Profile – Dr Sarah Campbell

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Dr Sarah Campbell

Job title:

Research Associate

Place of work / study:

The University of Manchester

Area of Research:

Dementia Studies

How is your work funded:

My recent work has been funded by the ESRC and NIHR.

Tell us a little about yourself:

I have worked as a Research Associate within the Dementia and Ageing Research team for 10 years, all of my work has been exploring aspects of everyday life for people living with dementia. I also recently completed a PhD which was exploring the role of place and the role of gender in the lives of men living with dementia in a variety of care organisations.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself:

I like to collect mid-century crockery. From Bjorn Winblad to Midwinter Jessie Tait. In another life I would own a crockery shop selling new pieces and vintage.

Why did you choose to work in dementia?

I began work in dementia whilst working at The Mental Health Foundation on the GOLD programme, a research programme with a focus on people with learning disabilities growing older. The programme of work situated within the Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities had a user reference group attached to it and I co-facilitated this group. The group continued beyond the life of the research and became a self-advocacy group around the issue of growing older with learning disabilities – known as The GOLD group. The group members engaged with topics of concern that were having an impact in their own lives, and one of the members went on to develop dementia, and the other members wanted to explore this issue. We went onto to make a drama and a film about the experience of dementia and learning disabilities and this was the first piece of work I did in connection to dementia which was also a project led by stakeholders.

Also both my dad and father in law lived with dementia – and so I also have a very personal connection to the experience of living with, and alongside people living with dementia.

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