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Following on from the continued success of previous years and back by popular demand, The Annual Plymouth International Dementia Conference takes place at Plymouth Guildhall, on 12th November 2019. Chaired by Clare Casson, a familiar face from the BBC Spotlight Team reporting, producing and presenting at BBC Spotlight for over 15 years, this year's event will showcase local, national and international solutions.

Confirmed keynote speakers and activities

  • Three members of the Three Nations Dementia group will speak about how dementia has impacted on their lives and what inspirational work they have implemented both operationally and politically across the UK and the World
  • Olivier Constant, Flanders Centre of Expertise on Dementia present their experience in relation to the Dementia Friendly Community Movement in Flanders that has spearheaded a debate across Europe on dementia care. Olivier will be showing a film entitled: - See the Person not the Dementia
  • A team from Dementia in the "Maritime Industry" will speak about their findings and solutions. Dementia presents specific problems for people working at sea. The sea is a remote and hazardous place. For many, access to health and social care for those who work at sea is difficult
  • Representatives from the prison service will inform the conference on the latest developments in care and stimulation in prisons for individuals with dementia
  • The "D-PACT" team from Plymouth University Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry will talk about their findings to date "Dementia Support workers in GP practices"
  • Other Representatives will speak about: - Diagnosing and assessing Dementia in Plymouth, Cognitive stimulation in Plymouth and Dentistry and Dementia in Plymouth and Radio Me will address the conference on their innovations and how they are working in partnership across Plymouth.

During the breaks local entertainer Chris Hancock will sing the songs of artists such as Matt Munroe, Elvis and Tom Jones. Chris has a vast experience singing to and with people with dementia and their carers across the South West.

The BBC will be broadcasting live and the conference will open with an address by local BBC radio presenter David FitzGerald.

As a first for this year's conference we will beam in live "members of the Global Dementia Group" from America, Canada, Australia, Singapore, Japan, Europe, China and other countries from around the globe. The conference audience will be able to ask questions of these individuals and hear how they are supporting individuals with dementia and their carers. 

The conference is led by Ian Sherriff B.E.M Academic Partnership Lead for Dementia Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry University of Plymouth, Chair of the Prime Ministerial Champion Rural and Air Transport Groups and Claire Puckey of Plymouth City Council. Ian and Claire both said:

"We are hugely excited by the line-up for this year's conference. Not only will we be covering issues that affect those with dementia and the people who care for them in Plymouth, but we will also hear how similar issues are being approached across the globe".

Our conference, has become the 'must attend' event in the dementia calendar.


  • University of Plymouth Students and Staff Rate £15
  • Plymouth City Council Staff Rate £15
  • Standard Delegate Rate £35
  • Exhibitor Rate £50

Lunch and refreshments are included within the fee.

How to register

Online registration is via the University of Plymouth website.

Book your place

Please book early to avoid disappointment