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I am a PenCLAHRC (linked with the National Institute of Health Research) funded student looking into how the use of video-calls (telepresence robots) can help prevent loneliness and social isolation for care home residents at risk of cognitive decline. I have an undergraduate degree in Psychology, and an MSc in Psychology, health and behaviour from Brunel University London.
My current PHD project involves liaising with a number of stakeholders to promote the use of video-calls among older people. I am currently working with a number of care homes in Devon where residents are successfully using Skype to stay better connected with distant relatives. I am at present piloting my intervention (video-calls via Skype) through collaborative action research, taking a mixed methods approach.
The overall outcome of my project will be a pilot cluster randomised controlled trial of the use of video-calls within care homes.
To find out more, please visit the PhD project page.
Areas of expertise
05 April 2018
PenCLAHRC Senior Research Fellow, Dr Helen Lloyd, has spoken to the
BBC about the impacts...
29 March 2018
As a partnership of NHS Trusts across Devon, Cornwall and Somerset,
plus the Universities of...
28 March 2018
A new study due to launch in the South West aims to explore if
Theme: Evidence for Policy and Practice
This project aims to address how schools can best engage parents in
their children’s learning....
Theme: Mental Health & Dementia
A systematic review that aims to create a state-of-knowledge
synthesis on the impact of robopet-human...