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I found this conference very helpful, I think it’s brought people together and it’s galvanised action, which will have a ripple on the pond effect far wider than the people here today. I think it’s very helpful to include not only people just with dementia but those on the receiving end of care, it destigmatises, it opens peoples eyes, sets a level playing field, and helps both sides understand things from the other persons point of view, I think it’s terribly important and I congratulate you for having done it.

Professor Ilora Finlay
Baroness Finlay of Llandaff
House of Lords


Taking part in the Dementia Scotland 2016 conference at Dynamic Earth was very worthwhile for me. I got the latest briefing on what the Scottish government, inspection and education agencies were doing. The research updates from professors who are world leading in their field was inspirational. In addition there was great networking with a different new set of people and old colleagues in dementia care. Through the exhibition I picked up business opportunities and sold a surprising number of my books, as well as having the opportunity to share ideas and advice with a wide range of delegates.

Professor June Andrews OBE
Professor Emeritus
University of Stirling


The Mental Health 2017 conference brought together some of the leading national authorities on the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health with those delivering effective and innovative services on the ground. The conference ran smoothly, provided informative and thought-provoking content, and crucially gave people the time and space to make connections with each other, share ideas and form networks. I hope it will be the first of many of its kind

Andy Bell
Deputy Chief Executive
Centre For Mental Health


Dementia is one of the greatest medical and social challenges facing us in the 21st century. It`s one that needs a whole community response to diminish the fear that surrounds the disease, and close the gaps in understanding . A conference like the one held by Govconnect in London on April 13th goes a long way towards achieving that. The speakers were of the highest quality, and the message delegates were able to take away was one of positive action 

Angela Rippon CBE
Co-chair
Dementia Friendly Communities Champions Group


 I was delighted to speak at the Mental Health 2017 conference at the Royal Society of Medicine. The venue was fantastic, the conference as a whole was extremely well organised and I was particularly impressed by the audience who were incredibly engaged which created an exciting environment. The event presented lots of opportunities to learn about a number of fantastic innovations that are being created to ensure that people and their families who access mental health receive the care and treatment they deserve. I would like to congratulate the Govconnect team and I am very much looking forward to being a part of future conferences”

Professor Lisa Bayliss-Pratt
Director of Nursing & Deputy Director of Education and Quality
Health Education England


It was good of you to invite me to Mental Health 2017 on 20th September at the Royal Society of Medicine, well done on organising such a good event. The networking interactions and the audience engagement were for me the highlights.

Gregor Henderson
Director Wellbeing and Mental Health
Public Health England


The dementia North conference was well-organised, well-delivered, informative and engaging and a great success. It brought together a wide range of professionals, academics, people with dementia and carers. As a speaker I was impressed and slightly awed by the people I shared a platform with. I was also impressed with the excellent facilities and also the impressive arrangements and preparation made by Govconnect

Dr Michael Mellors
Social Care & Commissioning Specialist
National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)


Dementia 2020 North was a very successful conference with a good turnout of people to listen to a diverse group of speakers. I was impressed by the number of people who are living with dementia in the audience and by their contributions to the discussion. The delegates maintained their energy well until the end of the day as well. Well done.

Tom Dening
Professor of Dementia Research
University of Nottingham - Centre for Dementia


The power of conferences like this is that it brings together a wide range of interested parties; people with dementia, those who have got responsibilities for decision making and planning with experts, in a rarefied environment and adds great leverage. The three biggest priorities for a conference like this are inclusion, inclusion and inclusion, and by funding places for people with dementia who otherwise wouldn’t be able to get here is paramount and you`re absolutely to be congratulated for doing that.

Professor James Goodwin
Chief Scientist
Age UK


It was a pleasure and an honour to be invited to speak at the Mental Health 2017 conference on 20th September at the Royal Society of Medicine. If felt it was a well organised conference with thought-provoking content. 

Dr Phil Moore
Chair - Mental Health Commissioners Network
NHS Clinical Commissioners


Being part of a Govconnect conference was a fantastic experience. It gave me the opportunity to be part of a very interesting, informative and stimulating day. I was able to network with a number of high profile professionals from different fields of health care and also to be able to promote the hard work we have been doing in South Worcestershire for the benefit of young people. The conference was delivered in a professional and well organised way and was a pleasure to be part of

Dr Philip Thompson
GP Lead for Children
NHS South Worcestershire CCG


Thank you for inviting me to speak at the Dementia 2020 – Implementing the Challenge Conference on 13th April 2017. The conference was one of the best informed and organised events that I have spoken at on health and social care policy and the whole event was very well attended. Govconnect Ltd were very professional in their arrangements and contact with myself, both before and during the event and my presentation and Q&A session went extremely smoothly. It was great to see so much energy and commitment to improving the lives of people with dementia. I would be delighted to speak again at any future events.

Dr Matthew Norton
Director of Policy and Strategy
Alzheimer`s Research UK


Thanks for organising such a great mental health conference at the Royal Society of Medicine. It was good to be able to promote our brand and services to a targeted audience. We made some great contacts there too, both in terms of potential clients and people / companies we could collaborate with. I`m sure we`ll do some good business with the people we met. The govconnect people couldn`t have been more helpful before, during and after the event, and I look forward to working with govconnect again at future events.

Alan Bradshaw
Associate Director of Mental Health
Medigold Health


It was a pleasure and an honour to be invited to speak once again at Dementia 2020 at the Royal Society of Medicine, thank you very much for asking me to be on the afternoon panel.  I thoroughly enjoyed the interaction with the delegates who maintained their energy and enthusiasm to the end. The thought, consideration and outstanding preparation by the team at Govconnect was evident down to the very smallest detail. I was proud to be part of a hugely impressive line-up of speakers and felt that the inclusion of people living with dementia and their care partners in the audience gave the conference a feeling of genuine debate focusing on real issues. I attend many conferences, seminars and events and I can hand-on-heart say this is up there with the very best, I have nothing but praise and commendation for a job very well done

Professor Gillian Leng CBE
Director for Health and Social Care
National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)


I was delighted to not only present our research at the Govconnect Inaugural Dementia Conference in Edinburgh but also to be able to be a sponsor of this event. In bringing together academics, front line staff, the 3rd sector, policy makers and the commercial sector; the full day meeting both informed and allowed new collaborations and contacts to be made. The care for people with dementia and the ability to present its onset can only be improved and achieved by people and groups working effectively together and knowledge exchange and networking new ideas and innovations is core to us achieving this. I very much look forward to participating in the conference next year

Professor Craig Ritchie
Director
University of Edinburgh Centre for Dementia Prevention


The event at the Royal Society of Medicine on 20th September 2017 was a really great conference on mental health, in a good venue with good speakers covering the topic across the age range.  Lots of networking opportunities, which we took advantage of. Govconnect staff were really helpful before and during the event, and unlike many conference organisers they are a social enterprise, so they also give something back to the sector.

Professor Dame Sue Bailey DBE
Chair
Children & Young Peoples Mental Health Coalition


The inagural Dementia Scotland conference was a great success and I was delighted to chair the day in partnership and friendship with Agnes Houston, MBE a Dementia Alumni. We had a great array of speakers with cutting edge expertise on a wide range of issues from lived experience of living with dementia to the science of dementia and policy making.  It was very well attended and the debate was lively.  The British Psychological Society Scotland and our Faculty for the Psychology of Older People is committed to working in partnership with people living with dementia, their supporters and care givers to change how policy and services work. We made a significant start in making this type of event one where people affected by dementia and professionals come together to examine the issues and solutions and support change. The Govconnect team worked closely with DEEP to do this. We look forward to working with Govconnect in future to make the event more inclusive and participative for people living with dementia and to demonstrate that real progress is being made.

Dr Sue Northrop
Vice Chair
British Psychological Society Scotland Committee


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