The best laid plans… Implementing life story work with people with dementia in care homes

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Webinar - Qualitative approaches to understanding innovation and implementation science: a case study of dementia: 16 Jun 2021

Join NIHR ARC North Thames and leading qualitative researchers from across the UK to explore and discuss the intricacies and challenges of implementing high-quality research evidence that informs and enhances care for people living with dementia. Part of the ARC North Thames Academy Innovation and Implementation webinar series.

Wednesday 16th June, 14.00-16.00

Zoom (online – link to be sent after registration)

Who is it for?
Open to people working in research, health and social care, public health, and anyone with an interest in innovation and implementation science

About this event:
A particular concern for researchers and those involved in the organisation and delivery of care is ensuring that high quality research findings are implemented in a way that informs and enhances care. However there remains a key issue in terms of what is seen as the evidence needed to inform practice. This webinar focuses on the complexities implicit in the collection, analysis and implementation of evidence from the use of qualitative approaches to understand and inform the care of people with dementia.

The focus is on the importance of what has been discussed as ‘soft intelligence’ (Martin et al, 2015). Soft intelligence can be understood as the processes and behaviours associated with seeking and interpreting data which derives from sources beyond conventional metrics and formal knowledge. Such data evade easy capture, straightforward classification and simple quantification however are vital in the production of forms of knowledge to inform both innovation and the implementation of innovations.

The speakers will present work on:
- the use of ethnography to reveal the institutional and ward cultures that inform the organisation and delivery of everyday care for people living with dementia
- how interactional practices that are commonly used in healthcare, and that are trained as part of 'good practice', can create problems in interactions between people with dementia and health care workers
- the challenges of implementing an intervention using life stories with people living with dementia, despite apparent buy in from the nursing homes concerned
- the ways in which synthesis of qualitative evidence can contribute to policy recommendations in relation to dementia.
Period16 Jun 2021
Held atNIHR Applied Research Collaboration North Thames


  • Implementation
  • care homes
  • Life Story Work
  • Dementia