- Group summary: Our research addresses frailty and other associated physical and mental health co-morbidities in the ageing population. This includes residents in the their own homes and care homes. We also investigate post-stroke care and rehabilitation across all age groups.
What we do
The Academic Unit of Elderly Care and Rehabilitation is a multidisciplinary team which undertakes applied health research.
The Unit is based in the Bradford Institute for Health Research at Bradford Royal Infirmary. Professor Anne Forster leads our stroke programme and Professor John Young leads our elderly care research programme.
Our elderly care research
Our elderly care research addresses the needs of an ageing population. This population has life-long accumulated exposures which contribute to chronic disease and give rise to associated physical and mental health co-morbidities. In response to the health service challenges posed by multi-morbidity in the elderly, our research encompasses:
- The nature of frailty and its impact on service use.
- Development and evaluation of interventions to address frailty.
- Exploration of cause and treatment for delirium.
- Enhancing the care of people with dementia.
- A programme of research in residential care homes.
- Evaluation of services for older people, for example community hospitals, day hospitals and intermediate care.
Our rehabilitation research
Our rehabilitation research is primarily focused on post-stroke care. We have a long-established programme of research addressing the longer term psycho-social outcomes for people and their families after stroke. Our work in both themes is underpinned by strong national and international collaborations. We work in close collaboration with the Leeds Institute of Clinical Trials.
Our projects include:
- Recreate - development and evaluation of strategies to reduce sedentary behaviour in patients after stroke and improve outcomes.
- Posture and Mobility (Skilful Care) Training Package for Residents in Care Homes - a cluster randomised controlled feasibility trial (the PATCH study).
- The Community Ageing Research Study (CARE 75+)
- Training Caregivers After Stroke (TRACS)
- LoTS Care - longer-term support for stroke patients.
Our care home research
We have established a strong and growing portfolio of research relevant to improving care for residents of care homes. Working with a strong network of care homes, we have been delivering high-quality research on various health-related areas. Recent studies include developing strategies to enhance physical activities in care homes, evaluating a posture and mobility training package for residents, and investigating a tool to detect delirium in care homes.
Our work in both themes is underpinned by strong national and international collaborations. We work in close collaboration with the Leeds Institute of Clinical Trials Research.
Mixed methods are key to successful implementation of our programme of work, this includes systematic reviews, qualitative work, trial evaluation, health economics and process evaluations.
Who we are
Professor Anne Forster - Professor Forster (Head of Unit); NIHR Senior Investigator
Mary Godfrey - Reader in Health and Social Care
Dr David Clarke - Associate Professor in Stroke Care
Dr Elizabeth Teale - Clinical Senior Lecturer in Geriatric Medicine
Dr Andrew Clegg - Clinical Senior Lecturer in Geriatric Medicine
Professor John Young - Professor of Elderly Care Medicine
Deborah King, Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Telephone: +44 (0)1274 383406
Fax: +44 (0)1274 382766
National Institute for Health Research
The Stroke Association
Dunhill Medical Practice
Chartered Society of Physiotherapy Charitable Trust