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Belinda Dewar


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Area of academic expertise - outline

My area of research is about cultural change in care for older people settings

Current research activities

Exploring the quality of life in care homes

Desired research direction

Contimue to attract phD students to work with the appreciative inquiry methodology to bring about change and development of practice based theory.

Develop effective and meaningful evaluation strategies for complex interventions  aimed at enhancing the quality of lives of those who receive and give care.

Develop further the use of caring conversations as a key dimension of giving and receiving compassionate care.

Target collaborative companies

Care home providers

NHS Boards

Age UK and other 3rd sector organisations


Target collaborative organisations


NHS Education Scotland

International Organisations focusing on care for older people in long term care environments.



External positions

Visiting Professor, Canterbury Christ Church University

2014 → …

External Examiner, University of Stirling

2013 → …


  • RT Nursing
  • appreciative inquiry
  • action research
  • care for older people
  • nursing/care homes
  • cultural change
  • leadership
  • caring conversations
  • compassion
  • theory to practice
  • practice development

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Research Output 2002 2018

Bring learning into action

van den Berg, A., Dewar, B. & Smits, C. 16 May 2018 In : International Practice Development Journal. 8, 1, 11

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
action research
Open Access
Practice Guidelines
Delivery of Health Care

Developing Caring Conversations in care homes: an appreciative inquiry

Dewar, B. & MacBride, T. 1 Jul 2017 In : Health & social care in the community. 25, 4, p. 1375-1386

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Home Care Services
home care

Experiences, challenges, and benefits of academics working with care homes for research and practice

Dewar, B., Barrie, K. & Meyer, J. 12 Jul 2017 In : Innovation in Aging. 1, Suppl 1, p. 758-758

Research output: Contribution to journalMeeting Abstract

Open Access
home care

Activities 2011 2016

NSW Nurses and Midwives' Association 71st Annual Conference

Dewar, B. (Invited speaker)
20 Jul 201622 Jul 2016

Activity: Participation in conference

Nursing and Midwifery Leadership Forum

Dewar, B. (Keynote/plenary speaker)
25 Nov 2016

Activity: Participation in conference

Essential of Care Coordinator's Workshop

Dewar, B. (Invited speaker)
24 Nov 2016

Activity: Participation in workshop, seminar, course

Caring conversations to promote meaningful dialogue everywhere

Dewar, B. (Speaker)
21 Mar 2016

Activity: Types of External academic engagement - Invited talk

Compassion in Practice: it's all about the way we relate to one another

Dewar, B. (Speaker)
5 Jul 2016

Activity: Types of External academic engagement - Invited talk

Press / Media

‘My Home Life’ UK Academics visit Resthaven

Belinda Dewar


1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

Award winning aged care leadership program launched in SA

Belinda Dewar


1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

Recruitment role for care home resident

Belinda Dewar


1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities


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