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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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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 ARC Wessex, helping to lead the ARC Ageing and Dementia work in Wessex and nationally.

Memberships and distinctions

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. Her research focuses on health care systems and workforce, particularly nursing, examining the organisational conditions in which health workers are able to deliver responsive, high quality care to older people with complex needs.

PhD supervision

Lucy Lewis (2017-). The impact of frailty on patient participation in cancer treatment decision making. Supervisors: Jackie Bridges, Naomi Farrington, Harnish Patel.

Leah Hewer-Richards (2018-) How does faecal incontinence affect relationships between people living with a dementia and care workers in residential care? Supervisors: Jackie Bridges, Ruth Bartlett, Kellyn Lee.

Pippa Collins (2016-2020). "Sit down, Mrs Jones": risk enablement and mobility for people with dementia on an acute medical unit. Supervisors: Jackie Bridges, Ruth Bartlett

Carole Fogg (2015-2020) 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

Emily Oliver (2014-2019) The impact of dementia on interactions between staff and patients on acute hospital wards. Supervisors: Jackie Bridges, Ruth Bartlett. Status: ongoing.

Annabel Rule (2012-2018) 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.

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

Magnet4Europe: Improving Mental Health and Wellbeing in the Health Care Workplace. Funded by EU Horizon 2020 - Research and Innovation Framework Programme.

Creating Learning Environments for Compassionate Care (CLECC) for older people in mental health settings: an implementation study. Funded by NHS Improvement and NIHR ARC Wessex.

Material Citizenship Framework. Funded by ESRC, Alzheimer's Society, The Brendoncare Foundation.

INVOLVing pEople with cognitive impaiRment in decisions about their hospital nursing care (INVOLVER): a pilot study. Funded by NIHR ARC Wessex.

Continence product selection for people with dementia. Funded by Alzheimer's Society.

Supporting self-management of multimorbidity during cancer recovery in old age: development and feasibility of an intervention. Funded by NIHR CLAHRC Wessex.

Workforce requirements to deliver high quality and appropriate care and support to older people affected by cancer: evidence review. Funded by Macmillan Cancer Support.

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.

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.

Research Group

Ageing and Dementia

Research Theme

Health Needs


Research project(s)

Magnet4Europe: Improving Mental Health & Wellbeing of Health Professionals

The University of Southampton is involved in the largest ever project to improve hospital work environments, with an award of 4 million Euros from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme. The grant will support the international partnership with some of the world’s leading universities and is being led by Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium and the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing.

  • Ageing and Dementia research group lead, Health Sciences
  • Module co-lead for nursing BSc/PGDip/MSc programmes, Health Sciences
  • Programme Team member for Alzheimer's Society Doctoral Training Centre, University of Southampton
  • Trustee, The Brendoncare Foundation
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  • Postgraduate supervision and examination
  • Undergraduate module leadership and delivery
  • Teaching and leadership with focus on research, older people, frailty and dementia care.
  • Personal academic tutor to undergraduate health sciences students
Professor Jackie Bridges
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