Academic Unit of Elderly Care and Rehabilitation

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.

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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:

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.

Methods

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

People

Unit Leads
Professor Anne Forster - Professor Forster (Head of Unit); NIHR Senior Investigator

Senior Academics

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

Emeritus  Professor

Professor John Young - Professor of Elderly Care Medicine

Contact us

Deborah King, Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Telephone: +44 (0)1274 383406
Fax: +44 (0)1274 382766

Funding Sources

National Institute for Health Research

The Stroke Association

Dunhill Medical Practice

Chartered Society of Physiotherapy Charitable Trust