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Ross Watkins

PhD Researcher

Kath Maguire

Ross began his PhD in March 2015 with the aim of developing and testing the feasibility of a mealtime intervention on both resident health and wellbeing, and care home practices. Malnutrition is one of the greatest threats to the health, wellbeing and autonomy of older adults, particularly those living in care homes. Older individuals identified as at risk of malnutrition have a poorer quality of life, are more likely to be admitted to hospital, and are at greater risk of mortality. Whilst the need to improve the nutrition of older people living in care has long been recognised, how this can best be achieved and whether (and which) interventions are successful in reducing morbidity and improving wellbeing is less understood. This research seeks to address this knowledge gap, building on the recognition that mealtimes have a critical socio-cultural role in the care of older people, both in terms of ensuring adequate nutrition and promoting broader health and wellbeing. Prior to starting his PhD, Ross completed an MSc in Applied Human Nutrition at Oxford Brookes University.

To find out more, please visit the PhD project page.

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