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Jennifer Bray

Research Assistant - Association for Dementia Studies

Institute of Health & Society

Contact Details

email: j.bray@worc.ac.uk

tel: 01905 54 2326

Jennifer Bray is a Research Assistant with the Association for Dementia Studies and has over 16 years of experience in project research and evaluation. Since joining the Association for Dementia Studies in 2010, Jennifer has worked across a number of research projects and enjoys the variety that this brings to her role. Although she has a strong background in quantitative analysis, Jennifer has been able to develop and expand her qualitative skills during her time working with the Association for Dementia Studies.

The diverse nature of her role has enabled Jennifer to explore dementia in different care settings and in relation to a variety of topic areas. This has enabled her to develop expertise in dementia and sight loss, intergenerational aspects of dementia awareness, and the use of technology with people living with dementia.

Qualifications

BSc French and Mathematics (2000), University of Exeter

Teaching, Research and Knowledge Transfer

Teaching, Research and Knowledge Transfer

Teaching: Although Jennifer’s work is primarily focused on research she has experience of delivering occasional teaching sessions within the University of Worcester and more widely. These have included:

  • The Intergenerational Schools Project (2016), Student Nurse Conference, University of Worcester
  • Dementia: Key facts and figures (2014), Student Nurse Conference, University of Worcester
  • Prime Minister’s Challenge on Dementia Intergenerational Schools Project (2014), Gerontology International Summer School, Keele University
  • Delivering Excellence in Dementia Care in the Acute Hospital (2013) Adult Nursing students, University of Worcester
  • Delivering Excellence in Dementia Care in the Acute Hospital (2012) University of Worcester
  • Delivering Excellence in Dementia Care in the Acute Hospital (2012) Adult Nursing students, University of Worcester

Jennifer also supports teaching within the Association for Dementia Studies by processing and reporting on evaluation and feedback forms from participants attending the education courses delivered by the wider team.

Research: Jennifer has been involved with the following projects and evaluations:

Knowledge transfer: Jennifer was part of the team that developed the Care Fit for VIPS website, a free, online toolkit to help improve the quality of dementia care. She also has an active role in maintaining the three versions of the website which focus on care homes, domiciliary care and day care settings.

Additionally, Jennifer is responsible for promoting the Association for Dementia Studies by running the Facebook page and helping to keep the website up-to-date.

Professional Experience

Professional Experience

Jennifer is a graduate from Exeter University, and has over 16 years of experience in project research and a strong analytical background. She has worked with the Association for Dementia Studies since 2010.

 

 

Publications and Dissemination

Publications and Dissemination

Journal publications:

  • Evans, S. and Bray, J. (2016) Best practice for providing social care and support to people living with concurrent sight loss and dementia: professional perspectives. Working with Older People, 20, 2. 86-93.
  • Bray, J., Atkinson, T. and Kitchen, S. (2015). Looking back, looking ahead: priorities for a strategy now. Journal of Dementia Care. Vol 23, No. 1, pp. 16-17
  • Bray, J., Evans, S., Thompson, R., Bruce, M., Carter, C., Brooker, D., Milosevic, S., Coleman, H. and McSherry, W. (2015). Understanding the needs of people with dementia and family carers. Nursing Older People, 27, 7, 18-23
  • Bray, J., Evans, S., Bruce, M., Carter, C., Brooker, D., Milosevic, S., Thompson, R. and Hutt, L. (2015) Improving activity and engagement for patients with dementia. Nursing Older People, 27, 8, 22-26.
  • Bray, J., Evans, S., Bruce, M., Carter, C., Brooker, D., Milosevic, S., Thompson, R. and Hutt, L. (2015) Improving the hospital environment for people with dementia. Nursing Older People, 27, 9, 16-20.
  • Bray, J., Evans, S., Bruce, M., Carter, C., Brooker, D., Milosevic, S., Thompson, R. and Woods, C. (2015) Enabling hospital staff to care for people with dementia. Nursing Older People, 27, 10, 29-32.
  • Brooker, D., Latham, I., Evans, S., Jacobson, N., Perry, W., Bray, J., Ballard, C., Fossey, J. and Pickett, J. (2015). FITS into Practice: translating research into practice in reducing the use of anti-psychotic medication for people with dementia living in care homes. Aging & Mental Health.
  • Evans, S., Brooker, D., Thompson, R., Bray, J., Milosevic, S., Bruce, M. and Carter, C. (2015). Introduction to the transforming dementia care in hospitals series. Nursing Older People, 27(6), 18-24.
  • Upton, D., Bray, J., Jones, T. and Upton, P. (2014). Touchscreen technology – the evidence. Australian Journal of Dementia Care. Vol 3, No. 1, pp. 29-30.
  • Brooker, D., La Fontaine, J., Evans, S., Bray, J. & Saad, K., (2014) Public health guidance to facilitate timely diagnosis of dementia: Alzheimer’s Cooperative Valuation in Europe (ALCOVE) Recommendations, International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry.
  • Upton, D., Bray, J., Jones, T. and Upton, P. (2013). Touchscreen technology – the evidence. Journal of Dementia Care. Vol 21, No. 3, pp. 16-17.

Book chapters:

  • Atkinson, T. and Bray, J. (2016) 'They are still the same as you on the outside just a bit different on the inside' Raising awareness of dementia through the school curriculum. In Chew-Graham, C. and Ray, M. (2016). Mental Health and Older People: A Guide for Primary Care Practitioners. Springer.

Project reports:

  • Carter, C., Read, K., Bray, J., Dutton, G. and Brooker, D. (2016). The Admiral Nurse Competency Framework: A Resource for Practice. University of Worcester.
  • Evans, S., Garabedian, C., Jacobson, N. and Bray, J. (2016). A pilot study into the effects of therapeutic sound in care home residents with dementia: An external evaluation report. Association for Dementia Studies, University of Worcester.
  • Latham, I., Bray, J. and Brooker, D. (2016). An Evaluation of the Keys to Care Resource. Association for Dementia Studies, University of Worcester.
  • Latham, I., Bray, J. and Brooker, D. (2016). Summary Report: Evaluation of the Keys to Care Resource. Association for Dementia Studies, University of Worcester.
  • Bray, J. Evans, S. and Brooker, D. (2015) The Alzheimer's Society Connecting Communities Project: External Evaluation - Final Report. Association for Dementia Studies, University of Worcester.
  • Evans, S. and Bray, J. provided input to: NIHR School for Social Care Research (2015). Best practice in social care and support for adults with concurrent sight loss and dementia within different housing settings. National Institute for Health Research.
  • Evans, S., Bray, J. and Evans, S. (2015) How iPads can support people with dementia living in care homes: A study by the University of Worcester, working with Anchor. An evaluation report. Association for Dementia Studies, University of Worcester.
  • Latham, I., Atkinson, T., Bray, J., Evans, S., and Elliot, V. (2015). Evaluation of the My Home Life Admiral Nurse Role in the Orders of St John Care Trust. Association for Dementia Studies, University of Worcester.
  • Bray, J. and Evans, S. (2014). Dementia and sight loss project: Focus groups analysis – Initial analysis of focus groups and interviews with professionals. Association for Dementia Studies, Institute of Health and Society, University of Worcester, UK.
  • Evans, S. and Bray, J. (2014). An evaluation of the Dementia Adventure ‘Natural Leaders’ Programme. Association for Dementia Studies, Institute of Health and Society, University of Worcester, UK.
  • Evans, S., Gardiner, C. and Bray, J. (2014). Shared Lives Plus: The Big Survey – Final Report Version Two. Association for Dementia Studies, Institute of Health and Society, University of Worcester, UK.
  • Jutlla, K., Bray, J. and Evans, S. (2014). The Connecting Communities Project: External Evaluation – Annual Report covering May 2013 – April 2014. Association for Dementia Studies, Institute of Health and Society, University of Worcester, UK.
  • Atkinson, T. and Bray, J. (2013). Dementia Friendly Communities: Schools and Intergenerational Work – Interim report. Association for Dementia Studies, Institute of Health and Society, University of Worcester, UK.
  • Atkinson, T. and Bray, J. (2013). Dementia Friendly Communities: Schools and Intergenerational Work – Final report. Association for Dementia Studies, Institute of Health and Society, University of Worcester, UK.
  • Brooker, D., Leung, D., Bowley, K., Etches, C., Bray, J., Smith, P., Willoughby, J., Hampson, G. & Upton, D. (2013). The dementia care bundle: Improving the quality and safety of hospital care for patients with acute physical illness who have co-existing dementia. London: The Health Foundation.
  • Brooker, D., La Fontaine, J., Bray, J. and Evans, S. (2013). Timely Diagnosis of Dementia ALCOVE WP5 Task 1 & 2. Association for Dementia Studies, Institute of Health and Society, University of Worcester, UK.
  • Evans, S. and Bray, J. (2013). Carers as Educators: Interim report – Initial findings. Association for Dementia Studies, Institute of Health and Society, University of Worcester, UK.
  • Evans, S., Bray, J. and Brooker, D. (2013). Carers as Educators: Final report. Association for Dementia Studies, Institute of Health and Society, University of Worcester, UK.
  • Brooker, D., La Fontaine, J., Evans, S., Vickers, H. and Bray, J. (2012). ALCOVE; Work Package 5 Early Diagnosis Literature Review: Milestone 2 Publication of operational criteria for dementia diagnosis in order to access a common definition. Association for Dementia Studies, Institute of Health and Society, University of Worcester, UK.
  • Upton, D., Krishnan, N., Bray, J., Bowen, T. and Foote, C. (2012). An evaluation of quality and cost effectiveness of a newly defined suite of care interventions for patients with dementia and their carers in the acute hospital setting developed by The Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals NHS Trust: Report Phase 1. Institute of Health and Society, University of Worcester, UK.
  • Upton, D., Krishnan, N., Bray, J., Bowen, T. and Foote, C. (2012). An evaluation of quality and cost effectiveness of a newly defined suite of care interventions for patients with dementia and their carers in the acute hospital setting developed by The Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals NHS Trust: Report Phase 2 - Volume 1. Institute of Health and Society, University of Worcester, UK.
  • Upton, D., Krishnan, N., Bray, J., Bowen, T. and Foote, C. (2012). An evaluation of quality and cost effectiveness of a newly defined suite of care interventions for patients with dementia and their carers in the acute hospital setting developed by The Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals NHS Trust: Report Phase 2 - Volume 2: Supporting evidence. Institute of Health and Society, University of Worcester, UK.
  • de Vries, K., Brooker, D. and Bray, J. (2011). Training and education programmes on dementia and end of life care in the context of the West Midlands Clinical Pathway Group (Darzi) Dementia Pathway. Association for Dementia Studies, Institute of Health and Society, University of Worcester, UK.
  • de Vries, K., Brooker, D. and Bray, J. (2011). End of life and dementia related services and education, Wolverhampton City NHS Primary Care Trust - Addendum. Association for Dementia Studies, Institute of Health and Society, University of Worcester, UK.
  • La Fontaine, J., Brooker, D., Bray, J. and Milosevic, S.K. (2011). A Local Evaluation of Dementia Advisers (National Demonstrator Site) Worcestershire. Report for Dementia Adviser Service Implementation Team.

Conference presentations:

  • Refreshing the Admiral Nurse Competency Framework (2016), Admiral Nurse Forum
  • Prime Minister’s Challenge on Dementia Intergenerational Schools Project (2015), Areas of Distinction Event: Children and Young People
  • The social care and support needs of adults with concurrent dementia and visual impairment (2014), UK Dementia Congress
  • Prime Minister’s Challenge on Dementia Intergenerational Schools Project – It’s not all knitting and bingo (2013), UK Dementia Congress
  • Mixed methods evaluation of the intergenerational schools dementia project: The challenges of working with children (and teachers) (2013), People, Policy and Practice Research Focus Day
  • Prime Minister’s Challenge on Dementia Intergenerational Schools Project – It’s not all knitting and bingo (2013), British Society of Gerontology Conference – Global Ageing: Implications for Individuals and Society
  • Prime Minister’s Challenge on Dementia Intergenerational Schools Project – It’s not all knitting and bingo (2013), Journal of Dementia Care Community and Technology Conference
  • Prime Minister’s Challenge on Dementia Intergenerational Schools Project – It’s not all knitting and bingo (2013), Dementia Friendly Communities Event
  • Dementia awareness starts in schools: A pioneer intergenerational exchange project (2013), NHS Healthcare Innovation Expo
  • What is a Dementia Adviser and what do they do? An exploration of the work of Dementia Advisers and their experiences in delivering the role (2012), Alzheimer Europe
  • Dementia Advisers: An evaluation of the Worcester experience (2011), UK Dementia Congress

Posters:

  • Prime Minister’s Challenge on Dementia: Intergenerational Schools Dementia Project (2015), Psychologies of Ageing Conference
  • The social care and support needs of adults with concurrent dementia and visual impairment (2015), Psychologies of Ageing Conference
  • Connecting Communities Project: Raising awareness of dementia amongst Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities (2015), Psychologies of Ageing Conference
External Responsibilities

External Responsibilities