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Isabelle Latham

Senior Lecturer, Association for Dementia Studies

Institute of Health & Society

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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. Currently, she is lead on a new course, our first contract in the Republic of Ireland, “Developing Dementia Specialist Care Homes” for care homes and mental health community staff.

Isabelle is module lead for MSAP4114 – Advanced Practice in Delivering Person Centred Dementia Care- a Level 7 (Masters) qualification equipping students to deliver the FITS into Practice programme throughout their organisations and regions.

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 5 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 peoples’ 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, CHOICE Care Homes study: In depth examination of care culture. DH & Comic Relief – Policy Research Programme (NHS) grant 2011-2013 CHOICE Care Homes Culture
  • Implementation and field testing of Focused Intervention for Training of Staff (FITS) programme in 150 early adopter care homes. Alzheimer’s Society Research grant. 2012-14 FITS into Practice
  • Evaluation of Admiral Nurse role in Care Homes in Orders of St John Care Trust, funded by the Burdett Trust
  • Evaluation of Keys to Care Resource for Relatives and Residents Association funded by Comic Relief
Knowledge Transfer

Knowledge Transfer

Isabelle enjoys translating research into practical outcomes for people working on the frontline of dementia care. To this end she has been involved in a number of developments to move ADS research onto practical and user friendly outputs:

Presentations, Seminars and Workshops

Isabelle is a regular presenter at national and international conferences, presenting on the results of research and the challenges of providing excellent care for people living with dementia.  

•“The Keys to Care Evaluation: Findings,” (keynote presentation), 2016, Relatives & Residents Association Annual General Meeting, London.
•“Tips and advice for implementing interventions in care homes” (presentation), 2016 , WMSHSN - Care Home Improvement Plan - Communication Day, Walsall. 

• “Implementing person centred care methods to reduce anti-psychotic medication usage (the 100 care centre FITS project)”, (workshop), 2015, 7th International Dementia Conference, Ireland, Dublin.
•Maximising a person's involvement when they are living with dementia, (presentation), 2015, In Whose Best Interests Conference, University of Worcester.
•“Developing Best Practice in Dementia Care” (presentation), 2015 East Midlands Care Conference, Birmingham.
•'The impact of the Admiral Nurse in promoting the dignity of care home residents’ (workshop), 2015, UK Dementia Congress, Telford
•Opening debate panel member, (debate), 2015, UK Dementia Congress, Telford,
•"Creating positive organisational cultures and using person-centred care for quality dementia care” (workshop), 2015, Crisis Prevention Institute: 2nd European Restraint Reduction Network Conference
•“FITS into practice’: using dementia specialist person-centred care to reduce the use of anti-psychotic medication”, (presentation), 2015, dementia masterclass – the challenge of BPSD, St Christopher’s Hospice. 

•“Person-Centred Care as an Alternative to Anti-psychotic Drugs in Care Homes” (parallel session), 2014, The Alzheimer’s Show, London.
•“The FITS into Practice Research: Outcomes of a care home training programme roll out (implementing the FITS programme)” (presentation), 2014, Alzheimer’s Society Research Conference, Nottingham
• “FITS into Practice; outcomes of implementation research” (presentation), 2014, Alzheimer’s Society Wales, Cardiff.
•“Leadership in Dementia Care” (presentation), 2014, Scandinavian Dementia Conference, Stockholm.
•“'FITS into Practice: Focused Intervention Training and Support: Scaling up evidence based intervention to reduce antipsychotics in care homes', (Symposium), 2014, UK Dementia Congress, Brighton 


•“Digging deep into care home culture: What really impacts on the experience of residents with advanced dementia? (presentation), 2013, Care Management Conference, Inspiration for Independent Living, Birmingham
•“Digging deep into care home culture: what makes a real difference to residents' experience?” (keynote presentation), 2013, National Care Homes Congress.
•“Excellence in Dementia Care,” (Day long workshop), 2013, Surrey County Council 

•“Making a difference in care homes; the role of advocacy in safeguarding (invited speaker), 2012, Dementia Advocacy Network conference
•"Mental capacity, best interests and safeguarding: dilemmas in practice” (workshop) 2012, Dementia Care in the Community, 13th Conference, Journal of Dementia Care.
•''Care Home Organisations Implementing Cultures of Excellence (CHOICE); the final study of the Comic Relief/Department for Health PANICOA research programme (Preventing Abuse and Neglect in Institutional Care of Older Adults)”, parallel session (2012), UK Dementia Congress.
•“A masterclass workshop aimed at experienced managers, on resolving tricky issues and dilemmas in the Mental Capacity Act” (workshop), 2012, UK Dementia Congress
•“Findings from the CHOICE research project”, (Presentation), 2012 Raising Standards in Care Homes: Safeguarding Adults from Neglect and Abuse; healthcare UK conference 

•“Stand by Me: Seeing the Person beyond their Dementia” (Workshop), 2011, Royal College of Nursing, HealthCare Support Worker Annual Conference 


Isabelle has developed content for all ADS bespoke courses and university modules on the following topics: 

  • Applying the Mental Capacity Act in practice with people living with dementia 
  • Applying the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards in practice for people living with dementia 
  • Safeguarding people living with dementia from abuse 
  • Risk enablement for people living with dementia 
  • The role of organisational culture in creating positive care experiences for people living with dementia 
  • Researching with people living with dementia 
  • The FITS into Practice research and its impact on reducing the use of anti-psychotic medications for people living with dementia.
  • Developing a community of practice to improve dementia care 

In addition, Isabelle has developed 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 a course to teach others how to deliver this Focussed Intervention Training and Support programme in their own organisation or those organisations that they work with.






Booker, D & Latham, I (2016) Person-Centred Dementia Care – 2nd Edition (London, Jessica Kingsley)

• Dawn Brooker, Isabelle Latham, Simon C. Evans, Nicola Jacobson, Wendy Perry, Jennifer Bray, Clive Ballard, Jane Fossey & James Pickett., (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 and Mental Health Available online: DOI: 10.1080/13607863.2015.1063102

• Anne Killett, Diane Burns, Fiona Kelly, Dawn Brooker, Alison Bowes, Jenny La Fontaine, Isabelle Latham, Michael Wilson & Martin O'Neill, (2014) Digging deep: how organisational culture affects care home residents' experiences. Ageing and Society, Available on CJO 2014 doi:10.1017/S0144686X14001111

• Brooker, Dawn and La Fontaine, Jenny and De Vries, Kay and Latham, Isabelle., (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.

• Killett, A and Bowes, A and Brooker, Dawn and Burns, D and Kelly, F and La Fontaine, Jenny and Latham, Isabelle and O'Neill, M and 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. Project Report- Preventing Abuse and Neglect in Institutional Care of Older Adults (PANICOA).