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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness

Dementia: Transforming the journey-prevention, treatment and quality of life




A multidisciplinary conference in collaboration with Northern Health and Social Care Trust, The British Psychological Society, NI Branch, Ulster University and RCPsych in NI

Thursday 17 May 2018, Hilton Templepatrick Golf Country Club, Northern Ireland

Dementia has a profound impact on the people who experience it and on their families.  With better standards of healthcare, increasing longevity means that the number of people living with dementia is increasing.  It is estimated that one million people in the UK will have dementia by 2025 and that this will increase to two million by 2050. In Northern Ireland approximately 19,000 people are living with dementia, a number projected to rise to almost 60,000 by 2051. Research indicates that more people are developing dementia even later in life and are living, often with other significant and life-limiting chronic conditions, for shorter periods of time. We must therefore improve our understanding of the different forms of dementias and continue to redesign and transform services.

The World Health Organisation’s, Global Action Plan on the public health response to dementia, 2017-2025, includes seven targets for increased policy which include:

  • Awareness,
  • prevention and diagnosis
  • Research
  • Care and treatment of dementia.

The first target, 'Dementia as a public health priority' urges that 75% of Member States (146 countries) must develop a tailored response to dementia by 2025.

Governments across the four nations have identified as a priority the need to promote greater understanding of the causes of dementia, to work to find a cure, to modify the risk factors and to improve standards of care for people living with dementia.  There is currently no cure for any type of dementia but there have recently been significant advances in our understanding of factors which contribute to prevention, together with improved diagnosis and treatment of dementia.  

The Northern Health and Social Care Trust, The Royal College of Psychiatrists in NI, The British Psychological Society NI and Ulster University have brought together a range of speakers with international reputations from across the UK and Ireland for this conference.

The aim of the conference is to examine how developments in prevention, treatment and quality of life can transform the journey for the person with dementia and their carers. Keynote speakers and parallel presentations will present on developments in dementia care and services across a number of important themes including diagnosis, intervention, innovation and prevention.

It is intended that this event will motivate, excite and inspire further service improvement, research and innovation across these key themes.

We thank all speakers and participants for their contributions.

The British Psychological Society, Dementia Advisory Group will also be delivering the Northern Ireland launch of its position paper on 'Psychological Dimensions of Dementia: Putting the Person at the Centre of Care'.

Oscar Donnelly
Chair, Conference Organising Committee


Our keynote speakers

       Professor Mary McCarron             Dr F Duffy   Dr Afifi Qazi

         Professor Gill Livingston, UCL              Professor Mary McCarron, TCD   Professor Bob Woods, Bangor University   Dr Frances Duffy, NHSCT                 Dr Afifa Qazi, NELFT



Call for posters:


  • Book now - Early bird rate - £100 (available to Friday 13 April), thereafter £130.


6 CPD points, subject to peer group approval / 1 full day's CPD.




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