Press Release

22 June 2011

Following the success of their 2010 inaugural conference, the partners of the Dementia Services Development Centre South East are delighted to announce the 2011 International Dementia Conference, 'Talking about dementia'.

The conference takes place on Wednesday 13 and Thursday 14 July, and will once again be hosted by Canterbury Christ Church University, a partner in the Centre with national charity Dementia UK and care provider Avante Partnership.

The two days will provide an opportunity for dementia care professionals to update their skills and knowledge, and for people with dementia and their families and carers to discuss ways of supporting and improving dementia care.

Penny Hibberd, from Canterbury Christ Church University and Director of Dementia Services Development Centre South East, said: “Last year’s conference was a great success, with many dementia care professionals, people with dementia and their families and carers telling us how much they enjoyed the chance to discuss with colleagues and peers the different aspects of dementia care and support.

 “This year there will be talks and presentations on working to improve dementia care in general hospitals; the hidden aspect of caring for people with dementia; the development of the East Kent Admiral Nurse Service; the Eden Alternative and peer support for people in the early stages of dementia.

“There will also be interactive sessions to showcase a selection of innovative practice and interactive activities that encourage positive communication with people with dementia and their family members.”

Guest speakers include Professor Bob Woods from Bangor University, Professor Murna Downs from Bradford University, Karen Stevens from Skills for Care and Professor Mike Nolan from Sheffield University.

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Notes to Editor

Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services. 

With nearly 18,000 students, and five campuses across Kent, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional expertise.

  • In 2010 the Faculty of Education received top grades in its Ofsted report for its primary, secondary and post-compulsory programmes, together with its employment-based routes into teaching. The University’s primary provision has the unique record of having been awarded the highest Ofsted grades in all inspections since 1996.
  • Over 90 per cent of our graduates gain employment or are in further study in the first six months after graduating.
  • Along with over a thousand undergraduate, postgraduate and professional training courses on offer, we are also home to world-leading and internationally recognised research in Education, History, Music and Sports Related Studies.
  • Canterbury Christ Church University was founded in 1962 by the Church of England as a teacher training college.

The Dementia Services Development Centre South East (DSDCse)

The Dementia Services Development Centre South East (DSDCse) is a regional centre, based at Canterbury Christ Church University, which serves the counties of Kent, Sussex and Surrey.

The Centre works in partnership with Avante Partnership and Dementia UK. The aim of the Centre is to support dementia services to plan, deliver, and improve the quality of services for older people with dementia. The Centre is involved in activities that support and develop: dementia care curriculum design; leadership and organisational change; evaluation; knowledge transfer and research. It also promotes the philosophy of care that is a person-centred, relationship based approach that focuses on preserving the dignity and independence of the individual who has a dementia and their family.

Dementia is viewed as a disability, and the culture of care promoted by the Centre emphasises personal strengths, maintenance and development of relationships and retained abilities.

In the last year the DSDCse has delivered higher education courses in dementia care at Interprofessional Learning, Foundation Degree, Continuing Professional Development and MSc levels; led the local evaluation of the Department of Health implementation site of Dementia Advisers in Medway; completed an evaluation of a ‘befriending service’ and ‘our memories matter’ led by the voluntary service, Caring Altogether on Romney Marsh; supported knowledge transfer small award projects in spirituality in dementia, a series of monthly lectures, workforce development and dementia awareness and led a joint project with ICOM to evaluate the use of technology in dementia to promote independence in the community and care homes.

Avante Partnership

Avante Partnership is a leading charity and provider of dementia care in 16 care homes across Kent, Bexley and Greenwich. Avante Partnership also provides domiciliary care in Kent and East Sussex and support services to young people in Kent and Medway.

Within the portfolio of residential care homes Avante Partnership is in the process of redeveloping its care homes to meet the challenge of the 21st Century in designing care and support services to meet the needs of those with a dementia type condition. It is also in the process of up skilling its workforce in current thinking and practice in dementia care and has already achieved substantial inroads in developing staff skills and knowledge. This has taken the form of a three year strategy developed from the National Dementia Strategy, working in partnership with the DSDCse and Dementia UK.

Dementia UK

Dementia UK is a national charity, committed to improving the quality of life for all people affected by dementia. One of Dementia UK’s objectives is to promote and develop Admiral Nursing – a specialist nursing intervention focused on meeting the needs of carers and families of people living with dementia. Admiral Nurse Direct is a telephone line run by Admiral Nurses open to carers, people with dementia and professionals to provide support, education and advice.

Dementia UK training specialises in the provision of high quality training courses for those who work with older people and people with dementia. Uniting Carers, Dementia UK, is a national network of carers, former carers, family and friends of people affected by dementia. As well as these branches of support, Dementia UK works in partnership with a host of organisations and networks and has set up regional centres to ensure that people everywhere can have access to the support that they need.






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