I am a GP trainee with a special interest in dementia research - passionate about supporting people living with dementia to be diagnosed early and to be supported to live independently at home for as long as possible.
I’m currently working on a project funded by the National Institute for Healthcare Research (NIHR) School for Primary Care Research which is exploring the general public’s views of dementia risk. This is a nationally funded project because there is growing evidence that we can reduce the risk of people developing dementia and that a "healthy heart means a healthy brain". I am working within a team at Newcastle University, University College London and Nottingham University. We are interested in what public and professionals think of reducing a person risk of developing dementia and using risk tools to identify people at risk of developing dementia and genetic tests. Risk tools can be self-reported questionnaire or e-tools using data from primary care software to identify people at risk of developing dementia.
I have had the pleasure of working with Voice North to recruit members of the public to be involved in focus groups. These focus groups have allowed me and my fellow researcher Dr Claire Dickinson to explore members of the publics’ views of being diagnosed with dementia early and to explore what they think of dementia risk reduction and tools to identify people at risk.
This has been a very exciting and interesting project and I have really valued the help of VoiceNorth members for giving their time to be involved in this research.