NIHR Research Capacity in Dementa Care Programme (RCDCP) PhD Student
Since qualifying as a mental health nurse in 2010, I have always worked with people who have dementia; on an acute dementia ward, as a memory assessor, dementia liaison nurse at a general hospital and as a community dementia nurse. Even in my relatively short time as a nurse, opportunities for higher education have grown noticeably. Initially I undertook a Postgraduate Certificate in Dementia Leadership, shortly afterwards I successfully completed the MSc in Clinical Research at the UEA. During the MSc I constructed a systematic review in Dementia Diagnostic Counselling and this led to my successful appointment to the CLAHRC Dementia PhD, within which I am exploring whether a dementia workshop delivered to care home staff affects resident wellbeing and is feasible in a residential care home environment.