About us

Welcome to dementia research at the University of Hull!

At Hull we have a longstanding applied dementia care research programme. This programme has received significant external funding over two decades for health and care research across the trajectory of dementia. We have conducted collaborative research studies with UK Universities (e.g. KCL, UCL, UEA, Bangor Wales, Nottingham, Bradford, and York), several NHS and Social Care organisations, NGOs and an influential multidisciplinary dementia care research group INTERDEM founded in Hull in 1999, now spanning 23 countries in Europe, Australia and the US www.interdem.org.

Our home is within the Faculty of Health Sciences at Hull, set within the multidisciplinary research group SPARC (Social and Psychological Research in Long Term Conditions).

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Our focus is the translation of innovation and research into practice and support of people with dementia, families, staff and their communities.

We want to develop practical, personalised programmes that people with dementia, their families and health and social care staff can use to help maintain dignity and well-being. Additionally we want to work alongside people with dementia and their families in finding support that really works to resolve the personal challenges they face in their everyday lives.


£1.2 million to roll out dementia care home programme to COVID-hit sector

University of Hull researchers to develop much-needed, personalised online support

£1.2 million in government funding will help researchers develop an innovative online programme to improve and personalise care for people with dementia in care homes, which were hard-hit by the COVID-19 crisis.

Many of the 400,000 people living in care homes in the UK have dementia, mental health or neuropsychiatric symptoms, and a number of physical illnesses. They are at particularly high risk of developing severe COVID-19, and providing support is challenging for care staff who are facing a difficult, distressing and isolated work environment.

The award, from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) will fund the development of a new programme to improve and personalise care. Led by the University of Exeter and King’s College London and involving the universities of East Anglia and Hull, and the London School of Economics, the research is also funded by Torbay Council and the Schroder Foundation, and supported by Alzheimer’s Society. The study will draw on the most successful elements of their Improving Wellbeing and Health for People with Dementia (WHELD) programme, one of the very few staff training programmes that is proven to improve lives for people with dementia in care homes.

Professor Esme Moniz-Cook, University of Hull Old Age Clinical Psychologist (co applicant on the original WHELD programme), said: “Care homes have been hard-hit by the COVID-19 crisis. Since the lockdown in March, I have worked with huge numbers of families, care staff and care homes to solve problems associated with reduced social interaction such as dealing with loneliness and issues for staff in balancing their work and personal family lives. I am hopeful that development of this much-needed, innovative online programme will improve psychological well-being for both residents and care-staff, through maintained relationships - including those with relatives, and access to a wider network of support.”

For further information: Please contact pr@hull.ac.uk or ring 07854 878881

Publication of the month!

We are very proud that our paper has been chosen as publication of the month by the INTERDEM committee:

Clarke, C., Woods, B., Moniz-Cook, E. , Mountain, G., Øksnebjerg, L., Chattat, R., Diaz, A., Gove, D., Vernooij-Dassen., M. & Wolverson, E . (2020) Measuring the well-being of people with dementia : a conceptual scoping review. Health & Quality of Life Outcomes, 18, 249. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12955-020-01440-x

Second INTERDEM Book now out!

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Contact us

E-mail: e.wolverson@hull.ac.uk

Telephone: +44 (01482) 464170

Twitter: @CDemcare

Mail: Room 105, Dearne Building, The University of Hull, Cottingham Road, Hull, HU6 7RX.