Winifred McGarry



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Since coming into education in 2005, I have developed an interest in research which focuses on raising awareness of dementia with school children. The research ‘Dementia through the eyes of a child’ involved children aged 9 years and above. The results of the research highlighted that children are receptive to learn about the condition and moreover, they identified clearly ways in which they could help support people living with the condition. Following the research, class teachers were asked to extend this learning into their curriculum and as a result, the children produced artwork and poetry to reflect how they thought someone living with dementia may feel. This artwork was publically exhibited and formed part of the Luminate, Scotland’s Creative Ageing Festival. The success of this research has led to its full integration to the BSc Adult and Mental Health Nursing programs, where student nurses are currently raising awareness of dementia with children through interactive workshops throughout the West of Scotland. Dementia through the eyes of a child has been presented and well received at numerous international, national and local conferences. The research team included colleagues Caroline Adam, Fiona Everett and Wendy Wright.

Associated recognition and awards as a result of Dementia through the eyes of a child include:

Scotland’s Dementia Awards (2016) Best Educational Initiative

The Herald Higher Education Awards (2015) shortlisted for Outstanding Contribution from a student

Area of academic expertise - outline

Particular interest in dementia, clinical skills, primary care simulation, student scenario development and colorectal cancer.

Supervisory responsibilities for undergraduate MSc Nursing students for Research in Practice dissertation

Desired research direction

Interested in exploring the impact Dementia through the eyes of a child has had on the child, the student, the teacher and the family unit.

Other areas of expertise available for knowledge exchange

Primary care simulation, scenario development, clinical skills, colorectal cancer


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