PhD Research Student

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My PhD title is Enhancing person-centred care and wellbeing for older residents with dementia through intergenerational practice

My background

I completed a BA (Hons) in Counselling and Psychology in 2009, followed by an MPhil entitled: ‘An analysis of the stress factors experienced by adolescents with Down syndrome (as perceived by parents/carers and adolescents)’ in 2011.  Since 2011 I have been involved in teaching and research. I have been teaching Psychology and Counselling modules for the Department of Adult Continuing Education (DACE) at Swansea University, whilst being involved in a number of charity funded research projects exploring the effects of psychosocial interventions on individuals affected by a variety of health conditions. 

My research

In July 2016 I started a PhD funded by The Healthcare Management Trust. The research aims to develop, pilot and evaluate an innovative intergenerational intervention to enhance person-centred care for older people with dementia living in residential homes. The intervention will create opportunities for older residents and younger people from the community to come together and engage in activities relating to the preparation and sharing of food.  The study aims to explore the impact of the intervention on residents with dementia, younger people and paid carers to inform future practice and assess the likelihood of sustainability. 

Supervisors

Dr Sarah Hillcoat-Nallétamby,  Professor Andrea Tales