Kate Gridley

Ms Kate Gridley
Research Fellow
  • kate.gridley@york.ac.uk
  • +44 (0)1904 321988
  • Social Policy Research Unit, University of York, Heslington, York YO10 5DD

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Kate graduated from Newcastle University in 2001 with a first degree in Social Studies and worked in community involvement and public health before joining the Social Policy Research Unit at the University of York in 2006. Here she completed her MRes in Social Policy and now undertakes research into health and social care services for people with a range of complex needs. She has a particular interest in support for people with dementia and their carers, as well as long-term neurological conditions, and is currently researching specialist nursing models of support for carers.


  • BA (Hons), Newcastle University
  • MRes, University of York

Current / recently completed research

DETERMIND: Determinants of quality of life, care and costs, and consequences of inequalities in people with dementia and their family carersJanuary 2019 - December 2023

DETERMIND is designed to address critical, fundamental, and as yet unanswered questions about inequalities, outcomes and costs following diagnosis with dementia.

The influence of social care on delayed transfers of care (DTOC) among older peopleApril 2017 - March 2019

This project will explore the relationship between the discharge approach employed by a particular NHS/local authority site and their delayed transfers of care (DTOC) rates. The project aims to answer two questions: 1) why delays are happening; and 2) how they might be reduced or prevented.

Specialist nursing support for unpaid carers of people with dementiaNovember 2015 - July 2017

This project is evaluating a specialist support service for the carers of people with dementia.

Evaluation of 'Life Story' intervention: Feasibility studyJuly 2012 - March 2015

Everybody has a life story. These are rich and varied and can be used to communicate who we are to the people around us. People with dementia sometimes need help to communicate their histories and identities, and 'life story work' might provide a way for them to do this more easily.

External roles

  • Advisory Committee Member - The personal is political: women's experiences of dementia project funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation