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Date: Thursday April 23rd 2015

Venue: Radisson Blu Hotel, Little Island, Cork

Main Sponsor: Nutricia

Our One Day conference will get to the heart of the central themes that HIQA will be evaluating in 2015 with particular emphasis on the re-drafted HIQA National Standards for Residential Care Settings for Older People in Ireland; this Conference will focus on the importance of Person-Centred approaches to Care for people living with Dementia

We are delighted to announce Professor Jan Dewing is confirmed as our Key Note Speaker for the day. Jan most recently worked in jointclinical chair position between East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust and The England Centre for Practice Development at Canterbury Christchurch University, Kent, England. She also holds several Visiting Professorships in Ulster, NSW Australia and at two research centres in Norway (Bergen and Stord Haugesund University Colleges).

Her learning and research programmes tend to focus on gerontological care, including Dementia care. Jan is especially interested in developing person-centred practice in health and social care through emancipatory practice development, facilitation and work based learning. She is a founding member of the International Practice Development Collaborative and a member of the Person-centred Practice Research International Community of Practice. Widely published, Jan is also the academic editor for the International Practice Development Journal.

Other Presenters include:

  • Opening Address: Prof. Cillian Twomey
  • Dr. Suzanne Timmons, Consultant Geriatrician- Palliative Care Needs for People with Dementia
  • Dr. Kate Irving – Dementia Elevator Project
  • Irish Hospice Foundation – Changing Minds Programme
  • Ms. Caroline Kilty (PHD Student) – Early Onset Dementia
  • Carol Jermyn of Ronan Daly Jermyn – Legal perspectives on the proposed Assisted Decision Making Capacity Bill 2015
  • Ms.  Eavan Fitzgerald, Speech & Language Therapist – Communication and Eating Difficulties with Dementia  
  • Eileen O’ Keeffe, Dementia Unit, St. Luke’s Home – Expressing Sexuality in Residential Dementia Care


A Choice of Two Master Classes

Friday 24th April – 10.00am – 1.00pm

Northridge House, St Luke’s Home

We are also hosting two Master-Classes the morning after the Conference in Northridge House, our Education Centre at St Luke’s Home. These can be booked in conjunction with the Conference or independently.  Professor Dewing will take one Master Class on Creative Approaches to Responding to Behaviours of  Distress and Unmet Needs and Dr. Nicola Cornally Center for Rehabilitation & Gerontology, UCC will take the second on Advance Care Directives and End of Life Care Planning. 

Please Note: Masterclasses with Prof. Dewing are now full. A second Masterclass with Dr Nicola Cornally has been added (2pm-5pm) and will be run subject to numbers. Please contact us to register interest.



  • Master Class* only: €40
  • Conference Fee: €80
  • Conference plus one Master Class*: €100


*We have a limit of 50 delegates for each of the Master Classes so these will be allocated on a first come first serve basis. Book early to avoid disappointment   


An Bord Altranais Category 1 approval pending

Who Should Attend

This Conference will be of interest to all healthcare professionals working with older people in Residential and Acute settings. The HIQA thematic for 2015 is Dementia and this Conference aims to address the relevant issues pertaining to this theme.

Package details

The rate to attend includes morning tea/coffee on arrival for registration, mid-morning tea/coffee and biscuits, plus a networking lunch. You will also receive the PowerPoint presentations within 24 hours after the event, where the presenters have given permission. The Radisson Blu Hotel is offering a special B&B rate of €110 per person, for both the night before and the night of the Conference.  Please contact the Radisson Blu directly for booking requirements. 


Conference/Masterclass Bookings

Pre booking is necessary.

For our booking and cancellation policy please Click Here

To Download the conference Brochure please Click Here

Alternatively please email: claire.coakley@stlukeshome.ie or phone Claire on 021 4536551


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