We are delighted to be holding our conference in collaboration with MHA, a national provider of care and support for older people. MHA runs care homes, extra care housing, Live at Home services and day centres in 200 areas of the UK. At the heart of MHA's high quality care is its music therapy team of 19 award winning music therapists who offer some 1,900 residents in 54 specialist dementia care homes regular opportunities to participate in music and song besides working with individual residents. MHA's commitment to seeking to evidence its music therapy offer extends to supporting an active programme of research including collaboration with Live Music Now's initiative to establish a Choir in Every Care Home.
Our 6th Creative Dementia Arts Network conference is once again designed to deliver what past delegates have told us is an excellent varied programme that blends research with practice, lectures with workshops and space and time for networking and which, importantly, not only meets the professional development needs of specialist practitioners and many others working in arts and dementia but is also a highly informative event for those with a professional or personal interest in arts and/or dementia.
Our conference programme enables those attending to
Learn about the latest developments in research, policy and practice in arts, dance and music for people with dementia
Gain insights into engaging people with dementia to participate in arts, dance and music and successful programming arts, health and social care
Take action by using knowledge gained to promote innovation and change and increase opportunities for people with dementia to engage in the arts at local level
This year we are fortunate to have Ming Hung Hsu, Lead Music Therapist, MHA, as our keynote speaker whose presentation about music and dementia will draw on both his extensive practice and his doctoral study.
Delegates will once again to be able choose from a range of high quality workshops in fine arts, digital arts, music, singing, dance, poetry, creative writing, film led by experienced practitioners who are recognised champions for arts and dementia.
Besides showcasing best practice, this year's conference asks the question ' what needs to change in order that creative arts approaches and therapies, that we know work for people with dementia, become mainstream provision?
Social prescription offers one way of achieving this goal but bolder and more imaginative commissioning is called for. Our second keynote is a forum led by Alex Coulter, Director of Arts and Health South West who provided the secretariat for the All Party Parliamentary Inquiry into Arts, Health and Wellbeing, with the pioneering Rotherham Social Prescribing Service and the author and founder of John's Campaign, Nicci Gerrard, will reflect on her experience of changing NHS processes and systems in the aftermath of the death of her father who had dementia.
This conference will be of particular interest to
Arts, dance and music therapists, community arts practitioners, arts organisations and arts venues
NHS staff including Clinical Commissioners, General Practitioners, Clinical Psychologists, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Nurses and care staff
Local council staff including commissioners, managers, arts and culture officers
Care Providers including voluntary organisations, care homes, extra care housing, day centres and support services for people with dementia living at home.
Academics, researchers and students especially those on professional arts courses
Other professionals with an interest in arts and dementia including government agencies and journalists
People with dementia, family members and friends ' many of our masterclasses and workshops are interactive and leaders will take account of your needs. We also have quiet spaces available which can help you pace your involvement throughout the day.
NB Besides staff, volunteers are particularly welcome