Dr Clare Abley
Nurse Consultant Vulnerable Older Adults & Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer
- Email: email@example.com
- Telephone: +44 191 208 3802
- Address: Newcastle Institute on Ageing
Newcastle Biomedical Research Building
Campus for Ageing and Vitality
My substantive post is as a nurse consultant for vulnerable older adults employed by The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. This role comprises service and practice development, research, education, training and development and expert practice / consultancy for services for older people in both primary and secondary care.
Work since 2011 has focused on improving dementia care in the acute hospital environment. This includes chairing chair the Trust Dementia Care Steering Group and leading on a number of developments e.g. introduction of the 'Forget me not' scheme. Other strands of work relate to safeguarding vulnerable adults and dignity.
In 2010 I completed my PhD on patient centred care and vulnerability in old age and am particularly interested in ways to reduce vulnerability experienced by older people across the whole of the patient pathway from primary care, across secondary care and back to the community. In 2013 I was awarded a prestigious NIHR Post-doctoral Fellowship (Clinical Lectureship) to develop a toolkit to improve hospital care for older people with cognitive impairment.
I currently hold a prestigious post-doctoral NIHR Clinical Academic Training Fellowship (Clinical Lectureship). My work up until 2018 will focus on developing a toolkit to improve general hospital care of older people with cognitive impairment (dementia and delirium). Funding to undertake this work has been supplemented by a £35k grant from Biomedical Research Unit in Dementia, Newcastle University.
Other research has included working on the SDO NIHR funded 'Transitions' Study with colleagues from Newcastle and Manchester Universities and Kings college, London. The study explored service provision and support for people at the early stages of memory loss and their carers / supporters. This study is now complete. The final report is available at the web address below.
My doctorate - completed in 2010 focused on patient centred care and vulnerability in old age.
During 2010/11 I led work on a one day per week secondment basis to increase capacity for nursing research in primary care in the North of Tyne CLRN area. This involved establishing links with research collegues and clinical colleagues in primary care in the North of Tyne area and carrying out a questionnaire survey of nurses working in primary care to determine their knowledge, skills, experience and interest in carrying out research. Mechanisms for taking this work forward were identified.
As well as contributing to the Life Course, Development and Ageing Programme within the Institute of Health and Society, Newcastle University, I am also a member of the new Newcastle University Institute for Ageing (NUIA). This is a cross-cutting institute which offers unprecedented infrastructure for ageing related research in terms of critical mass and experience in the widest range of ageing related research topics, as well as excellence in engagement.
the new Newcastle University Institute for Ageing (NUIA). This is a cross-cutting institute, which
NUIA will offer unprecedented infrastructure for ageing-related research in terms of critical mass and experience in the widest range of ageing-related research topics, excellence in engagement and possibilities for impact.
Facilitator for the practice based course: Best Practice in Dementia Care (Stirling University).
Extensive experience in planning and delivering work based education and training for individuals and groups in the care of older people and most recently in the care of people with dementia.
- Parkinson M, Carr SM, Rushmer R, Abley C. Investigating what works to support family carers of people with dementia: a rapid realist review. Journal of Public Health 2016, (ePub ahead of Print).
- Campbell S, Manthorpe J, Samsi K, Abley C, Robinson L, Watts S, Bond J, Keady J. Living with uncertainty: Mapping the transition from pre-diagnosis to a diagnosis of dementia. Journal of Aging Studies 2016, 37, 40-47.
- Campbell S, Manthorpe G, Samsi K, Abley C, Robinson L, Watts S, Bond J, Keady J. Living with Uncertainty: Mapping the transition from pre-diagnosis to a diagnosis of dementia. Journal of Aging Studies 2016, 37, 40-47.
- Manthorpe J, Samsi K, Campbell S, Abley C, Keady J, Bond J, Watts S, Robinson L, Warner J, Iliffe S. From forgetfulness to dementia: clinical and commissioning implications of diagnostic experiences. British Journal of General Practice 2013, 63(606), e69-e75.
- Samsi K, Abley C, Campbell S, Keady J, Manthorpe J, Robinson L, Watts S, Bond J. Negotiating a labyrinth: experiences of assessment and diagnostic journey in cognitive impairment and dementia. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry 2013, (eppub ahead of print).
- Abley C, Manthorpe J, Bond J, Keady J, Samsi K, Campbell S, Watts S, Robinson L. Patients' and carers' views on communication and information provision when undergoing assessments in memory services. Journal of Health Services Research & Policy 2013, 18(3), 167-173.
- Abley C. Patients with dementia and their families: considerations for critical care. Nursing in Critical Care 2012, 17(4), 169-171.
- Abley C. Practice question: Skin damage and safeguarding vulnerable adults. Nursing Older People 2012, 24(6), 12.
- Abley C. Responding to vulnerability in old age: patient-centred care. Nursing Standard 2012, 27(9), 42-46.
- Robinson L, Abley C, Bond J, Campbell S, Keady J, Samsi K, Gemski A, Manthorpe J. Becoming a person with dementia - a systematic review: Exploring older peoples' experiences in the transition from cognitive impairment to receiving a diagnosis of dementia. In: International Psychogeriatrics: 15th International Congress on International Psychogeriatric Association Reinventing Aging through Innovation. 2011, The Hague, Netherlands: Cambridge University Press.
- Abley C, Bond J, Robinson L. Improving interprofessional practice for vulnerable older people: gaining a better understanding of vulnerability. Journal of Interprofessional Care 2011, 25(5), 359-365.
- Samsi K, Manthorpe J, Robinson L, Keady J, Abley C, Bond J, Campbell S. Managing expectations through the diagnostic process of dementia. In: International Psychogeriatrics: 15th International Congress on International Psychogeriatric Association Reinventing Aging through Innovation. 2011, The Hague, Netherlands: Cambridge University Press.
- Manthorpe J, Keady J, Abley C, Bond J, Campbell S, Samsi K, Robinson L, Watts S, Drennan V, Goodman C, Warner J, Iliffe S. Placing the person at the centre in the diagnosis of dementia. Journal of Dementia Care 2011, 19(4), 37-39.
- Manthorpe J, Samsi K, Campbell S, Abley C, keady J, Bond J, Watts S, Robinson L, Gemski A, Warner J, Goodman C, Drennan V, Iliffe S. The transition from cognitive impairment to dementia: older people's experiences. London, UK: National Health Service, 2011.
- Robinson L, Gemski A, Abley C, Bond J, Keady J, Campbell S, Samsi K, Manthorpe J. The transition to dementia- individual and family experiences of receiving a diagnosis: a review. International Psychogeriatrics 2011, 23(7), 1026-1043.
- Abley C. Practice question: dementia research. Nursing Older People 2010, 22(3), 14.
- Abley C. Patient centred care and vulnerability in old age. In: 19th World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics. 2009, Paris: International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics.
- Abley C. Barriers to providing patient centred care for vulnerable older people. In: Transforming Elderly Care at Local National and Transnational Levels. 2008, Copenhagen, Denmark.
- Abley C. Providing patient centred care for vulnerable older people in the community [poster presentation]. In: International Nursing Research Conference. 2006, York, UK.
- Abley C. The social construction of patient centred care for vulnerable older people in the community. In: International Nursing Research Conference. 2005, Belfast, UK.