PhD study: Understanding the impact of dementia on access to stroke rehabilitation

Greater ManchesterStroke
Start Date: 1 Oct 2015 End Date: 1 Oct 2018

What’s the aim of the study?
This work aims to further the understanding of specific needs of people with vascular dementia and mixed dementia following their admission to hospital with stroke.

Why is it important?
Stroke is the most common cause of complex adult disability in the UK and there is evidence to suggest that stroke is a risk factor for developing a dementia-type illness. Currently, there are no pharmacological management recommendations for vascular dementia-type illnesses and there is an absence of literature around service access and provision for those with a diagnosis. Although UK stroke services have greatly improved in recent years, the notable exceptions are around unmet psychological needs and longer-term rehabilitation.

Who is the PhD student?
Verity Longley is a qualified Occupational Therapist, with a background in psychology and stroke research. She is based in the School of Psychological Sciences at the University of Manchester.

Who else is involved?
This PhD is being supervised by Professor Audrey BowenDr Sarah Peters and Dr Caroline Swarbrick and is based at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust and the University of Manchester.

Verity Longley