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Dementia: Promoting quality of life and an introduction to Positive Approaches to Care (PAC)™.

09 May 2018 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
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A practical skills and knowledge based workshop promoting positive interventions, including an introduction to Positive Approaches to Care (PAC)™.

As the government calls for unpaid carers to remain in employment, and encourages those living with dementia to retain independence and some form of occupation for as long as possible, psychologists are ideally placed to assist with this process. To work with those affected by dementia however requires genuine understanding of a person’s needs and choices. The principles of Person Centre Care (PCC) have been identified in national policy consistently over the past decade, features in the Prime Ministers, Dementia Challenge 2020. Unlike many approaches, the PAC techniques are skills based, designed to enhance positive and successful interactions with a person living with Dementia focussing on practical aspects of care delivery. Lack of operationalisation of theoretical concepts of PCC has the potential to hinder development of a therapeutic relationship between the person living with dementia and the caregiver (McCarthy 2006). This has implications for engagement, self-efficacy of caregivers and stress responses for both parties.

This workshop provides a unique opportunity to learn and apply a greater understanding of the challenges of dementia and learn practical skills through the introduction to PAC™.  As a result participants will be better placed to respond to current problems and issues that key agencies supporting the Dementia sector are facing. The learning can be applied across the dementia landscape, in support of the national agenda e.g. Influence improvements in care design, dementia policy and quality of care, for the benefit and wellbeing of both formal and informal care providers and service users.

Target audience 

Practitioners in the field of HR, Coaching and Occupational Psychology who need a greater awareness of the national agenda and the increasing impact of dementia on people’s lives and work. Any professionals working in the field of dementia or influencing dementia policy and interventions may be particularly interested in an introduction to PAC™ methods. No pre-requisites in terms of knowledge or experience is required.


BPS London Office
30 Tabernacle Street

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Learning Outcomes 

  1. To gain, update or confirm understanding of the increasing impact Dementia has on society and the call for action.
  2. To learn and be able to apply the basic principles and benefits of Teepa Snow methods (Positive Approaches to Care™)
  3. Recognise the positive impact Psychologists and practitioners can have on the implementation of National Dementia Policy by improving independence, quality of life and the ability to work for longer of those affected by dementia, including family and carers.

Facilitator: Nicola Paget 

Nicola Paget BA Hons, PGCE, MSc (Occupational Psychology), MABP, is a founder and operating psychologist for 1-2-Thrive, a non-profit making organisation to improve resilience and positive transitions of carers. She is leading an evaluation project for an Alzheimers Society pilot service and is a member of a Regional Dementia Strategy steering group working with local Commissioners to improve dementia care services. She was a full-time carer for her Father during the late stages of Alzheimers for 18 months before he required residential care.

Facilitator: Gill Maidens

Gill Maidens, En(M), RMN, PGCertEd, MSc (Dementia Studies) has worked in both health and social care sectors and currently teaches care professionals up to masters level. Gill specialises in engagement, facilitation of choice and implementation of preference in decision-making, at all stages of the disease trajectory. Gill was an informal carer for her mother living with Alzhiemer’s disease for 12 years. Gill is part way through her PhD.


09:30-10:00 Registration
10:00 Workshop starts
12:30-13:00 Lunch
16:30 Workshop ends

Price £240.00 (£200.00 +VAT)

Society member 

£150.00 (£125.00 + VAT)

Please note: online bookings will close on 8 May 2017. Please call +44 (0)1952 214065 for availability after this point.

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[email protected]
+ 44 (0)1952 214065
BPS Events - Bookings
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