The Bradford Doctoral Training Centre is funded by the Alzheimer’s Society as part of its investment in future research leaders in dementia. The Centre is interested in improving transitions in the level and location of care. The focus is also on improving health, care and wellbeing at points of transition for people affected by dementia. We are supported by an international advisory panel, which is made up of several international scholars in transitions in dementia care, including Professor Barbara Bowers.
Professor Bowers’ research focuses on frail, older adults and people with lifelong disabilities, in both community and residential settings. She is interested in how public policies, organisational practices and models of care delivery influence quality of care provided and quality of work life for caregivers. Barbara is also interested in work life quality for staff in long term care settings which has led her to examine causes of staff turnover and the relationships between organisational structure, culture, practices, and care outcomes for staff.
Barbara visited Bradford from the 22nd to 24th of October and the plan of works included, among others, a public event, a masterclass to students and members of staff and a radio interview.
The Public Event
Barbara and I presented jointly a public event for academics, students and members of the community. The topic was on improving work life and care quality in long term care for older people. Barbara discussed the workforce in America whilst I discussed the workforce in Britain. The presentations were designed to look at the bigger picture – how to increase tenure, to reduce staff turnover and improve quality care for staff in adult social care. It was brilliant to have facilitated with Barbara and hearing Barbara’s discussion about the issues for the workforce in social care in America and acknowledging that it is the same for workforce in Britain. The public event was very well attended, and the audience engaged in active discussion.
You can hear the presentations here: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1iM738-ejdaDl7xFx2vfyL2CGcTsq5gNN
And access the slides for the presentation here: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1o0XKsvhNmRkgrga_i1kzfzKkv0TnRNhc
Here is a summary of what was covered in a masterclass to students and members of staff:
- What are the differences across methodologies in how qualitative data are collected?
- What are the most common mistakes and missed opportunities in conducting qualitative studies?
- What are the most important considerations in reporting a
qualitative study or writing a manuscript?
The masterclass was well attended and had a discussion format – questions and answers were shared in a collectively and positive atmosphere. It was well received and gave the audience new methods of qualitative research and potential pitfalls.
Barbara and I were interviewed for Bradford Community Broadcast radio. The topic was awareness around dementia and how it deserves more public recognition. For a summary of what’s been covered follow the link and hear the interviews.
A Key Message
A workforce that is supported would improve the quality of care, thereby improving the experience and safety of people living with dementia – better workforce: better care.
Written by Hellen Wells
I left school illiterate and was offered a position as a cleaner in a care home. This is where my interest in dementia first stemmed from. Through my practical and academic work over the years, I became more interested in the effects of memory decline on the body and mind, and how the environment and social determinants can affect how a person lives with dementia. I have worked with people living with dementia and their families for 38 years in a variety of roles and settings. Before starting my PhD, I worked alongside people living with dementia and their families developing, delivering and running the service together. Part of my PhD is tackling health and social inequalities in diverse groups of women living with dementia and how social position can heavily influence choices and opportunities.