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Doctoral Training Centre

The Bradford DTC is one of eight specialist doctoral training centres around the country that are funded by the Alzheimer’s Society as part of its investment in future research leaders.

Doctoral studies at Bradford focus on improving care, health and wellbeing at points of transition for people affected by dementia.  We are interested in improving transitions in the level and location of care.

The Centre aims to build research capacity in dementia, creating the future leaders that dementia research needs. The Centre will further enhance the University’s international reputation for applied person-centred dementia care and services research by funding seven PhD students to develop new ways to support people with dementia and their families and improve the quality of dementia care at times of transition.

DTC research student discusses her PhD project

Denise de Waal

Supervisors: Professor Murna Downs and Professor Neil Small

Student projects cohort 1

  • ‘We’re all getting older you see, and things do change, don’t they? ’ An Ethnographic study of the Disruption and Continuity in the Daily Lives of Couples Living with Dementia and Co-morbidities – Denise De Waal, supervised by Prof Murna Downs and Professor Neil Small

  • Memory problems to complex needs: How do South Asian carers manage the transitions relating to the care of a family member with dementia – Akhlak Rauf, supervised by Prof Jan Oyebode and Dr Sahdia Parveen

  • Towards dementia friendly emergency departments: A mixed method exploratory study identifying opportunities to improve the quality and safety of care for people with dementia in emergency departments – Courtney Shaw, supervised by Prof Gerry Armitage and Dr Andrea Capstick

  • Quality and Continuity of Medication Management when People with Dementia Transition between the Care Home and Hospital Settings – Suzanne Hill, supervised by Dr Catherine Quinn and Professor David Alldred

Learn more about the DTC PhD students and doctors.

Involvement of Experts by Experience

We are engaging with experts by experience in a variety of ways:

  • A former family carer, Dr Barbara Woodward-Carlton, contributed to the research application
  • Each student has a person living with dementia, or a family member of someone living with dementia, as an adviser to their project
  • Each student presents their work to our Carer Reference Panel on a bi annual basis
Experts by Experience supporting the DTC at Graduation Ceremony July 2019

Panels and groups

Stakeholder Advisory Group

We have established a Stakeholder Advisory Group to support the students’ projects and ensure they have a close link with real world care, support and practice.  The Group is chaired by Professor Graham Stokes, Director of Memory Care Support Services  at Memory Care at HC-One. Members include:

  • Dr Sara Humphrey, GP and Dementia Lead, Bradford District CCG
  • Chris North, Dementia Lead, Bradford District Care Foundation NHS Trust
  • Aneela Ahmed, Dementia Lead and Councillor, Bradford City Council
  • Dr Gregor Russell, Medical Dementia Lead, Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust.
  • Paul Smithson, Manger, Alzheimer’s Society, Bradford
  • Paul Carder, Head of Research, NHS WY research and Development
  • Colin Sloane, Quality Improvement Lead (Dementia and Older People’s Mental Health), Clinical Networks NHS England -North
  • Christopher Rhymes, Lead Research Nurse, NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN)
  • Sally Gordon, ENRICH and Research Nurse, CRN Yorkshire and the Humber, NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN)
  • Penny Kirk, Quality Improvement Manager, Clinical Networks - Dementia and Older People's Mental Health, North Region
  • Glenda Ibbotson, Manager, Bilton Hall Nursing Home
  • Hadar Zaman, Senior Lecturer in Pharmacy Practice, University of Bradford 
  • Ishtiaq Ahmed, Strategic Business Manager, Sharing Voices Bradford

International Advisory Panel

The Bradford Doctoral Training Centre is supported by a number of internationally recognised scholars in transitions in dementia care. Members include:


Carer Reference Panel

Our Carer Reference Panel is chaired by Dr Barbara Woodward-Carlton.

Public events

We have held and will continue to host a number of public engagement events to share the learning from our DTC. To date we have hosted a question time panel on Transitions in Dementia Care which attracted over 100 people. We launched the Doctoral Training Centre in March 2016, attracting 100 members of the public to hear about our work. Since the launch, the DTC have held 9 public events, delivered by members of our International Advisory Panel. More public talks will be held in the next 12 months.

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Audience attending DTC public engagement event

Bradford DTC Newsletter_March 2020