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Tom Dening

Professor of Dementia Research, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences


  • workRoom B21 Institute of Mental Health
    Jubilee Campus
    Wollaton Road
    NG8 1BB
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Tom Dening qualified in Medicine at Newcastle University in 1980. After postgraduate training in Psychiatry in Cambridge and Oxford, he was appointed as Consultant in Old Age Psychiatry in Cambridge in 1991. He was Clinical Director for Older People's Mental Health Services from 1991-2001. From 1999-2002, he was seconded part time to the Department of Health as a Senior Professional Adviser, including work on the National Service Framework for Older People. Between 2002 and the end of 2011, he was Medical Director for Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Partnership Trust (2002-08) and Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust (2008-11), whilst continuing in active clinical practice as a Consultant. He was the Executive Director responsible for Research & Development within CPFT, and led the Old Age theme within the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NIHR CLAHRC from 2008-2012. He was appointed to the Chair in Dementia Research from October 2012. His research interests include epidemiological studies of very old people, mental health services for older people, and mental health in care homes. He is one of the editors of the Oxford Textbook of Old Age Psychiatry, the leading international text on the subject.

Expertise Summary

Tom is the head of the Centre for Dementia in the Institute of Mental Health at Nottingham. With over 20 years experience as a Consultant in Old Age Psychiatry, he is currently an Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist with Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust. Extensive NHS management and leadership experience, including participation in NHS Top Leaders programme and a member of the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management.

Research Summary

Grants since 2012:

2012-13 NHS Nottingham City Research Capability Funding

Best Interests Decision-Making for Frail Older People

PI: Professor Karen Cox

TRD: co-applicant

£44,665, awarded December 2012

2014-19 NIHR Programme Grant (ref RP-PG-0612-004)

Achieving Quality and Effectiveness in Dementia care Using Crisis Teams (AQUEDUCT)

PI: Professor Martin Orrell, UCL

TRD: co-applicant (3%)

£1.96m, awarded August 2013

2014-15 NIHR Programme Development Grant (ref RP-DG-1212-100004)

Management of pain in people with dementia living in care homes: Programme and intervention development

PI: Dr Anne Corbett, Kings College London

TRD: co-applicant (1%)

£75,975, awarded August 2013

2014-15 Technology Strategy Board - SBRI

CASA: Connecting Assistive Solutions to Aspirations

Lead: Alexandra Eavis

TRD: co-applicant (5%)

£372,342, awarded November 2013

2014-16 Arts Council/Baring Foundation

Imagine: How the arts can transform care homes

Lead applicant: Abbeyfield

TRD: co-applicant

£248,500, awarded December 2013

2014-15 Public Health England

Dementia and employment

PI: Professor Amanda Griffiths

TRD: co-applicant

£50,000, awarded July 2014

2015-2019 Alzheimer's Society Doctoral Training Centre

TAnDem: The arts and dementia

PI: Prof Justine Schneider, joint bid with University of Worcester

TRD: co-applicant

£349,999, awarded February 2015

2015-19 Alzheimer's Society Senior Fellowship

Scaling the Peaks; Understanding the barriers and drivers to providing and using dementia friendly community services in rural areas: the impact of location, cultures and communities in the Peak District National Park on sustaining service innovations

Applicant: Dr Fiona Marshall

TRD: supervisor

£275,186, awarded April 2015

Recent Publications

Future Research

The Centre for Dementia welcomes enquiries from potential PhD students.

Dementia and hearing/communication (with NIHR BRU Nottingham Hearing; Dr Melanie Ferguson & audiology colleagues) Undiagnosed dementia (with CFAS colleagues; Prof George Savva, UEA) Mental health needs of older people in secure mental health settings (with Prof Birgit Völlm) NIHR East Midlands CLAHRC PhD studentship The Arts and Dementia (TanDem) PhD studentships (Alzheimer's Society Doctoral Training Centre, joint with Worcester University): Imagine Arts evaluation (Emma Broome) Taxonomy of arts interventions (tba)

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