Key Points
  • Reviewing how policy changes will impact older people, and their physical and mental wellbeing
  • Assessing the role of technology and social inclusion strategies in improving the wellbeing of older people
  • Exploring changes and alternatives to traditional forms of housing to maintain independence and social connectedness
  • Improving the provision of mental health care
  • Understanding the role age plays in engagement with charities


Overview
Confirmed Speakers

  • Lucy Harmer, Director of Services, Independent Age
  • Kate Jopling, Director of Programmes - Interim, International Longevity Centre UK

  • Dr Mohan Sekeram, GP Lead for Social Prescribing, Merton CCG
  • Dr Alex Bailey, Consultant Old Age Psychiatrist, Westminster Older Adults Community Mental Health Team, CNWL NHS Foundation Trust and Chair, Specialty Advisory Committee, Old Age Faculty, Royal College of Psychiatrists
  • Siân Brand, Programme Manager, Connect Well; Social Prescribing in Mid Essex & Connected Kingston, Royal Borough of Kingston
  • Angela Ratcliffe, Communications Team Convenor, Older Women’s Co-Housing
  • Sophie Andrews OBE, Chief Executive, The Silver Line
  • Mai Stafford, Principal Data Analyst, The Health Foundation
  • Samantha Mauger, Chief Executive, The University of the Third Age
  • Gareth Lyon, Head of Policy and Communications, Associated Retirement Community Operators
  • Emil Hewage, Co-Founder and CEO, BIOS
  • Lydia Nicholas, Programme Manager, doteveryone
  • Dr Alessandro Di Nuovo, Reader in Computational Intelligence and Robotics, Sheffield Hallam University
  • James Richardson, Research Manager, Good Things Foundation
  • Joe Barrell, Executive Director, Eden Stanley

    According to Age UK, around 1.9 million older people often feel ignored or invisible, and organisations and services are increasingly having to adapt to this problem.

    As the demand for older people’s services is growing rapidly with an ever-increasing ageing population, ensuring the health and wellbeing of older people is more important than ever. It is imperative that we identify areas to improve and implement sustainable solutions.

    Westminster Insight’s one day conference will offer you unique insights from policy makers and service providers who are implementing strategies to improve older people’s quality of life and wellbeing. We will explore government strategies for reducing social isolation and poor mental health in older people and review the effectiveness of interventions aimed at combatting loneliness and reducing social isolation, including social prescribing and befriending schemes. You will hear a case study of co-housing in later life, and how retirement communities’ strategies are improving the experiences of older people in public sector housing.

    Join colleagues from health, social care, housing and the voluntary and community sector to explore the changing landscape of older people’s services and how you can adapt to be at the forefront of providing improved and sustainable services to support and improve the wellbeing and social inclusion of our elderly population.

  • Agenda
    Start

    09:20 - 09:50
    Registration, Refreshments, and Networking

     

    09:50 - 10:00
    Chair's Opening Remarks

     

    Speakers

    Lucy Harmer Director of Services, Independent Age

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    10:00 - 10:30
    Reviewing the Current Policy Landscape in Improving Older People's Physical and Mental Wellbeing

     
    • Reviewing government strategies for reducing social isolation and poor mental health in older people 
    • Turning dialogue and strategy into action: implementing the recommendations of the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness
    • Understanding the Green Paper proposals for funding, integration of health and social care, housing, and measures for carers and the workforce

      10.30 -10.40 Questions and Discussions

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    Kate Jopling Director of Programmes - Interim, International Longevity Centre UK

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    10:40 - 11:00
    Improving Mental Health Provision to Achieve Better Outcomes for Older People’s Physical and Mental Wellbeing

     
    • Improving the effectiveness of early interventions and prevention strategies in reducing the severity of mental health conditions
    • Ensuring that people have access to high quality care through the integration of physical and mental health care processes
    • Reducing stigma and challenging the expectation that those in later life inevitably experience poor mental health
    • Social prescribing: linking older people with non-medical support to reduce comorbidity of physical and mental health conditions, and promote activity and mobility
    • Developing creative and person-centred approaches to those suffering with dementia for the promotion of wellbeing

      11:00-11:10 Questions and Discussions

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    Dr Alex Bailey Consultant Old Age Psychiatrist, Westminster Older Adults Community Mental Health Team, CNWL NHS Foundation Trust

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    11:10 - 11:30
    Networking and Refreshments

     

    11:30 - 12:00
    Panel Discussion: Combatting Loneliness amongst Older People to Reduce Social Isolation and Increase Quality of Life

     
    • Promoting access to befriending services to re-engage lonely older people in the community
    • Increasing the availability and variety of social prescribing schemes to improve the participation of older people
    • Comparing the effectiveness of different forms of intervention in improving the wellbeing and quality of life of lonely older people
    • Facilitating intergenerational contact to promote active ageing
    • Exploring innovative strategies and schemes that address the issue of loneliness in later life

      12:00-12:10 Questions and Discussions

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    Dr Mohan Sekeram GP Lead for Social Prescribing, Merton CCG

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    Samantha Mauger Chief Executive, The University of the Third Age

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    Siân Brand Programme Manager, Connect Well; Social Prescribing in Mid Essex & Connected Kingston, Royal Borough of Kingston

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    Sophie Andrews OBE Chief Executive, The Silver Line

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    12:10 - 12:25
    Preventive Healthcare: The Importance of Good Social Connections

     
    • Overcoming poor social connectedness as a barrier to engagement in preventive healthcare
    • Highlighting those with poor social connections as an at-risk group to ensure that strategies are implemented to improve their inclusion in the community

      12:25-12:30 Questions and Discussions

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    Mai Stafford Principal Data Analyst, The Health Foundation

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    12:30 - 13:00
    Panel Discussion: Utilising Technology to Improve Social Connectedness and to Increase Wellbeing and Quality of Life

     
    • Tackling the Grand Challenges of the Industrial Strategy: harnessing technology to address the requirements of an ageing society
    • Implementing digital inclusion strategies in communities to ensure that older people maintain and create social connections
    • Using robots as care home companions to provide social interaction for older people
    • Tracking elderly patients’ movement measurements with wearable devices as a potential way to reduce falls

      13:00-13:10 Questions and Discussions

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    James Richardson Research Manager, Good Things Foundation

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    Lydia Nicholas Programme Manager, doteveryone

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    Emil Hewage Co-Founder and CEO, BIOS

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    Dr Alessandro Di Nuovo Reader in Computational Intelligence and Robotics, Sheffield Hallam University

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    13:10 - 14:10
    Networking Lunch

     

    14:10 - 14:30
    Case Study: Exploring Innovative Housing Solutions to Improve Older People’s Physical and Mental Health Needs

     
    • Providing a co-operative community to ensure that older women remain socially connected whilst living independently
    • Minimising the need for mental and physical health interventions through encouraging activity and self-dependence within a supportive network of neighbours

      14:30-14:40 Questions and Discussions

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    Angela Ratcliffe Communications Team Convenor, Older Women’s Co-Housing

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    14:40 - 15:00
    Reviewing the Role of Housing in Improving Health and Social Care Provision

     
    • Implementing lessons from the private sector to improve wellbeing
    • Improving the quality of design in older people’s housing to better facilitate independent living
    • Promoting the provision of person-centred services to reduce the need for primary care and recognise early warning signs
    • Introducing strategies to reduce social isolation and loneliness in later life

      15:00-15:10 Questions and Discussions

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    Gareth Lyon Head of Policy and Communications, Associated Retirement Community Operators

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    15:10 - 15:30
    Older People’s Charities: Insights for Engaging and Connecting with Different Age Groups

     
    • Highlighting the differences in how people engage with charities at various stages of life to tailor public engagement projects more effectively
    • Evaluating how charities can harness different age groups’ media consumption to maximise the effectiveness of fundraising efforts

      15:30-15:40 Questions and Discussions

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    Joe Barrell Executive Director, Eden Stanley

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    15:40 - 15:45
    Chair's Closing Remarks

     

    End

    Speakers

    Sophie Andrews OBE Chief Executive, The Silver Line

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    Dr Alex Bailey Consultant Old Age Psychiatrist, Westminster Older Adults Community Mental Health Team, CNWL NHS Foundation Trust

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    Joe Barrell Executive Director, Eden Stanley

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    Siân Brand Programme Manager, Connect Well; Social Prescribing in Mid Essex & Connected Kingston, Royal Borough of Kingston

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    Dr Alessandro Di Nuovo Reader in Computational Intelligence and Robotics, Sheffield Hallam University

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    Lucy Harmer Director of Services, Independent Age

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    Emil Hewage Co-Founder and CEO, BIOS

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    Kate Jopling Director of Programmes - Interim, International Longevity Centre UK

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    Gareth Lyon Head of Policy and Communications, Associated Retirement Community Operators

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    Samantha Mauger Chief Executive, The University of the Third Age

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    Lydia Nicholas Programme Manager, doteveryone

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    Angela Ratcliffe Communications Team Convenor, Older Women’s Co-Housing

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    James Richardson Research Manager, Good Things Foundation

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    Dr Mohan Sekeram GP Lead for Social Prescribing, Merton CCG

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    Mai Stafford Principal Data Analyst, The Health Foundation

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    Venue details

    Central London


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