A4D Best Practice Conference 2021

 Arts for Brain Health:

Social Prescribing as Peri-Diagnostic Practice for Dementia

Thursday and Friday 20-21 May 2021, 9.20 am – 5 pm.

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

An opportunity for GPs, social prescribers, arts and health organisations, educationalists and funders, innovative and creative ageing specialists, local authorities and policy makers to come together and revolutionise the world of social prescribing for brain health.

Cultural and creative activity can be transformational for those at the start of their journey with dementia.

In this conference we explore how social prescribing can unlock access to the arts and dramatically improve wellbeing and brain health.

We look at the impact of engaging in weekly creative and wellbeing activity
and examine the potential for normalising social prescribing as diagnostic practice around the UK

Bringing together leading experts in the fields of arts, culture, health and wellbeing,
this online conference will highlight cross-sector referral and funding partnership practice
for sustainable social prescription programmes,
presenting evidence for creative ageing and debating the way forward.

CONFERENCE PROGRAMME, THURSDAY 20 MAY 2021, 9.20 am – 5 pm.

9.20 am  Veronica Franklin Gould, President, Arts 4 Dementia
9.30 am  Baroness Greengross, A4D Patron and Co-Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group on Dementia.
9.40 am  Veronica Franklin Gould, From Despair to Desire, Social Prescribing to Relieve Strain from the Onset of Dementia’.

9.50 am  Keith Oliver, Alzheimer’s Society Ambassador ‘Give me Identity and I will Shine’.

10.00 am James Sanderson, Director, Personalised Care, NHS England & Improvement; Chief Executive, National Academy for Social Prescribing.

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

PREVENT WELL – CREATIVE AGEING 

10.20 am Professor Helen Chatterjee, Professor of Biology, University College London & UCL Arts & Sciences.
10.30 am Fergus Early, Artistic Director, Green Candle Dance.
10.40 am Dr Virginia Tandy, Director, Creative Ageing Development Agency

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.
11.00 am Dr Bogdan Chiva Giurca, Global Social Prescribing Alliance, Clinical Champion Lead.

11.20 am Q&A.

11.20 am  B R E A K

11.30 am PLENARY DEBATE: ‘HOW TO ACHIEVE SOCIAL PRESCRIBING AT THE ONSET OF SYMPTOMS’ 

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.
Dr Jonathan Kaye, Dementia Clinical Lead, Manchester Health & Care Commissioning NHS Manchester CCG.

ARTS & HEALTH FUNDING FOR SOCIAL CHANGE 

12.25 pm John McMahon, Senior Policy and Research Manager, Arts Council England. 

12.40 pm Ian Lush, Chair, NHS Charities Together.

12.55 pm Professor Alistair Burns, Summary.

1.00 pm  L U N C H   B R E A K,   NETWORKING, POSTERS, Exhibition: D-IAGNOSIS! From Despair to Desire. 

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

1.55 pm Claire Stevens, Chief Executive, Voluntary Health Scotland.
2.05 pm Bev Taylor, Operations Director, National Academy for Social Prescribing. 
2.20 pm Kate Parkin, Creative Age Programme Manager, Equal Arts. Thriving Communities Sunderland. 

2.40 pm CONCURRENT REGIONAL SESSION 1  2.40 pm CONCURRENT REGIONAL SESSION 2 
Chair: Dr Michelle Howarth, University of Salford.
Chair: Prof Carolyn Wallace, University of South Wales.
GREATER MANCHESTER
2.45 pm Andrea Winn, Curator of Community Exhibitions, Manchester Musuems.
2.50 pm Dr Jonathan Kaye, GP, Dementia Clinical Lead, Manchester.
2.55 pm Heather Etheridge, Head of Service, Be Well Service, Big Life Group.
3.00 pm Dr Mehran Javeed, Consult. Old Age Psychiatrist, Clinical Lead, Salford.
Q&A.
WALES – 2.40 pm
2.45 pm Nicky Deacon & Laura Rehman, Age Connects Torfaen.
2.50 pm Robert Visintainer, Men’s Sheds & Swansea City Opera.
2.55 pm Gwennan Mair, Head of Creative Engagement, Theatr Clywd.
3.00 pm Andrea Davies, Arts in Health Wellbeing Coord, Betsi Cad UHB.
Q&A
EAST OF ENGLAND
3.10 pm Miranda Stearn, Head of Learning, Cambridge Museums.
3.15 pm Dr Dean Dorsett, GP, SP Lead, Ipswich & E.Suffolk.
3.20 pm Kelly Austin, Social Navigator, Granta Medical Practices.
3.25 pm Chrissie Moore, Programme Manager, DanceEast.
Q&A

SCOTLAND
3.10 pm Rachel McLellan, Culture Policy Off, Culture Strategy, Scottish Govt.
3.15 pm Robbie McGhee, Chair, Arts Culture Health & Wellbeing Scotland.
3.20 pm Jan-Bert van den Berg, Director, Artlink Edinburgh.
3.25 pm Susan Grant & Ian Mackenzie, Edinburgh & Lothians Health Foundation.
Q&A
KENT
3.30 pm Elizabeth Taylor, Services Manager, Alzheimer’s Society
3.35 pm Monica Boulton, Social Prescr. Lead, Red Zebra Community Solutions
3.40 pm Sian Stephenson, Creative Director, Moving Memory Dance
3.45 pm Dr Patricia Vella-Burrows, Canterbury Christ Church University.
Q&A . 
NORTHERN IRELAND
3.30 pm Prof Louise Dubras, Dean of Sch of Med, Ulster University.
3.35 pm Leanne McBrearty, Co-Chair, Regional Manager, SPRING SP.
3.40 pm Lorraine Calderwood, Arts Council Northern Ireland.
3.45 pm Dr Jenny Elliott, Chief Executive, Arts Care.
Q&A

3.55 pm T E A   B R E A K   &   N e t w o r k i n g                                             

4.05 pm ACCESS 
Chair: Professor Chris Fox, Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, Norwich Medical School, University of East Anglia.

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

4.50 pm Cicely Ryder-Belson, A4D Social Prescribing Coordinator, ArtsPAL, the A4D cultural & creative befriender network.

4.55 pm Professor Chris Fox, Summary.
5 pm     Nigel Franklin, A4D Chief Executive, A4D training & social prescriber web directory of events 

CLOSE  

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CONFERENCE PROGRAMME, FRIDAY 21 MAY, 9.30 am – 5 pm

9.30 pm  Veronica Franklin Gould, A4D President. 
9.35 pm  Hamaad Khan, neuroscience student, interviews Ron Bennett, fellow participant in A4D at Southwark Playhouse.
9.45 pm  Bisakha Sarker, Artistic Director, Chaturangan South Asian Dance, ‘Dance Dance Wherever you May Be’.

CHAIR OF MORNING SESSIONS & PLENARY DEBATE 
9.55 pm  Professor John Gallacher, Professor of Cognitive Health,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.
10.20 am Christopher Bailey, Head of Arts, World Health Organisation.
10.35 am 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.
11.00 am Dr Michael Dixon GP, LVO, OBE, National Clinical Lead for Social Prescription, NHSE&I, Chair, College of Medicine, Co-Chair, International Social Prescribing Network.

11.10 am  Q&A.

11.20 am  B R E A K

11.30 am  PLENARY DEBATE: ‘HOW TO ACHIEVE SOCIAL PRESCRIBING AT THE ONSET OF SYMPTOMS’ 

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.

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

ARTS  & HEALTH – SOCIAL CHANGE

12.25 pm Cara Courage, Co-Head, Learning & Research Division, Head of Tate Exchange.
12.40 pm John Zeisel, Founder and Emeritus Board Member of the I’m Still Here Foundation.

12.55 pm  Professor John Gallacher, Summary – 12.55 pm.

1 pm   L U N C H   B R E A K,   N e t w o r k i n g  + D-IAGNOSIS! From Despair to Desire exhibition

BUILDING CROSS-SECTOR PARTERSHIPS FOR SUSTAINABLE ARTS PRESCRIPTIONS
1.40 pm Chair: Alyson McGregor, National Director, Altogether Better.

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

CONCURRENT REGIONAL SESSION 3  CONCURRENT REGIONAL SESSION 4 
Chair: Victoria Hume, Director, CHWA.
Chair: Dr Mohan Sekeram GP SP Clinical Lead, NHS Merton CCG.                                                                         
OXFORD
2.45 pm Dr Stephanie Tierney, MCI & SP, University of Oxford.
2.50 pm Beth McDougall, Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford.
2.55 pm Stephen Chandler, Head Adult Services Oxfordshire CCC & CCG, President, ADASS.
3.00 pm Helen Fountain, Age-Friendly Creative Network, Age UK Oxford.
Q&A
LONDON
2.45 pm Concia Albert, Head of Social Prescribing, One Westminster.
2.55 pm VFG & Cicely Ryder–Belson,  A4D Dance & Drama Prescriptions in Southwark
2.55 pm Jenny Marshall, Head of Member Experience, Open Age.
3.00 pm Khadeja Chowdhury, Bromley by Bow, ‘Space to Connect’.
Q&A
HAMPSHIRE & ISLE OF WIGHT
3.10 pm Julie Kalsi, Social Prescribing Network, South East.
3.15 pm Dr Michele Legg GP, Clinical Lead Dementia, NHS Isle of Wight CGG
3.20 pm Angela Gill, Social Prescribing Network, Hampshire & Isle of Wight.
3.25 pm Hannah Grifiths, Project Manager, Independent Arts.
Q&A

MIDLANDS
3.10 pm Amanda Spruyt, Head of Learning, Nottingham Contemporary.
3.15 pm Dr Sonia Ashraf, GP, Dementia Lead, Governing Body, NHS Birmingham & Solihull CCG
3.20 pm Jennifer Luisada, Social prescribing link worker, Birmingham.
3.25 pm Gordon Strachan, Commissioning Mgr, Adult Soc Care, Birmingham City Council. .
Q&A
DEVON
3.30 pm Dr Daisy Robinson, GP, College Surgery Partnership, Cullompton SPT.
3.35 pm Ruth Tucker, Health Facilitator, Culm Valley, Cullompton SPT.
3.40 pm Gail Mistlin, Wellbeing Exeter Coordinator.
3.45 pm Hannah Reynolds, Chair, Exeter Community Centre Trust, leader, ‘Alls Well Exeter’,

Q&A
YORKSHIRE
3.30 pm Geraldine Montgomerie, Leeds Arts Health Wellbeing Network.
3.35 pm Dr Sara Humphrey, Clinical Lead, OPMH & Dementia, NHS Yorkshire & Humber CN.
3.40 pm Ripaljeet Kaur, Touchstone, Ethnic Diversity in Dementia.
3.45 pm Tim Sanders, Community Prog Lead, D, NHS Leeds CCG/CC.
Q&A

3.55 pm   T E A   B R E A K  & N e t w o r k i n g

4.05 pm   HERITAGE & NATURAL ENVIRONMENT  Chair: Craig Lister, Wellbeing Lead, East of Eng, Public Health England.

4.10 pm  Dr Desi Gradinarova, Senior Policy Advisor, Wellbeing & Inclusion, Historic England; National Historic Environment Lead, National Academy for Social Prescribing ‘May the Force of the Past be with you: why heritage is good for the human mind and soul’.

4.20 pm Elizabeth Galvin, Head of Learning & Digital, Victoria & Albert Museum.

4.30 pm Tom Mack, Programmes Manager, Active Devon, ‘Connecting Actively to Nature’.

4.40 pm Sir Tim Smit, Co-Founder, The Eden Project: ‘Making Natural History’.

4.55 pm Craig Lister, Summary.

5 pm      Veronica Franklin Gould, CLOSE

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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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