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Sarah Goldberg

Associate Professor, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences

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Biography

Sarah Goldberg is Associate Professor in older persons care at the University of Nottingham. Her research interests are the acute hospital care of cognitively impaired older patients, particularly those with dementia. Sarah has been a nurse for 10 years working as a staff nurse on a healthcare of the older person ward, a diabetes research nurse and a practice nurse. Prior to this, she trained as a charted accountant and worked for eight years on both internal and external audits.

Expertise Summary

Keywords:

Registered nurse, healthcare of older people, dementia, research interests

Teaching Summary

Specialist areas of teaching include care of patients with dementia and frail older patients. Supervision of Masters and PhD students. Contributor by invitation to workshops and seminars… read more

Research Summary

My current research concerns interventions to improve the health and wellbeing of older patients living with frailty, particularly those with cognitive impairment and dementia.

Current funded projects include:

NIHR Programme Grant PrAISED - Promoting Activity, Stability and Independence in Early Dementia (CI Rowan Harwood). This is a six year programme of research which aims to develop and evaluate an intervention to prevent falls and increase independence and activity in people with early dementia.

Compassionate Dementia Care in the Acute Hospital - Learning from the Documentary 'Today is Monday'. Funded by an Alzheimer's Society Dissemination Grant. This project is to create a series of reusable learning objects (RLOs) on the hospital care of patients with dementia. It uses extracts from the documentary 'Today is Monday' of a specialist Medical and Mental Health Unit for older patients with dementia and delirium to illustrate good quality dementia care.

Developing the role of Advanced Nurse Practitioners for frail older people. Funded by Nottingham Hospitals Charity. This study is to develop the role and competencies for Advanced Nurse Practitioners working with frail older patients in the acute hospital.

Communication and Dementia study funded by the National Institute for Health Research: Health Services and Delivery Research Programme. This study uses conversation analysis of video recordings of healthcare professionals communicating with people with dementia to understand what communication techniques work. Using the results from this analysis, a dementia communication skills training course will be developed for healthcare professionals. The course will use actors to simulate patients with dementia. The training course will be evaluated using a before and after study design.

Recent Publications

Current external roles include:

  • Research Advisory Committee of the Nottingham Hospitals Charity.
  • International Scientific Advisory Panel of the Royal College of Nursing International Research Conference.
  • Member of the study steering committee for the NIHR HS*DR Creating Learning Environments for Compassionate Care (CLECC): feasibility study (PI Bridges).
  • Member of the expert advisory group for Improving General Hospital Care study (NIHR Fellowship, PI Abley)
  • Deputy nurse member of the British Geriatric Society Research and Academic Development Committee.

Conference Presentations

Goldberg, S., Fletcher, G and Barclay, C. Advanced Clinical Practitioners for frail older patients. [workshop at BGS Spring Meeting, 2015]

Goldberg, S., Cooper, J, Blundell, A., Gordon, A., Moorchilot, R Developing a curriculum for Advanced Nurse Practitioners working with frail older people: A Delphi Study. [Oral Presentation at BGS Spring Meeting, 2015].

Goldberg S, Carling B, Ferrigan L. Advanced nurse practitioners for older people living with frailty. [Oral presentation RCN Older Person Conference, Birmingham, 2014]

Goldberg S, Schneider J and Hundt G. Knowledge Translation through creative partnerships. [Symposium chaired by Goldberg at the RCN International Research Conference, Glasgow, 2014]

Goldberg, S Family caregivers dissatisfaction with hospital care. RCN International Research Conference. [Concurrent presentation at the RCN International Research Conference, Glasgow, 2014].

Goldberg S Comparison of a Medical and Mental Health Unit compared to standard care [Concurrent presentation at the RCN International Research Conference, Belfast, 2013].

Goldberg S, Development of a Medical and Mental Health Unit to care for confused older people. [RCN Older Person Conference, Birmingham, 2013].

Goldberg SE, Bradshaw LE, Whittamore KH, Gladman JFR, Harwood RH Comparison of a specialist Medical and Mental Health Unit with standard care for older people with delirium and dementia admitted to a general hospital: A randomised controlled trial (NIHR TEAM trial). http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.eurger.2013.07.579 [Poster presentation, 9th EUGMS Conference, Venice, October 2013].

Goldberg SE, Whittamore KH, Harwood RH, Gladman JR. Schneider JM. Cognitively impaired older patients' experiences of care on a medical and mental health unit compared to standard care wards in a general hospital: a controlled clinical trial. Age Ageing (2013) 42 (suppl 2): ii29. http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ageing/aft025 [Poster presentation British Geriatric Society Conference, Harrogate 2013]

Goldberg S (2012) The Patient Experience of Care on a Medical and Mental Health Unit compared to standard care. Concurrent presentation at the RCN International Research Conference, London, 2012]

Goldberg S (2011) The prevalence of mental health problems amongst older adults admitted as an emergency to a general hospital [Concurrent presentation at the RCN International Research Conference, Harrogate, 2011]

Goldberg S, Harwood R, Whittamore, K The prevalence of mental health problems amongst older adults admitted as an emergency to a general hospital. Ageing Clinical and Experimental Research 2011; 23 (S1): 117 [platform presentation at the IAGG conference, Bologna, May 2011]

Goldberg S, Harwood R, Whittamore K, Gladman J. Recruiting older patients with mental health problems on an acute medical ward to a cohort study. Age Ageing 2011; 40 (Suppl 1): i75 http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ageing/afr002 [Poster presentation, British Geriatric Society Conference, Brighton, 2011]

Goldberg S, Harwood R, Jones R, Logan P, Gladman J and the MCOP Study Group. Screening for mental health problems on acute hospital wards. Age Ageing 2010; 39 (2): ii85 http://ageing.oxfordjournals.org/content/39/suppl 2/ii1.full.pdf [Poster presentation, British Geriatric Society Conference, Harrogate, 2010]

Invited Lectures

Goldberg, S and Chapman, J/ Mental and physical health -working across boundaries. RCN Advanced Nurse Practitioner Conference Shaping advanced practice for future challenges. 17 October 2014.

Goldberg, S Does a novel specialist ward for older medical patients with delirium improve outcomes or experience? - a randomised controlled trial. [St Thomas's and Guys Hospital. Jan 2013]

Goldberg S "An Acute Care Hospital Medical and Mental Health Unit" The Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. [Liaison Psychiatry for Older People - Conference 18th October 2012].

Goldberg S and Edwards C. Ethics of recruiting vulnerable adults to research. The Nottingham University Hospitals annual "Engage, Empower, Enthuse" conference June 2012.

Goldberg S and Foster P, Compassionate, Collaborative, Caring. The Alzheimer's Society Annual Research Conference. Oct 2012

Goldberg S, The extent of the problem. 'Improving Dementia Care' conference, East Midlands Strategic Health authority. Nov 2011

Goldberg S. The Extent of the Problem. Delirium and Dementia: Better mental health for older people in general hospital conference. University of Nottingham. 8th June 2011.

  • Specialist areas of teaching include care of patients with dementia and frail older patients.
  • Supervision of Masters and PhD students.
  • Contributor by invitation to workshops and seminars aimed at the education of health and social care professionals and researchers in the field of dementia and frail older people.

Past Research

I was the project manager for the TEAM trial. This was a randomised controlled trial of a specialist medical and mental health unit for older patients with dementia and delirium admitted to the hospital as a medical emergency. This trial was funded by a National Institute for Health Research Programme Grant for Applied Research - 'Medical Crises in Older People' http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/mcop/index.aspx. My Phd was on the cognitively impaired older patient's experience of care on the medical and mental health unit compared to standard care wards. I used Dementia Care Mapping to measure patient experience and quality of care.

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