Mary Bruce


Senior Lecturer - Association for Dementia Studies

Association for Dementia Studies

Contact Details

tel: 01905 542636

Mary Bruce is a Senior Lecturer at ADS joining in 2013. Mary is passionate in supporting staff translate theory into practice; she has a particular passion for working within the Acute sector, where she can bring her vast amount of clinical and managerial experience to the classroom.

Clinical background

Mary qualified in 1991 as Registered General Nurse, spending most of her career working within the Acute Sector. Over her 30 years as a nurse, she has worked clinically, managerially and educationally and has always supported the development of staff and services to promote quality care. Prior to joining ADS Mary had posts as a Matron for older people's care and a Multi-Professional Educator, both of these posts focused on the national dementia agenda within the acute sector. These posts were the inspiration for her to move into a full-time educational role within the University of Worcester, where she believed she could truly immerse herself in supporting staff through education to inspire them to be as passionate as she is in the care of people who are living with dementia.

Mary’s particular interests and expertise include: Acute Hospital Care; End of Life Care; Frailty; Pain; and Education in Acute Care looking at the theory/practice gap


Mary is currently undertaking her MA in Education at the University of Worcester.

Existing Qualifications

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education; University of Worcester, (2015)
  • FHEA (2015)
  • BSc (hons) Dementia Care, Bradford University (2013)
  • RGN (1991)
  • Diploma Professional Nursing Studies (1991)



Mary is involved in developing and delivering a range of education and training. 

She is the module lead for HESC 3110; Dementia care in the Acute setting 

She has been instrumental in the design and delivery of bespoke educational courses, commissioned from:

  • Birmingham and Worcester Acute and Community services,
  • City & Sandwell Acute Hospital Trust,
  • Leicester Partnership NHS Trust and
  • Heart of England Foundation Trust.

She has also delivered intensive sessions for GPs within primary care settings; whilst regularly delivering sessions on existing degree and post-grad University of Worcester courses including Paramedic, Occupational therapy , Physiotherapy and Return to nursing.

Research and Knowledge Transfer

Research and Knowledge Transfer


Mary has been involved in a number of research/evaluation projects. These include evaluation of a RCN leadership programme in acute hospitals. This involved working closely with the RCN and those hospitals who had undertaken the leadership programme in order to identify its impact and sustainability

Mary developed and led an evaluation project commissioned by Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board to provide an independent overview of their multi-level dementia-training programme and explore its impact on practice. 

Presentations, seminars and workshops

  • UK Dementia Congress, Brighton – presentation: Making a difference - transforming dementia care in hospital 
  • Nursing and Midwifery Conference: Great Minds Don't Think Alike - presentation: Caring to care for people - working with senior acute nurses on a dementia leadership course run by the Association for Dementia Studies
  • Alzheimer’s Show, London – presentation: Pain and behaviour
  • Warwickshire Reminiscence Action project conference. Presentation ; Living well with Dementia
  • Northwick Park Hospital ;Dementia Strategy Launch – presentation: Person centred care in the Acute sector 
  • Oral Care Conference, Hertfordshire – presentation.



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 

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. 

Lillyman, S. and Bruce, M. (2016). Palliative care for people with dementia: A literature review. International Journal of Palliative Nursing. 22 (2), 76-81 

Lillyman, Sue and Bruce, Mary (2017) Caring for people with dementia at end of life . NRC nursing and residential care, 19 (6). pp. 331-334