Kathryn Smith: Speaking at the Dementia, Care & Nursing Home Expo Birmingham

Alzheimer’s Society

Kathryn Smith

What is truly person-centred care in dementia?

In this seminar, Kathryn Smith Chief Operating Officer Alzheimer’s Society will explore what person-centred care means for people living with dementia. Person-centred care means seeing the person with dementia as an individual, rather than focusing on their illness, symptoms or behaviours. The seminar will cover the practical steps to support people to take part in the things they enjoy and how we can change the culture to deliver a strengths-based approach to dementia care.


Biography

As Chief Operating Officer for the Society, Kathryn has overall responsibility for delivering our New Deal on Dementia strategy and has direct responsibility for pulling a range of functions, including fundraising, digital transformation, marketing and operations, together effectively. Prior to this, as Director of Operations, Kathryn managed all of the Society’s services, implementing new approaches and hugely increasing reach.

Starting in care homes in the private sector and working up to a two-year stint as a social care inspector, Kathryn has thirty years’ experience working in health and social care. Prior to joining Alzheimer’s Society, she was the Director of Services at Scope and has held a number of voluntary positions, including acting as a trustee for a small disability charity, giving her time as Side by Side volunteer and vice-chairing a board of school governors. She also chaired the NICE Collaborating Centre for Social Care’s Guidance Development Group for Hospital to Home Transitions.

Alzheimer’s Society

Kathryn Smith

What is truly person-centred care in dementia?

In this seminar, Kathryn Smith Chief Operating Officer Alzheimer’s Society will explore what person-centred care means for people living with dementia. Person-centred care means seeing the person with dementia as an individual, rather than focusing on their illness, symptoms or behaviours. The seminar will cover the practical steps to support people to take part in the things they enjoy and how we can change the culture to deliver a strengths-based approach to dementia care.