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Elaine Argyle

Senior Research Fellow, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences

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Biography

I have a first degree in sociology, two masters degrees in social policy and social work, a diploma in health studies and a PhD in social policy/social gerontology from the University of Sheffield. In addition, I am an experienced health and social care practitioner and dually registered as a social worker (DipSW) and as a mental health nurse (RMN). My main research interests are in the areas of older age, mental health, health humanities and knowledge transfer in front line care.

Prior to joining the University of Nottingham, I worked as an ESRC research fellow at the University of Sheffield and as a postdoctoral researcher at Bradford Dementia Group (University of Bradford). In addition, I have extensive experience as a health and social care professional. For example, I have worked as a staff nurse for Leicestershire Health Authority, as a social worker for Warwickshire County Council and for ten years as a dementia specialist and team leader for Anchor Trust.

Since joining this university in 2012 and have worked as a Senior Research Fellow on various projects. During this time I have also worked as a freelance researcher and consultant and have been involved in a range of other academic activities including grant application, research dissemination, training, conference organization and peer reviewing for journals and funding bodies.

Expertise Summary

Founder member of the Network of Gerontology students (part of the British Society of Gerontology)

Fellow of the Institute of Mental Health, University of Nottingham: http://www.institutemh.org.uk

Member of the Dementia Centre Operational group: http://www.institutemh.org.uk/x-about-us-x/our-centres/centre-for-dementia

Patron of the music charity Musicworks: http://musicworksnet.co.uk/#

Member of the International Health Humanities network: http://www.healthhumanities.org/

Registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council: http://www.nmc-uk.org/

Registered with the Health and Care Professions Council: http://www.hpc-uk.org

Award winning author and peer reviewer for academic publications and research grants

Reviewer of fictional work and social commentries

Former visiting Fellow at the University of Southampton

The University representative on the Dementia Action Alliance and assisted in obtaining Dementia Friendly University status in May, 2016

Basic and advanced dementia care mapper

Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Advisory group member of the ROAM project which focuses on access to the outdoors for people with dementia

Mentor to staff and students in the Medical School

ILM endorsed project manager

Nominated for an outstanding contribution award at the University of Nottingham

Dementia blogger https://idea.nottingham.ac.uk/blogs

Teaching Summary

Previous teaching and training experience includes:

  • Associate Lecturer in Community Care (level 2), The Open University
  • Lecturer in Social Policy (level 1), Nottingham Trent University
  • Tutor in Health and Wellbeing (level 2 and 3), University of Bradford
  • Assessor in Health and Social Care, South East Derbyshire College
  • Undergraduate and post graduate supervision in health and social care, University of Nottingham/University of Bradford
  • Evaluating and assisting in the organisation and implementation of workshops for dementia care workers, University of Nottingham Evaluating and assisting in the planning and implementation of workshops for NUH health care assistants, University of Nottingham
  • Associate Teachers Programme, Higher Education Academy

Research Summary

I am currently working on a national evaluation of the Care Certificate for front line carers funded by the Department of Health Policy Research Programme. I was a project co-applicant. Follow this… read more

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Conference proceedings

Argyle, E. (1999) Poverty, gender and the role of older carers, Proceedings of the 4th European Congress of Gerontology, Berlin, July, 1999: 277

Argyle, E. (2000) Poverty, caring and the ageing process, Proceedings of the British Sociological Association Annual Conference, University of York, April, 2000: 4

Argyle, E. (2001) The influence of material circumstances on the role of older carers, Proceedings of the British Society of Gerontology Annual Conference, University of Stirling, September, 2001: 266

Argyle, E. (2002) Older carers and their money, Proceedings of the British Society of Gerontology Annual Conference, University of Birmingham, September, 2002: 175-177

Argyle, E. (2003) Caring and resources in older age, Postgraduate Annual Conference, University of Sheffield, June, 2003

Argyle, E. (2003) Understanding older age: towards a synthesised approach, British Society of Gerontology Annual Conference, Newcastle upon Tyne, September, 2003

Argyle, E. (2005) Art and Mental Health Promotion: a social perspective, Mental Health for All: putting mental health at the heart of the public health agenda, online conference www.connects.org.uk, January, 2005

Argyle, E. (2005) The Support Needs of Older People, Mental Health for All: putting mental health at the heart of the public health agenda, online conference www.connects.org.uk, January, 2005

Argyle, E. and Warren, L. (2005) Older people and their money: issues for policy and participation, Cash and Care Conference, University of York, April, 2005

Argyle, E. and Warren, L. (2005) Older People, Material Resources and Participation, British Society of Gerontology Annual Conference, University of Keele, July, 2005

Argyle, E. (2005) Older People, Money Management and the Life-course, British Society of Gerontology Annual Conference, University of Keele, July, 2005

Argyle, E. and Warren, L. (2005) Where are Sheffield's Carers? Princess Royal Carers Centre AGM, 9th November, 2005

Brooker, D; Argyle, E. and Clancy, D. (2007) The Enriched Opportunities Programme: Maximising well-being of older people in extra care housing, Annual British Psychological Society Special Interest Group Conference - Everybody's Ageing: Challenges and Opportunities, University of Nottingham, 4-6th July, 2007

Brooker, D; Argyle, E. and Clancy, D. (2007) The Enriched Opportunities Programme in Extra Care Housing, British Society of Gerontology Annual Conference, Realities of Ageing: Research into Action, Sheffield, 6-8th September, 2007

Argyle, E. (2007) Older Age, Resources and Caring in Sheffield, British Society of Gerontology Annual Conference, Realities of Ageing: Research into Action, Sheffield, 6-8th September, 2007

Brooker, D; Argyle, E. and Clancy, D (2009) The Enriched Opportunities Programme, Bradford University Research Showcase, 1st April, 2009

Surr, C; Edwards, P. and Argyle, E. (2009) Developing Dementia Care Mapping as a staff development tool in home support services for people with dementia: results of the initial pilot study, British Society of Gerontology Annual Conference, Culture, Diversity and Ageing, Bristol, 2-4th September, 2009

Brooker, D; Argyle, E. and Scally, A. (2009) The Enriched Opportunities Programme for people living with dementia in extra care housing: overview of the intervention and research findings, UK Dementia Congress, Harrogate, 3-5th November, 2009

Brooker, D. and Argyle, E. (2010) The Enriched Opportunities Programme for people living with dementia in extra care housing, Coming of Age: Dementia in the 21st Century, London, 19-21st October, 2010

Refereed journal articles

Argyle, E. (2001) Poverty, Disability and the Role of Older Carers, Disability and Society, Vol. 16, No. 4, June, 2001: 585-595

Argyle, E. (2002) Poverty, Caring and Older Age, Sheffield Online Publications, No. 6, University of Sheffield, www.shef.ac.uk/socst/Shop, September, 2002, 15 pages

Argyle, E; Fletcher-Brown, R. and Kippax, T. (2003) Can the Arts be a Preventative Tool? Journal of Mental Health Promotion, Vol. 2, No. 1, March, 2003: 7-15

Argyle, E. (2003) Art for health - the social perspective, Mental Health Nursing, Vol. 23, No. 3, May, 2003: 4-6

Argyle, E. and Bolton, G. (2004) The use of art in a group work setting, Groupwork, Vol. 14, No. 1, 2004: 46-62

Argyle, E. and Bolton, G. (2005) Art in the community for potentially vulnerable mental health groups, Health Education, Vol 105, No 5, 2005:340-354

Argyle, E. (2005) Money and Resources in Older Age, Generations Review - Journal of the British Society of Gerontology, Vol. 15, No. 4, October 2005: 35-36

Brooker, D; Argyle, E; Clancy, D. (2009) The mental health needs of people living in extra care housing, Journal of Care Services Management - special edition, Vol. 3, No. 3, April, 2009: 295-309

Downs, M; Argyle, E; Baldwin, C. and Fortinsky, R. (2010) The first transition in dementia care: the interface between coping strategies among older adults with memory problems and experience of NHS memory services, The Gerontologist, 50: 195

Brooker, D; Argyle, E; Scally, A; and Clancy, D. (2011) The Enriched Opportunities Programme for people with dementia: a cluster randomised controlled trial in ten extra-care housing schemes, Aging and Mental Health

Argyle, E. (2012) Person Centred Dementia Care: Problems and possibilities, Working with Older People, Vol. 16, No. 2: 69-77 (Emerald Literati Network award for excellence, 2013) http://www.emeraldinsight.com/journals.htm?articleid=17036668&show=abstract

Argyle, E. and Winship, G. (2015) Creative Practice in a group setting, Mental Health and Social Inclusion, Vol. 19, No. 3: 141-147

Argyle, E. and Kelly, T. (2015) Implementing Person Centred Dementia Care, Working with Older People, Vol. 19, No. 2: 77-84

Argyle, E. (2015) A Potter's Day: Clay Transformations, Ceramic Review, March issue, 272: 79

Arthur, Antony and Aldus, Clare and Sarre, Sophie and Maben, Jill and Wharrad, Heather and Schneider, Justine M. and Barton, Garry and Argyle, Elaine and Clark, Allan and Nouri, Fiona and Nicholson, Caroline (2016) Can Healthcare Assistant Training (CHAT) improve the relational care of older people? A developmental and feasibility study of a complex intervention. Health Services and Delivery Research . ISSN 2050-4357 (In Press)

Argyle, E; Dening, T. and Bartlett, P. (2016) Space, the final frontier: outdoor access for people living with dementia (editorial), Aging and Mental Health, 19.10.16, http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13607863.2016.1222351

Argyle, E. and Schneider, J. (2016) Research based theatre in dementia knowledge transfer: views from the front line, Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice, Vol. 11, No. 2: 102-111

Other publications

Argyle, E. (2000) (with 5 others) Learning from Experience, Professional Social Work - the magazine of the British Association of Social Workers, BASW, October, 2000: 10-11

Argyle, E. (2001) A Therapeutic Community Approach to Community Care (Book review), Journal of Social Work Practice, Vol. 15, No. 1, May, 2001: 111-112

Argyle, E. (2001) The Formal Support Needs of Older Carers, Generations Review - Journal of the British Society of Gerontology, Vol. 11, No. 2, June, 2001: 24

Argyle, E. (2003) Publishing as a postgraduate student, PGRLink: University of Sheffield postgraduate newsletter, Vol. 3, No. 1, November 2003: 2 (prize winning article)

Argyle, E. (2004) (with 11 others) The progressive dilemma continues, The Guardian, February, 2004

Argyle, E. (2004) Age Old Reasons to Pay in Cash, Community Care, issue no 1549, 18-24th November, 2004: 21

Argyle, E. (2005) Reflections on Research: The Realities of Doing Research in the Social Sciences (book review), Community Care, issue no 1570, 28th April-4th May, 2005: 52

Argyle, E. (2005) Community Care (book review) Community Care, issue no 1580, 7th-13th July, 2005: 38

Argyle, E. (2005) Caring in Older Age, Sheffield Carers Centre Bulletin, The Princess Royal Trust, August, 2005: 2

Argyle, E. (2005) Beyond the Water Towers: The unfinished revolution in mental health services 1985-2005 (book review) Community Care, issue no 1585, 11th-17th August, 2005: 45

Argyle, E. (2005) The Conference Report - British Society of Gerontology Annual Conference 2005, University of Keele, Generations Review - Journal of the British Society of Gerontology, Vol. 15, No. 4, October 2005: 51

Argyle, E. (2006) Getting the Right Trainers: Enabling Service Users to Train Social Work Students and Practitioners About the Reality of Family Poverty in the UK (book review) Community Care, issue no 1628, 22nd - 28th June, 2006: 42

Argyle, E. (2006) Vulnerable Adults and Community Care (book review) Community Care, issue no 1649, 16-22 November, 2006: 41

Argyle, E. (2007) A route out of poverty? Disabled people, work and welfare reform (book review) Community Care, issue no 1654, 4-10 January, 2007: 36

Research reports

Argyle, E. (2002) An evaluation of Rotherham community arts and health project 2001/2002, research report for Rotherham Health Authority, January, 2002, 24 pages

Argyle, E. (2003) Caring and Resources in Older Age, http://etheses.whiterose.ac.uk/5445/2/CONTENTS.pdf, PhD thesis, University of Sheffield, 2003, 310 pages

Argyle, E. (2004) Older Women in Europe: a review of British statistics, research report for the University of Sheffield, April, 2004, 26 pages

Argyle, E. (2004) Older Women's Lives and Voices: a secondary analysis, research report for the University of Birmingham, June, 2004, 41 pages

Argyle, E. (2005) Older Age and Caring: a forgotten dimension, research summary for the University of Sheffield, June, 2005, 6 pages

Argyle, E. (2005) Profile of Carers in Sheffield, research report for The Princess Royal Trust Sheffield Carers Centre, October, 2005, 37 pages

Argyle, E. (2006) Care in Lincolnshire: a summary of survey and interview findings, University of Sheffield, May, 2006

Brooker, D; Woolley, R. and Argyle, E. (2007) A cluster randomised control trial of the enriched opportunities programme for people living with dementia in extra care housing, University of Bradford, January, 2007

Brooker, D; Argyle, E; Burnell, S; Clancy, D. and Haining, L. (2007) Interim Report at end of baseline measures: A cluster randomised control trial of the enriched opportunities programme for people living with dementia in extra care housing, University of Bradford, June, 2007

Brooker, D; Argyle, E; Burnell, S; Clancy, D. and Haining, L. (2007) Interim Report at six months following baseline measures: A cluster randomised control trial of the enriched opportunities programme for people living with dementia in extra care housing, University of Bradford, November, 2007

Brooker, D; Argyle, E; Burnell, S; Clancy, D. and Page, G. (2008) Interim Report at one year following baseline measures: A cluster randomised control trial of the enriched opportunities programme for people living with dementia in extra care housing, University of Bradford, June, 2008

Brooker, D; Argyle, E; Clancy, D. and Scally, A. (2009) Final Report at eighteen months following baseline measures: A cluster randomised control trial of the enriched opportunities programme for people living with dementia in extra care housing, University of Bradford, January, 2009

Brooker, D; Argyle, E; Clancy, D. and Scally, A. (2009) The Enriched Opportunity Programme - a cluster randomised controlled trial of a new approach to living with dementia and mental health issues in extra care housing schemes and villages, University of Bradford/University of Worcester, July, 2009

Argyle, E; Downs, M, and Tasker, J. (2010) Continuing to care for people with dementia, The Alzheimer Society of Ireland

Current Research

I am currently working on a national evaluation of the Care Certificate for front line carers funded by the Department of Health Policy Research Programme. I was a project co-applicant. Follow this link for further details:

http://www.institutemh.org.uk/x-research-/evaluating-the-care-certificate

Since joining the University of Nottingham in 2012 I have also worked on many other research projects:

  • Systematic literature reviews on the role of primary care practitioners in promoting the occupational outcomes of people with musculoskeletal disorders and on specialist home care provision for people with dementia (DoH).
  • 'Inside out of Mind' which was an innovative training event aimed at front line dementia care workers and included a theatrical production and workshops (RCN).
  • The 'Creative Practice as Mutual Recovery' research programme which examined the way in which engagement in creative practice can promote mutual recovery amongst diverse groups of participants (AHRC).
  • A multi-site feasibility cluster RCT aiming to evaluate the impact of a training intervention on the relational care provided by health care assistants on HCOP wards (DoH).
  • A national evaluation of the Care Certificate for front line care workers (DoH) - co-applicant.

Freelance and consultancy work at Nottingham has included:

  • An evaluation of a musical intervention for people with dementia called 'Soundtrack to My Life' (consultant)
  • The use of museum resources for people with dementia (co-applicant)
  • A mapping and gapping study of crisis provision for people with dementia in the East Midlands (co-applicant)
  • An Alzheimer Society funded study into dementia friendly GP practices (co-applicant)
  • An evaluation of the role of advanced nurse practitioners on HCOP wards (researcher)
  • The OPTIMAL study (researcher)
  • An evaluation of the use of outdoor spaces by care home residents with dementia (advisory group)

RESESARCH FUNDING OBTAINED

- Commencing in 5/2016, 18 month programme, Department of Health (Policy Research Programme),

£312614, PR-R14-0915-12004

- Commencing in 05/2015, 16 month programme, Alzheimer's Society, £14000

- Commencing in 01/2015, 6 month programme, Greater East Midlands Commissioning Support Unit (GEM)

£30000 GEMSCSU/14/60

- Commencing in10/2014, 6 month programme, Leicestershire County Council, £7500

- Commencing in 03/2014, 6 month programme, Skills for Care, project consultant £7000

-Commencing in 10/2004, 12 month programme, Economic and

Social Research Council, £30000, PTA026270447

- Commencing in 01/2003, 6 month programme, Rotherham Health Authority, £10000

- Commencing in 10/1998, 24 month programme, Economic and Social Research Council,

£20000, R00429814265

-Commencing in 10/1997, 12 month programme, University of Sheffield, £2500

Orchid ID 0000-0002-2947-1485

Past Research

As a PhD student, I also worked as a part time researcher on a number of projects. After completing my PhD, I was successful in obtaining an ESRC Postdoctoral Research Fellowship. Following its completion, I went on to work as a researcher at Bradford Dementia Group (part of the University of Bradford) where I also trained in Dementia Care Mapping at basic and advanced levels.

Sole research projects

  • Older Women in Europe: a secondary analysis of UK statistics (EU)
  • Older people and their money (ESRC Postdoctoral Research Fellowship competition-PI)
  • A profile of carers in Sheffield: a secondary analysis of official statistics (Princess Royal Carers Centre)
  • Art for Health: a socially orientated community art project for people identified as being vulnerable to developing mental health problems (Health Authority)
  • Caring and resources in older age (ESRC PhD studentship competition and University of Sheffield bursary)

Team research projects

  • Decision making by couples living with dementia (ESRC)
  • An evaluation of best interest decision making and the Mental Capacity Act (Department of Health)
  • An evaluation of Leeds memory service (Health Authority)
  • Irish family carers' experience of their relative's transition to a nursing home (Alzheimer's Society Ireland)
  • Developing dementia care mapping in domiciliary settings (University of Bradford). Identified by the Academy of Social Sciences in 2010 as making a key contribution to contemporary research.
  • The enriched opportunities programme in extra care housing: a randomised controlled trial (Extra Care Charitable Trust). Winner of the 'Health care and Medical Research' prize at the 2009 National Charity Awards
  • Palliative care in Lincolnshire (Marie Curie)
  • Older women's lives and voices: a secondary analysis of qualitative data sets (ESRC/University of Birmingham)
  • On Track: focussing on the needs of young people living in deprived areas around the UK (Home Office)

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