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Neil Chadborn

Senior Research Fellow, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences



Neil Chadborn is senior research fellow in NIHR Applied Research Collaboration East Midlands. He is a public health researcher and gerontologist. Neil is developing research on supporting people with dementia in South Asian community, including use of digital resources (part funded by Alzheimer's Society).

His previous work includes digital records in care homes and dementia-friendly communities. Neil leads the Technology and Ageing Special Interest Group of British Society of Gerontology.

Previous research included study of local commissioning of third sector support for older people in the community. Drawing upon his recent Masters of Public Health, Neil focuses on inter-professional and inter-organisational aspects of integrated or coordinated care. He is also a strong advocate for involving patients and carers in service improvement, as well as exploring potential for service users to participate in research and evaluation. Neil's experience leading both qualitative and quantitative health research enables him to advise on suitable research or evaluation methods.

Member of:

Royal Society of Public Health, Arts and Health Special Interest Group

British Geriatrics Society

British Society of Gerontology, Technology and Ageing Special Interest Group

Institute of Mental Health, Centre for Social Futures and Centre for Dementia

Interdem network for psychosocial interventions for dementia

Teaching Summary

Neil has been a supervisor for three PhD students to successful completion. He has supervised Masters and undergraduate student projects.

Neil was previously a facilitator for problem-based learning for graduate-entry medical students. Based at Royal Derby Hospital, students have a case-based approach to their first two years of the four year course.

Research Summary

Exploring care of people with dementia in South Asian communities and use of digital technology

Is Remote Physiotherapy Effective for People With Early Parkinson's (PEEP); funded by Parkinson's UK

  • Qualitative process evaluation of the feasibility trial.

East Midlands Research into Ageing Network (EMRAN) NIHR ARC-EM

  • Neil coordinates this research network, hosted by Applied Research Collaboration East Midlands.

Recent studies:

Quality Improvement in Care Homes; scoping literature review

Sharing memories of South Asian migration to East Midlands

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Recent Publications

Patient and Public Involvement of Centre for Dementia

Realism Nottingham @NottsRealism

  • Group of researchers using realist evaluation methods in health and social care research

Past Research

Teaching and Research in Care Homes (ToRCH) funded by Health Education East Midlands.

  • Living labs approach to building capacity for research and placements of health professionals in nursing homes.

Mentality - Dementia friendly communities funded by Dutch Government ZonMW

  • Comparison between sites in England and Netherlands

Engaging General Practitioners in Service Development and Quality Improvement in Care Homes: a Realist Synthesis of the Published Evidence (GRAPE study) NIHR HS & DR

  • This is a realist review of how GPs (family doctors) work with care homes to improve care of residents of older people's care homes (long-term care facilities).

'ProactivE heAlthcare for older people living in Care Homes' - PEACH Study. The study is funded by the Dunhill Medical Fund. PEACH is an acronym used to refer to a care home research project taking place in South Nottinghamshire, East Midlands, UK. In this project we are aiming to understand how a quality improvement collaborative (QIC) can help organise healthcare services delivered to care homes to better reflect the principles of comprehensive geriatric assessment (CGA). Please follow our twitter updates @PEACHstudy

Alzheimer's Society Knowledge Exchange Fellowship Negotiating better community support for people living with dementia

A person living with dementia will tend to see a lot of different health services because of their complex needs. Many of these services will also be community based. This study will look at how organisations, based in the same community, coordinate with each other, and how important coordination might be.

The researchers on this project will speak to people living with dementia and their carers across geographical locations about how dementia services vary. They will also speak to staff and volunteers of these organisations about how well organisations work together. They plan to first visit dementia support organisations in the UK, and to move on to the Netherlands later in the year, so that they can compare services in the two countries.

The researchers aim to produce a set of recommendations about how services within a community can work together and with people living with dementia. This could help people get the best out of the services available to them and improve dementia support access, promoting a community approach.

Older People's views of Smart Health in Smart City Nottingham

The SOPRANO study is investigating how the services and support available to older people can help to promote resilience in later life. We are particularly interested in services providing 'that little bit of help' older people may need to maintain independence or bounce back from setbacks and illnesses.

We are talking to older people, the organisations providing support, and those who commission services to provide an overview of how the whole system works. We aim to improve joined up care for older people by identifying which aspects of the current processes and relationships are working and which need to change. By interviewing a wide range of older people, organisations, and commissioners we will be able to provide a comprehensive account of what happens in the East Midlands which will then be shared with relevant stakeholders to improve practice and the lives of older people.

Future Research

Interactions between smart cities and dementia-friendly cities.

Interested in social robots to support people at home - for people with dementia and Parkinson's disease.

Planning a mapping study of primary care in care homes.

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