Welcome to Dementia Connections
I am a Mental Health Nurse who has worked with people with dementia in a variety of clinical settings for the past 30 years. I have a fantastic job, combining education, research and practice. I also have family experience of dementia which brings a whole new perspective to my understandings of dementia.
This site aims to interact with, inform and inspire a wide ranging audience, whilst being a place for me to test out my thoughts, ideas and opinions. It is also a place to locate my work and where relevant provide links so that it may be used by people with dementia, family carers, practitioners, academics and anyone else who is interested.
I am really interested in exploring different approaches that allow the ‘Voice’ of the person with dementia to be heard, I want to make sure that any learning gets used in the health and social care of people with dementia. My PhD work focused on exploring the use of Life Story Work with people with dementia and their family carers. I am also working on ways to better involve people with dementia in health and social care practice, research and education.
I have decided to use this space to develop ideas and thinking about ways to better inform the development of Dementia Friendly NHS Services though listening to and acting upon the feedback of people living with dementia.
I hope that you will finding this site interesting and that you will ‘join in’ by responding to parts of the site you find interesting (or indeed that could be improved). The site is work in progress and I aim to add new content on a regular basis.
To find out more about me please see:
My University of Sheffield profile here
My ResearchGate profile here
You are welcome to contact me through my University of Sheffield email address here
The views expressed here are my own and do not reflect those of the organisations and people I work for.