Research Output per year
Area of academic expertise - outline
My primary research interest is in the field of dementia research. Specifically, I am interested in applied research which can help to improve the lives of people living with dementia, their families and people who care for them. This links with current policy promoting ‘living well with dementia’.
I completed my PhD in 2012 in psychology, which was my introduction to dementia research. My PhD examined the physical environment of care homes and explored how small environmental changes can change the way residents with dementia use their home, including promoting more communication and independence in residents. From there I became focused on building a research career in this area. Post-doctoral, I worked as a Research Fellow within the School of Health, Nursing and Midwifery at UWS on the seminal project ‘Dementia in the Workplace’. This research took a case study approach to understanding the experiences of people with dementia who were diagnosed whilst still in employment. The aim of the research was to explore the potential for continued employment post diagnosis. This research has been very positively received and has raised awareness of dementia as a workplace issue through a range of training programmes, events, media work and publications. After completing this work in 2015 I secured my current post as Lecturer in Dementia (Research) within the Alzheimer Scotland Centre for Policy and Practice (ASCPP) at UWS. In this role, I am continuing to develop the Dementia in the Workplace research, as well as working on other areas of research linked to the health and wellbeing of people with dementia. In particular, I have just completed a research project which evaluated the Dementia Dog pilot programme in Scotland using a realistic evaluation methodology. The Dementia Dog programme is an intervention which aims to train assistance dogs to help support people with dementia living in the community. Additionally, I am involved in other projects working collaboratively with colleagues within and associated with the ASCPP including a review of the housing situation for people with dementia in Scotland, evaluation of the Dementia Champions Programme for Scotland, and most recently work exploring health-related behaviours (e.g. smoking cessation) of people with dementia post diagnosis.
I have expertise in a range of qualitative and quantitative methodologies and methods including case studies, statistical analysis, realistic evaluation, interviews, focus groups and questionnaires.
Current research activities
Employers' responses to dementia in the workplace in Scotland 2016-2018
Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland funded collobarative grant, which is led by Edinburgh Napier University. The aim of this research is to explore how employers in Scotland support their employees with dementia. The research will help us to understand whether employers are meeting their legal duties. The research will look at the policies that employers have to support employees with dementia.
Dementia Dogs: A realistic evaluation 2016-2017
Alzheimer Scotland funded project which aims to understand the contribution of the dementia dog programme to living well with dementia.
Housing and Dementia in Scotland 2016-2017
A desk based research project, funded by Angus Care and Repair and the Life Changes Trust. The aim of this project is to understand the housing supports and situation of people with dementia in Scotland.
Dementia in the Workplace: the potential for continued employment post diagnosis: Dissemination Grant 2017
Based on the findings of the seminal Alzheimer's Society funded project, 'Dementia in the Workplace', completed in August 2015 I am now leading on an Alzheimer's Society Dissemination Grant for this project. The aim is to develop resources for people with dementia, employers and other key support services to provide information on how to support an individual with dementia in employment.
Currently supervising five PhD students and one Professional Doctorate student within the Institute of Healthcare Policy and Practice on projects relating to the care and support of people with dementia. Topics include
- Early onset dementia
- Down's syndrome and dementia
- Care home research
- Health-related behaviour change
Target collaborative companies
Third Sector organisations
Desired research direction
My aim is to continue to develop my interest in dementia and employment, with a focus on developing support mechanisims for employment and retirement post diagnosis of dementia. The initial project at UWS on this topic was seminal in the area, and my ambition is that this is developed and UWS is recognised as world leading in this area, both academicaly, and through impact on practice and policy relating to employment support post diagnosis.
Other areas of expertise available for knowledge exchange
Early onset dementia
Dementia in the workplace
Case study research
Purposeful activity and dementia
Associate Lecturer, The Open University1 Sep 2013 → 30 Jun 2016
Teaching Fellow, University of Edinburgh1 Aug 2010 → 1 Aug 2013
Assessing the educational impact of the dementia champions programme in Scotland: implications for evaluating professional dementia educationJack-Waugh, A., Ritchie, L. & MacRae, R. 29 Sep 2018 In : Nurse Education Today.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article
Dementia in the workplace case study research: understanding the experiences of individuals, colleagues, and managersRitchie, L., Tolson, D. & Danson, M. 31 Oct 2018 In : Ageing & Society. 38, 10, p. 2146-2175
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article
Employer Responses to Dementia in the Workplace A Report to the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of ScotlandStavert, J., Ritchie, L., Danson, M., Egdell, V., Cook, M. & Tolson, D. 20 Mar 2018 The Carnegie Trust. 84 p.
Research output: Book/Report › Commissioned report
Research output: Non-textual form › Web publication/site
- School of Health, Nursing and Midwifery - Lecturer
Person: Academic, Doctor of Philosophy