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I am a social gerontologist who gained 15 years’ experience in an organisation supporting older people before joining HSCWRU as an intern in 2013. From 2014-2018, I undertook a PhD investigating day centres for older people at King’s College London, with funding from The Dunhill Medical Trust’s Older People’s Care Initiative. My thesis is on the role and purpose of day centres for older people. I then worked on the Abbeyfield Resarch Foundation funded ‘Handover in care homes – residents’ and families’ perspectives’ study and the Alzheimer’s Society funded study Taking a break. Use of residential respite by people with dementia and carers: access, experiences, outcomes. I am currently involved in the NIHR Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) South London Social Care theme programme of work. As part of this, I founded and convene the Day Centre Research Forum.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Gerontology, Doctor of Philosophy, King's College London

Award Date: 1 May 2018


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