Professor Claire Goodman
Professor of Health Care Research
University of Hertfordshire
Research Profile Claire Goodman

Claire leads the project and link to NIHR ARCs.

Dr Gizdem Akdur
Research Fellow
University of Hertfordshire
Research Profile Gizdem Akdur

Gizdem provides support to Claire Goodman in coordinating cross site collaboration. She has research experience in information systems and digital innovation in health. She is the co-lead of the realist review in Work Package 3, which aims to develop a theory-driven understanding of how internationally deployed MDS systems offer transferable learning in the UK context.

Priti Biswas (left January 2022)
Senior Research Associate
University of East Anglia

Priti will work (with Anne Killett) to set up and support care home based PPIE groups with resident and family members, who are the key stakeholders to inform the project across the work packages.

Dr Sarah L Brand (left in 2022)
Senior Research Fellow in Implementation Science
University of Exeter Medical School, NIHR Applied Research Collaboration South West Peninsula

Sarah provides implementation research expertise across the DACHA work packages. Sarah’s research focuses on understanding how social and health care interventions interact with setting and population in ways that affect uptake and embedding of, and outcomes for people using, these services.

Dr Jenni Burton
SCREDS Clinical Lecturer, Academic Geriatric Medicine
University of Glasgow

Jenni is a clinical academic geriatrician with an interest in using routine data to improve evidence-based care for older people moving into and living in care homes. Jenni will be involved in supporting delivery of the trial repository (WP2) and in the review of MDS (WP3), providing clinical and data linkage input to WPs 4 & 5.

Andy Cowan (left 2021)
Research Assistant
University of Cambridge

Andy has worked across several systematic reviews on older people. He is assisting Sarah Kelly and Guy Peryer on WP1.​

Pamela Blades
PPI representative

Pamela will contribute to the PPI component basing her input on her experiences of caring for her mother who suffered with Dementia and also as a Carer for the Elderly in both Residential and Domiciliary settings.

Professor Adam Gordon
Professor of Care of Older People
University of Nottingham

Adam is Professor of Care of Older People at the University of Nottingham.  He is an academic geriatrician and an applied care home researcher.  He is co-lead for work package 5.

Professor Barbara Hanratty
Professor of Primary Care and Public Health

Barbara is an academic GP and public health physician with a longstanding interest in developing a minimum dataset for care homes. She will contribute in particular to the mapping of, and consultation on data collection from care home residents.

Lisa Irvine
Senior Research Fellow
University of Hertfordshire
Research Profile Lisa Irvine

Lisa will coordinate Work Package 2, the development of an individual patient data (IPD) repository of RCTs conducted in UK care homes. She will work closely with the Virtual Trials Archive (University of Glasgow) in establishing the repository,  and use the pooled data to help inform what outcome measures could be included in the care home minimum dataset.”

Liz has social care expertise, experience of building capacity in care home research, representative of the National Care Forum and the Care Provider Alliance. Liaison and links back into the wider sector to support this programme of research.

Dr Sarah Kelly
Senior Research Associate
University of Cambridge

Sarah Kelly is a highly experienced systematic reviewer and information specialist and will co-lead (with Guy Peryer) on the reviews and information strategies for WP1.

Dr Anne Killett
Senior Lecturer – Occupational Therapy
University of East Anglia

Anne will set up 2 care home based Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement (PPIE) groups  to facilitate care home residents and family members to contribute their priorities to each of the work packages.

Professor Julienne Meyer
Professor of Nursing: Care for Older People
City, University of London

Julienne will be jointly responsible with others for Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement (PPIE), in particular leading consultation with national care home networks. This will involve co-designing each work package in relation to research, dissemination and implementation with residents, relatives and staff; through 2 care home based PPIE groups, a PPIE panel and 3 national expert consultation meetings.

Kerry Micklewright
Senior Research Associate
University of East Anglia

Alongside her work on the DACHA project, Kerry is also an occupational therapist specialising in stroke and neurology. She will be joining the project in May 2022 to support Anne Killett in facilitating Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement (PPIE).

Massirfufulay K. Musa (left July 2021)
Research Fellow
University of Hertfordshire

Maz co-leads the Realist Review in Work Package 3 and provides support to Professor Claire Goodman in coordinating work packages within DACHA.

Jack Novak (left March 2022)
Research Project Manager
University of Hertfordshire

Jack will be responsible for setting up collaboration contracts, monitoring budgets and financial reconciliation.

Lindsey Parker
Senior Administrator
University of Hertfordshire

Lindsey will provide administrative support to the study and assist Jack Novak, Research Project Manager.

Dr Guy Peryer
Lecturer in Health Sciences
University of East Anglia

Guy will be co-leading WP1 with Dr Sarah Kelly. Sarah and Guy will be performing two reviews. One review will focus on specific measures and outcomes used in care home research studies since 2009. The second review will identify relevant contextual factors that may influence the implementation of health and social care related changes in care homes.

Professor Karen Spilsbury
Professor of Nursing, University of Leeds
Academic Director for NICHE-Leeds

Karen is a nurse and applied health and care researcher with a portfolio of research with and for care homes. She is supporting DACHA work packages 1, 2, 3 and 5 and will lead a consultation group.

The Health Foundation will lead the work on work package 4. We will build on our existing experience in evaluating the impact of the EHCH vanguards, and our national study on emergency admissions from care homes. The aim of our work package is to demonstrate what a minimum dataset on care home residents could look like when using administrative data. Data that are collected for a different purpose, often to support running health and social care services, than can be re-used for the purpose of research and service evaluation.

Ann-Marie is a Senior Research Fellow CHSS ( previously Personal Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU). University  of Kent Lead a programme of work to develop, test and support the Adult Social Care Outcomes Toolkit (ASCOT). Special interest in how we might employ qualitative methods, such as observations, supported interviewing techniques and forms of adapted communication, to try and ascertain the views and experiences of care home residents part of  Policy Research Units (Quality, Safety and Outcomes of Health and Social Care Research Unit).

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