Isabelle Latham

isabelle-latham

Senior Lecturer, Association for Dementia Studies

Association for Dementia Studies

Contact Details

email: i.latham@worc.ac.uk
tel: 01905 543039 

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 25 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.

Qualifications

  • PhD “What works is what matters; how care workers in care homes learn to care for people living with dementia” University of Worcester (2019)
  • 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.

Teaching

Isabelle leads on a range of our teaching contracts, with a speciality in mental capacity, risk enablement, safeguarding and supporting/developing frontline staff

Isabelle is module lead for the Expert 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.

Research

Isabelle leads on care home-based research at ADS. Currently she is project manager for CHARM project (Care Home Action Researcher-in-residence Module). This is a 12 month project, funded by the Alzheimer’s Society and Dunhill Medical Trust to explore ways of improving the research capacity of care homes. ADS is working with four care providers to explore the model: Sanctuary Care, Care UK, Hallmark Care Homes and Assured Healthcare Solutions for more information about CHARM, follow our CHARM blog posts

Isabelle completed her PhD examining how care workers learn to care for people living with dementia in care homes in 2019 and you can see the following outputs:

  • An artist-produced poster showing the findings of this study.
  • A webinar Isabelle conducted with Empowered Conversations
  • Blog 1 and Blog 2

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

  • 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 (2016-2019)
  • Evaluation of Keys to Care Resource for Relatives and Residents Association funded by Comic Relief (2016)
  • Evaluation of Admiral Nurse role in Care Homes in Orders of St John Care Trust, funded by the Burdett Trust (2015)
  • 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
  • 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

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 2020 these included:

  • Latham, I. What works is what matters: learning to care for people living with dementia in care homes. Empowered Conversations - A Conversation with… (online)
  • Latham, I. Transforming care for people with advanced dementia in care home: process evaluation of Namaste care Intervention UK (NCI-UK). Virtual Alzheimer Europe Conference (online)
  • Latham, I. What works is what matters: how care workers in care homes learn to care for people living with dementia. Virtual Alzheimer Europe Conference (online)
  • Latham, I. & Frost, F. 'CHARMed to work with you': Using the action researcher-in-residence model in care homes. UK Dementia Congress (video presentation)
  • Latham, I. Care in the time of Covid: Tales of the unexpected. UK Dementia Congress (online)
  • Latham, I. & Bray, J. Person-centred Dementia Studies on Blackboard – Delivering a Postgraduate Certificate at a Distance. TEL me more seminar (online)
  • Developing and directing the Namaste Care film ‘Seeing is Believing’ 
  • 14th UK Dementia CongressNamaste Care Presentation and workshop(November 2019)
  • Singapore Alzheimer Disease Association 5 day programme of workshops and presentations (September 2019)

Isabelle is also responsible for translating relevant research findings into evidence-based content for ADS bespoke education courses. She developed and is module lead for the Level 7 taught module “Expert 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; the first module of its kind.

Publications

 

  • Maddocks, C., Brooker D., Salomon, T., Latham., I and Mumford, S. (2021) JDC Asks: What has mattered for people living with dementia in the time of Covid-19? What have been the tests (and possibly triumphs) of such an unexpected year? Journal of Dementia Care 29, (1), 12-13
  • Bray, J.Brooker, D.Latham, I.and Baines, D. (2021), "Modelling the comparative costs of Namaste Care: results from the namaste care intervention UK study", Working with Older People, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/WWOP-11-2020-0056
  • Latham, I., Brooker, D., Bray, J., Jacobson-Wright, N. and Frost, F. (2020). The Impact of Implementing a Namaste Care Intervention in UK Care Homes for People Living with Advanced Dementia, Staff and Families. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 17(16), 6004
  • Brooker, D. and Latham, L. (2020). Restraint and dementia: guidance on rights and safeguarding. Journal of Dementia Care, 28(1) 14-15
  • Frost, F., Atkinson, T. and Latham, I. (2020). Creating the optimal space for dementia care. The Care Environment Magazine
  • Bray, J., Atkinson, T., Latham, & Brooker, D. (2019). Practice of Namaste Care for people living with dementia in the UK. Nursing Older People, 31(1), 22-28.
  • Bray, J., Brooker, D., Latham, I., Wray, F., & Baines, D. (2019). Costing resource use of the Namaste Care Intervention UK: A novel framework for costing dementia care interventions in care homes. International Psychogeriatrics, 1-10.
  • Latham, I. (2018). Many care homes still rely on antipsychotic medication for some people with dementia. But do they have any alternative? The Journal of Dementia Care, 26(1), 8-9
  • Latham, I. & Brooker, D. (2017). Reducing anti-psychotic prescribing for care home residents with dementia. Nurse Prescribing, 15(10) 504-511.
  • Brooker, D. and Latham, I. (2016) Person-Centred Dementia Care, Second Edition: Making services better with the VIPS framework (translated into Korean)
  • Latham, I., Evans, S., Atkinson, T., and Elliot, V. (2015) Admiral Nursing in Care Homes. Journal of Dementia Care, 23 (6). pp. 26-29. ISSN 1351-8372
  • 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 homesAgeing & Mental Health 20 (7)
  • 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).

Reports and resources:

  • NAPA (2020). Saying Goodbye: A Resource for Care Homes (Latham, I & others)
  • Latham, I (2020) Care home PCC COVID Guidance (PDF)
  • Latham, I. (2020) Domiciliary Care PCC COVID Guidance (PDF)
  • Latham, I. (2020) Supporting people at home COVID guidance (PDF)
  • 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
  • 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.