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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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Person-centred coordinated care theory building...

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On 25th September Debra Westlake and Dr. Helen Lloyd are running a Person-centred coordinated care (P3C) theory...
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Research shows weight loss can be boosted fivefold thanks to novel mental imagery technique

24 September 2018

Overweight people who used a new motivational intervention called Functional Imagery Training (FIT) lost an...
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20 September 2018

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Nature on prescription

Theme: Mental Health & Dementia

This project aims to provide evidence to better understand the impact of nature-based group activities...
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Adapting the Chance UK mentoring programme

Theme: Evidence for Policy and Practice

The Chance UK mentoring programme is for children in London aged 5-11 years who are...
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