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Ageing and Dementia

The Ageing and Dementia research group develops and evaluates interventions to improve care and support independent living and quality of life when older people have complex health needs. Our work focuses on health issues that commonly affect quality of life in old age e.g. dementia, frailty, multimorbidity, incontinence, and hearing loss. We engage with patients’, residents’ and families’ experiences and conduct research to inform the delivery of safe, compassionate, person-centred and integrated care to these populations at risk of poor life quality. 

Our research group is a vibrant and interdisciplinary community, including clinical academics, health services researchers, social scientists and operational researchers. We have strong collaborations with NHS, social care and the communities of older people our research aims to support, and these relationships inform and shape our research.  We collaborate with other leading research teams, and have secured over £3.5 million of national and international funding to further our research.  Our commitment to developing career pathways in care research has resulted in awards of >£700k (NIHR, Alzheimer’s Society) to establish a doctoral training centre in dementia care and a large cluster of postgraduate students and early career researchers. Our unique bridging fellow scheme has supported our postgraduates to transition to research careers, thus ensuring our continuing investment in future research leaders. 

Our findings draw attention to the inequalities of older people’s care and we work closely with policy-makers and care providers to ensure that our findings inform the development and delivery of future care. 

Ageing and Dementia
Ageing and Dementia

Our research feeds directly into the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes on offer at the School of Health Sciences, to prepare the health and social care workforce to manage the complexities of caring for people with complex health conditions, and to deliver high quality care aligned to the goals of individual people.

Prof Jackie Bridges inaugural lecture Tuesday 4 April 2017
Prof Jackie Bridges inaugural lecture Tuesday 4 April 2017

In this inaugural lecture, Professor Jackie Bridges draws on her research and professional experiences to discuss what older people need from health services and to identify what it takes to provide high quality health care to older people with complex needs. An analysis of the organisational conditions in which health care workers, especially nurses, can provide good care is used to set out an agenda for practice, policy, research and education in this important field.


Staff member

Primary position

Ruth Bartlett Associate Professor
Ann Bowling Visiting Professor 
Jackie Bridges Professor of Older People's Care
Carole Fogg Senior Research Fellow
Jo Hope Lecturer
Katherine Hunt Lecturer
Kellyn Lee Research Fellow
Paula Libberton Principal Teaching Fellow
Euan Sadler Associate Clinical Professor
Dawn-Marie Walker Associate Professor
Bronagh Walsh Associate Professor

Latest publications

Bartlett, R., & Brannelly, T. (2019). On being outdoors: how people with dementia experience and deal with vulnerabilitiesSocial Science & Medicine, 235, 1-8. [112336].

Bartlett, R., Balmer, A., & Brannelly, T. (2017). Digital technologies as truthbearers in healthcareNursing Philosophy, 18(1), 1-8.

Bridges, J Collins, P Flatley, M Hope, J & Young, A (2020) Older people's experiences in acute care settings: systematic review and synthesis of qualitative studies. International Journal of Nursing Studies 102, 103469.

Bridges, J Griffiths, P (joint 1st authors), Oliver, E & Pickering, R.M. (2019) Hospital nurse staffing and staff-patient interactions: an observational study. BMJ Quality & Safety 28(9), 706-13.

Bridges J, Pickering RM, Barker H, Chable R, Fuller A, Gould L, Libberton P, Mesa-Eguiagaray I, Raftery J, Aihie Sayer A, Westwood G, Wigley W, Yao G, Zhu S & Griffiths P (2018). Implementing the Creating Learning Environments for Compassionate Care (CLECC) programme in acute hospital settings: a pilot RCT and feasibility study. Health Services and Delivery Research, 6, 33.

Corbett, T., Cummings, A., Lee, K., Calman, L., Fenerty, V., Farrington, N., Lewis, L., Young, A., Boddington, H., Wiseman, T., Richardson, A., Foster, C., Bridges, J. (2020). Planning and optimising CHAT&PLAN: a conversation-based intervention to promote person-centred care for older people living with multimorbidity. PLOS One.

Evenden, D., Brailsford, S., Kipps, C., Roderick, P., & Walsh, B. (2020). Computer simulation of dementia care demand heterogeneity using hybrid simulation methods: improving population-level modelling with individual patient decline trajectoriesPublic Health, 186, 197-203.

Fogg, C, Meredith, P, Culliford, D.J. Bridges, J, Spice, C, Field, L & Griffiths, P (2020) The association between ward staffing levels, mortality and hospital readmission in older hospitalised adults, according to presence of cognitive impairment: a retrospective cohort study. Age and Ageing. afaa133,

Hunt, K., Bernal , J., Worth, R., Shearn , J., Jarvis , P., Jones, E., Lowe, K., Madden, P., Barr, O., Forrester-Jones , R., Kroll, T., McCarron, M. O., Read, S., & Todd, S. (2019). End-of-life care in intellectual disability: a retrospective cross-sectional studyBMJ Supportive & Palliative Care.

Hunt, K.J., May, C.R., 2017. Managing expectations: cognitive authority and experienced control in complex healthcare processes. BMC Health Services Research 17 (1), 459.

Sadler, E., Potterton, V., Anderson, R., Khadjesari, Z., Sheehan, K., Butt, F., Sevdalis, N., & Sandall, J. (2019). Service user, carer and provider perspectives on integrated care for older people with frailty, and factors perceived to facilitate and hinder implementation: a systematic review and narrative synthesis: a systematic review and narrative synthesis. PLoS ONE, 14(5), 1-25. [e0216488].

Sadler, E., Hawkins, R., Clarke, D. J., Godfrey, M., Dickerson, J., & Mckevitt, C. (2018). Disciplinary power and the process of training informal carers on stroke unitsSociology of Health & Illness, 40(1), 100-114.

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