Assisted Decision Making Act Impact – Advanced Care Planning – Dealing With Dementia in the Home

Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin

Date: 8th February 2018

8 CEU Points Certified By Nursing & Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI)

Now in its fourth year this conference and one of our most popular conferences and its focus will be on the future of Dementia Care in Ireland and will enable delegates to critically review their approach to the care of patients with dementia and delirium.

This conference will be of interest to all professionals who assess or care for dementia patients including, nurses, directors of nursing, nursing home and residential care professionals, social care workers, home care providers, carers, consultants, GP’s, regulators, associations, researchers and universities to name just a few

CMG events typically sell out quickly, so prompt booking is strongly advised to secure your place at the Early Bird Rate of €345.00 + VAT (Normal rate €445.00 + VAT)

Please note the early bird discount can close sooner than expected once a certain amount of seats fill up, therefore your prompt booking is strongly advised to avoid disappointment.

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This event will provide delegates with ideas to use in practice and focus on evidence based solutions to better care for dementia patients in your services. There will be lots of opportunities at the conference for delegate and speaker interaction to challenge your thinking on how to achieve best practice dementia care, build dementia friendly communities and enable patients with dementia live a better quality of life through proven methods.

Delegates will leave this conference with a better understanding of recent research and findings on dementia; tools to creating Dementia friendly communities; Understand the needs of dementia patients in palliative care and how to improve our approach to end of life care; discuss ideas to improve the health care environment for patients with dementia, their carers and families.

Who Should Attend?

This conference will be of interest to all professionals who assess or care for dementia patients including, nurses, directors of nursing, social care workers, home care providers, carers, nursing homes, consultants, GP’s, regulators, associations, researchers and universities to name just a few.




Registration with tea, coffee and pastries


Opening Remarks by conference chairperson
Dr Elizabeth Fahey-McCarthy, Former Director of Teaching and Learning Postgraduate, TCD


Keynote Address: Making dementia a national priority
Speakers: Pat McLoughlin, CEO, The Alzheimer Society of Ireland

  • Dementia in Ireland today – what has changed since 2014 and the national strategy
  • Existing gaps in the journey of care
  • Focus on home care needs
  • Focus on post-diagnostic supports needs
  • Focus on geographic inconsistency of services
  • Dementia in Ireland – next steps required


Assisted Decision Making (Capacity) Act 2015
Speaker: Patricia Rickard-Clarke, Solicitor & Member of the Multi-Disciplinary Group drafting codes of practice for Advance Healthcare Directives

  • Advance Healthcare Directives as provided for in the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015


Advance Care planning
Speaker: Deirdre Shanagher, Development Officer, The Irish Hospice Foundation

  • Advance care planning for people with dementia
  • The ADMA (2015) and AHDs and how these relate to people with dementia
  • Guidance for healthcare staff re engaging in the process of advance care planning
  • Guidance for healthcare staff re engaging in conversations with people with dementia


Coffee break and chance to network


Ethical decision-making in end-of-life care for persons with dementia
Speaker: Dr. Louise Campbell, lecturer in medical ethics, NUI Galway

  • Promoting human rights and enhancing autonomy in the context of caring for persons with dementia
  • Ethical decision-making in end-of-life care
  • Complex decisions involving persons with dementia: resuscitation and clinically-assisted nutrition and hydration


Promoting the human rights of people living with dementia in long term care
Speaker: Professor Suzanne Cahill, Trinity College Dublin

  • Framing dementia as a disability and a human rights issue 
  • The relevance of the UN Convention on the rights of persons with disabilities to people living with dementia 
  • Interrogating dementia policy and practice using a human rights lens
  • Dismantling barriers that create excess disability for people with dementia living in long term care
  • Creating a rights based culture for health service professionals and care staff in long term care settings
  • Education and training in human rights based approaches and building on a person centred care philosophy
  • Future directions


Alzheimer’s Café Bray; an integrated hospital and community approach
Speaker: Carol de Wilde, Principal Social Worker St Columcille’s Hospital and Founding Member of the Alzheimer’s Café Bray

  • Reason for Alzheimer’s Café:.
  • Achieving Integrated care across hospital and community professionals
  • Providing professional expertise and support to patients with dementia; as a by-product communication improved between hospital and community in other cases also
  • Patient-centred care
  • Between 16 and 35 people attend each month – what difference does it make for Dementia patients

Physiotherapy & Dementia care
Speaker: Sally O’Grady, Physiotherapist, St Columcille’s Hospital

  • Exercise and Dementia
  • Challenges and solutions to common mobility problems
  • Falls prevention
  • When is physiotherapy indicated?


Lunch and chance to network


Dementia Care Matters’ Butterfly Household Model of Care
Speaker: Norma Sheehan, Director of Nursing, Saint Joseph’s Shankill

  • What is the Butterfly Model of Care?
  • What does the term  ‘Person Centred Care’ really mean?
  • Culture Change – Our Journey
  • Making a difference – The Evidence


Dementia Care at Home
Speaker: Amanda Bohan, Owner and Managing Director, Home Instead Senior Care

  • Risk assessment & management for people living at home
  • Building Empathy
  • Understanding Behaviours
  • Using Life’s Journey to build trust
  • Tools to manage certain behaviours
  • Activities
  • Safety in the home for those living with Dementia


Loss and Grief in Dementia
Speaker: Breffni McGuinness, Training Manager, Irish Hospice Foundation

  • Losses that are unique to Dementia
  • Losses that person with Dementia may experience
  • Losses that person supporting person with Dementia may experience
  • What helps in dealing with losses associated with Dementia
  • Self-care when dealing with losses associated with Dementia


Dementia in people with an Intellectual Disability
Speaker: John Starr, Director, Alzheimer’s Scotland Dementia Research Centre, University of Edinburgh

  • Epidemiology
  • Assessment & diagnosis
  • Treatments (drug & non-drug)


Screening for Cognitive Impairment: The Quick Mild Cognitive Screen (QMCI)
Speaker: Prof D W Molloy

  • The QMCI is shorter than the current screening tools
  • The QMCI is more sensitive and specific than other screening tools
  • The QMCI is simple, short, easy to administer and score.
  • How to administer and score the QMCI
  • How to interpret the scores.


Conference Close

There will be 6 structured CPD points awarded to all attendees at this conference from the CPD certification service / 8 CEU Points awarded by NMBI (Nursing & Midwifery Board of Ireland)

Patricia Rickard-Clarke

Patricia Rickard-Clarke

Solicitor & Member of the Multi-Disciplinary Group drafting codes of practice for Advance Healthcare Directives

Patricia Rickard-Clarke is a solicitor and former Commissioner of the Law Reform Commission. 

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She is the independent Chair of the National Safeguarding Committee for Vulnerable Adults, Chair of the Third AGE’s National Advisory Council, SAGE, Support and Advocacy Service for Older People and a member of the Board of Third Age CLG, Chair of the Law Society’s Mental Health and Capacity Task Force.  She is a member of the Council of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland and a member of the National Assisted Decision-Making Steering Group of the HSE. 

Pat McLoughlin

Pat McLoughlin

CEO, Alzheimer Society of Ireland

Pat Mcloughlin worked as a management consultant prior to becoming Chief Executive of The Alzheimer Society of Ireland.

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He served on the management teams of four health boards and was Chief Executive of the South Eastern Health Board and Eastern Health Board. In addition he served as the first National Director of the National Hospitals office and Deputy CEO of the HSE.
Chief Executive of the Irish Payment Services Organisation until the introduction of European Payments Formats, he has assisted Government, on a pro bono basis, in reviews of public expenditure, local government, childcare, health insurance and the Department of Justice. He has served as Chairman and a member of a number of voluntary organisations.
He holds a B.A. and an L.L.B. from N.U.I. Galway and an M.B.A. from Strathclyde Business School.

Norma Sheehan

Norma Sheehan

Director of Nursing, Saint Joseph’s Shankill

Norma Sheehan has nearly 40 years of general nursing experience mainly in the acute sector having worked in both ICU and the Liver Transplant Unit in Saint Vincent’s University Hospital (SVUH).

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She managed the Acute Care of the Elderly Unit in SVUH for 3 years and was Assistant Director of Nursing/ Medical Nurse Manager in Wexford General Hospital for 6 years.

In 2012, because of her special interest in elderly care, Norma became the Director of Nursing, Person in Charge, in Saint Joseph’s Shankill, a residential home for 60 people living with dementia also offering Day Care and respite for people living with dementia.

Since her arrival, Saint Joseph’s has undergone a major transformation both culturally and environmentally. Moving from a traditional style, medical model, nursing home into six new homes or ‘lodges’ as they are known, Norma introduced a very person centred, psychosocial model of care; the Dementia Care Matters; Butterfly Model of Care.

Today, the primary focus of the care provision is on quality of life of residents and the person’s feelings and ‘well’ being. Residents, despite their terminal diagnosis of dementia, come to Saint Joseph’s to LIVE the remainder of their lives.

Louise Campbell

Louise Campbell, NUIG

Development Officer, Irish Hospice Foundation

Louise Campbell is a lecturer in medical ethics in the School of Medicine, NUI Galway, and director of Clinical Ethics Ireland, an education service which provides training in clinical and research ethics for registered health professionals.

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She has a Ph.D in philosophy from the University of Essex and a post-doctoral qualification in clinical and organisational ethics from the University of Toronto. Her research interests include clinical ethics consultation and end-of-life care.

Breffni McGuinness

Breffni McGuinness

Training Manager, Irish Hospice Foundation

Breffni Mc Guinness is the Education and Training Manager with The Irish Hospice Foundation.

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He is a professional Dramatherapist and has a background in pastoral care. His special interests are in dementia and grief, workplace bereavement, hidden losses, bereavement support groups and the use of drama in working with people who are grieving.

Professor David William MolloyProfessor William Molloy

Lecturer, UCC

Professor Molloy received his medical degree from University College Cork in 1977 and became a member of the Royal College of Physicians Ireland (RCPI) in 1980.

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He then moved to Canada where he was appointed Professor of Medicine at McMaster University (1988) and St Peter’s McMaster Chair in Aging (2002), where he remained until 2010 when he returned to UCC to take up his position as Chair of Clinical Gerontology.

Vastly experienced in the area of cognitive impairment, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, Professor Molloy has a proven track record in successful grant applications, co-ordinating multi-centre studies and recruiting large numbers of patients for research. Within the CGR, Professor Molloy has secured funding from a number of sources including the Health Research Board (HRB) and the Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF). Professor Molloy is a coinvestigator on the NILVAD and PERSSILAA (EU-FP7-funded) research studies. A recognised expert on capacity he has published over 140 peer-reviewed articles and several books. To promote the autonomy of the elderly, he wrote the advance health care directive, “Let Me Decide”. It has had 25 editions and is published in several languages.

Professor Suzanne Cahill

Professor Suzanne Cahill

Trinity College Dublin

Suzanne M. Cahill is an adjunct Professor in the School of Social Work and Social Policy at Trinity College Dublin.

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Between 1999 and 2017 she has been employed as National Director of the Dementia Services Information and Development Centre at St. James’s Hospital Dublin, Ireland. During this period, Suzanne has also been teaching undergraduate courses to social work and social policy students at Trinity College Dublin and supervising post-graduate students. She has recently authored a book titled Dementia and Human Rights, to be published in Spring 2018.

Deirdre Shanagher

Deirdre Shanagher

Development Officer, Irish Hospice Foundation

Deirdre is currently working with the Irish Hospice Foundation as a Development Officer.

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She is a registered general nurse who has worked with older people as a nurse and nurse manager. Deirdre obtained a BSc (Cur) general nursing in 2006, an MSc Gerontological nursing in 2011 and European Certificate in Palliative Dementia Care in 2014. She is a member of the All Ireland Gerontological Nurses Association and The Irish Association of Palliative Care. Deirdre has served on the board of Care Alliance Ireland since 2014 and chairs the research sub-committee of that board. Her work with the Irish Hospice Foundation centres around the Palliative Care for All and Primary Palliative Care Programmes as well as supporting other projects linked to the healthcare team.

Dr Elizabeth Fahey-McCarthy

Dr Elizabeth Fahey-McCarthy

Former Director of Teaching  and Learning Postgraduate, TCD

Dr Elizabeth Fahey-McCarthy, Former  Director of Teaching and Learning Postgraduate, worked in the School of Nursing & Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin from 2000-2017.

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Prior to this she was a nurse tutor in Centres for Nurse Education in Ireland, the United Kingdom, the Middle East and in the USA. She is a Registered General Nurse and Registered Nurse Tutor, completing her MA Ed at Oxford Brookes University in 1999, and her PhD at the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin in 2012. Her educational experience and research interests include dementia care, palliative care and end-of-life care, ethical decision-making and reflective practice.

Sally O’Grady

Sally O’Grady

Physiotherapist, St Columcille’s Hospital

Sally O’Grady is a Senior Physiotherapist working in St. Columcille’s Hospital, Loughlinstown.

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Her background is in Neurological Rehabilitation and she has worked in the Mater Hospital, Galway University Hospital and in Queenstown, New Zealand.

She has undertaken postgraduate training in dementia care and currently works in Loughlinstown on a Dementia Friendly ward that strives to achieve better outcomes for people with dementia.

Amanda Bohan

Amanda Bohan

Owner and Managing Director, Home Instead Senior Care

Amanda Bohan is the Owner and Managing Director of Home Instead Senior Care in Kildare, Laois, Kilkenny and Carlow.

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Amanda manages the home care office with her husband Enda and has been working with the organisation since 2009. In the last 9 years, Amanda has provided Alzheimer’s and dementia care services and support to over 500 people in her local community. Amanda puts relationship before task and believes in providing holistic care that focuses on the individual and their care needs with a particular emphasis on the psychosocial needs of the individual.

Amanda has provided over 30 complimentary dementia care workshops in her local community that has been attended by over 600 family carers and healthcare professionals.

Prior to working with Home Instead Senior Care, Amanda enjoyed a career in Business and Environmental Management and is a graduate of Natural Science from Trinity College Dublin. She recently completed the DCU Dementia Elevator programme and is committed to continuous professional development in the area of Alzheimer’s and dementia care.

John Starr

John Starr

Director, Alzheimer’s Scotland Dementia Research Centre, University of Edinburgh

John Starr is an NHS consultant and Honorary Professor of Health & Ageing at the University of Edinburgh.

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He is the Director of the Alzheimer Scotland Dementia Research Centre and Co-Director of the University of Edinburgh Centre for Cognitive Ageing & Cognitive Epidemiology. He has a longstanding interest in the way physical and mental health relate to each other which he has extended into the population with Intellectual Disability He is Editor-in-Chief of Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics.

He undertook his undergraduate degrees in Cambridge and London before becoming a research fellow at the University of Edinburgh where he started his ongoing work on cognition in longitudinal ageing cohorts. He then moved to work at the Hammersmith hospital, London before returning to a permanent post in Edinburgh. He has been a principal investigator on the Lothian Birth Cohorts of 1921 and 1936 for over a decade. These cohorts have early life mental ability data which facilitate a lifecourse approach to cognitive change. He also has a longstanding clinical and research interest in dementia and has established a dementia case register covering Scotland. The Alzheimer Scotland Dementia Research Centre opened in 2011 and now has active research collaborations with researchers in the USA, Australia, New Zealand, Sweden, Spain, Italy, Japan, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Argentina and Costa Rica.

As a clinician he runs specialist regional memory clinics, including two for people with both intellectual disabilities and dementia.

Carol de Wilde

Carol de Wilde

Principal Social Worker St Columcille’s Hospital and Founding Member of the Alzheimer’s Café Bray

Carol de Wilde is a founding member of the Alzheimer’s Café Bray.

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Carol is Principal Social Worker in St Columcille’s Hospital in Loughlinstown (Dublin) and undertook training and the subsequent establishment of this Alzheimer’s Café in 2015 with 2 other members of the hospital. She has extensive experience of working with older people in a hospital setting and their families in the community. Carol is actively involved in trying to make patient experiences better within the hospital and upon discharge; she is on several committees within the hospital and externally which look to action this. Carol is currently undertaking Sonas APC training.

Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin

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EARLY BIRD RATE €345 + VAT per Person – (Closing Friday 26th January) Normal Rate @ €445 + VAT.

Please note the early bird discount can close sooner than expected once a certain amount of seats fill up, therefore your prompt booking is strongly advised to avoid disappointment

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