Professor Claire Surr
Director of the Centre for Dementia Research
Place of work / study:
School of Health and Community Studies, Leeds Beckett University
Area of Research:
Dementia care and services with particular interest in care homes and hospital care and workforce education and training.
How is your work funded:
NIHR and charities such as Alzheimer’s Society.
Tell us a little about yourself:
I have been working in dementia research since 1998. I have led a number of major studies including a trial of the effectiveness of Dementia Care Mapping in care homes, an evaluation of effective dementia education and training for the health and social care workforce and an exploration of the population size and characteristics of people with comorbid cancer and dementia and an exploration of their experiences when accessing hospital based cancer treatment and care.
Tell us a fun fact about yourself:
I love being active and mountain bike, road bike, run and hike as much as I can.
Why did you choose to work in dementia?
My great grandma was diagnosed with dementia when I was studying at University. The late Prof Tom Kitwood was my psychology lecturer and I focussed my undergraduate dissertation on dementia. I decided then I wanted to have a career in dementia research.