Introducing Catherine Beaumont
I recently completed the Health Education England, Integrated Academic Internship Programme. As part of this, I spent time shadowing clinical academics and researchers at The Academic Unit of Elderly Care and Rehabilitation, part of the Bradford Institute of Health Research, based at Bradford Teaching Hospitals Foundation NHS Trust.
One of the course outputs was to produce a poster for the ‘Let’s Talk Research’ Conference in Manchester on the 15th and 16th September 2016, aimed at early career researchers. I based my poster around The Study of Resourcefulness in Later Life (SoReLL), part of the work for which I shadowed during my placement.
The Chief Investigator for this study was Dr. Rebecca Hawkins. This work has been funded and supported by the NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care Yorkshire and the Humber (NIHR CLAHRC YH). http://www.clahrc.yh.nihr.ac.uk
This aim of the study was to understand how frail, older people develop resourcefulness. It also sought to find out how such people manage and how formal services can offer support to enhance resourcefulness.
Preliminary findings from interviews identified specific themes. These included: planning and thinking about the future, developing strategies to manage health, every day and household tasks, maintaining a valued role in the family and wider community and developing strategies to get out and about.
More information about the Sorrel Project can be found here.
Authors: Dr. Rebecca Hawkins (1,2) Dr. Andrew Clegg (2,1), Professor Gail Mountain (3), Dr. Lina Masana (2), Dr. Lesley Brown (2), Anne Heaven (2), Catherine Beaumont (4).
- University of Leeds; 2. The Academic Unit of Elderly Care and Rehabilitation, Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust; 3. University of Bradford, 4. Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.
The Study of Resourcefulness in Later Life (SoReLL) was funded and supported by the NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care Yorkshire and the Humber (NIHR CLAHRC YH).
The Integrated Academic Internship Programme was funded by Health Education England and run by Research North West.
Catherine Beaumont is employed by the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.
The opinions and views expressed here are those of the author, and not necessarily those of the University of Leeds, the University of Bradford, the NIHR, the NHS or the Department of Health.