be.

“In recent years, there have been a number of initiatives that we have introduced in order to improve care for people living with dementia and for the people who care for them. This conference will build on that and is an excellent opportunity for health and social care professionals to improve the care that they offer.”

In September last year, SaTH launched its Living Well With Dementia appeal. The three year appeal aims to raise £2.6 million to provide a number of benefits for patients to improve ward and outpatient departments so that they are dementia friendly.

Work will include improvements to the ward and outpatient environments to make them dementia friendly, new clocks, colour-coded hand rails and toilet seats, improved signage, new crockery and cutlery and reminiscence items.

This will build on other initiatives developed by SaTH in recent years, including:

  • The Butterfly Scheme, which uses a butterfly symbol to quickly and discreetly identify patients with dementia or confusion.
  • The Carer’s Passport, encouraging carers to visit and stay with patients living with dementia in order to provide reassurance, support, and help with eating and drinking and other day-to-day activities.
  • This Is Me, a leaflet that people living with dementia can use to tell staff about their needs, preferences, likes, dislikes and interests.
  • Twiddlemuffs, thick hand muffs with bits and bobs attached to the inside and out which are designed to provide a stimulation activity for restless hands for patients with dementia.
  • Dementia-Friendly Café – held once a month at PRH with plans to introduce a similar café at RSH to allow people with dementia and their carers to get together over coffee and cake to talk about their experiences.

Organised by Karen Breese, dementia clinical specialist at SaTH. Speakers include Chris Robers and Jayne Goodrick, who featured in the BBC Panorama documentary about living with dementia.

This conference costs £20 per person and is geared towards professionals who are keen to improve the care they deliver to those living with dementia and their Carers in Shropshire and Telford.

As well as presentations the day will include:

  • Question and Answer Sessions.
  • Launch of the Dementia Charter.
  • Dementia Friends Session.

Workshops on:

  • Hearing Loss and Dementia.
  • Assistive Technology with examples & demonstrations.
  • Good Practice in Hospitals and
  • The Importance of Using the Right Language.

To book your place please email or for more information contact Karen Breese at

Click here for flyer: Dementia-Conference-Flyer-update-Feb

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