Professor Belinda Dewar

Professor of Practice Improvement

2.3 Caird Hamilton
Tel 01698 283100 ext. 8247
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Biography

Belinda has recently been appointed as the Professor of Practice Improvement at the Institute for Care and Practice Improvement at the University of West of Scotland. She has had extensive experience as a nurse, research and educator. She has been working with nurses, allied health care professionals, patients and families in a range of care settings over the last 25 years to support improving the experience of giving and receiving care. She is committed to approaches to development that work with and for people to enable them to become researchers of their own practice.

In 2004 she set up the Centre for the Older Person’s Agenda at Queen Margaret University which carried out research and development work in partnership with older people themselves, practitioners and researchers. In 2006 she was appointed as the first nurse consultant for care Homes across Scotland and worked closely with Scottish Government, regulatory bodies and the health and social care sector to support staff in practice development and quality improvement.

In her more resent role as senior nurse compassionate care at Edinburgh Napier University and NHS Lothian she worked in a team to develop a model of compassionate relationship centred care and developed innovative methodologies, such as appreciative action research and emotional touchpoints to enhance implementation of this model across education and practice working at individual, team and organisational levels to bring about whole system change. She is recognised nationally and internationally for her work on caring and methodologies for improvement which include action research and appreciative inquiry, as well as designing and delivering innovative transformational leadership programmes.

  • Qualifications
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    Registered General Nurse

    Registered Teacher

    • 1981
      Diploma Life Sciences, Nursing,
      Queen Margaret University College (Distinction)
    • 1988
      BSc (Hons) Health Sciences,
      University of Surrey (2:1)
    • 1991
      MSc Nursing Research (Distinction),
      Kings College, London.
    • 2011
      PhD Edinburgh Napier University – Dewar B (2011)
      Caring about caring; an appreciative inquiry about compassionate relationship centred care, PhD, Edinburgh Napier University, Edinburgh accessed from http://researchrepository.napier.ac.uk/id/eprint/4845
  • Teaching Interests
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    Teaching Interests
    • Quality of care
    • Care for older people and their families
    • Use and carer involvement in research and development
    • Action research and appreciative inquiry
    • Relationship and person centred care
    • Transformational leadership
    • Organisational change
    • Centrality of emotions to caring
    • Human interaction to improve caring
    • Compassion, dignity and caring
    • Restorative practice in dealing with complaints
  • Research Interests
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    Research interests
    • Knowledge into action
    • Care for older people and their families
    • Relationship and person centred care
    • Promoting and sustaining Compassionate care
    • Transformational Leadership
    • Development of Interpersonal competence, including emotional intelligence
    • Practice development and organisational change
    • Creative research methodologies to enhance involvement of all stakeholders in the research process
    • Appreciative inquiry and action research
  • Research activity output chapters
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    Tolson D Dewar B and Jackson G (2014) Quality of Life and Care in the nursing home, Journal of the American Directors Association 03/14 15, 3, 154-7

     Dewar B and Cook F (2014) Developing compassion through a relationship centred leadership programme, Nurse Education Today, http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0260691714000069

    Dewar B and Christley Y (2013) A critical analysis of compassion in practice, Nursing Standard, 28,10, 44-49

    Dewar B (2013) Cultivating compassionate care, Nursing Standard, 27,34, 48-55

    Dewar B and Sharp C (2013) Appreciative dialogue for co-facilitation in action research and practice development, International Practice Development journal, 3,12, 1-7. 

    Register via http://www.fons.org/login-zone/registration-form.aspx and then once that’s done, your paper is http://www.fons.org/library/journal/volume3-issue2/article7

    Waugh A, Dewar B, McNay L, McCaig (2013) Supporting the development of interpersonal skills in nursing in an undergraduate mental health curriculum:  reaching the parts other strategies do not reach through action learning.  Nurse Education Today. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0260691713003663

    Dewar B Adamson A Smith S Surfleet J King L (2013) Clarifying misconceptions about compassionate care Journal of Advanced Nursing, doi 10.1111/JAN12322

    http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jan.12322/pdf

    Dewar B and Nolan M(2013) Caring about caring: Developing a model to implement compassionate relationship centred care in an older people care setting, International Journal of Nursing Studies, 50, 9, 1247-1258 DOI: 10:1016\j.ijnurstu2013.01.008

  • Research activity output journals
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    Adamson, L. and Dewar, B. (2014) Compassionate Care: Student nurses’ learning through reflection and the use of story. Nurse Education in Practice. [Online] Available: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.nepr.2014.08.002 [Accessed: 11 March 2015].

    Dewar, B. and Cook, F. (2014) Developing compassion through a relationship centred leadership programme. Nurse Education Today. [Online]Vol. 34(9), pp.1958-64.
    Available: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0260691714000069#. [Accessed: 11 March 2015].

    Tolson D Dewar B and Jackson G (2014) Quality of Life and Care in the nursing home, Journal of the American Directors Association 03/14 15, 3, 154-7

    Dewar B and Christley Y (2013) A critical analysis of compassion in practice, Nursing Standard, 28,10, 44-49

    Dewar B (2013) Cultivating compassionate care, Nursing Standard, 27,34, 48-55

    Dewar B and Sharp C (2013) Appreciative dialogue for co-facilitation in action research and practice development, International Practice Development journal, 3,12, 1-7.
    Register via http://www.fons.org/login-zone/registration-form.aspx and then once that’s done, your paper is http://www.fons.org/library/journal/volume3-issue2/article7

    Waugh A, Dewar B, McNay L, McCaig (2013) Supporting the development of interpersonal skills in nursing in an undergraduate mental health curriculum: reaching the parts other strategies do not reach through action learning. Nurse Education Today, 34, 1232-1237 http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0260691713003663

    Dewar B Adamson A Smith S Surfleet J King L (2013) Clarifying misconceptions about compassionate care Journal of Advanced Nursing,70,8,1738-1747 doi 10.1111/JAN12322
    http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jan.12322/pdf

    Dewar B (2013) Cultivating compassionate care, Nursing Standard, 27,34, 48-55

    Dewar B and Nolan M (2013) Caring about caring: Developing a model to implement compassionate relationship centred care in an older people care setting, International Journal of Nursing Studies, DOI: 10:1016\j.ijnurstu2013.01.008.

    Dewar B and Frampton S (2012) Compassion in Action – Chapter in Book ‘Person centred practice’(in press due for publication October 2013).

    Dewar B (2012) Using creative methods in practice development to understand and develop compassionate care, International Practice Development Journal, 2,1,1-11.

    Adamson L and Dewar B (2011) Compassion in the nursing curriculum: making it more explicit., Journal of Holistic Healthcare 8,3, 42-45.

    Dewar B, Pullin S, and Tocher R (2011) Valuing compassion through definition and measurement, Journal of Nursing Management, 17, 9, 32-37.

    Dewar B (2010) Editorial: Appreciative Inquiry, International Journal of Older People Nursing, 5, 290-291.

    Dewar B, and Mackay R, (2010) Appreciating compassionate care in acute care setting caring for older people International Journal of Older People Nursing, 5, 299-308.

    Smith S, Dewar B, Pullin S, and Tocher R (2010) Relationship centred outcomes focused on compassionate care for older people within in-patient care settings International Journal of Older People Nursing 5,2, 128-137.

    Dewar B, Mackay R, Smith S, Pullin S, and Tocher R., (2010) Use of emotional touchpoints as a method of tapping into the experience of receiving compassionate care in a hospital setting, Journal of Research in Nursing, 15,1, 29-41.

    Dewar B (2007) Promoting a positive culture in care comes, chapter in Help the Aged Publication, ‘My Home Life’ www.helptheaged.org.uk.

    McCormack B, Wright J, Dewar B, Harvey G, and Ballintine K (2007) A realist synthesis of evidence relating to practice development: recommendations. Practice Development in Health Care 6,1, 76-80.

    Meyer, J., Heath, H., Holman, C., Owen, T., Bridges, J., Brown-Wilson, C., Dewar, B., Dudman, J., Davies, S., Nicholson, C., O’May, F., and Reed, J. (2006) Moving from victim blaming to an appreciative inquiry: Exploring quality of life in care homes Quality in Ageing. 7,4,27-37.

    Dewar B and Sharp C (2006) Using Evidence: how action learning can support individual and organizational learning through action research. Educational Action Research, 14, 2 153-159.

    Watson J, Hockley J, and Dewar B (2006) Barriers to implementing and integrated care pathway for the last days of life in nursing homes Journal of Palliative Nursing 12, 5, 234-240.

    Hockey L, Newall E, Dewar B, Balaam M, Porter M, Baggaley S, Murray S, and Gilloran A (2006) Cumulative trivia: a holistic conception of the minor problems of ageing, Primary Health Care Research and Development, 7 331-340.

    Hockley J, Dewar B and Watson J (2005) Promoting end of life care in nursing homes using an integrated care pathway for the last days of life Journal of Nursing Research 10, 135-152.

    Dewar B (2005) Beyond tokenistic involvement of older people in research: a framework for future development and understanding International Journal of Nursing Older People 14, 3a, 48-53.

    Dewar B (2005) Learning to work in partnership in policy and research: education for older people who want to make a difference Concept, The Journal of Contemporary Community Education Practice Theory 15,1, 26-32.

    Hockley J, Dewar B, and Watson J (2004) Bridging the gap: the implementation and concurrent evaluation of an integrated care pathway (ICP) for the last days of life for residents in nursing homes Abstract in Pallliative Medicine 18, 4, 350.

    Dewar B, Tocher R, and Watson W (2003) Using Work-based Learning to Enable Practice Development. In Shaw T and Sanders K (eds) Foundation of Nursing Studies Dissemination Series 2,3, 1-4.

    Dewar B, Dickie H, and Morrison M (2003) Speaking for ourselves Nursing Older People, 15, 6, 10-16.

    Dewar B, Tocher R and Watson W (2003) Enhancing partnerships with relatives in care settings for older people Nursing Standard 17,40 33-39.

    Dewar B, O'May F & Walker E (2003) Care provision in Scotland: experiences of services and priorities for improvement. Nursing Older People 15(1), 14-16.

    Dewar B O’May and Walker E (2003) Care Provision in Scotland Nursing Older People 14(10), 14-17.

    Dewar B (2002) Evaluation of workbased learning in a community nursing health degree programme: the student’s perspective on the impact on practice New Capability 5,1, 10-15.

    Dewar B, Goulbourne A, Irvine L, and Riddell H (2002) The carer’s role in planning care for people with dementia Professional Nurse 17, 5, 318 –322.

    Runciman P Dewar B Goulbourne A (2002) Newly qualified Project 2000 staff nurses in Scottish nursing homes: issues for education Nurse Education Today 22, 593-601.

    Dewar B, O’May F, Walker E (2001) Public attitudes to the provision of free personal care: older people’s focus group research Health and Community Care Research findings No. 5, Scottish Executive Central Research Unit.

    Walker E and Dewar B (2001) How do we facilitate carers’ involvement in decision making? Journal of Advanced Nursing 34(3), 329-338.

    Walker E Dewar B J (2000) Moving on from interpretivism: an argument for a constructivist approach to inquiry Journal of Advanced Nursing 32, 3, 713-720.

    Dewar B J and Walker E (1999) Experiential learning: issues for supervision Journal of Advanced Nursing 30,6,1459-1467.

  • Research activity output abstracts
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    Henderson J, Dewar B and Cunningham C (2008) Developing a Palliative care approach for people in the later stages of dementia Final Report Alzheimer Scotland http://www.alzscot.org/pages/beyond-barriers-palliative-care-report.htm

    McCormack B, Dewar B, Wright J, Garbett R, Harvey G, Ballantine K (2006) A realist synthesis of evidence relating to practice development, NHS Education Scotland Publication. http://www.healthcareimprovementscotland.org/previous_resources/policy_and_strategy/a_realist_synthesis_of_evidenc.aspx

    Dewar B (2005) Voices in Action: the road to active citizenship , Grundtvig 2 Learning partnership Report. http://www.qmu.ac.uk/copa/research/completed/via/default.htm

    Jones C, Dewar B and O’May F (2005) Recipe for Life: Helping older people to eat well Queen Margaret University. http://www.qmu.ac.uk/copa/research/documents/Recipe%20for%20LifeReport%20of%20Research.pdf

    Hockley J, Dewar B, and Watson J (2005) Developing quality end of life care in 8 independent nursing homes through the implementation of an integrated care pathway for the last days of life, St Columba’s Hospice. http://www.qmu.ac.uk/copa/publications/documents/ICP_Researchreport.pdf

    Dewar B Jones C and Omay F (2004) Involving older people; lessons for community planning, Scottish Government Report http://www.qmu.ac.uk/copa/research/documents/cipfinalreport.doc

    Dewar B, Jones C and O’May F (2004) Providing free personal care for older people Scottish Government report. http://www.qmu.ac.uk/copa/research/completed/lay_carers_dementia.htm

    Dewar B, Tocher R and Watson W (2003) Enhancing partnerships with relatives in care setting for older people, Queen Margaret University. http://www.qmu.ac.uk/copa/research/documents/cipfinalreport.doc

    Dewar B and Alexander M (2003) Education for Participation: the voices of Older People, Queen Margaret University. http://www.qmu.ac.uk/copa/research/documents/educationparticipation.doc

    Walker E and Dewar B (2001) An Evaluation of Day Care Services from the perspective of Major Stakeholders, Queen Margaret University Publication. http://www.qmu.ac.uk/copa/research/completed/eval_day_care_dementia.htm

    Walker E, Dewar B and Riddell H (1999) Guidelines to support the involvement of lay carers in the care planning for the person with dementia. http://www.qmu.ac.uk/copa/research/completed/lay_carers_dementia.htm

  • Research activity output conference presentations
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    MacBride T, Dewar B, and McNay L (2014) Using Caring Conversations to adopt an appreciative stance to practice development, Enhancing Practice Conference, Toronto

    McNay L and Dewar B (2014) The role of language in enhancing partcipation, Enhancing Practice Conference Toronto

    Dewar B (2014) Positivity and provocation to transform health and social care, Invited Opening Keynote, Enhancing Practice Conference, Toronto.

    Dewar B (2013) On the crest of a wave – the future of nurse education for care for  older people, UK Council of Deans Summit, Crewe

    Dewar B (2013) The Business case for Compassion, Keynote at Roundtable discussion, Planetree Conneticut.

    Dewar B (2013) Everybody Matters: Developing person centred care in practice, Keynote presentation, Effective Practitioner Conference, Beardmore, Glasgow http://www.effectivepractitioner.nes.scot.nhs.uk/info-centre/news-and-events/events.aspxDewar, B (2014) Compassionate care in action, 2EQUIPP Masterclass series on Leadership Nottingham (filmed and available on line May 2014)

    Dewar, B and MacBride T (2104) Making connections in caring invited keynote address, Queens Nursing Institute Scotland Beardmore, March 2014.

    Dewar B (2014) improving the experiences of staff, patients and families during the acute phase of delirium, Healthcare Improvement Scotland Research Symposium COSLA, Edinburgh March 2014.

    Dewar B (2014)Supporting staff to change practice and enhance compassionate care for people with a dementia, invited masterclass, 6th International Dementia Care Conference

    • McBride T and Dewar B (2014)Reflections on using an appreciative inquiry approach to enhance dignity within a care home setting, 

    RCN International Research Conference, Glasgow 

    • Dewar B (2014)Blurring the boundaries between research and practice: Inquiry as intervention in appreciative action research, 

    RCN International Research Conference, Glasgow 

    Dewar B (2013)Caring conversations – the heart of delivering compassionate care, RCN Congress, Liverpool.

     

    Dewar B and Baillie L (2013) Delivering dignified care whatever the setting, Florence Nightingale Foundation Annual Conference London.

    Dewar B (2013) The HOW of compassionate relationship centred care, The Linking tree, Identifying opportunities to influence the future healthcare agenda, Canterbury Christchurch, University.

    Armstrong D and Dewar B (2012) The power of apology – working effectively to deal with complaints. (in collaboration with the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman and Queen Margaret University).

    Dewar B (2012) The compassionate organisation: lessons from America, Leadership in Compassionate Care Conference, Edinburgh.

    Dewar B (2012) Developing a model of compassionate relationship centred care, RCN International Research Conference, London.

    Dewar B (2012) The what and how of appreciative action research: bringing about sustainable change in practice, Masterclass, Canterbury and Christchurch University, Canterbury.

    Dewar B (2012) Appreciative inquiry: why and how? Invited Masterclass ,Foundation of Nursing Studies, London.

    Dewar B (2012) Developing compassion through an appreciative lens – Invited Masterclass, University of Canterbury Christchurch.

    Dewar B (2011) Developing leadership in Compassionate Care, Invited Masterclass, University of Tasmania, Tasmania.

    Dewar B (2011) Developing, validating and celebrating compassionate care, Keynote presentation, Person-centred practice research centre conference Institute of Nursing Research University of Ulster, Belfast.

    Dewar B and Cook F (2011) Festival of learning for leadership development with Senior Allied Health Care Professionals, NHS Education Scotland Event, Edinburgh.

    Dewar B (2010) Nutritional care for older people: has the pendulum swung too far? NHS Quality Improvement Scotland, Advisory Group on Nutrition, Glasgow.

    Smith S, Dewar B and Pullin S (2010) Compassionate Care, Scottish Partnership in Palliative Care Conference, Edinburgh.

    Dewar B (2010) How should we measure compassion and how do we know that initiatives to enhance it result in transformational change?, paper as part of symposium, RCN International Research Conference, Newcastle.

    Dewar B (2010) Strategies to support compassionate caring in older people care settings, symposia, International Conference, Compassionate Care, Edinburgh.

    Dewar B (2009) Exploring compassionate care with an appreciative eye, workshop at World Appreciative Inquiry Conference, Nepal.

    Dewar B (2009) Bringing about sustainable change with an appreciative eye reflections, challenges and outcomes, RCN International Research Conference, Cardiff.

    Dewar B (2009) Using relationship centred care to understand and develop action in compassionate caring RCN International Research Conference, Cardiff.

    Dewar B (2009) Using emotional touchpoints to learn about experiences in health care, Plenary session, PPDNF Conference April, Dundee.

    Smith S and Dewar B (2008) Improving the quality of patient care on the wards – Effective Ward Manager Conference, 8th national Conference, RCN Scotland, Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh.

    Dewar B, Tocher R, Mohadeb A and Mackay R (2008)Accessible methods that get at the heart of complex concepts in practice development, 8th International Practice Development Co-operative, Enhancing Practice 8 Conference, Eindhoven.

    Dewar B and Tocher R (2008)Processing process, workshop, 8th International Practice Development Co operative, Enhancing Practice 8 Conference, Eindhoven.

    Smith S, Dewar B, Pullin S, Tocher R and Morrow B (2008) Too much to bear or a golden opportunity?,8th International Practice Development Co-operative, Enhancing Practice 8 Conference, Eindhoven.

    Dewar B and Mackay R (2008)Using emotional touchpoints to hear about the experiences of giving and receiving care, Best Practice Conference Improving Patient Experience through the Decades,Edinburgh.

    Dewar B (2007) Learning and Development in care homes – the place for meaningful activity NAPA Conference, Inverness.

    Dewar B (2006) Palliative care in care homes in 2027? Scottish Partnership in Palliative Care Conference, Edinburgh.

    Dewar B (2006) Hearing the voice of the older person to improve practice in care homes RCN Care Home Conference, Glasgow.

    Dewar B (2006) World café: setting up a learning network for staff working in care homes throughout Scotland, Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh.

    Dewar B and Biggins H (2005) Care Research and Experience: stronger together, keynote RCN Nursing Older People’s Conference, Chester.

    Dewar B (2005) Sustaining outcomes of research through action learning: a study promoting end of life care in care homes, paper in symposium, Gerontological Society of America Conference, Orlando.

    Dewar B (2004)Formalising reciprocity in the research process using action learning, Collaborative Action Research Conference, Malaga.

    Dewar B (2004) Older people getting involved: education for participation in research and development, Gerontological Society of America, Washington D.C

    Dewar B (2004) Action learning as a process to enhance sustainability of research, Gerontological Society of America, Washington D.C.

    Dewar B McCormack B (2004) Using creative techniques to explore life transitions In later life with older people and professionals British Society of Gerontology, University of Surrey.

    Hockley J, Dewar B and Watson J (2004)Bridging the gap: the implementation and concurrent evaluation of an integrated care pathway (ICP) for the last days of life for residents in nursing homes, Third Research Forum of the European Association of Palliative Care, Stresa.

    Dewar B (2004) Harnessing learning in practice development. Invited plenary at the National Developing Practice Network Conference, Nottingham.

    Dewar B, Tocher R and Watson W (2003) Evidence into practice: implementing guidelines for relative involvement – Invited paper Foundation of Nursing Studies Conference, London.

    Hockley J and Dewar B (2003) Retrieving death from the periphery of care in nursing homes, Collaborative Action research Network Annual Conference, Manchester.

    Dewar B, Jones C and O’May F (2003) Involving older people, lessons for community planning, Plenary session COSLA conference Edinburgh.

    Dewar B, Tocher R and Watson W (2003) Work based learning as a framework in practice development projects, Collaborative Conversations Conference Bournemouth.

    Dewar B (2003)Unsettling the Ordinary: Changing ideas about ageing. Education for Participation – the voices of older people, British Society of Gerontology.

    Dewar B (2003)Evidence into practice: implementing guidelines for relative involvement, Foundation of Nursing Studies Conference.

    Dewar B, Tocher R and Watson W (2003) Framework to structure learning in practice development The Reflective Practice, Practice Development and Action Research 2nd Annual Conference, Keele University.

    Dewar B and McCormack B (2003) Personal reflections on the process of action learning The Reflective Practice, Practice Development and Action Research 2nd Annual Conference, Keele University.

    Dewar B and McCormack B (2003)The experience of involving older people in a UK wide action research project The Reflective Practice, Practice Development and Action Research 2nd Annual Conference, Keele University.

    Dewar B (2003) ‘Workbased learning as an approach to facilitate practice development’ – Invited Seminar, Practice Development Summer School, Stirling University..

    Dewar B (2002) Involving Older People in Research and Development Work’– Invited Seminar Edinburgh University Seminar Programme.

    Dewar B (2002) ‘The work of the Scottish Centre for the Promotion of the Older Person’s Agenda’- Invited Paper United Kingdom Home Care Association Annual Conference, Edinburgh.

    Dewar B (2002) Member of panel to discuss the role of the Centre and its relationship to the theme of families relationships and older people Centre for Research on Families and Relationships, Edinburgh.

    Dewar B, Knight S and McStay J (2002) What are the issues for older people in Edinburgh? Drama presentation by older people actors from Education for Participation Course – Invited presentation Stakeholders Event City Chambers Edinburgh.

    Dewar B (2002) ‘Involvement of older people in the design of services’ – Invited Seminar, Department of Nursing, Edinburgh University.

    Dewar B, Tocher R and Watson W (2002) Implementing guidelines to involve relatives in care processes’ RCN Annual Conference Scotland.

    Dewar B, Tocher R and Watson W (2001)Validation of guidelines to Involve Lay Carers in Care Planning processes, Foundation of Nursing Studies Conference, London.

    Dewar B (2001) ‘Validation of guidelines to Involve Lay Carers in Care Planning Processes’ – Invited paper, Foundation of Nursing Studies Conference, London: ‘Developing Practice Improving Care’.

    Runciman P, Dewar B, and Goulbourne A (2000) ‘Competence preceptorship and core skills’ at Keynote address at Innovative Practice Seminars Renfrew .

  • Research activity output source of funding
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    2013- Director My Home Life Scotland, currently secured funding (£240000) to deliver and evaluate leadership and community development programme in care homes across Scotland.

    2013- Critical companion to Research for Real and Animate to support them in project ‘Care to Ask’ about inequalities sensitive practice- Funded by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (£22988).

    2012-2013 Development and evaluation of a relational leadership programme to support the development of the compassionate organisation in partnership with Fiona Cook, Funded by NHS Dumfries and Galloway (£52000).

    2007-2009 Co-lead with Alzheimer Scotland, Scottish Executive funded project Beyond Barriers: working with staff and relatives to meet the palliative care needs of people with dementia (£132000 over 2 years).

    2006-2007 PI, Scottish Executive funded project, Improving nutrition in care homes across Scotland: a national practice development project (£85000).

    2005-06 Principal Investigator (PI) (up to April 2006), Burdett Nursing Trust funded project, the impact of older people and practice developers working together to influence change (£55000).

    2005-06 Senior Researcher, Help the Aged funded project, evidence based review of quality of life for people in care homes (£8600)

    2005-06 Senior Research Fellow. NHS Education Scotland funded project. Practice development an in depth literature review and comparative analysis (£48000).

    2004-06 PI in Socrates funded European project exploring the concept of active citizenship with 4 other countries (90,000 euros over 2 years).

    2004 PI, Scottish Executive funded project, Exploring Older people’s views about direct payments (£6000 – 3months).

    2003 PI, St Columba’s Hospice funded project, Evaluation of the implementation of an Integrated Care Pathway in the last days of life in care homes (£12000).

    2003 PI, Scottish Executive funded project, Involvement of Older People: lessons for community planning (£10075 over 3 months).

    2003 PI, Lloyds TSB funded project to implement Education for Participation Course for older people (£9075 over 3 months).

    2003-06 PI, Zurich Financial Services Community Fund – ‘Recipe for Life’ a 3 year research project which aims to improve the nutrition and food related social well being of older people, who live alone and have difficulty leaving their home (£150000).

    2002 PI SHEFC MAATCHED funding project – Developing an innovative course with and for older people aimed at maximising their contribution to partnership working (£7500 over 8 months).

    2001-02 PI, Foundation of Nursing Studies funded Project – Implementing guidelines to facilitate the involvement of relatives in care of older people in a continuing care setting (£9075).

    2001-02 Research Team Member, Queen’s Nursing Institute funded Project – production of literature review, pilot work and research proposal aimed at exploring the concept of ‘cumulative trivia’ as perceived by older people in collaboration with the Department of General Practice, Edinburgh University (£10000).

    2001 PI Scottish Executive funded research – Older people’s attitudes to free personal care (£7500).

    2000-01 PI, Alzheimer Scotland funded research – evaluation of day care services for people with dementia (£15000).

    2000-01 PI, Foundation of Nursing Studies funded project – Validating ‘involvement of lay carer guidelines’ for people involved in the care of those with dementia (£5000).