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Society meets with parliamentarians for dementia discussion

29 November 2017

A roundtable meeting is taking place today to bring together an expert group of parliamentarians, clinicians and policy influencers interested in helping people to live well with dementia to discuss the BPS report ‘Psychological dimensions of dementia: Putting the person at the centre of care’.

In recent years, there has been a significant increase in the awareness and understanding of the personal and social impact of dementia.  This morning’s roundtable event at the Houses of Parliament explores how the interventions and frameworks of understanding that psychology provides can help carers and policy makers to improve the care and support available for people living with dementia.

Attendees include:

  • Dr Lisa Cameron MP (Chair), Shadow Mental Health Spokesperson for the SNP, member of the Health Select Committee and Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Psychology
  • Professor Linda Clare, Professor of Clinical Psychology of Ageing and Dementia at the University of Exeter and Chair of the BPS Dementia Advisory Group
  • Reinhard Guss, Consultant Clinical Psychologist at Kent and Medway NHS & Social Care Partnership Trust, Chair of the Faculty of the Psychology of Older People and dementia workstream lead at the BPS
  • Debbie Abrahams MP, Shadow Work and Pensions Minister and Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Dementia
  • Hannah Farndon, Policy Advisor, British Psychological Society  
  • Professor Marjan Jahanshahi, Professor at UCL Institute of Neurology, UCL Institute of Neurology
  • Marina Mello, Communications, PR and Media Manager, British Geriatrics Society
  • Tahir Masud, President Elect, British Geriatrics Society
  • Professor Peter Mittler, Emeritus Professor of Special Needs Education, University of Manchester       
  • Dr Lisa Morrison Coulthard, Lead Policy Advisor/Acting Director of Policy, British Psychological Society

Dr Lisa Morrison Coulthard said:

"Psychological research has made an important contribution to our understanding of the profound impact that dementia has on the people who live with the condition and their families, as well as the diagnosis and treatment of the condition. However, action is still needed to continue to improve care for people with dementia."

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