Kate Gridley

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

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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

The preferences of older self-funders navigating community social care (the PRESENCE study)January 2020 - December 2021

Investigating the preferences and decisions of older self-funders of community social care as they navigate the system.

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