I am thrilled to have joined the DETERMIND team at Sussex and have really enjoyed getting to know the team and some of our participants already.
It was when studying for my Masters in Public Health at the University of Southampton where I fully discovered my interest in older adults mental health including dementia, and since then have undertaken a PGCert in Dementia Studies at Brighton and Sussex Medical school. I am particularly interested in quality of life and non pharmacological interventions, and how these can influence both a person living with dementia and those that provide care for them.
Before DETERMIND I had been working on Time for Dementia, another programme at Brighton and Sussex Medical School where medical, nursing or allied health professional students meet with a person with dementia and their carer/family over a 2 year period. I have also worked on the sister programme Time for Autism, and on the Oliver McGowan Mandatory Training in medical schools project funded by Health Education England.
I joined DETERMIND as I felt that the opportunity suited my professional interests, and to play a valuable part in making change to dementia policy by listening to our participants experiences. I also felt that the skills and knowledge I would learn would help me continue and grow in my public health career. I am really looking forward to meeting more of our lovely participants, and understanding the different factors that may contribute to a better quality of life for those living with dementia.