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 the development, implementation and monitoring of the Trust Dementia Care Strategy. I also line manage the Trust Dementia Care Team. Other strands of work relate to safeguarding vulnerable adults, including chairing the Improving Practice Committee which is a sub-group of the Newcastle Safeguarding Adults Board, and leading associated work-streams.
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 2014 I started a prestigious NIHR Post-doctoral Fellowship (Clinical Lectureship) focusing on improving general hospital care for older people with cognitive impairment. This has involved a systematic review of care and patient management interventions as well as an ethnographic study of patients' experiences. I am currently developing a toolkit for dementia care leaders, based on my research which will be tried in a small number of Trusts during 2018.
As a clinical academic nurse I am committed to developing capacity and capability of clinical academics at all levels from internships to post doctoral work, especially in the care of older people including those living with dementia care.
Area of expertise
- Health care for vulnerable older adults including those with dementia and delirium
I currently hold a prestigious post-doctoral NIHR Clinical Academic Training Fellowship (Clinical Lectureship). My work up until 2019 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 was 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 (Newcastle University, 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 Ageing and Older People Research Theme, within the Institute of Health and Society, Newcastle University, I am also a member of the Newcastle Institute on Ageing. 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.
I currently supervise 2 PhD students (One at Newcastle University and one at Northumbria University), and have
a further 2 commencing studies in 2018 (Newcastle University). Three of these studies are in the field of dementia care.
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.
- Prato L, Lindley L, Boyles M, Robinson L, Abley C. Empowerment, environment and person centred care: a qualitative study exploring the hospital experience for adults with cognitive impairment. Dementia 2018, Epub ahead of print.
- 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 2017, 39(4), e290-e301.
- 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.