Isabelle Latham


Senior Lecturer, Association for Dementia Studies

Association for Dementia Studies

Contact Details

tel: 01905 54 2326

Isabelle Latham is a Senior Lecturer at the Association for Dementia Studies (ADS), having joined in 2011 as a Research Associate. Isabelle currently combines an active research role on a number of projects with delivery of many ADS education programmes, enjoying the translation of research findings into practical skills and knowledge for frontline staff.

Isabelle is particularly passionate about frontline care of people living with dementia and developing the skills and passion of frontline staff. This stems from her early career as a care worker with older people living in care homes and in the community. Isabelle has over 15 years’ experience of working in health and social care settings with a particular focus on safeguarding vulnerable adults from abuse and educating frontline care staff. She managed an advocacy service for people living with dementia and those living in residential care, (2000-2005) before moving to work as a safeguarding officer for a national care provider, (2005 -2009). Prior to joining ADS she was training and development manager for a Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults Board, (2009-2011).


Isabelle is currently undertaking her PhD at the University of Worcester entitled "Learning to care; how do care workers learn to care for people living with dementia?"

In addition, her qualifications include:

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, University of Worcester (2015)
  • MSc (Distinction), Social Research Methods, Open University (2011)
  • MA (Distinction), International Relations, University of Reading (2002)
  • BA (Hons) Politics, University of Liverpool (1999)

Professional Memberships

Isabelle is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


Isabelle leads on a range of our teaching contracts, with a speciality in mental capacity, rights, risks, and the prevention of abuse and neglect of vulnerable people.

Isabelle is module lead for the Advanced Practice in Delivering Person Centred Dementia Care module. A level 7 (Masters) qualification equipping students to deliver the FITS into Practice programme in their own organisations. This is the first module of its kind in the UK.

Isabelle is an active teacher and lecturer and has developed and delivered teaching programmes across a wide range of dementia care topics over the past 10 years. She has worked in partnership with many NHS Trusts, Local Authorities and care providers to provide specialist education and training for professionals and care staff working in care homes, hospitals and in people’s own homes, as well as for University of Worcester degree and postgraduate courses.


Isabelle leads on care home based research at ADS. Currently she is project manager for the “Delivering Excellent Care Every Day for People Living with Advanced Dementia” project, investigating the application of Namaste Care in care homes in the UK. Namaste Care UK Implementation Research

Isabelle is also currently undertaking her PhD part time at the University of Worcester and this study examines the ways in which care workers learn to care for people living with dementia in care homes, in particular the informal ways in which learning occurs. It uses ethnographic methods and focussed on the experiences and voices of care workers and residents themselves.

Isabelle has been lead researcher on a number of past research projects at ADS:

  • The impact of organisational culture on resident experience: PANICOA, Care Home Organisations Implementing Cultures of Excellence (CHOICE) study: An in-depth examination of care culture. Funded by Department of Health & Comic Relief (2011-2013) CHOICE Care Homes Culture
  • Implementation and field testing of Focused Intervention for Training and Support (FITS) programme in 150 early adopter care homes. Alzheimer’s Society Research grant. (2012-2014) FITS into Practice
  • Evaluation of Admiral Nurse role in Care Homes in Orders of St John Care Trust, funded by the Burdett Trust (2015)
  • Evaluation of Keys to Care Resource for Relatives and Residents Association funded by Comic Relief (2016)

PhD Project Ideas

Knowledge Transfer

Isabelle enjoys translating research into practical outcomes for people working on the frontline of dementia care. To achieve this she has been involved in a number of developments to move ADS research onto practical and user friendly outputs, regularly speaking at national and international events. In 2018 these included:

  • UK Care & Dementia Environments Conference, The role of design in care home organisational culture
  • West Midlands Safer Provision and Caring Excellence Conference, Creating positive cultures in care homes
  • 10th International Dementia Conference (Dublin), Training and learning are not the same thing: How do care workers in care homes learn to care for people living with dementia?
  • Research Seminar Series (UoW), How can I tell you what's going on here? Observing the care experiences of people with advanced dementia
  • Alzheimer's Society Annual Conference, Training and learning are not the same thing
  • UK Best Practice in the Care Homes Sector Conference, Training and learning are not the same thing: Is it time to think differently about supporting care workers to learn to care for people living with dementia?
  • British Society of Gerontology 47th Annual Conference , Training and learning are not the same thing: is it time for a new model for supporting care workers to learn to care for people living with dementia?
  • Cambridgeshire care homes and dementia conference, Achieving Person Centred Dementia Care
  • Mental Health Service International Conference: Creating Possibilities in Community Mental Health - Celebrating 20 years’ experience in Cavan Monaghan, Supporting Dementia Specialist Care Homes: The Focussed Interventions, Training and Support (FITS) programme; & Namaste Care Intervention UK workshop
  • 13th UK Dementia Congress, Staff Development in Care Homes - Learning to care or learning what to care about? & Once upon a time in a care home far, far away & Expert Panel
  • Research Seminar Series (UoW), The Impact of Focused Intervention, Training and Support (FITS) in care services for people with dementia

Isabelle is also responsible for translating relevant research findings into evidence-based has content for ADS bespoke education courses. In addition, Isabelle developed and is module lead for the Level 7 taught module “Advanced Practice in Delivering Person-centred dementia care” which translated the findings from the FITS into Practice research project into module to teach others how to deliver this approach in their own organisations.


Bray, J., Brooker, D., Latham, I., Wray, F. and Baines, D. (pending - 2019) Costing resource use of the Namaste Care Intervention UK: A novel framework for costing dementia care interventions in care homes. International Psycho-geriatrics

Atkinson, T., Bray, J., Latham, I., and Brooker, D., (2019) Current practice of Namaste Care for people living with Dementia in the UK. Nursing Older People.

Latham, I & Brooker, D (2017) Reducing anti-psychotic prescribing for care home residents with dementia.  Nurse Prescribing 15 (10)

Brooker, D & Latham, I (2016) Person Centred Dementia Care: making services better with the VIPS framework (2nd Edition) London: Jessica Kingsley.

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. Ageing & Mental Health 20 (7)

Latham, I., Bray, J. and Brooker, D. (2015) An Evaluation of the Keys to Care Resource. Residents & Relatives Association: London, available here: Final Report: Keys To Care

Killett, A., Bowes, A., Brooker, D., Burns, D., Kelly, F., La Fontaine, J., Latham, I., O’Neill, M., Poland, F. and Wilson, M.  (2014) “Digging deep: how organisational culture affects care home residents' experiences” Ageing and Society 36 (1).

Brooker, D., Latham, I. Jacobson, N., Perry, W. and Evans, C. (2014) “FITS into Practice”: developing dementia specialist care homes Summary Report. Alzheimer’s Society: London, available here:  Final Report: FITS into Practice Evaluation


Killett, A., Bowes, A., Brooker, A., Burns, D., Kelly, F., La Fontaine, J., Latham, I., O’Neill, M., Poland, F. and Wilson, M. (2013) What makes a real difference to resident experience? Digging deep into care home culture: the CHOICE (Care Home Organisations Implementing Cultures of Excellence) Research Report. PANICOA: London, available here: Final Report: CHOICE

Brooker, D., La Fontaine, J., De Vries, K. and Latham, I. (2013) The Development of PIECE-dem: Focussing on the Experience of Care for People Living with Advanced Dementia. The British Psychological Society Clinical Psychology Forum, 250 (Oct). pp. 38-46.