Major International Dementia Conference to be Held in Birmingham

A major international conference tackling dementia will take place at Birmingham in November.

Held between 3rd and 4th November, 2015 at the Vox Centre, the International Dementia Conference will bring together leading medical figures from around the globe.

In addition, attendees from a variety of different industry backgrounds will be on hand in order to learn and share ideas on the best ways to tackle this global issue.

Issues facing managers in the NHS, care homes, social care and housing providers will be on the agenda, with a particular focus being placed on best practice, changing cultures and planning for dementia.

International speakers will include:

Professor Timothy Kwok, Director of Jockey Club Centre for Positive Ageing, Chinese University of Hong Kong, who will focus on improving hospital care through prevention strategies and psycho-social interventions for dementia. The prevention strategies under investigation will include vitamin B, nutritional supplement, TaiChi and cognitive training;

Helen Matheny, Director of the Alzheimer’s Disease Outreach Program, USA, who will discuss the first private-public state-wide partnership to support living well with dementia;

Professor Tara Cortes, New York University College of Nursing, who will share success in online training and offer an exclusive preview into the forthcoming US National Alzheimer’s Strategy.

The number of people affected by dementia is expected to double in the next couple of decades on the basis of the ageing population alone.

This is therefore a critical issue for the NHS going forward, and this insightful international conference in Birmingham will provide the opportunity for experts in the field to examine the issue in depth.

There will also be a focus on economic issues related to commerce, and Professor June Andrews, Director, Stirling University’s Dementia Services Development Centre, and a leader in developing this exclusive conference, commented that “understanding how your business best interact with people diagnosed with dementia can have significant impact on long term success.”

The international dementia conference has been established as an interactive, educational platform, in order to drive understanding of this critical and debilitating condition.

Over the two days of the conference, 60 concurrent session presentations will be held.

The sessions are intended to address topics ranging from best practice, housing, design, understanding, caring and many more valuable areas for dementia discussion, with the overarching aim of stimulating debate.

Organisers have also stated that the conference programme will feature a series of individual talks, panel discussions and practical case studies highlighting the recent trends related to Best Practice; Inspection and Regulation; Training and Regulation; Law and Ethics; and Art and Culture; Housing; Financing Old Age; Living with Dementia; Research and Design; Care at Home; Families, Faith and Communities.

Professor Andrews concluded that the event will be vital for anyone wishing to gain an understanding of dementia.

“This is a conference for everyone who want to know how to better serve and care for those affected by dementia. Best practice ideas will be shared and trends revealed that will help many sectors prepare to confront this increasingly important subject.” 

For further information regarding attending the International Dementia Conference, please click here.

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Monitor Opens Investigation on Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust

As the NHS continues to face financial difficulties in a wide variety of different sectors, the regulator Monitor is continually assessing the validity of various organisations within the NHS.

In this context, that regulator has recently been forced to open an investigation into the rapidly deteriorating financial position at the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust.

This trust is one of the 152 foundation trusts currently located in Britain, with over 60 per cent of these organisations being based in England.

According to reports close to the body, the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust is currently expected to run a deficit in the fiscal year.

This has led the regulator to open an investigation which will be focused on the financial validity and credibility of the organisation.

The Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust is a large and very significant NHS foundation trust, currently providing services for in the region of 1.2 million people in the Midlands region.

Since it was established, the trust has served people in Birmingham, Solihull, Sutton Coldfield and South Staffordshire, and is considered vital to the local community in this region.

However, the £29.5 million deficit that has been reported in relation to this organisation has led to the financial regulator stepping in.

What makes the deficit figure even more serious is the fact that it has been accumulated in merely the first five months of the financial year.

Reports have suggested that the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust has been forced to utilise its cash reserves in order to ensure that the everyday running of the organisation can continue unabated.

Monitor is apparently concerned that the deterioration is gathering pace, and also that there is a lack of a robust plan to address the serious financial issues that the trust is facing.

The health regulator will be investigating to seek to understand the underlying financial risk that the Birmingham-based organisation faces, and what indeed can be done to remedy the situation.

Speaking about the decision related to the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust, Marianne Loynes, Regional Director at Monitor, emphasised that the investigation would seek possible solutions to the existing situation.

“This trust has slipped worryingly into the red, using its cash reserves to prop up the day-to-day running. A deficit of £29.5 million in 5 months is simply not acceptable and we want to establish what can be done to ensure the trust continues to provide the services local patients value,” Loyes commented.

An announcement about the outcome of the investigation will be made in the next few weeks.

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