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PhD Student Isabelle Latham

PhD Student

Institute of Health & Society

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. 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
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.

Brooker, 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).