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Health and Social Care Reform

- 18th September 2014

Dementia Challenge North

Health and Social Care Reform and Govtoday are delighted to announce The Dementia Challenge North; due to the huge success of this event in London in April this year, this conference now moves to the North of England.

“One of the greatest challenges of our time is what I’d call the quiet crisis, one that steals lives and tears at the hearts of families, but that relative to its impact is hardly acknowledged. We’ve got to treat this like the national crisis it is. We need an all-out fight-back against this disease; one that cuts across society." David Cameron

Dementia is soon to become the biggest burden on healthcare systems around the world. According to Alzheimer's Disease International the number of dementia sufferers worldwide is expected to treble to 135m by 2050. In 2010, the global cost of dementia was around £400 billion and this figure will continues to rise as more people are diagnosed each year. In England there are currently 670,000 sufferers, costing the economy £23bn per year.

It is estimated that one in three over 65 will develop the condition prompting the need for action. The fight back against Dementia in the UK started in earnest in 2012 with the launch of the Prime Minister’s Dementia Challenge designed to improve the lives of those suffering with Dementia and their families and carers. The challenge's aim is to deliver better health and care, create dementia friendly communities and support research.

The Dementia Challenge North - Continuing the Fight Back Conference is for those that live with, work with or are affected by dementia. This delegate focused event devotes maximum plenary time to the issues that really matter with updates on the latest developments in the fight against this most devastating condition. A line up of expert speakers and contributors will highlight the current situation and most recent developments since the UK took the lead at the G8 summit.

The opportunity to discuss, debate and exchange examples of best practice and innovations will provide valuable insight and knowledge which can be applied to improve the quality of life for all those living with dementia. The emphasis on dementia is gaining momentum and is evolving at pace and this conference offers the opportunity to fully address all the latest news and advancements.





A full programme for the event day including speakers, masterclasses and plenary sessions is available here.

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Venue Info

Located on the main campus, the School of Music provides a unique location for conferences and events. Its focal point is the stunning Clothworkers Centenary Concert Hall, which was recently refurbished at a cost of £1.4million.

As well as being the perfect venue for musical performances, the Hall is also suitable for large conferences and presentations. With seating for almost 300 it is supported by the Concert Hall Foyer which provides space for registration, refreshments or exhibition stands. The Foyer is also the site of a gallery of artwork by the famous pop artist Sir Peter Blake, including the original Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover.

The School of Music also offers a number of other rooms, which when combined make it a great venue for a self-contained event requiring a range of breakout space.

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