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Arts 4 Dementia Best Practice Conference 2019

"Towards Social Prescribing (Arts & Heritage) for Dementia".

The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Rt. Hon. Matt Hancock, calls for social prescribing for dementia: “We should value the arts for not only bringing meaning and dignity to our lives, but for their power to improve the nation’s health and wellbeing. It’s scientifically proven. Access to the arts and social activities improves people’s mental and physical health. It makes us happier and healthier,” he declared at the Social Prescribing Conference and World Dementia Council summit, highlighting A4D’s programme at Southbank National Poetry Library as an effective intervention.

Arts 4 Dementia (A4D) is to hold the first UK conference on social prescribing for dementia, with a key policy debate and presentations by leaders in music and the arts for dementia, health and social care.

This year 225,000 people will develop a dementia - one every three minutes. There is no cure, but widespread evidence that engaging with arts and heritage helps protect against the risk of cognitive decline and empowers individuals and their carers to override anxieties caused by dementia, develop new creative experiences, preserve speech and language skills and nurture resilience in the community, despite dementia.

On diagnosis of a dementia, people need direction to the arts to counteract loss and preserve cognitive function. Social prescribing, whereby surgery case managers, health support workers and link workers encourage people to choose their own arts programmes, can achieve this. But the focus of social prescribing is rarely on dementia.

"Towards Social Prescribing (Arts & Heritage) for Dementia" will look at the evidence, the process and impact of social prescribing arts as non-pharmaceutical interventions for the dementias and how this can be measured. There will be a plenary debate between leaders in arts, health and social care, followed by paired presentations from surgery linkworker to prescribed arts programmes, cultural companion training and launch of a volunteer creative companion consortium, ArtsPAL.

Who For? GPs, social prescribers and those working with the arts, heritage and wellbeing, creativity, memory and social care services.

The Programme

9.30 Registration

10 am Welcome: Veronica Franklin Gould, Arts 4 Dementia, SP and creative befriender consortium, ArtsPAL

MORNING SESSIONS chaired by Alexandra Coulter, Chair, Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance

10.10 Christine Maddocks, environmentalist and former police officer, living with Young Onset Dementia

10.20 Arts 4 Dementia at the National Poetry Library with poet Nick Makoha, participant His Honour Keith Hornby and Lucy Wells, Communities Education Manager at Southbank Centre

10.35 Dr Daisy Fancourt, Senior Research Fellow / Wellcome Research Fellow, Research Dept of Behavioural Science & Health, University College London, on arts and cultural engagement as protection against cognitive decline and dementia.

10.55 Professor Sebastian Crutch, Professor of Neuropsychology, Dementia Research Centre, University College London, on how people with dementias provide research evidence through arts.

11.15 Q&A.

11.25 Refreshments and Networking

11.50 Dr Michael Dixon OBE GP, National Clinical Lead for Social Prescription, NHS England and Co-Chair, Social Prescribing Network. "Social Prescribing for Dementia in Practice".

12.10 KEYNOTE SPEECH Baroness Greengross, Co-Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group on Dementia

12.25 PLENARY DEBATE chaired by Dr Marie Polley, Co-Chair Social Prescribing Network

  • Dr Charles Alessi, Dementia Lead, Public Health England
  • Professor Martin Green OBE, Chief Executive, Care England
  • Dr James Sanderson, Director Personalised Care Group, NHS England
  • Georgia Chimbani, Dementia Lead, Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS)
  • Bradley Trott, Social Investment Manager, Alzheimer's Society
  • Richard Ings, London Lead for Arts in Health, Wellbeing and Criminal Justice, Arts Council England

1.10 Lunch and Networking


2 pm MUSIC & DANCE FOR EARLY-STAGE DEMENTIA Chaired by Dr Trish Vella-Burrows, Principal Research Fellow, Sidney De Haan Research Centre for Arts & Health, Canterbury Christ Church University

2.10 Dr Sophia Hulbert, Neurophysiotherapist, Pavilion Dance South West "Dancing for Dementia"

2.20 Gemma Dixon, Director, Music for Memory

2.30 Grace Meadows, Programme Director, The Utley Foundation "Music for Dementia 2020"

2.40 Q&A


2.50 pm Nicky Taylor, Theatre and Dementia Research Associate, Leeds Playhouse, with recorded message from Deborah Marshall, Peer Support Co-Ordinator, Leeds City Council

3.10 Dr Richard Hooker, Clinical Lead and Michael Farra, Health & Social Care Assistant, My Care My Way, NHS West London CCG, Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea, with Kathryn Gilfoy, Director, Resonate Arts.

3.40 Wendy Gallagher, Head of Learning & Engagement, Manchester Museum, Arts & Health Partnership Manager, The Whitworth and Manchester Museum. "Beyond Dementia". Museum partnerships

3.55 Kate Parkin, Equal Arts, Project Lead, Creative Age Challenge and Creative Friends

4.10 Bogdan Chiva Giurca, Founder & Chair, NHS England Social Prescribing Student Champion Scheme

4.25 Q&A

4.35 Professor Helen Chatterjee MBE, Head of Research and Teaching at UCL Culture and Professor of Biology, University College London "Museums on Prescription: The bio-psychosocial impact of museum participation for isolated and lonely older adults."

4.50 Nigel Franklin, Chief Executive, Arts 4 Dementia

5 pm Ends.

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