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Professor Jackie Bridges PhD, MSN, B.Nurs(Hons), RN, PG Cert

Professor of Older People’s Care

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Professor Jackie Bridges’ programme of work focuses on the organisation and delivery of health care to older people with complex needs. She leads a major programme of research focused on professional work and organisational change related to older people’s care, and steers the development and delivery of associated educational provision within Health Sciences. Jackie leads the Ageing and Dementia research theme and is an investigator for NIHR CLAHRC Wessex. She is also Director for the NIHR CLAHRC Wessex Research Capacity in Dementia Care programme.

Leading research and education to promote high quality health care for older people

Professor Jackie Bridges’ programme of work focuses on the organisation and delivery of health care to older people with complex needs. She leads a major programme of research focused on professional work and organisational change related to older people’s care, and steers the development and delivery of associated educational provision within Health Sciences. Jackie leads the Ageing and Dementia research group and is an investigator for NIHR CLAHRC Wessex. She is also Director for the NIHR CLAHRC Wessex Research Capacity in Dementia Care programme.

Memberships and distinctions

Non-Executive Director, The Brendoncare Foundation
Macmillan Geriatric Oncology Reference Group
Academic Reference Group, UK Dignity in Care Commission
Editorial Board, International Journal of Older People Nursing
Fellow, Higher Education Academy
Society for the Study of Organising for Healthcare (SHOC)
International Learning Collaborative, Fundamentals of Care
Higher Education Dementia Network

Research interests

Reflecting a paramount interest in organisational change and professional work, Jackie’s research draws on the methods and theoretical perspectives of the social sciences and is framed by the question:

  • How can health care workers can be supported to meet fundamental care needs, especially in older people with complex needs?

The research focuses on the development and evaluation of interventions that support the delivery of the fundamentals of care, through:

  • Identifying the modifiable factors that promote or inhibit the delivery of fundamentals of care
  • Developing and evaluating interventions aimed at manipulating these factors.

PhD supervision

Carole Fogg (2015-) Hospital outcomes for older people with dementia and cognitive impairment: exploring potentially modifiable risk factors using routinely collected data. Supervisors: Peter Griffiths, Jackie Bridges, Paul Meredith

Claire Barker (2015-) Frality and resilience in older people living in the community. Supervisors: Jackie Bridges, Bronagh Walsh

Annabel Rule (2012-) The discharge decision making process for older people returning to the community from a general hospital short stay unit. Supervisors: Jackie Bridges, Jo Adams. Status: ongoing.

Paula Libberton (2014-). Relational nursing care for older people in acute hospital settings. Supervisors: Jackie Bridges, Christopher McLean, Carl May. Status: ongoing.

Emily Oliver (2014-) The impact of dementia on interactions between staff and patients on acute hospital wards. Supervisors: Jackie Bridges, Ruth Bartlett. Status: ongoing.

Lyndsey Rickman (2014-) Multi-sensory stimulation in emergency departments to reduce agitation in people with dementia. Supervisors: Jackie Bridges, Lesley Collier. Status: ongoing.

Brian Lucas (2004-2009) Changing experiences of total knee replacement. Structured PhD, City University London. Supervisors: Carol Cox, Lin Perry, Jackie Bridges. Status: PhD awarded.

Helen Noble (2005-2009) Opting not to dialyse: a practitioner research study to explore patient experience. PhD study, City University London. Supervisors: Julienne Meyer, Barbara Johnson, Danny Kelly, Jackie Bridges. Status: PhD awarded.

Research projects

The implementation and evaluation of a sustainable team-based workplace learning intervention
This project funded by the Burdett Trust for Nursing extends the feasibility work undertaken in the NIHR-funded CLECC study.

Improving fundamental care on hospital wards
This NIHR CLAHRC Wessex study aims to assess the feasibility and acceptability of a combined intervention to increase the delivery of patient-centred multiple fundamental care activities, specifically those related to pressure ulcer prevention.

Creating Learning Environments for Compassionate Care (CLECC): a feasibility study
This NIHR funded mixed methods study aims to evaluate the feasibility of an intervention targeted at developing the relational capacity of hospital ward nursing teams.

MemoryCare
This NIHR funded study uses ethnographic methods to investigate the management of refusal of care in people with dementia admitted to hospital with an acute condition.

Compassionate care: a systematic review of the effectiveness of compassionate care interventions
This Wessex CLAHRC project is a joint project with Örebro University and Karolinska Institute.

Using QUIS in acute settings
This Wessex CLAHRC study investigates the feasibility of using Quality of Interactions Schedule (QUIS) as an outcome measure in acute hospital care

Relational work in adult nursing in hospital wards
This explanatory metasynthesis draws on normalization process theory to investigate the dynamics of relational work in hospital settings.


My Life in Hospital: delivering dignity by engaging patients and nursing staff in creative reflections
This study is funded by the Burdett Trust for Nursing and aims to develop and evaluate opportunities for shared learning, creative reflections, and peer support to support hospital staff to sustain and deliver dignified care.

The role of the dementia nurse specialist in acute care
This scoping review identified and synthesised the evidence relevant to the development of dementia nurse specialist roles in acute hospital settings.

Sustaining dignity in care: everybody matters
This action learning and appreciative enquiry study explored how dignity in acute hospital care could be supported and sustained. The work included a meta-ethnography of qualitative studies that reported nurses’ experiences in the nurse-patient relationship in acute settings.

Improving assessment and treatment for older people with breast and colorectal cancer in North East London
The overall aim of this action research study is to implement and evaluate a service improvement programme targeted at enhancing cancer treatment assessment and support for older people in North East London with a new diagnosis of breast or colorectal cancer.

Nursing care of older people in acute settings: updating SNMAC guidelines
Systematic review and synthesis of qualitative studies reporting older people's and relatives' experiences in acute care settings, underpinning an update of the 2001 Standing Nursing and Midwifery Advisory Committee guidelines on nursing older people in the acute phase of illness

Using discovery interview technique to explore dignity in acute care for older people
This project evaluated the use of discovery interview technique in two NHS trusts in exploring and improving aspects of dignity in inpatient care for older people.

Understanding the experiences of older people using emergency care
Discovery interview technique was used to explore the urgent care experiences of older patients and their relatives from 31 sites across England.

Classical acupuncture for treating unexplained symptoms (CACTUS): a randomised trial
A long term study into the effects of Five Element Acupuncture in a primary care setting.

Nurses, older people and hospitals: meeting new challenges
A qualitative study to identify nurses’ perceptions of the barriers and facilitators to high quality hospital care for the oldest old.

'My Home Life': an evidence review on the quality of life in care homes
A review of the evidence on strategies to promote quality of life for those living in, working in and visiting care homes.

Workforce matters: exploring a new flexible role in health care
This action research study explored the development of a new support worker role in general medical Inpatient wards, the interprofessonal care coordinator.

CELEC action research project: Care for older people
This study explored the development and impact of senior nursing roles to promote workplace learning in relation to care for older people in acute hospital settings. 

An action research study into the care of individual older patients on a rehabilitation unit
This study identified a range of factors influencing the quality of care for older rehabilitation inpatients.

An action research study on the organisation of care for older people in accident and emergency
This project sought to characterise emergency care for older people and the organisational factors influencing its delivery and quality.
 
An exploratory study to describe the progress of older people placed under NHS funded continuing care in a London health authority
This study followed up older people placed in NHS funded continuing care following a change in government policy.

Two-point prevalence study of pressure ulcers and pressure ulcer risk in acute-care sector of a London hospital
This study measured the prevalence of pressure ulcers and pressure ulcer risk across a large London NHS Trust.
 
A Marxist analysis of informal caring for frail older people in the community
This study examined the role of informal carers in a sociopolitical context.

A survey on the opinions of a sample of pupils from two Northern schools on the images of the nurse and nursing presented by the media
This questionnaire study examined school children’s attitudes to images of nursing.

Affiliate research groups

Innovative and Essential Care, Ageing and Dementia research group, Complex Healthcare Processes cluster

Research project(s)

Improving Fundamental Care on Hospital Wards

This is a feasibility study for an intervention aiming to make fundamental care in acute hospitals more person-centred. It pairs the Creating Learning Environments for Compassionate Care (CLECC) intervention with an adapted, co-produced version of the ‘TellUs’ card to support personalisation of fundamental care in hospital.

Ageing and Dementia research theme lead, Health Sciences

Director for Research Capacity in Dementia Care programme, NIHR CLAHRC Wessex

Fundamentals in Complex Care for Older People MSc Module Leader, Health Sciences

Programme Team member for Alzheimer’s Society Doctoral Training Centre, University of Southampton

Member of national coordinating group for NIHR Research Capacity in Dementia Care pilots

Non-Executive Director, The Brendoncare Foundation

Member, Macmillan Geriatric Oncology Expert Reference Group

Editorial Board, International Journal of Older People Nursing

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Jackie is Director of the Wessex CLAHRC doctoral training programme in dementia care and is on the programme team for the University’s Alzheimer’s Society Doctoral Training Centre. She contributes to the design and delivery of the MSC programme Complex Care for Older People and is actively involved in promoting research-led teaching in the undergraduate programmes provided by Health Sciences. She also runs the annual "Connecting with Old Age" conference with Age UK Southampton for undergraduate students in nursing, medicine, midwifery, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and podiatry. The aim of the day is to use a variety of interactive and creative methods, in particular service user involvement, to get students thinking about their attitudes to older people and ageing, and the implications for their practice. The learning outcomes are: an insight into the lives of older people, understanding of older people’s experiences of ageing and illness, and an understanding of how to build relationships with older people.

Professor Jackie Bridges
Health Sciences Student Office University of Southampton Highfield Southampton SO17 1BJ

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