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The University of Southampton
Complex Healthcare Processes

Ageing and Dementia

Our research focuses on improving quality of life and care for older people with complex health conditions.

Our aim is to conduct and communicate high quality research in in this area in collaboration with older people and their advocates, to improve health care provision, supporting global efforts in preventative healthcare, and shaping policy and practice discourse. Collectively our work seeks to push boundaries in terms of research design, service evaluation, and creating solutions that meet the challenges associated with providing health care in the context of ageing and dementia.

Our leading and innovative research and education on Ageing and Dementia is nationally and internally renowned.  We host the Alzheimer’s Society Doctoral Training Centre in Dementia Care and the NIHR CLAHRC Wessex research capacity in dementia care programme.

Ageing and Dementia
Ageing and Dementia

We have a significant number of students studying for doctorates focusing on dementia care. Our work is aligned with and part of NIHR CLAHRC Wessex themes on Ageing and Dementia, Fundamentals of Care and Complexity at End of Life. In addition to our close links with health and social care providers, we have strong relationships with leading charities including Alzheimer’s Society, Age UK and Macmillan Cancer Support. We have developed and draw on innovative methods to ensure that public engagement and patient involvement are at the heart of what we do.


Our research feeds directly into the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes on offer at the Faculty 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. Our Masters programme on Complex Care for Older People is a leading example of innovative and research-based education in this important field.

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 will be 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 in Older People's Care
Lesley Collier Senior Lecturer in Occupational Therapy
Lisa Gould Senior Research Fellow
Paula Libberton Lecturer in Nursing
Bronagh Walsh Associate Professor

Latest publications

Bridges, J., Hughes, J., Farrington, N. & Richardson, A. (2015) Cancer treatment decision-making processes for older patients with complex needs: a qualitative study. BMJ Open, 5(12), e009674.

Bridges, J., Lucas, G., Wiseman, T. & Griffiths , P. (2016) Preparedness of UK workforce to deliver cancer care to older people: summary report from a scoping review. University of Southampton.

Barker, Hannah Ruth, Griffiths, Peter, Mesa-Eguiagaray, Ines, Pickering, Ruth, Gould, Lisa and Bridges, Jackie (2016) Quantity and quality of interaction between staff and older patients in UK hospital wards: a descriptive study. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 62, 100-107. (doi:10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2016.07.018).

Bartlett, R. (2016) Scanning the conceptual horizons of citizenship. Dementia, 1-16.

Bartlett, R., Gjerens, T., Lotherington, A. and Obstfelder, A. (2016) Gender, citizenship and dementia care: a scoping review of studies to inform policy and future research. Health & Social Care in the Community

Blomberg, Karin, Griffiths, Peter, Wengstrom, Yvonne, May, Carl and Bridges, Jackie (2016) Interventions for compassionate nursing care: a systematic review. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 1-35. (doi:10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2016.07.009).

Kojima, Gotaro, Iliffe, Steve, Morris, Richard W., Taniguchi, Yu, Kendrick, Denise, Skelton, Dawn A., Masud, Tahir and Bowling, Ann (2016) Frailty predicts trajectories of quality of life over time among British community-dwelling older people. Quality of Life Research, 25, (7), 1743-1750. (doi:10.1007/s11136-015-1213-2). (PMID:26747318).

Power, Andrew, Bartlett, Ruth and Hall, Edward (2016) Peer advocacy in a personalized landscape: the role of peer support in a context of individualized support and austerity. Journal of Intellectual Disabilities, 20, (2), 183-193. (doi:10.1177/1744629516634561).

Brannelly, P. (2016) Citizenship and people living with dementia - a case for the ethics of care. Dementia, 1-15.

Brannelly, T. (2016) Decolonising research practices with the ethics of care. Nursing Ethics, 23, (1), 4-6. (doi:10.1177/0969733015624297). (PMID:26850458).

Johal, Sarbjit S., Mounsey, Zoe, Brannelly, Petula and Johnston, David M. (2016) Nurse perspectives on the practical, emotional, and professional impacts of living and working in post-earthquake Canterbury, New Zealand. Prehospital and Disaster Medicine, 31, (01), 10-16. (doi:10.1017/S1049023X15005439). (PMID:26714572).

Vaka, Sione, Brannelly, Tula and Huntington, Annette (2016) Getting to the heart of the story: using talanoa to explore Pacific mental health. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 1-22.

Wilson, Stacey C., Carryer, Jenny and Brannelly, Tula (2016) New risks: the intended and unintended effects of mental health reform. Nursing Inquiry, 1-11. (doi:10.1111/nin.12130).

Collier, Lesley and Pool, Jackie (2016) Editorial. [in special issue: Dimensions of dementia] The British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 79, (2), 63-64. (doi:10.1177/0308022615625427).


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