ESR1

Adapting Wellness recovery action planning (WRAP) technology for dementia

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United Kingdom United Kingdom University of Nottingham

Early Stage Researcher (ESR1)

ESR1: photo of Lesley Garcia

Lesley Garcia

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Supervisor(s)

 

Prof. Justine Schneider

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Prof. Martin Orrell

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Hello, I am an occupational therapist from Trinidad and Tobago. I am excited and grateful to be part of the DISTINCT programme where I will be researching ways in which persons living with dementia and their caregivers can manage their lives in their own way and remain full members of their communities. I have a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA and a Doctor of Occupational Therapy from Loma Linda University in California, USA.

My master research focused on the impact of the social environment on persons living with dementia, and my OTD research was on contextually situated occupational therapy curriculum design. In clinical practice, I did programme development, and provided community-based OT interventions for working age and older adults with psychosocial, neurological and orthopedic conditions. Over the last 15 years, I have also had the pleasure of serving the OT profession in the Caribbean in a variety of executive capacities. As a former Trinidad and Tobago Delegate to the World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT), I am especially excited to continue to collaborate with the WFOT through this DISTINCT research project. Having had the privilege of recently being the founding Director of the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy programme at the University of the Southern Caribbean, I am excited to be now able to combine academia, research and clinical practice for the benefit of people living with dementia.

Start date October 2019
Duration 36 months

Objectives

Wellness recovery action planning (WRAP: mentalhealthrecovery.com) is widely used as a manualised group-based mental health intervention which encourages people who are relatively unimpaired to specify their needs when they become unwell, to avoid crises
and promote wellbeing.

Objectives:

  1. This ESR will adapt WRAP for dementia in consultation with people who have the disorder and qualified WRAP facilitators.
  2. Evaluating the effectiveness of specific contemporary technology
  3. Conditions for successful implementation (adoption, scale-up, spread, sustainability) of technology in daily life, dementia care and society.

Expected Results

This project will adapt WRAP for dementia in consultation with people who have the diagnosis, with a focus on planning for their decline in ability to meet social obligations and conduct a feasibility study comparing wellbeing for participation in WRAP groups with groups that have only social objectives.

Planned secondment(s)

Two for 3 months each. The first in year one with VUB to learn about manual based technology, and the second in year 3 with WFOT to examine international aspects of WRAP implementation.