The Annual Plymouth International Dementia Conference 2019
  • Registration opens 8:00 | Plymouth Guildhall, Plymouth, PL1 2BJ

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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 key note speakers and activities so far include:

  • 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 from the Flanders Centre of Expertise on Dementia will 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 the University of Plymouth 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, while 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 BEM, Academic Partnership Lead for Dementia at the 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. Please book your place via the above link or email for any queries. 

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Biography: Clare Casson 

Clare has been a familiar face with the Spotlight team for over 15 years and has enjoyed reporting, producing and presenting at BBC Spotlight.

Clare studied at the University of Liverpool. She went on to do a postgraduate diploma in Broadcast Journalism at the University of Central Lancashire. It was here that she cut her teeth in newsrooms, working at a number of BBC and independent radio stations between studies.

After a few years at the BBC in Newcastle, Cardiff and Sheffield, Clare made the move to the South West. Her role at Spotlight has included reporting in the Channel Islands, as well as producing and going out on the road across the BBC South West patch. In recent years, she has been on our screens presenting Spotlight and the late news.

Clare lives in the South Hams with her husband and children. She plays an active part in her local community where she has been a school governor, choir member and enthusiastic supporter of her sons’ football teams.


Please note there is no parking at Plymouth Guildhall apart from blue badge holders. If you have a blue badge parking permit and wish to have a parking space at the Guildhall, please contact

Alternative pay and display and offstreet parking in the vicinity can be found on the Plymouth City Council website.

Note to Exhibitors

All exhibitors will be supplied with a table, two chairs, one table cloth (if required), and one table top poster board (1.2 M wide x 0.9 M height). Power sockets are available.

You will be able to drop your materials off and set-up at Plymouth Guildhall at the following times:

  • Monday 11 November, 14:00 – 17:00
  • Tuesday 12 November, 08:00 – 08:50

    Please note exhibitor spaces either in the main hall or lounge area are allocated on a first-come, first- served basis.

    Event photography and video
    Please be aware that some of the University of Plymouth's public events may be attended by University photographers and videographers, for capturing content to be used in University online and offline marketing and promotional materials, for example webpages, brochures or leaflets. If for whatever reason, you or a member of your group, do not wish to be photographed, please make yourself known to staff working at the event on arrival or to the photographer.