The MHDN network has held a number of events since its inception in April 2013

Dementia Variation Conference 16/09/15

A Dementia Conference which focussed on ‘Variation’ as a theme was held by the SCN in collaboration with Oxford Academic Health Science Network.  Over 8o delegates at the event heard from local leaders in dementia diagnosis, treatment and care and explored the many ways in which variation can occur in practice.  The event concluded with a very thought provoking debate led by Professor Simon Lovestone on MCI and dementia.

Full details of the event are below and the agenda and slides are attached.  For further details on any of this work please contact Richard Jerrett via email at

 Dementia Networks annual meeting and buffet supper

 Exploring Dementia Variation in Clinical Practice and Patient Services

Welcome – Peter Watson Carer representative, Dr Rupert McShane AHSN, Dr Geoff Payne SCN
Strategic Clinical Network projects – Dr Geoff Payne SCN
Dementia training initiatives – Jacqueline Fairbairn-Platt, Health Education Thames Valley
Post-diagnostic support–Dr Stephanie Oldroyd, Lead Clinical Psychologist, Milton Keynes
Variations on a “dementia” theme – diagnosis and prescribing across the Thames Valley – Dr Jacqui Hussey, Consultant in Old Age Psychiatry, Wokingham
End of Life Care for people with Dementia – Dr Barbara Barrie
How to engage people with a fabulous piece of food theatre – Connie’s Colander
Supporting Young People with Dementia Young Dementia UK and Dr Jacqui Hussey
Keynote workshop with Professor Simon Lovestone and voting buttonsCase based discussion of mild cognitive impairment and mixed dementia diagnosis: criteria and reliability

Dementia Networks 16th September 2016 provisional programme (PDF)

Slide Packs

Geoff Payne – Strategic Clinical Network projects (PDF)

Barbara Barrie – Palliative and End of Life Care for people with Dementia (PDF)

Jacqueline Fairbairn-Platt – HETV Dementia Training Initiatives (PDF)

Jacqui Hussey and Mandy Blair – YPWD and YD UK (PDF)

Rupert McShane – MCI diagnosis (PDF)

Stephanie Oldroyd – Post Diagnostic Support in MK (PDF)

Simon Lovestone – Dementia Research (PDF)

Crisis Care Concordat Event 17/09/2014

The objectives of the day were:

  • To develop a regional perspective of the Crisis Care Concordat
  • To positively engage all local signatories of the Crisis Care Concordat
  • To collectively commit to regional and local declarations and action plans

Further information can be found at:

In the resources section of the website which includes the Crisis Care Concordat and a link to the website

Dementia Workshop 25/02/2014

The objectives of the day were:

  • To facilitate regional networks and shared learning on local dementia initiatives
  • To explore variations in service provision and recognise areas of best practice
  • To understand what the future of dementia might look like for Thames Valley
  • To match current service provision to future expectations of demand
  • To define how can the SCN support continued service improvement


The outputs of the day led to the development of a multi-agency proposed Dementia Forum

Further information can be found at:

Network Development Day 18/07/2013

The objectives of the day were:

  • To develop a specialist MHDN network within Thames Valley
  • To hear the priorities for the National Clinical Directors
  • To recognise the patient voice and hear the priorities of the third sector
  • To share and discuss the local challenges and opportunities
  • To begin the co-creation of a workable plan for the Thames Valley area

Further information can be found at: