Senior Research Associate on the PERFECTED Study, UEA (Feb 2014 - June 2016: Research Associate; July 2016 - Present: Senior Research Associate)
Senior Research Associate (Dementia), UEA (April 2016 - Present)
Senior Research Associate on the RReACH Study, UEA (July 2014 - March 2016)
Associate Tutor (Sept 2014 - September 2015)
PhD, The management of behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia in care homes, University of East Anglia (2010 - 2014)
MA Sociological Research, Essex University (2009 - 2010)
BSc (Hons) Psychology and Sociology, University Campus Suffolk (2006 - 2009)
Questionable practices despite good intentions: Coping with risk and impact from dementia-related behaviours in care homes,
in Ageing & SocietyFull Text UEA Repository
(E-pub ahead of print)
The use of non-pharmacological interventions for dementia behaviours in care homes: findings from four in-depth, ethnographic case studies,
in Age and Ageing
pp. 856-863Full Text UEA Repository
Older care-home residents as collaborators or advisors in research: a systematic review,
in Age and Ageing
pp. 337-345Full Text UEA Repository
Behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia and their management in care homes within the East of England: A postal survey,
in Aging & Mental Health
pp. 187-193Full Text UEA Repository
Key Research Interests
Tamara has extensive experience of working as a paid carer with older and/or vulnerable adults. Her research interests include: improving the lives of older people receiving care, care strategies, dementia care, care home research, risk and ageing.
Current Research Projects:
Senior Research Associate on the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) funded “PERFECTED” (Peri-operative Enhanced Recovery hip FracturE Care of paTiEnts with Dementia) research programme. This programme of research has made use of participatory qualitative methods to develop an enhanced recovery pathway to facilitate better acute hospital care for patients with dementia who break their hip. A feasibility trial of the intervention is underway and Tamara is conducting the mixed methods process evaluation of the trial.
Senior Research Associate working on dementia research including conducting a systematic review examining dementia-related behavioural crises.
Senior Research Associate on the RReACH (Residents REsearch Active in Care Homes) Study. This study was funded by the Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research & Care: East of England (CLAHRC). The RReACH study prioritised the active involvement of older adults in the research process. The study aimed to determine key research practice messages to inform guidance and recommendations on successful collaborative research involving older care home residents. This was be achieved by using patient and public involvement (PPI) throughout the research process: a systematic review and focus groups examining care home residents' involvement in research.
PhD research: Strategies used in care homes to manage behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia. Methods: A postal survey of 747 care homes and four in-depth case studies in care homes, which included: interviews with care home staff, participant observations, and the mapping of residents’ psychotropic medication administration records. Findings: Multiple implicit and explicit care strategies, non-pharmacological interventions, and psychotropic medications were used concurrently in care homes to manage behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia. Formal non-pharmacological interventions were predominantly used, and viewed, by staff as activities for all residents and not targeted at the management of behaviours. The risks and impacts of behaviours posed challenges for care staff. The continuous delivery of person-centred care was found to be difficult in communal settings where care workers must constantly negotiate competing demands, risks and organisational constraints.