Kate has a background in community involvement and now works as a qualitative researcher at the Social Policy Research Unit. She has a particular interest in research involving people with dementia and their carers, and has led and worked on several studies in this area, including an evaluation of life story work with people with dementia and a study of specialist nursing services for carers of people with dementia. She is currently working on DETERMIND, an ambitious collaborative research project looking at the determinants of unequal quality of life for people with dementia and their 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.
- Advisory Committee Member - The personal is political: women's experiences of dementia project funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation