I am a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Liverpool and the NIHR ARC NWC. I am leading national and international funded research into inequalities in dementia care, and am the European INTERDEM Taskforce Lead on Inequalities in Dementia Care. I have published over 95 papers in the field, and am passionate about properly integrated public involvement and engagement. As part of this, I am running the public Liverpool Dementia & Ageing Research Forum and my own science podcast – The Ageing Scientist.
Award Title: Career Development Award
Start Date: 1st April 2022
End Date: 30th September 2023
Location of Research: Unpaid carers, paid carers (home care and care homes)
Main collaborating organisations associated with the project (e.g. community, third sector): NIHR ARC NWC, INTERDEM
Project title: Determining and managing the specific mental health needs of social care staff and family carers of older adults
Brief summary: This 18-month Career Development Award involves a study to address the mental health and well-being needs of social care staff and unpaid carers for older adults in the North West and targeted career development to take the next step towards becoming an independent dementia care researcher. The research project will explore the mental health needs of unpaid and formal carers (home and long-term care) of older adults and explore how needs could be met via remote interviews (Work Package 1). I will also conduct four focus groups with registered managers and mental health care professionals to understand care provision and access to paid and unpaid carers. To ensure different experiences and barriers are captured, I will look through an equity lens using the Health Inequalities Assessment Toolkit. I will purposefully sample participants from different socio-economic backgrounds. Work Package 2 involves three co-production workshops to adapt the Schwartz rounds to the mental health needs of different carer groups. This project involves three carers as active team members throughout all aspects of the project. My personal development will involve related training and leadership courses, supporting my career development and applying for external funding to implement the carer Schwartz rounds.
Methods: Qualitative (semi-structured interviews, focus groups, co-production workshops)
Benefits anticipated: Understanding the unmet mental health needs of paid and unpaid carers for older adults and co-producing a mental health support intervention