Academic research in later life and care of older people. Predominately working with qualitative and small scale methodologies, with experience of large national funded evaluations of health and social welfare services, and mixed methods approaches. Majority of studies have involved contact with vulnerable and frail groups of people, and researching sensitive areas, including elder abuse, older homelessness, dementia care, end of life,family carers, older people living in residential care and survivors of flood disaster.
Current research projects:
DEMTRAIN - Developing the evidence base for evaluating dementia training in NHS hospitals.
This research is one of eight studies within the The Neighbourhoods and Dementia Programme www.neighbourhoodsanddementia.org
Previous research projects:
EU funded - PACE Research on palliative care developments in long term care facilities
Age UK funded – Supporting Older Carers of Those Nearing the End of Life.
Help the Hospices funded – Older carer support needs.
Marie Curie Cancer Care funded - Nurse decision making for anticipatory medicines.
Independent funding – Older male carers.
European Association Palliative Care funded - Palliative care for older people in long term care facilities in Europe.
NIHR funded – Care homes and primary health integrated working;
Cancer Experiences Collaborative funded scholarship – Gendered relations of care homes.
East Lancashire Social Services funded - Single assessment & shared access for older people.
Cumbria County Council funded - Carlisle Floods.
South Gloucestershire Social services funded - Pilot evaluation of a community rehabilitation service in South Gloucestershire.
Nuffield Foundation funded - Home Improvement Agencies and their provision for older people with dementia.
Housing Associations Charitable Trust, Help the Aged and CRISIS funded - An evaluation of voluntary sector homelessness services for older people.
ESRC funded - The Development of Welfare Services for Elderly People 1971-1993.
Professional practice background in registered mental health nursing (1983), social work (1994), and complementary health practice (2008).
FASS Research training programme for PhD students:FASS510: Qualitative Research Interviews: methods and practice
FASS637: Qualitative Research Interviews: methods and practice