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Radisson Blu St Helens Hotel, Stillorgan Road,
Blackrock, Co. Dublin

Date: 2nd March 2016






The theme of this year’s event is firmly focussed on the future vision for Dementia Care in Ireland. This one day conference will enable and equip delegates to critically review their approaches to the care of patients with dementia and delirium.

This event will provide a balance of practical applications and ideas and offer options for the future, focusing on evidence based solutions. Naturally there will be a lot of opportunities for delegate and speaker interaction to challenge your thinking on how to achieve best practice dementia care in Ireland, build dementia friendly communities and enable patients with dementia live a better quality of life through proven interventions.

6 Structured CPD Points 

Certified By the Nursing & Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI)

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

On completion you will receive your Certificate of Attendance / CPD Certificate containing 6 Structured CPD Points. Please note certificates are issued only at the close of the conference to participants who complete the full day.




Registration with tea, coffee and pastries


Opening Remarks from Conference Chairperson:
Dr David Smith, Associate Professor of Health Care Ethics, Department of General Practice, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland


Overview & National Dementia Strategy explained
Speaker: Sarah Mahon, Senior Dementia Strategy Projects Manager, HSE

  • Where is dementia care going – the future vision
  • The challenge of the next thirty years – what can be expected?
  • The Irish National Dementia Strategy – Policy & programmes
  • Funding mechanisms for dementia services


Thematic Dementia Care Inspections
Speaker: Mary O’Donnell, Inspector Manager HIQA

  • The goals of  focused dementia Care inspections
  • The Process of a Dementia Care inspection
  • Findings to Date


Advance Planning
Speaker: Patricia Rickard-Clarke, Solicitor & Former Commissioner, The Law Reform Commission

  • Reimagining the care model
  • Transforming the lives of people with Dementia
  • What types of assessment tools do we really need
  • Knowing what you should be looking for when assessing decision-making – one size does NOT fit all
  • Enduring Powers of Attorney and Advance Healthcare Directives legal update


Coffee Break and chance to network
Two Separate Break out sessions and round table discussions at each


Break out room 1

Dementia in End of life & palliative care 

Ethical decision making in end-of-life care for the person with dementia
Speaker: Dr. Joan McCarthy, Lecturer, Healthcare Ethics, Coordinator, MSc End-of-Life Healthcare Ethics, School of Nursing and Midwifery, University College Cork

  • Ethical principles e.g.  relational autonomy, solidarity, value of life
  • Applying an ethical decision-making tool
  • Goals of treatment and care
  • Ethical Framework – End of life Care explained


End of life care for people with dementia – the challenges and rationale
Speaker: Marie Lynch, Head of Healthcare Programmes, Irish Hospice Foundation

  • Listening to the voice of a person with dementia on matters relating to end of life care (video clip)
  • Exploring what are the palliative and end of life care needs of people with Dementia, and why they often go undetected
  • How the palliative approach to care for people with dementia and their family can be incorporated as part of their routine care – with an emphasis on communication, advance care planning and loss and grief.
  • Understanding how people with dementia can be supported to die at home – the IHF will report on an audit of 60 people with dementia who have died at home & results


Palliative Care for Persons with Dementia: Focus on Pain Assessment and Management
Speaker: Dr Alice Coffey, Lecturer, UCC

  • Recognising dementia as a progressive or terminal illness
  • Best practise in end of life care – case studies explored in:
  • Managing Nutrition and Hydration
  • Principles of medication management.
  • Pain assessment and management

1.00 – 1.30

The room will break up into groups to discuss individual issues and solutions with members of their group – Challenge your thinking on how to achieve best practice dementia care particularly within palliative and end of life care settings


Break out room 2

Living With Dementia & Building Dementia Friendly Communities


Living with dementia
Speaker: Heather Gately, Founder, D.R.E.A.M

  • 5 Steps to living Well with Dementia
  • Ensuring the physical and social environments meet the needs of people with dementia
  • Improving psychological interventions for dementia
  • Dementia friendly communities
  • Integrated care pathways for people with Dementia
  • Respect for and preserving the autonomy of the person with dementia


Home Care Best Practice for Dementia Patients
Speaker: Aodhnaid Lennon, Trainer, Home Instead Senior Care

  • Person-Centred care for both the person with dementia and the family carer.
  • Keeping the person with dementia safe at home
  • New dementia training programme discussed
  • Understanding Alzheimer’s and dementia symptoms
  • Engagement – connecting a person with dementia to activities that have meaning
  • Dementia friendly communities case study – Working with retailers on a Dementia Friendly initiative – training staff to understand dementia and better communicate with patients / customers


Dementia Care in the Home and Supporting the Family
Speaker: Lhara Mullins, NUI Galway

  • Role of the homecare provider in dementia care
  • Training and awareness relating to dementia
  • Challenges in homecare provision to dementia sufferers
  • Stress and burnout
  • Supporting family members in accepting  the diagnosis of dementia
  • Ambiguous  loss
  • Family members and the burden of care
  • Support and resources explored

1 – 1.30

The room will break up into groups to discuss individual issues and solutions with members of their group – Challenge your thinking on how to achieve best practice dementia care particularly within palliative and end of life care settings


Lunch Break and chance to network


SLT in dementia and palliative Care
Speaker: Aideen Lawlor, Speech and language therapy manager, St. Mary’s hospital Phoenix park and community services in North west Dublin

  • The role of the Speech and Language Therapist in dementia and palliative care
  • How dementia impacts on the communication skills of people with dementia
  • What strategies and tools can help when communicating with dementia patients
  • Managing swallowing problems for people with dementia
  • Managing ethical decisions around swallowing problems
  • Animal Models & Translational Medicine


Managing the Symptoms of Dementia & Delirium
Speaker: Dr. Mark P. Tyrrell, Specialist Consultant in Dementia Care, B&D Healthcare

  • Diagnosis & Symptoms
  • The complexities of care for people with dementia
  • Didactic teaching
  • Behaviour patterns – Why behaviours (as symptoms of dementia) occur & how they are diagnosed + How they make caring complex
  • How both lay and professional carers can be taught to understand/anticipate/manage behaviours with a focus on a particular intervention strategies.


Closing Remarks


Conference Close

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.





Bloomfield Health Services is an independent not for profit healthcare provider located at the foot of the Dublin Mountains at Stocking Lane in Rathfarnham Dublin 16. It commenced its service provision in 1812 and was originally located in Donnybrook Dublin 4 until 2005 when it moved to its current location. Its physical environment provides a state of the art environment for the care and treatment of its patients and residents. Bloomfield Health Services is owned by the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) and its service delivery is based on their ethos and principles. It currently provides two main services in its current location namely,

Bloomfield Hospital which is an independent, not for profit, 114 bed Mental Health Hospital, registered as an approved centre with the Mental Health Commission. It specialises in the provision of individualised, holistic, person centered mental health treatment and care to Adults and Older Adults. It provides services for persons with Serious and Enduring mental health disorders and complex mental health issues associated with Neuropsychiatric Disorders such as Huntingtons Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, Motor Neuron Disease in addition to Dementia and Early Onset Dementia. Its recently commenced provision of a mental health service to individuals with Huntingtons Disease and their families accepts referrals on a national basis. It also provides a Memory Assessment and Support service on an outpatient basis. Bloomfield Hospital is a teaching hospital affiliated with Trinity College Dublin, is committed to the education and training of healthcare professionals.

New Lodge Nursing Home is a 36 bed Nursing Home, registered as a designated centre with the Health Information & Quality Authority. It provides a person centered and holistic delivery of care and treatment to Older Adults who are medically frail, or have Dementia specific or Palliative Care needs, in a comfortable and well designed environment.




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Patricia Rickard-Clarke

Patricia Rickard-Clarke

Solicitor & Former Commissioner, The Law Reform Commission

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

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She was the lead Commissioner with regard to the Commission’s work on Vulnerable Adults and the Law (Capacity) and Advance Care Directives. She is Chair of the Law Society’s Mental Health and Capacity Task Force, Chair of the National Advisory Council of SAGE, Support and Advocacy Service for Older People Chair of the National Inter-Sectoral Committee on Safeguarding Vulnerable Persons at Risk of Abuse.

Dr. David Smith

Dr. David Smith

Associate Professor of Health Care Ethics, Department of General Practice, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

David Smith is Associate Professor of Health Care Ethics in Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and Director of the MSc in Health Care Ethics and Law.

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He lectures on Health Care Ethics in Trinity College Dublin, University College Dublin, and the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland. He is an Ethics Consultant to a number of Healthcare Systems in Ireland. He was a member of the Irish Council for Bioethics. He is currently a member of the National Advisory Committee on Bioethics Ethics, the National Council of the Forum on End of Life in Ireland, the Ethics Working Group of the Irish Association of Palliative Care Consultants, the advisory committee on Research Ethics Committees in Ireland established by HIQA. The Ethics Working Party of the European Forum for Good Clinical Practice, the European Network for Research Ethics Committees (EUREC) and ethical advisor to Atomium Culture. He is also a member of a number of Research Ethics Committees in Ireland.

Lhara Mullins

Lhara Mullins

NUI Galway

Lhara began working with older people in 2006 as a community care worker for the HSE.

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In 2010 Lhara graduated with an honours degree in Social Care from NUI Galway. Lhara completed an MA in Social Work also in NUI Galway, graduating in 2012. Lhara then began teaching part-time within the Discipline of Health Promotion, eventually leaving her HSE post in 2013. Lhara currently works as a University Teacher on the BA Social Care Programme in NUI Galway teaching adult learners and existing practitioners. Lhara has recently commenced a PhD entitled:  “Older People and Care in the Home in Ireland: How Much Do We Care? “ within the Discipline of Health Promotion, in NUI Galway.

Marie Lynch

Marie Lynch

Head of Healthcare Programmes, Irish Hospice Foundation

Following her early career as an Occupational Therapist, and then Regional Director with the Irish Wheelchair Association, Marie commenced employment with The Irish Hospice Foundation in January 2007 on completion of her MSc.

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Her current brief seeks to develop and support quality improvement projects and initiatives relating to hospice and palliative care, which include (a) service responses to consider the palliative care needs of people with Heart Failure, Respiratory Conditions, Dementia, (b) building excellence in end of life care in residential care settings and hospitals (c) and seeking to enhance primary care responses in the area of palliative care.

Heather Gately

Heather Gately

Founder, D.R.E.A.M

Heather Gately, Founded Dementia, Research, Education, Advocacy in Motion(DREAM) in March of 2012.

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Her passion for working with people living with dementia began informally when she was a carer for her Grandparents who both were diagnosed with late-onset Alzheimer’s Disease.  She later went on to be a director of Youth Ministry in the Hartford, CT diocese where her primary focus was bridging the intergenerational gap between young adults and older adults living in the community.  Heather and her husband Colman moved to Galway, Ireland in the spring of 2006 and became managing directors of Home Instead Senior Care in County Galway.  They have 4 young children.  Throughout her work in the USA, Canada and Ireland she has worked very closely and trained with people living with dementia, family and professional caregivers as well as healthcare students in the university setting.   She has a Master’s of Music degree (Indiana University, USA) and served as an Artistic Ambassador for the United States Information Agency, a diploma in Activities Programme for Older People in Day and Residential Settings from DIT and Certified Trainer awards from DSIDC in Dementia. She has been a sought after trainer for her Dementia in residential setting, Dementia in the acute setting, Challenging Behaviours, Living Well with Dementia and Palliative Care courses.  Heather is currently serving in an advisory capacity for the dementia education courses for NUIG, DCU and Home Instead Senior Care International as well as sitting on the Board of Directors for the Galway City Partnership ‘Dementia Friendly Community’ Initiative and the Galway Dementia Network.

Sarah Mahon

Sarah Mahon

Senior Dementia Strategy Projects Manager, HSE

Sarah Mahon is a professionally qualified Social Worker, graduating from Trinity College in 2001.

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She has worked as a dementia specific case manager for the Alzheimer Society of Ireland, assistant education officer in the Dementia Services, Information & Development Centre, and Senior Social Worker in Brú Chaoimhín CNU. Prior to her current role Sarah was the Dedicated Officer for the Protection of Older People, HSE Dublin Mid-Leinster, from 2007 until May 2015.

Since May 2015 Sarah has been working in the HSE’s National Dementia Office as the Senior Dementia Strategy Projects Manager. This role oversees the implementation of the Irish National Dementia Strategy, across the agencies and sectors.

Aideen Lawlor

Aideen Lawlor

Speech and language therapy manager, St. Mary’s hospital Phoenix park and community services in North west Dublin

Aideen has been working as SLT since 1997 in both acute, rehabilitation and residential settings and has a special interest in acquired communication disorders including dementia.

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She has lectured TCD SLT students in dementia care and with TCD SLT students has used life stories in her clinical practice. She was short listed for a communication group (including people with dementia) with National Adult Literacy Crystal Clear Awards in 2010. Through The Irish Hospice Foundation, Changing Minds programme, she received a grant in 2015 which looked at facilitating communication in people with dementia around eating and drinking choices.

Dr Alice Coffey

Dr Alice Coffey

Lecturer, UCC

Alice Coffey is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Nursing and Midwifery at University College Cork.

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She has a PhD Nursing from UCC, Masters in Education from University of Sheffield UK and a BA (honours) Degree in Health Management from the Institute of Public Administration Dublin. Throughout her career in clinical practice, undergraduate and post graduate education and research, Alice has made a substantial contribution within the discipline of nursing to working with older people by extensive and active engagement in activities that promote the quality and safety of older people in all aspects of health and social care. As lead of the Healthy Ageing Research Group in the School of Nursing UCC, she is actively engaged and productive in national, European and international multidisciplinary education and research collaboration in the areas of working with older people and healthy ageing. Current projects include a European interdisciplinary project to develop core competencies for health and social care professionals working with older people, a European COST action to promote anti ageist practices, principle investigator on a research project to develop guidelines for Palliative care in Dementia, leadership of a work package on a research project to implement an Advanced Care Directive and palliative care education in long term care settings and lead of a research review on models to tackle delayed discharges from acute hospital and prevention of admission / readmission. Through her teaching and supervision of research projects at Masters and Doctoral Degree level she is focused on key issues associated with ageing and health and wellbeing in older age in all settings.  Her publications in peer- reviewed scientific journals and other scholarly activities demonstrate a consistent breadth of national and International dissemination of work in these areas. Dr Coffey’s career vision is focused on local, national and international multidisciplinary engagement to promote positive views of ageing and safe high -quality care and service for older people nationally and globally.

Mary O’Donnell

Mary O’Donnell

Inspector Manager HIQA

Mary O’Donnell is an Inspector Manager in the Regulation Directorate in HIQA.

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She has over 30 years experience as a nurse working with older people in acute care and residential care in both the private and public sectors. Mary has always been passionate about driving quality improvements in services for older persons, especially for people with dementia. She has five years experience in Practice Development in Older Person Services both in the former ERHA and Our Lady’s Hospice. Later her role as a Quality Manager for HSE Dublin Mid-Leinster involved the inspection of Nursing Homes.

Mary has a MSc. Nursing (Education), Grad–Dip Quality in Healthcare, BNS (Hons) and is an advanced dementia care mapper with Bradford University. Since joining HIQA in 2009 she has been involved in the regulation of services for older persons, children and people with disabilities. Since 2013 Mary has led on various projects to develop methodologies for themed inspection of End of Life Care, Food and Nutrition and more recently Dementia Care. Mary’s focus is the creation of safe, high-quality services for all older people.

Dr. Joan McCarthy

Dr. Joan McCarthy

Lecturer, Healthcare Ethics, Coordinator, MSc End-of-Life Healthcare Ethics, School of Nursing and Midwifery, University College Cork

Dr. Joan McCarthy is the Coordinator of the MSc in End-of-Life Healthcare Ethics and a Lecturer in Healthcare Ethics in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, University College Cork, Ireland.

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She teaches undergraduate and postgraduate nursing/midwifery/healthcare ethics modules and supervises MSc, DN and PhD students. Joan also leads the School Research Group on end-of-life healthcare ethics and her research interests include; nursing and midwifery ethics, end-of-life healthcare ethics and feminist approaches to ethical decision-making.

Joan is a member of the Irish National Advisory Committee on Bioethics, the Ethics Committee of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland, the Editorial Board of Nursing Ethics, and the Advisory Board of the International Care Ethics Observatory, UK. She was recently a Visiting Scholar in the Hastings Center and Yale Bioethics Center, US, and has collaborated on a number of national and international research projects in nursing and healthcare ethics.

Dr. Mark P. Tyrrell

Dr. Mark P. Tyrrell

Specialist Consultant in Dementia Care, B&D Healthcare

Mark Tyrrell is a specialist nurse consultant in dementia care with B&D Healthcare in Cork and formerly Director of Undergraduate Education at the School of Nursing & Midwifery, University College Cork.

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He is a Registered General and Psychiatric Nurse, and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing Studies from University College Dublin, a Master’s Degree in Education from University College Cork, and a PhD in nursing from University College Cork.

He has taught modules on Dementia Care at undergraduate and postgraduate levels at a number of universities both in Ireland and abroad and his research interests include agitation behaviours in dementia, understanding behaviours in dementia from a stress-threshold perspective, and caregiver depression and burden among informal dementia caregivers. He has undertaken training in Dementia Care Mapping with the University of Bradford and was a member of the HSE Clonakilty Dementia Partnership. He is formerly a lecturer and Director of Undergraduate Education at the Catherine McAuley School of Nursing & Midwifery at University College Cork. He has supervised doctoral and master’s students’ research from a number of disciplines and has published and presented his work nationally and internationally.

Aodhnaid Lennon

Aodhnaid Lennon

Trainer, Home Instead Senior Care

Aodhnaid has been working for Home Instead Senior Care for the last 7 years in a number of differing capacities.

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She started initially as a CAREGiver, looking after clients with Dementia in the Ennis area. From there she opened the Home Instead Ennis office in March 2014 and ran it until mid-2015. Aodhnaid has recently qualified as a Sonas aPc Dementia Care Practitioner.
Aodhnaid’s current remit is conduct training workshops for both CAREGivers & family members affected by Dementia. She is also rolling out the Dementia Friendly Business initiative in Co. Clare.
To date 7 businesses in the town have been trained and 7 more have signed up to complete it in the New Year. The initiative is quickly gathering momentum as it is falling nicely under the Clare Age Friendly county remit also.

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