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Tom Dening

Professor of Dementia Research, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences



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 FoundationTrust. Extensive NHS management and leadership experience, including participation in the NHS Top Leaders programme.

Teaching Summary

I represent the Division of Psychiatry & Applied Psychology for the Health care of Later Life module in the BMedSci course.

Research Summary

Current grants

2017-18 Research for Patient Benefit (ref PB-PG-0815-20013) Optimising hearing-Related Communication for care Home Residents with Dementia (ORCHARD): a realist synthesis. PI: Tom Dening, £149,973

2016-19 Horizon 2020 MSCA-RISE-2015: Designing for People with Dementia: designing for mindful self-empowerment and social Engagement (MinD). PI: Prof Kristina Niedderer, University of Wolverhampton, €531,000

2017-19 NIHR Health Service and Delivery Research Programme: Dementia undetected or undiagnosed in primary care: the prevalence, causes and consequences. PI: Dr George Savva, UEA, £329,300

2016-18 Dunhill Medical Trust: Proactive Health Care for Older People in Care Homes (PEACH). PI: Dr Adam Gordon, £674,061

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. Dr Fiona Marshall, £275,186

2015-2019 Alzheimer's Society Doctoral Training Centre: TAnDem: The arts and dementia. PIs: Prof Justine Schneider, Prof Dawn Brooker (Worcester), £349,999

2014-16 Arts Council/Baring Foundation: Imagine: How the arts can transform care homes. Lead applicant: Abbeyfield, £248,500

2014-19 NIHR Programme Grant (ref RP-PG-0612-004): Achieving Quality and Effectiveness in Dementia care Using Crisis Teams (AQUEDUCT). PI: Prof Martin Orrell, £1.96m

Current PhDs

The effect of care staff engagement with creative arts activities on the wellbeing of care home residents with dementia: An intervention study. Emma Broome

An international taxonomy of arts interventions for people living with dementia. Emily Cousins

An investigation on the mental health needs of older people and people with dementia living in secure forensic psychiatric settings. Claudio Di Lorito

The characterisation of and responses to distress in dementia: a multi-method study with staff in healthcare contexts. Stephanie Petty

Individual online identity and working age dementia. Alexandra Young

Advance care planning and health service utilisation for care home residents. Gill Garden

The role of metaphor in understanding and communicating dementia. Annika Bailey

Developing a theoretical framework to inform loneliness reduction interventions for mental health service users. Laurie Hare Duke

Policies and press: How do UK policy makers and the British media discursively represent dementia? Emma Putland

Using olfactory stimulation: multi-sensory interventions in care home for people with dementia. Federica D'Andrea (University of West London)

Recent Publications

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