The Future of Ageing conference

Care homes & hospices unite to explore the landscape of dementia & frailty at end of life

St Christopher's CARE

Event overview

  • 01 Oct, 2024, 02 Oct, 2024
  • 2-day conference
    (attend one or both days)
  • 10am to 4.30pm
  • Early Bird (save 35%)
    only until 31 July
    £105 plus VAT in person (per day)
    £95 plus VAT virtual (per day)
  • Discount available when booking both days & for Care Home Learning Partners
  • St Christopher's CARE and online

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In partnership with Nightingale Hammerson

Are care homes the new hospice?

St Christopher’s Hospice and Nightingale Hammerson (nursing homes across London) are proud to co-facilitate a two-day conference where we take a deep-dive into the dynamic landscape of an ageing population.

Discover groundbreaking opportunities, informed by cutting-edge research, and innovative practices, while exploring the vital need for cross-sector partnership and collaboration.

Hear from leading experts such as Dr Ros Taylor MBE, Caroline Nicholson, Dr Karen Harrison-Dening, Dr Zena Aldridge, Dr Ally Tomlins, and more, as they unveil the future of dementia, frailty, and end-of-life care.

With a wealth of experts and topics to cover, we invite you to attend either one of the two days or both for a comprehensive overview of the conference.

We need to highlight opportunities for health and social care professionals and organisations to recognise the importance of care homes in providing high-quality palliative and end-of-life care, especially for people with dementia and their carers.

At this conference, you’ll be encouraged to think critically about the roles of care homes and hospices in caring for older adults, people with dementia, and those needing palliative care. Speakers will offer thought-provoking insights, and each day will end with a call to action.

By attending either or both of the two days, you will not only be a part of a conversation and movement of change, but be informed, enriched and have the opportunity to network in the health and social care sector.

The event will also highlight the contributions of different sectors, including care homes and hospices, and how we must work together to address these complex issues.

This conference is most suited for (but not limited to):

  • Care homes: leaders, managers, healthcare and social care team members*
  • Hospices
  • Doctors
  • Nurses
  • Associated Healthcare Practitioners
  • Carers
  • Community services
  • Primary Care
  • Domiciliary Care
  • Complementary practitioners
  • Spiritual & wellbeing practitioners

If you cannot attend both days, you have the opportunity to choose and book just one.

*Discounted place available for each of our Care Home Learning Partners

Maaike Vandeweghe

Maaike Vandeweghe

Course Director and Senior Associate, St Christopher’s CARE Maaike is a general and mental health nurse and senior educationalist with over 20 years of substantial experience in dementia, palliative care, education, learning and leadership in a range of settings including acute hospitals, care homes, prisons, community care and hospices. She started her clinical career in Belgium, then moved to Aruba and since 2006 she has been based in the UK. Maaike has a proven track record in designing, delivering and evaluating cutting edge and innovative programmes of learning which respond to current workforce needs and challenges.
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Helen Simmons

Helen Simmons is currently CEO of St Christopher’s Hospice, and has been a senior leader in the UK charity sector for over 25 years, after qualifying as a chartered accountant. Helen was previously CEO of Nightingale Hammerson – an outstanding dementia and nursing care home organisation, where she started the first on site nursery for daily intergenerational activities and led the care homes through the Covid pandemic. Prior to that Helen was on the top team at Crisis (homelessness), Multiple Sclerosis Society, Diocese of London, and Jewish Care (social care), as well as trustee of Care England (Expert by Experience),…
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Ros Taylor

Dr Ros Taylor

Dr Taylor has over 30 years of clinical experience in palliative care, working in hospice, community and hospital. She was Clinical Director at Hospice UK, 2014-17, advocating for improved access to palliative care in all settings including care homes.  In January 2020, she took on the medical leadership role to re-open Michael Sobell Hospice in West London. She has contributed to the Lancet Commission on the Value of Death on topics such as the ‘will to live’, power and gender issues. She is a Senior Advisor to the Montreal International Congress on Palliative Care. She has co-developed a new resource,…
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Karen Harrison Dening

Dr Karen Harrison Dening

Karen is a nurse by background with three nursing registrations (RMN, RNMH & RN) and has over 45 years nursing experience, most spent in dementia care in a various settings. She undertook a PhD at University College London focusing on advance care planning in the context of palliative and end-of-life care in dementia. Upon successful completion became Head of Research and Publications at Dementia UK. She has several honorary academic positions at UK universities, including Nottingham University and De Montfort University, Leicester. Her research interests and connections with Dementia UK have enabled her to be involved on some large research…
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Caroline Nicholson

Caroline Nicholson

Professor Caroline Nicholson heads a research programme focussing on the interface between gerontological and end of life care. She is a HEE/NIHR Senior Clinical Academic Lecturer, working between the School of Health Sciences at Surrey University and St Christopher’s Hospice. This unique partnership allows her to research and contribute to the development of palliative care for older people living and dying with advanced frailty and multiple morbidities.  She is particularly interested in the development of services which enhance the capabilities as well as attend to the vulnerabilities of people living and dying in late old age.  She is co End…
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Dr Zena Aldridge

Zena’s career in health and social care has spanned across four decades, initially in domiciliary care and as a nursing auxiliary in acute and community settings, before qualifying as a mental health nurse in 2003. She has relished the challenge of less traditional roles throughout her career but always with a keen focus on improving the outcomes and experiences of care for older people, people living with dementia, their families and carers.  Zena completed her master’s degree in Mental Health at UEA School of Social Work and Psychology in 2013. and completed PhD studies at De Montfort University with her thesis “Relationships,…
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Nuno Santos Lopes

Nuno Santos Lopes​​​​

Nuno is Director of Research, Innovation and Community Engagement at Nightingale Hammerson with extensive experience in care leadership and management from day to day operations to strategic planning. He completed the MSc in Palliative Care and became a Clinical Nurse Specialist in London. Nuno is passionate about dementia care, palliative care and care in general, led by the human values of compassion and team work. He effectively led teams to provide outstanding care in the most adverse circumstances, while meeting budgetary targets, reducing costs and being innovative. Currently Nuno is leading the development and implementation of the Education and Research…
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Joining forces: Care homes & Hospices unite

09:30Arrival and registration
Chair: Maaike Vandeweghe, Senior Associate
St Christopher’s
10:10Introductions to the day and morning
Helen Simmons, CEO
St Christopher’s
Nuno Santos Lopes, Director of Research, Innovation and Community Engagement
Nightingale Hammerson
10:20‘A day in the life of …’
Ruth Rolle, Lived Experience Advocate and Helen Simmons
10:35Future of Frailty – a reality check
Professor Caroline Nicholson, Professor of Palliative Care and Ageing
University of Surrey
11:05Care Homes – how they are evolving to become hospice of the future
Dr Ros Taylor MBE, Medical Director
Harlington Hospice and Trustee of Nightingale Hammerson
11:35Morning break
11:45Investing in the future of Social Care Nursing
Dr Zena Aldridge, Chief Nursing Officers Team
NIHR and Social Care Institute
12:15Q&A with Helen Simmons, Ruth Rolle, Prof Caroline Nicholson, Dr Ros Taylor, Dr Zena Aldridge and Nuno Lopes

Chaired by Maaike Vandeweghe
12:40Lunch (with exhibitions)
Steps to Success Awards with Helen Simmons and Gill Early, Senior Associate, St Christopher’s
13:40Introductions to the afternoon
Chipema Chitambala, Director of Care Services
Nightingale Hammerson
13:50Opportunities to influence palliative care across the system
Jodie Adkin, Associate Director, SEL ICB (Bromley)

1. Where are things with Learning Disabilities and Mental Health Care Homes
Example of innovation and best practice
Phoebe Mooney, Learning Disabilities Clinical Nurse Specialist, St Christopher’s

2. Live in a care home beyond physical care
Thessa Verwolf, Relationship Centred Care Coordinator
Nightingale Hammerson

3. Shining a light on staff wellbeing
Dr Zena Aldridge
15:10Afternoon break
15:30Dementia Villages – future of place of care
Dr Gill Horne, Programme Director Care Services, Rowcroft Hospice
15:50Call to Action – moving beyond intention and promise
Maaike Vandeweghe and Thessa Verwolf
Helen Simmons and Nuno Santos Lopes
16:30Conference close

Dementia – Influencing best practice

09:30Arrival and registration
Maaike Vandeweghe, Senior Associate
St Christopher’s
10:10Introductions to the day and morning
Helen Simmons, CEO, St Christopher’s and Clemence Muchingaguyo, Registered Manager, Nightingale Hammerson
11:00Case Management – Admiral Nursing
Dr Karen Harrison Dening, Head of Research & Publications
Dementia UK
11:25Morning break
11:45Psychological care for people living with dementia
Dr Ally Tomlins, Consultant Clinical Psychologist
Nightingale Hammerson
12:10Q&A with Dr Karen Harrison Dening and Dr Aly Tomlins

Chaired by Helen Simmons
12:30Lunch (with exhibitions)
Steps to Success Awards
13:30Introduction to the afternoon
Clemence Muchingaguyo
13:40The unpaid workforce – when carers needs are the greatest
Dr Zena Aldridge, Social Care Nurse Fellow, Chief Nursing Officers Team
NIHR and Social Care Institute

1. What about deprescribing and its impact on the person with dementia?
Clemence Muchingaguyo, Registered Manager, Nightingale Hammerson

2. Spiritual Care for people living with dementia
Alastair Paviour-Addison, Head of Engagement and Spiritual Care, Nightingale Hammerson

3. Rehabilitative care for people living with dementia – best practice example
Isla Jones, Speech and Language Therapist, St Christopher’s and Rosalind Gray, Head of Therapies, Nightingale Hammerson
15:05Afternoon break
15:50Call to Action – moving beyond intention and promise
Maaike Vandeweghe and Thessa Verwolf, Relationship Centred Care Coordinator, Nightingale Hammerson
Helen Simmons and Clemence Muchingaguyo
16:30Conference close

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