UK Dementia Congress

Dementia Community is delighted to announce that the 18th UK Dementia Congress (UKDC) will be held at:
Coventry Building Society Arena, Coventry CV6 6GE on 26-27 November 2024

We look forward to welcoming everyone to the largest annual multi-disciplinary dementia-focused event and exhibition in the UK. UKDC has a long history of bringing together everyone involved in dementia care to learn, share and inspire each other with fresh energy and enthusiasm for our work.

CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS is now closed, we will inform everyone if proposal accepted by 6th September 2024, any queries, please contact Sue Benson (

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Early Bird Tickets are now available

All prices listed are Early bird prices (10% off) available until 31st August

Standard Single Day: £170.10 plus VAT* (£204.12)
Standard Both Days: £256.50 plus VAT* (£307.80)

*Community members get 10% off standard day prices. Code will be emailed to all Community Members.

Only one code can be used on each delegate place

Discounted Fees

Standard Single day with 25% JDC Subscriber discount: £127.80 plus VAT (£153.09)
Standard Both Days with 25% JDC Subscriber discount: £184.50 plus VAT (£221.40)
JDC Subscriber Group Fees: Standard Fees less 25% discount plus VAT for all attendees
*Code will be emailed to all JDC subscribers
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Person with Lived Experience/Carer/Student:
One Day £61.20 plus VAT (£73.44)
Two Days: £135 plus VAT (£145.80)

For booking enquiries please contact Melanie Blake:

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Sponsorship Opportunities are available

Exclusive Sponsorship Deal – discounts are available to sponsors who book for UKDC and The National Dementia Care Awards at the same time, please contact Isabella Barclay: for more information.

Programme Highlights

Plenary speakers and key sessions will include:

Opening session (26 Nov)

  • Experts by experience – people living with dementia and family carers – will set the tone for the congress. Speakers from the DEEP group, Bradford University Experts by Experience, tide and Dementia Carers Count.
  • Graham Galloway, CEO and Ron Coleman, chair of Meeting Centres Scotland, on the new Dementia Strategy for Scotland: a 10-year vision for change.
  • Perspectives from our Academic Partner – Association for Dementia Studies, University of Worcester and our Congress Partner – Alzheimer’s Society

The Tom Kitwood Memorial session (26 Nov)

Whose reality is foremost? Can lying be used to support personhood?
A wide-ranging panel and audience discussion
Chair: Toby Williamson, independent consultant
Panel/contributors to include:
Jane Murray, Northumbria University; Ian James, CNTW NHS FT; Sally Knocker, Meaningful Care Matters; experts by experience, including a family carer

Plenary session (27 Nov)

Dr Jeremy Isaacs, National Clinical Director for Dementia and OPMH, NHS England, and Misha Imtiaz, NHS England. 

Key sessions (26-27 Nov):

CQC’s Dementia Strategy
Mary Cridge, Director of Adult Social Care with colleagues from the Care Quality Commission will speak and invite views on their plans for CQC’s developing dementia strategy.
Responding to stress/distress
New BPS guidelines use the term ‘Behaviour that challenges’. Is this acceptable to all, including people living with dementia? Can we find a term that everyone is happy with?
The hard world of fund-raising
How should dementia be characterised when the aim is to raise money? 
Plus themed parallel sessions – full programme to be announced in early September 2024.


In 2023 the UKDC was held at Aston University on 7th-8th November.

Some of the Plenary sessions are available below

Graham Stokes, from main sponsor HC-One, introduces UK Dementia Congress 2023

Tim Baverstock, Head of Local Systems Influencing, Alzheimer’s Society, speaks at UK Dementia Congress 2023 including an overview of the outline strategic framework for the forthcoming Major Conditions Strategy (MCS) for England.

Karan Jutlla, Dementia Lead from University of Wolverhampton talks about Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, encouraging people to think about the things that can be done to ensure true inclusivity in dementia services.
Understanding the Me in Dementia with Clare Mason and Danielle Jones, University of Bradford.
Question Time with Graham Stokes, HC-One; Paul Edwards, Dementia UK; Tim Baverstock, Alzheimer’s Society; Dr Karan Jutlla, University of Wolverhampton; Professor Jill Manthorpe, Kings College London; Susan Mitchell, Alzheimer’s Research UK; Keith Oliver, living with dementia.
Tom Kitwood Memorial Address.
Dementia training and education: the magic wand of dementia care? Claire Surr, Professor of Dementia Studies, Leeds Beckett University

Sponsorship Opportunities

Every year we welcome attendees from all over the UK from those working in dementia care, researchers, caregivers and those with lived experience at the UK Dementia Congress and the feedback is overwhelmingly positive. This is only possible through the generosity of our incredible sponsors.

Sponsorship opportunities are available for 2024 events, to find out more please contact Isabella Barclay, Sales and Marketing Executive at