My background is in dementia, long-term care, and psychology, and my research focuses on everyday functioning in dementia and enabling people with dementia staying at home for as long as possible. In my current role as the Research Manager for the Knowledge Exchange theme, I am involved in co-producing projects into dementia and health inequalities, and am involved in ongoing projects into young-onset dementia and motor-neuron disease. I am also involved in the North West Coast Household Health Survey, which looks at health inequalities in health service usage. Having been awarded the ERASMUS+ Mobility Fund, I went to visit Maastricht University earlier this year to build up a dementia care research collaboration.
Over the past seven years, I have worked on a multitude of NIHR and Alzheimer's Society funded research projects, including research on effective home support in dementia; a European programme on the transition into institutionalised long-term care; the perceptions of dementia and memory loss in South Asian minority groups; and understanding the factors contributing to everyday function impairments in dementia. As part of my PhD at the University of Manchester, I have developed a novel tool to assess the remaining abilities in initiating and performing everyday functioning in dementia, which has been tested in over 600 caregivers of people with dementia nationally (see here for publication: https://doi.org/10.1017/S1041610216002003) and is started being used in clinical practice.