Profile – Adam Smith

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Adam Smith

Job Title:

Programme Director

Place of work / study:

NIHR Dementia Biomedical Research Centre at University College London

Area of Research:

Dementia / Support for Early Career Researchers / Innovations in Public Engagement and Study Recruitment

How is your research funded:

National Institute for Health Research

Tell us a little about yourself:

I have worked on a number of healthcare innovation programmes over my 24 year career in healthcare, working within the NHS, Department of Health, commercial sector and at University College London for the past 10 years. I have previously worked on addressing challenges in healthcare associated infections, particularly MRSA, patient waiting times and healthcare reconfiguration and over the past few years I have entirely focused on dementia and have led various programmes and research studies, looking at improving study recruitment (leading on the development of Join Dementia Research), better supporting care homes and residents to engage with research (with the Enabling Research in Care Homes ENRICH, programme), and most recently leading on the creation development and delivery of this website, Dementia Researcher. My own research has focused on public engagement in research for the past few years, and I am also a member of the Health Research Authority National Research Ethics Panel, and an associate at the University of Sydney.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself:

I restore classic cars in my spare time, and currently hold a Guinness world record, as the organiser of the longest parade of Mini cars (1450), a record that has stood for the past 10 years.

Why did you choose to work in dementia:

I am particularly motivated when there is a direct line of sight between my work and improving the lives of patients. Dementia presents a particular challenge, and while I don’t have any personal experience of loss from this terrible disease, I have met many people living with dementia and their carers, and I wanted to do all I could to help.

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