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Members of the Working Group

and acknowledgement details for practitioners contributing to the Working Group Event in March 2007


Photo by Jan Dewing

Sally Ashton and Christine Carter are Mental Health Liaison Nurses for Older People working within the Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, focusing on Dementia, Delirium and Depression in older people who are in Cheltenham General, Gloucester Royal and Delancy Hospitals.

Members of staff who were part of the consultation surrounding wandering include Marion Johnson, Practice Development Nurse, Shan South, Deputy Director of Policy and Practice, Sister Lorraine Cooke, Ward Manager Birdlip Ward, Rene Hamilton, Social Worker, Lynne McEwan, Project and Training Nurse, Jane Harris, Staff Nurse and older people’s champion, Anna Finlay, OT.

Kim Bezzant is Divisional Senior Nurse for the Division of Medicine for Older People in Portsmouth Hospitals Trust. She has a special interest in the care of people with dementia.

Nurses from this department contributed questions and suggestions to this consultation.

Jan Dewing is an Independent Consultant Nurse and has recently completed her PhD exploring wandering in older persons with dementia.

Lynn Gibson is the manager of the physiotherapy service for people with learning disabilities in Northumberland, based at Northgate Hospital, Morpeth and employed by Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Trust. With her colleagues she has developed a disability distress assessment tool (DisDAT) as well as a guide for people who support people with learning disabilities at the end of life. She is a founder member of the trusts palliative care team for people with learning disabilities, where her interest in people with Down’s syndrome and dementia originated and she now predominantly works with this client group.

She is particularly interested in the effects of structured exercise on mobility and balance at various stages of dementia.

Staff from Northumberland Tyne and Wear NHS trust who are based at Northgate hospital and Northumberland commission for social care inspection contributed to the discussion regarding wandering in dementia including

The physiotherapy team, Triage nurse, Essence of care coordinator, Head of the training department, a Podiatrist employed by Northumberland Care Trust and members of the Commission for social care inspection (CSCI) Northumberland team

Rhonda Knight is a Senior Lecturer in Adult Nursing at the University of West England. She commenced a part-time PhD in October 2004: Fed up! Helping people with dementia to eat and drink.

Anne Mason is a lecturer at Nursing and Midwifery Department, University of Stirling, Highland Campus. Anne is a mental health nurse educator and researcher who specialises in dementia. 

Members of the  Dementia Interest (multi-disciplinary Group) in Inverness, and nursing staff from New Craigs Hospital  (Torvean ward) have contributed to prioritising questions  and identifying a research focus about wandering. 

Brendan McCormack is Professor of Nursing Research, Institute of Nursing Research, University of Ulster.

Jacki Tonkin is Service Development Manager for Older People’s CMHT teams in Scarborough, Whitby and Ryedale. A social worker by  background now part of an integrated service combining North Yorkshire County Council and Tees Esk and Wear Valley NHS Trust.

Members of the local Dementia Services Collaborative team and Carers Support group from the Alzheimer’s Society |Ryedale and Whitby  Branch provided input to this work. Alongside team members from the CMHT and ward managers from the Assessment units and Day hospitals and the liaison nurse from Scarborough General hospital and team members from area Adult and Community teams in the area. The local Managed Learning network also helped in focusing questions most frequently asked in a variety of settings.

Heather Wilkinson is director of a programme of work exploring dementia and relationships at the Centre for Families and Relationships, University of Edinburgh.


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