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Academic Background

My mixed-methods PhD project, in the school of Health Sciences, included 3 studies: a systematic review, an ethnography and an online forum analysis. My PhD aimed to establish the prevalence of low-intake deydration in Over-65s and to understand how care home residents living with dementia consume drinks. The PhD study was underpinned by public partner contributions in many aspects of study design, development and disemmination.

The systematic review of 61 studies, using robust measures, reported that 24% of non-hospitalised older adults are dehydrated. I designed and delivered an impact project in which co-produced evidence-based dehydration posters, sharing the systematic review findings, were delivered to almost 400 health and social care settings across Norfolk and Waveney.

I explored how people living with dementia consume drinks in care homes within 2 studies. I examined online posts from the 'Dementia Talking Point' forum, using thematic discourse analysis, to explore how people living with Dementia drink in long-term care settings (D-DRINC Study B). I conducted a 5 month ethnography in a care home (D-DRINC Study A), to observe how staff and residents' actions, language, non-verbal cues, and care home routines and practices may lead to someone living with dementia consuming drinks. These studies generated nuanced and contextualised knowledge on the topic of drinking in care homes. 

I have various experiences working on both qualitative and quantitative research projects in the School of Health Sciences, including The CareCoach Children and young person study, the THRIVE study, scoping reviews for the World Health Organisation, consultancy work for the Institute for Volunteering Research and an evaluation of the UEA's DrinKit.

I also have extensive teaching experience, delivering lectures and seminars about Qualitative Research Methods, across the Faculty of Medicine and Health.


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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