Faculty of Medical Sciences

Staff Profile

Dr Clare Abley

Nurse Consultant Vulnerable Older Adults & Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer

Background

Introduction

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.  

Research

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. 

 http://www.sdo.nihr.ac.uk/projdetails.php?ref=08-1809-229

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.

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Teaching

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.   

Publications