I have worked with people with dementia in a practice and research capacity for the past 20 years: working as a nurse in a care home and pursuing my academic career as a lecturer in dementia. I am also a registered nurse and work one night shift a month in a care home for people with dementia; this allows me to maintain my nursing skills, connect with the everyday lives of people with dementia in care homes and teach with credibility.
Affiliations/Memberships to Other Organisations:
- British Society of Gerontology
- North Sea Dementia Group
Research/Knowledge Exchange Centre Membership:
I am an experienced academic in the dementia field; having lectured in dementia studies at undergraduate and post graduate level and been involved in numerous psycho-social research projects since graduating with my Ph.D. in 2007. I have supervised several Doctoral students to completion, am currently supervising a national and international cohort of Ph.D. students and have been external examiner for Doctoral vivas. I have presented my work nationally and internationally and published widely.
Active research interests:
- My philosophical and research interests include human rights, enduring selfhood in dementia, end of life care, dementia friendly design, assistive technology, cultures of care and hearing the views and opinions of people with dementia and those who support them.
- Ethnography, interviews and focus groups with people with dementia, families and care staff, observational tools (Dementia Care Mapping, Piece-dem), design audit tools (Stirling Design Audit Tool, Environmental Audit Tool), video-recording with people with dementia, qualitative data-analysis and writing
Research Grants & Contracts Funding:
The utility and acceptability of Storii. Innovation Voucher £10,000. August – November 2016
Undergraduate and postgraduate nursing students. Fiona's seminars and lectures focus on Older people, people with dementia, dementia friendly design, long term conditions, research methods, ethics in research and practice and human rights-based approach to care, amongst other topics.