Director, Dementia Institute, Bournemouth University

Professor Anthea Innes joined Bournemouth University in December 2011. She previously worked at the Dementia Services Development Centre, University of Stirling where, as inaugural programme director, she was responsible for the development and delivery of the first post-graduate programme in Dementia Studies. As a social scientist she brings a distinct approach to understanding dementia and her work with people with dementia.

She is passionate about improving the lives of those with dementia and their families, as well as enabling care profesionals to provide high-quality support and services.

She has published widely including sole authored books; for example Dementia Studies: A Social Science Perspective (Sage, 2009); edited collections for example 'Key issues in evolving dementia care' (Jessica Kingsley 2012); as well as numerous peer review and professional journal papers.

Her research interests within the area of dementia are: rural service provision; technology; care environments; the views and experiences of people with dementia and their family members; diagnostic and post-diagnostic support.

She uses mixed methods in her research and has particualr skill in the use of interviews and focus groups as well as observation methods including Dementia Care Mapping (DCM). She has led numerous research studies. Current projects include local work in Dorset including the delivery and evaluation of a 'Cupcake Club' (a summer programme for people with dementia) and an exploration of the experiences of people with dementia in the use of tourism and leisure; international work includes an ongoing evaluation of dementia care in Maltese hosptial wards; an exploration of rural service provision for people with dementia worldwide Gateway to Rural International Innovation in Dementia (GRIDD)(with colleagues from Canada, Australia, India and Sweden).

Her ongoing projects include: an evaluation of Dementia Friendly Community initiatives in Dorset (Mar 13 - June 14) and Somerset (Mar 13 - June 14); an NIHR funded multi-site study exploring sight loss and dementia (Sept 12 - Apr 14); an End of Life Dementia Care project at Poole Hospital (Mar 13 - Apr 14); developing a dementia care strategy for Guild Care, a provider of dementia care homes (Jan 13 - Apr 14); an EU Lifelong Learning project developing an EU Masters in dementia with partners from Austria, the Netherlands, Finland, Ireland led by the University of Salford (Oct 13 - Sept 16); A Dementia Leadership Challenge programme with Plymouth University for strategic dementia leads in Somerset, Dorset, Devon and Hampshire funded via the NHS South of England Dementia Challenge Fund (Jan 13 - June 14); the evaluation of a Bournemouth Borough Council funded project to provide opportunities for people with dementia to learn how to use technologies such as the Wii, iPad and DS (Oct 13 - Sept 14).


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    Director, Dementia Institute, Bournemouth University