Dr Caroline Swarbrick

Senior Lecturer in Ageing


I joined the Centre for Health Research in February 2019 as Senior Lecturer and have a social science background. My research area focuses on dementia, adopting participatory approaches and using a range of qualitative creative and sensory methods, including film, animation and music-making. My research involves working collaboratively alongside people living with dementia and care partners as co-researchers and am currently involved in the Economic and Social Research Council / National Institute for Health Research funded Neighbourhoods and Dementia Study (work programme 1 lead), which is a five year programme (2014-2019) funded under the first Prime Minister’s Challenge on Dementia. I teach on the Blended Learning programme for Masters and PhD students. I am convenor of the Ageing module (providing maternity cover – October 2019) and will be teaching on the Data Analysis module (Advanced Qualitative Analysis) from January 2020.

Prior to joining the Division, I was a Research Fellow and deputy of the Dementia and Ageing Research Team at the University of Manchester. Previous projects include ‘The detection and management of pain in patients with dementia in acute care settings’ (funded by NIHR Health Services and Delivery Research programme), and ‘The value, meaning and purpose of day care’ (funded by Salford Clinical Commissioning Group).

I am an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Manchester and Senior Qualitative Methods Lead for the Research Design Service (Lancashire and South Cumbria Local Office).