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
- Investigating the Quality and Continuity of Medication Management when People living with Dementia move between the Care Home and Hospital Setting– Suzanne Hill, supervised by Prof Alison Blenkinsopp, Dr David Alldred and Dr Sarah Smith
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
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, Global Director of Dementia Care, Bupa Care Homes. Members include:
- Ghazala Feteh, Meri Yaadain, Bradford Metropolitan District Council
- Dr Sara Humphrey, GP and Dementia Lead, Bradford District CCG
- Bunny McCullough, Intelligence Analyst, Bradford Metropolitan District Council
- Chris North, Dementia Lead, Bradford District Care Foundation NHS Trust
- Dr Anilkumar Pillai, Old Age Consultant Psychiatrist, Bradford District Care Foundation NHS Trust
- 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)
International Advisory Panel
The Bradford Doctoral Training Centre is supported by a number of internationally recognised scholars in transitions in dementia care. Members include:
- Professor Barbara Bowers, University of Wisconsin at Madison
- Professor Richard Fortinsky, University of Connecticut
- Dr Amy Kind, University of Wisconsin at Madison
- Professor Ann Kolanowski, Penn State University
- Professor Myrra Vernooij-Dassen, University of Nijmegen
- Professor Martina Roes, University of Witten-Herdecke
- Professor Steven Zarit, Penn State University
Carer Reference Panel
Our Carer Reference Panel is chaired by Dr Barbara Woodward-Carlton.
Public engagement 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 6 public lectures, delivered by members of our International Advisory Panel. More public talks will be held in the next 12 months.
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