NIHR Research Capacity in Dementa Care Programme (RCDCP) PhD Student
Sue trained as a Mental Health Nurse in West London in 1995 working in an Older Adults Day Hospital and then a Community Mental Health Team completing her Specialist Practitioner qualification in 2002. From there Sue worked in a variety of clinical settings with people with dementia and complex needs. Providing assessment, diagnosis and ongoing treatment for people at home, in long term care and in hospital. Sue has also managed a Regional Training and Development team providing accredited health and social care qualifications for staff working in domically, residential and community based services and has taught in both further and higher education settings. Sue’s interest in research began when she worked as a Clinical Studies Officer for the Mental Health Research Network supporting National Portfolio Studies in Norfolk. Most recently Sue has worked as an Admiral Nurse providing psycho-social interventions to support carers looking after a family member or friend with dementia. In October 2015 she started an NIHR funded PhD, Research Capacity in Dementa Care Programme, exploring the needs and experiences of dementia caregivers.