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Miriam Stanyon

Research Fellow AQUEDUCT, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences

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Biography

Dr Miriam Stanyon CPsychol PhD MSc BSc(Hons) is a Research Fellow on the Achieving Quality and Effectiveness for Dementia Using Crisis Teams (AQUEDUCT) research programme. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Reading in 2007 before moving to the University of Nottingham to complete her MSc in Rehabilitation Psychology in 2010.

Throughout her studies Miriam has had an interest in the health and social care of older people and people with dementia and has spent many years working in the care home context as a care assistant. In 2014 Miriam was awarded her PhD in Applied Psychology examining the effect of care worker communication styles on the communicative behaviour of care home residents with dementia.

Miriam is now working on the AQUEDUCT project, a five year NIHR funded programme grant, aiming to establish best practice in teams managing crisis in people with dementia and develop a 'resource kit' to enable crisis teams to achieve this.

Expertise Summary

Miriam's areas of interest and expertise lie in the area of the health and social care of older people, especially people with dementia.

Miriam has expertise in the research methods of thematic analysis, the Delphi method and analysis of videorecordings as well as extensive statistical training.

Teaching Summary

Miriam teaches on the topics of dementia, communication in healthcare contexts and qualitative research methods.

She has previously co-supervised six masters students through their Applied Research Projects and has supervised another five students through this process as a primary supervisor.

She is currently supervising three MSc students through their Applied Research Projects and also co-superivsing the research projects of two students on the MSc in Forensic Psychology course.

Research Summary

Achieving Quality and Effectiveness in Dementia Using Crisis Teams (AQUEDUCT): A five year NIHR funded programme grant aiming to establish best practice in teams managing crisis in people with… read more

Current Research

Achieving Quality and Effectiveness in Dementia Using Crisis Teams (AQUEDUCT): A five year NIHR funded programme grant aiming to establish best practice in teams managing crisis in people with dementia and developing a 'resource kit' to enable them to achieve this.

Care home RN competencies study: A modified Delphi study funded by Optimum Workforce Leadership (Nottinghamshire County Council) to form expert consensus on a list of competencies required by registered nurses working in the care home environment.

Past Research

Working age dementia: A systematic review and scoping study funded by Public Health England looking into the knowledge required by employers of people with working age dementia.

The effect of care worker communication style on the communicative behaviour of care home residents with dementia: a mixed methods study: This project formed Miriam's PhD which attempted to establish the efficacy of isolated communication strategies, recommended by healthcare professionals, and administered by care workers within a residential care setting. The project consisted of the thematic analysis of 16 semi-structured interviews with healthcare professionals who have experience of working with people with dementia. The participants discuss the personal characteristics required in a healthcare professional to facilitate communication, the verbal and non-verbal strategies they use and the organisational factors which can impact the delivery of communication as desired.Two of the recommended strategies, alpha commands and pacing an interaction, were then analysed experimentally in the care home context with three care worker-resident dyads videoed during their morning care routines.

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