Place of work / study:
Division of Psychiatry at University College London
Area of Research:
Equity in service provision for people with dementia and their families
How is your work funded?
NIHR ARC North Thames
Tell us a little about yourself:
I’m a Psychology graduate from Brighton (UK). After my degree I worked in the third sector as an administrator and later as a Dementia Advisor with the Alzheimer’s Society. I absolutely loved this role but after two years I felt like I wanted to make a bigger impact, so I moved to London to do the Dementia MSc at UCL with the hope of then doing a PhD. I started my PhD in October 2019 and am now living in North London with my good friend and our little cat, Cauli (short for Cauliflower).
Tell us a fun fact about yourself:
I’m an excellent darts player!
Why did you choose to work in dementia?
Throughout my undergraduate degree I worked as a domiciliary carer but before that I didn’t know much about dementia at all. One of the first people I worked with was someone with severe dementia who needed two carers to help with washing and dressing. During the first week with one carer, the person with dementia would shout and struggle and generally just seemed very distressed which I assumed was normal. The following week I worked with a different carer who had a very different approach. The person with dementia seemed so calm and happy, they were singing and smiling and did not struggle at all. It was amazing to see what a difference it made and showed me what great care can look like.