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Biography

Alison is a Senior Researcher, with particular research interests and expertise in dementia, creative engagement and wellbeing, and patient and public involvement. Alison has a strong background in service evaluation and mixed methods research, working with a range of charitable and health organisations. Alison is also the Lead of the Centre for Health Sciences and Services which supports and builds on the research and enterprise work of the Faculty of Health, Education and Society.

Alison was awarded a Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship 2015, part of the Baring Foundation’s Creative Ageing scheme, to visit Denmark and lead a project exploring the experiences of people with early stage dementia through photography and storytelling. This work has inspired Alison’s PhD, which explored how photography and storytelling can be used as a way to engage people with dementia in the research process. Alison is also developing research to explore and evaluate the use of drama with younger people, and is particulalry interested in using drama and creative methods within the reserach process.

Alison is a member of the University of Northampton’s Joint Action Dementia Forum, is a founding member of the Forget Me Nots young onset dementia social group and is a certified TimeSlips storytelling facilitator, delivering sessions with patients at a local hospital. Alison therefore brings experience of both research and practice, which supports her understanding of the current field of arts and older people. This understanding is strengthened by involvement with a number of national organisations such as, the Royal Society for Public Health’s Special Interest Group in Arts, Health and Wellbeing, the Arts Health Early Career Researcher Network, Arts4Dementia and the Creative Arts Dementia Network. Alison is also Co-Chair of the Faculty’s Research Ethics Committee and is committed to working to high ethical standards of practice.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Northampton

Master, The Open University

Bachelor, University of Leicester

Keywords

  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • Dementia
  • Creativity
  • Wellbeing
  • Qualitative
  • Photography
  • Storytelling
  • Photo elicitation
  • Drama

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Dementia Medicine & Life Sciences
dementia Social Sciences
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Caregivers Medicine & Life Sciences
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Health Medicine & Life Sciences
Denmark Social Sciences
Home Care Services Medicine & Life Sciences

Projects 2018 2020

Picture the Difference

Ward, A.

Picture the difference performing arts CIC

16/01/191/10/20

Project: ResearchCharitable Funding

VUK Evidence Base

Ward, A.

Santander Universities

6/08/181/08/19

Project: ResearchHEI

Pink House Craft Club

Ward, A.

Pink House Arts

12/03/181/12/18

Project: ResearchOther External Funding

Research Output 2012 2019

Life Story Sharing: A Therapeuitic Intervention in Palliative Care

Quinney, M., Ward, A. & Youell, J., 27 Mar 2019, Voices of Illness: Negotiating Meaning and Identity. Brill/ Rodopi, p. 48-70 22 p.

Research output: Contribution to Book/ReportChapter

reminiscence
hospice
evaluation
self-esteem
participation

A community event to raise awareness and understanding of dementia

Ward, A., Pyer, M., Parkes, J. & Hughes-Rowland, R., 1 Mar 2018, In : Journal of Dementia Care. 26, 2, p. 18-19 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticle

Open Access
File
Dementia
Caregivers
Organizations
Practice (Psychology)

A visual and creative approach to exploring people with dementia’s experiences of being students at a school in Denmark

Ward, A., Schack Thoft, D., Lomax, H. & Parkes, J., 12 Jul 2018, In : Dementia. p. 1-19 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticle

Open Access
File
dementia
Denmark
school
experience
student

Does a 24/7 hospice at home service prevent or postpone acute hospital admissions?

Ward, A., Graham, A. & Sixsmith, J., 15 Mar 2018.

Research output: Contribution to ConferencePoster

Open Access
File
Hospices
Caregivers
Hospice Care
Interviews
Nurses

Going back to school – an opportunity for lifelong learning for people with dementia in Denmark (Innovative practice)

Ward, A., Sorensen, K. A., Kousgaard, H., Schack Thoft, D. & Parkes, J., 11 Mar 2018, In : Dementia.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticle

Open Access
File
lifelong learning
dementia
Denmark
school
evidence

How satisfied are carers/families with a night team service, as part of 24/7 hospice at home care?

Ward, A., Sixsmith, J., Spiro, S., Ballard, H. & Graham, A., 15 Mar 2018.

Research output: Contribution to ConferencePoster

Open Access
File
Hospices
Home Care Services
Caregivers
Hospice Care
Telephone

Storytelling for health and well being

Ward, A. & Brear, J., 20 Mar 2018, p. 24-27. 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to ConferencePaper

Health
Dementia
Imagination
Creativity
Wit and Humor
Open Access
File
Hospice Care
Nursing Services
Home Care Services
Costs and Cost Analysis
Nurses

Prizes

Winston Churchill Fellowship

Alison Ward (Recipient), Feb 2015

Prize: Other distinction

dementia
Denmark
lifelong learning
travel
school

Activities 2012 2019

Exploring the Experiences of People with Early Stage Dementia through Photography and Storytelling

Alison Ward (Speaker)
22 Oct 2019

Activity: Academic Talks or PresentationsInvited talkResearch

University College of Northern Denmark

Alison Ward (Visiting researcher)
19 Nov 201922 Nov 2019

Activity: Public Engagement and OutreachVisiting an external academic institution

Fermynwoods Contemporary Art

Alison Ward (Visiting researcher)
14 Nov 2017

Activity: Public Engagement and OutreachPublic lecture/debate/seminarResearch

The value of using photography and storytelling with people with dementia

Alison Ward (Speaker)
1 Mar 2017

Activity: Academic Talks or PresentationsOral presentationResearch

File

The Open University

Alison Ward (Visiting researcher)
24 Feb 2016

Activity: Public Engagement and OutreachPublic lecture/debate/seminarResearch

Photographic Engagement With People With Dementia

D Schack Thoft (Speaker), Alison Ward (Speaker)
16 Apr 2016

Activity: Academic Talks or PresentationsOral presentationResearch

File

Caritas Social Action Network

Alison Ward (Visiting researcher)
7 Sep 2016

Activity: Public Engagement and OutreachPublic lecture/debate/seminarResearch

Forest Centre, St Mary's Hosptial

Alison Ward (Visiting researcher)
1 May 2015 → …

Activity: Public Engagement and OutreachPerformanceResearch

Impacts

Helping Northampton Filmhouse become more dementia friendly through the Dementia Friendly Organisation Awards

Alison Ward (Principal Investigator), Michelle Pyer (Principal Investigator), Kathleen Mortimer (Facilitator)

Impact: 03: Good Health and Well-Being (UN SDG), Cultural impacts, Quality of life impacts, Health and Well-Being impacts

Thesis

Using Photography and Storytelling With People With Early-Stage Dementia to Understand Their Lived Experience and Enable Them to Tell Their Stories

Author: Ward, A., 27 Mar 2019

Supervisor: Parkes, J. (Supervisor) & Lomax, H. (External person) (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis