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Academic Background

I am a PhD student in Health Sciences, exploring hydration care provision for people living with Dementia in long term care settings. I am currently undertaking a systematic review to establish the prevalence of low-intake dehydration for older adults. I will then undertake ethnographic observations and interviews in a care home setting to identify barriers and facilitators to drinking, for people living with Dementia, and the challenges that drinks refusals pose for care home staff. I hope that by undertaking this research, we will then be able to target interventions to groups of older adults, whom are most at risk of low-intake dehydration, to improve drinking and consequently prevent dehydration. Importantly, this research has been developed with patient and public involvement.

Prior to beginning this PhD at the UEA, I worked as a Research Fellow in the NHS, within the Neuropsychiatry department. I was the Study Co-ordinator for the Enroll-HD study in Birmingham, which is a global, longitudinal, observational study for people affected by Huntington's Disease. I was responsible for data collection, data management and the overall organisation and management of the study in Birmingham. I also developed my own qualitative study: 'Understanding people's experiences of the Enoll-HD Study'. 

Education/Academic qualification

Master in Science, Newman University

Sep 2012Aug 2014

Award Date: 30 Aug 2014

Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Durham University

Oct 2009Jul 2012

Award Date: 30 Jun 2012


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