Arts 4 Dementia Best Practice Conference 2021

Arts for Brain Health:

Social Prescribing as Peri-Diagnostic Practice for Dementia

Thursday and Friday 20-21 May 2021, 9.30 am – 5 pm

Jane Frere, D-IAGNOSIS! Arts to Preserve Wellbeing, 2019, pastel.

The aim of the Arts 4 Dementia Best Practice Conference 2021 is for referral to social prescribing to re-energising arts and wellbeing activities to become natural diagnostic practice at the onset of dementia symptoms.  Re-energising weekly activity empowers individuals and their partners to preserve their brain health and override strain in the lonely fear-filled months leading to diagnosis and beyond.

As arts venues open their doors and present ever more imaginative culture and creativity, poetry and drama, dance, music and movement, in and around nature, on Zoom, even as challenges occur in the brain, there is much to expand the mind.

Policy-makers, social reformers, academic specialists in brain health and dementia, innovative and creative ageing, social prescribing, primary care, arts for brain health, arts and health funders, leaders in social prescribing, culture, health and wellbeing from around the UK, will present evidence for creative ageing, highlight cross-sector referral and funding partnership practice for sustainable social prescription programmes and debate the way forward.

CONFERENCE PROGRAMME, THURSDAY 20 MAY 2021, 9.30 am – 5.15 pm.
Speakers (updated daily)

Veronica Franklin Gould, President, Arts 4 Dementia – 9.30 am
Baroness Greengross, A4D patron and Co-Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group on Dementia.
Keith Oliver, Alzheimer’s Society Ambassador ‘Give me Identity and I will Shine’.

James Sanderson, Director, Personalised Care, NHSE & I; Chief Executive, National Academy for Social Prescribing.

CHAIR OF MORNING SESSIONS & PLENARY DEBATE – 10.15 am
Professor Alistair Burns, National Clinical Director for Dementia & Older People’s Mental Health, NHS E&I.

PREVENT WELL – CREATIVE AGEING – 10.20 am 

Professor Chris Drinkwater, Chair, Ways to Wellness.
Professor Helen Chatterjee, Professor of Biology UCL & UCL Arts & Sciences.
Dr Virginia Tandy, Director, Creative Ageing Development Agency (invited)
Fergus Early, Artistic Director, Green Candle Dance.

ARTS FOR BRAIN HEALTH – SOCIAL PRESCRIBING AS PERI-DIAGNOSTIC PRACTICE FOR DEMENTIA  – 10.50 am

Professor Craig Ritchie, Chair of the Psychiatry of Ageing, Dir, Centre for Dementia Prevention at the University of Edinburgh and of Brain Health Scotland.
Dr Bogdan Chiva Giurga, Global Social Prescribing Alliance, Clinical Champion Lead.

PLENARY DEBATE  – 11.20 am

James Sanderson, Director, Personalised Care, NHS E&I, Chief Executive, National Academy for Social Prescribing
Alexandra Coulter, Director, National Centre for Creative Health.
Maddy Mills, Director, Entelechy Arts.
Georgia Chimbani, Dementia Lead, Association of Directors of Adult Social Services.
Dr Kalpa Kharicha, Head of Research, Policy & Practice, Campaign to End Loneliness (invited).
Bruce Poole, Strategic Lead for Wellbeing, Health & Social Care, Wellbeing Matters, Salford CVS (invited).

B R E A K – 12.00 pm

KEYNOTE SPEECH: The Rt Hon Andy Burnham, The Mayor of Greater Manchester (invited) – 12.15 pm 

John McMahon
, Senior Policy and Research Manager, Arts Council England – 12.30 pm 

Ian Lush, Chair, NHS Charities Together.

L U N C H   &   N E T W O R K I N G – 1 pm 

BUILDING CROSS-SECTOR PARTERSHIPS FOR SUSTAINABLE ARTS PRESCRIPTIONS – 1.45 pm
Chair: Alexandra Coulter, Director, National Centre for Creative Health.

Claire Stevens, Chief Executive, Voluntary Health Scotland.
Bev Taylor, Operations Director, National Academy for Social Prescribing (invited).
Kate Parkin, Creative Age Programme Manager, Equal Arts.

CONCURRENT REGIONAL SESSION 1 – 2.50 CONCURRENT REGIONAL SESSION 2  2.50
Chair: Dr Michelle Howarth, University of Salford.
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Chair: Prof Carolyn Wallace, University of South Wales.
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GREATER MANCHESTER – 2.55 pm 
Andrea Winn, Curator of Community Exhibitions, Manchester Musuems.
Dr Mehran Javeed, Cons OAP, Clinical Lead, Salford Memory Service.
Dr Jonathan Kaye, GP, Dementia Clinical Lead (invited).
Heather Etheridge, Head of Service, Be Well Service, Big Life Group.
Q&A
WALES – 2.55 pm 
Nicky Deacon & Laura Rehman, Age Connects Torfaen.
Robert Visitainer, Men’s Sheds & Swansea City Opera (invited).
Gwennan Mair, Head of Creative Engagement, Theatr Clywd.
Andrea Davies, Arts in Health Wellbeing Coord, Betsi Cad UHB.
Q&A
EAST OF ENGLAND – 3.20 pm
Miranda Stearn, Head of Learning, Cambridge Museums.
Dr Dean Dorsett, GP, SP Lead, Ipswich & E.Suffolk (invited).
Kelly Austin, Social Navigator, Granta Medical Practices.
Chrissie Moore, Programme Manager, DanceEast (invited).
Q&A

SCOTLAND – 3.20 pm
Jan-Bert van den Berg, Director, Artlink Edinburgh.
Robbie McGhee, Chair, Arts Culture Health & Wellbeing Scotland.
Ann Gallacher, Director, Luminate (invited).
Susan Grant & Ian Mackenzie, Edinburgh & Lothians Health Fdn.
Q&A
KENT – 3.45 pm 
Sian Stephenson, Creative Director, Moving Memory Dance Theatre (invited).
GP, NHS Kent & Medway CCG, t/c
Monica Boulton, Social Prescribing Lead, Red Zebra Community Solutions
Dr Patricia Vella-Burrows, Canterbury Christ Church University (invited).
Q&A
NORTHERN IRELAND – 3.45 pm
Prof Louise Dubras, Dean of Sch of Med, Ulster University (invited).
Leanne McBrearty, Co-Chair, Regional Manager, SPRING SP (invited).
Lorraine Calderwood, Arts Council Northern Ireland.
Dr Jenny Elliott, Chief Executive, Arts Care.
Q&A

T E A   B R E A K – 4.10 pm                                               

ACCESS – 4.20 pm 
Chair: Anna Dixon, Chief Executive, Centre for Ageing Better (invited).

Dr Alison Dawson, Co-Leader, Dementia & Ageing Research, University of Stirling: Technology & Connectivity.
Zoe Rowe, Social Innovation Consultant: Technology Guidance.
David Truswell, Ethnic diversity: key issues.
Cailin Lynn, Development Manager, Museums of Northern Ireland: Programmes for the Blind & Hard of Hearing.

Cicely Ryder-Belson, A4D Social Prescribing Coordinator, introduces ArtsPAL, the A4D cultural & creative befriender network.
Nigel Franklin, A4D Chief Executive, A4D training & social prescriber web directory of events.

CLOSE – 5.15 pm 

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CONFERENCE PROGRAMME, FRIDAY 21 MAY, 9.30 am – 5.15 pm

Veronica Franklin Gould, A4D President – 9.30 pm.
Hamaad Khan, neuroscience student, interviews Ron Bennett, fellow participant in A4D Southwark Playhouse ‘Muse of Fire’.
Bisakha Sarker, Artistic Director, Chaturangan South Asian Dance.

CHAIR OF MORNING SESSIONS & PLENARY DEBATE – 10 am
Professor John Gallacher, Professor of Cognitive Health at The University of Oxford, Director, Dementias Platform UK.

PREVENT WELL – CREATIVE AGEING – 10.05 am 

Professor Sir Muir Gray, Value Based Healthcare, Nuffield Department of Primary Care, The University of Oxford.
Christopher Bailey, Head of Arts, World Health Organisation.
Dominic Campbell, Artistic Director, Creative Aging International.

ARTS FOR BRAIN HEALTH: SOCIAL PRESCRIBING AS PERI-DIAGNOSTIC PRACTICE FOR DEMENTIA – 10.50 am 

Professor Brian Lawlor, Deputy Executive Director, Global Brain Health Institute. Professor of Old Age Psychiatry, Trinity College Dublin.
Dr Michael Dixon GP CBE, National Clinical Lead for Social Prescription, NHSE&I, Chair, College of Medicine, Co-Chair, International Social Prescribing Network.

PLENARY DEBATE – 11.20 am 

Dr Charles Alessi, Senior Advisor, Public Health England.
Jo Ward, Co-Chair, North-West Social Prescribing Network.
Ian McCreath, Policy Manager, Personalisation & Integration, Alzheimer’s Society (invited).

Professor Martin Marshall CBE, Chair, Royal College of GPs.
Kate Duncan, Programme Director, Wellbeing, Nottingham City Arts.
Neil Fullerton, Project & Communications Lead, Brain Health Scotland (invited).

B R E A K – 12 pm

Cara Courage, Co-Head, Learning & Research Division, Head of Tate Exchange.
Sir David Sloman, Co-Chair, Healthy London Partnership, Regional Director, NHS London.

L U N C H   &  N E T W O R K I N G – 1 pm

BUILDING CROSS-SECTOR PARTERSHIPS FOR SUSTAINABLE ARTS PRESCRIPTIONS – 1.45 pm
Chair: Dr Marie Polley, Co-Founder, International Social Prescribing Network (invited).

Adele Dunn, Senior Health Improvement, HSC Public Health Agency.
Nesta Lloyd-Jones, Assistant Director, Welsh NHS Confederation.
Jo March, Arts Development Company & Julie Hammon, Stepping into Nature.

CONCURRENT REGIONAL SESSION 1 – 2.35 pm CONCURRENT REGIONAL SESSION 2 – 2.35 pm
Chair: Victoria Hume, Director, CHWA.
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Chair: Maria Willis, E.Midlands Learning Coordinator NHSE.
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OXFORD – 2.40 pm
Dr Stephanie Tierney, MCI & SP, University of Oxford.
Beth McDougall, GLAM, University of Oxford (invited).
Stephen Chandler, Head Adult Services OCC & CCG, ADASS Nat Policy.
Helen Fountain, Age-Friendly Creative Network, Age UK Oxford.
Q&A
LONDON  2.40 pm
Dr Mohan Sekeram, GP, Social Prescrib. Clinical Lead, NHS Merton CCG
Khadeja Chowdhury, Space to Connect 50+, Bromley by Bow.
Iain Cassidy, Chief Executive, Open Age. (invited)
VFG & CRB, Dance and Drama with A4D in Southwark.
Q&A
ISLE OF WIGHT – 3.05 pm
Julie Kalsi, Social Prescribing Network, South East.
Dr Michelle Legg, Chair NHS Isle of Wight CCG, Dementia Lead (invited).
Angela Gill, Social Prescribing Network, Hampshire & Isle of Wight.
Hannah Grifiths, Project Manager, Independent Arts.
Q&A

MIDLANDS – 3.05 pm
Amanda Spruyt, Head of Learning, Nottingham Contemporary (invited).
Dr Sonia Asraf, GP, Dementia Lead, Governing Body, Hall Green.
Jennifer Luisada, SP LW / Carol Burrell, SP Service Mgr (invited).
Gordon Strachan, Commissioning Mgr, Adult Soc Care, BCC (invited).
Q&A
DEVON – 3.30 pm
Dr Daisy Robinson, GP, College Surgery Partnership, Cullompton SPT (invited).
Ruth Tucker, Health Facilitator, Culm Valley, Cullompton SPT (invited).
Gail Mistlin, Wellbeing Exeter Coordinator.
Prof David Radstone, Chair, Alls Well Exeter, Thriving Communities.
Q&A
YORKSHIRE / LEEDS – 3.30 pm
Geraldine Montgomerie, Leeds Arts Health Wellbeing Network.
Dr Sara Humphrey, GP Advisor for Dementia, NHS Yorks & Humb CCG (invited).
Ripaljeet Kaur, Touchstone, Ethnic Diversity in Dementia. (invited)
Tim Sanders, Community Prog Lead, D, NHS Leeds CCG/CC.
Q&A

T E A   B R E A K – 3.55 pm

HERITAGE & NATURAL ENVIRONMENT – 4.05 pm– 4.05 pm
Chair: Craig Lister, Wellbeing Lead, East of England, Public Health England (invited).

Dr Desi Gradinarova, Senior Policy Advisor, Wellbeing & Inclusion, Historic England. National Historic Environment Lead, National Academy for Social Prescribing.
Dr James Szymankiewicz GP, Director of Strategy & Sustainable Partnerships, Centre for Sustainable Health. (invited)
Tom Mack, Programmes Manager, Connecting Actively to Nature.

Sir Tim Smit, Co-Founder, The Eden Project.

Veronica Franklin Gould, CLOSE – 5.15 pm

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D-IAGNOSIS! Arts to Preserve Wellbeing (Jane Frere, 2019, pastel) shows a double profile of a person experiencing early symptoms of dementia. The anxious diagnostic head on the left faces its own face enchanted by having taken up arts and extending a hand of comfort to the diagnostic head, whose other eye courageously swims over waves of dementia to take up all kinds of arts.
Veronica commissioned the picture to hang at museums partly as a catalyst for arts programmes for people with early symptoms and companions and also as the backdrop for the 15 cross sector meetings we have held around NHS England regions and one each for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, to encourage GPs to refer patients at the onset of symptoms, to re-energising weekly arts to help preserve their brain.
The picture will be donated to The Wellcome Collection.  Back to Top

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Driving forward social prescribing as peri-diagnostic practice

To address issues arising from Arts 4 Dementia’s 2019 social prescribing conference, we commissioned “D-IAGNOSIS! Arts to Preserve Wellbeing” by the art activist Jane Frere at Tate Exchange in January 2020 as our campaign picture to help advance social prescribing to weekly arts as peri-diagnostic practice for dementia. The picture was to hang at UK museums to set up social prescribing links for dementia to reduce the trauma of diagnosis and enable people to override symptoms through weekly arts prescriptions – dynamic, effective, re-energising programmes at arts venues. 

D-IAGNOSIS! on TOUR

Now that every GP has access to NHS link workers, who can empower patients to choose their rehabilitative social prescription, Arts 4 Dementia has been holding meetings gathering together leaders in academia, social prescribing, culture, health and wellbeing in every NHS region. The idea is that if GPs refer patients to link workers to choose weekly arts programmes early in the diagnostic process, by sharing cultural interests, learning new skills, the shock of diagnosis will be less, as they co-create dance, drama performances, discuss and create art, despite dementia, they can preserve identity and enjoy life in the community for longer.

Arts 4 Dementia has brought together leaders in culture, health and wellbeing, GP clinical and social prescribing leads, memory services, link workers and community connectors to connect those involved and drive forward social prescribing as pre-diagnostic practice for dementia. D-IAGNOSIS! hung at leading UK museums, who during the pandemic have hosted meetings by Zoom to drive forward the practice:

CANTERBURY: The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge Thu, 16 January, 1.30-4pm
BATH: The Holburne Museum Thu, 27 February, 2-4 pm
LONDON: The Wallace Collection, National Social Prescribing Day Thu, 12 March, 3-5 pm
OXFORD: Ashmolean Museum of Art & Archaeology, Age of Creativity Festival Wed, 6 May, 2-4pm
SOUTH-EAST, HAMPSHIRE: St Barbe Museum, Lymington Wed, 17 June, 2-4.30 pm
SOUTH-WEST, DEVON: Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter Wed, 29 July, 2-4.30 pm
NORTH-WEST, GREATER MANCHESTER: Manchester Museum Thu, 3 September, 2-5 pm
NORTH-EAST, TYNE & WEAR, NEWCASTLE: Equal Arts & Tyne & Wear Museums Thu, 24 September, 2-5 pm
YORKSHIRE & HUMBER: Leeds Museums & Galleries Wed, 21 October, 2-5pm
WEST MIDLANDS: Birmingham Museums Wed, 4 November, 2-5 pm
EAST MIDLANDS: Nottingham Contemporary Thu, 26  November, 2-5 pm
EAST OF ENGLAND, CAMBRIDGE: The Fitzwilliam Museum Mon, 7 December, 2-5 pm
SCOTLAND: GLASGOW: Scottish Opera Mon 15 February 2021, 2-5 pm
WALES: National Museum Wales                                   BRAIN AWARENESS WEEK Mon 15 March 2021, 2-5pm
NORTHERN IRELAND: The Millennium Forum  INTERNATIONAL SOCIAL PRESCRIBING DAY Thursday 18 March, 2.30-5.30pm

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Reawakening Integrated: Arts & Heritage, 2017

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Arts 4 Dementia Best Practice Conference “Towards Social Prescribing (Arts & Heritage) for the Dementias”, Wellcome Collection, 16 May 2019

Arts 4 Dementia (A4D) held the first UK conference on social prescribing for the dementias at The Wellcome Collection in London on Thursday 16 May, with a key policy debate and presentations by leaders in social prescribing, arts for health and social care, to drive forward direction to arts on diagnosis.

[Conference presentations are available below – please request presenters’ permission if you wish to use their material.]

Each year over 200,000 people 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 (SP), 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.

Although there is not yet a cure I believe we can do more to improve the lives of people with the condition. We can and should harness the incredible power of the arts and social activities to help people cope better with symptoms and stay connected to their communities. This is the kind of good-value, easy-to-use social prescription that I’m fully behind, helping to achieve a shirt to more person-centred care as part of our NHS Long Term Plan.

Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Rt. Hon. Matt Hancock

“Towards Social Prescribing (Arts & Heritage) for the Dementias” looked at the evidence, the process and impact of SP arts as non-pharmaceutical interventions for the dementias and how this can be measured.

  • Keynote speeches by Dr Michael Dixon OBE GP, National Clinical Lead for Social Prescription, NHS England and Co-Chair, Social Prescribing Network and Baroness Greengross, co-chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Dementia, led to the health and social care plenary debate to steer the drive for SP for dementia as universal post-diagnostic support.
  • Presentations from surgery linkworker to prescribed arts programmes, outlining the process, were followed by cultural companion training and launch of a volunteer creative companion consortium, ArtsPAL.

A4D Conference Programme

Veronica Franklin Gould, Arts 4 Dementia, introduces the social prescribing conference for dementia and creative befriender consortium, ArtsPAL

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

Q&A.

KEYNOTE SPEECH 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“.

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

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

  • Dr Charles Alessi, Dementia Lead, Public Health England
  • Dr Michael Dixon OBE GP National Clinical Lead for Social Prescription, Chair, College of Medicine.
  • Professor Martin Green OBE, Chief Executive, Care England
  • James Sanderson, Director Personalised Care Group, NHS England
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  • Georgia Chimbani, Dementia Lead, Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS)
  • Ian McCreath, Personalisation Lead, Alzheimer’s Society
  • Dr Richard Ings, Arts in Health Arts in Health, Wellbeing and Criminal Justice lead, Arts Council England

AFTERNOON SESSIONS:

ARTS 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

Q&A

SOCIAL PRESCRIBING (ARTS & HERITAGE) FOR DEMENTIA MODELS OF PRACTICE, PARTNERSHIPS, CREATIVE COMPANIONS & TRAINING chaired by Wendy Gallagher

Q&A

Video: Social Prescribing in two minutes.