DSDC Staff

Hannah Jelley

PhD Student

Tel: 01248 388498
E-mail: h.jelley@bangor.ac.uk

Twitter: @Hannah_Jelley



Hannah Jelley is a PhD student at Bangor University, her research project is entitled “Co-creating a resilience-building framework for people with dementia and their carers.” This PhD studentship is funded by The Wales School for Social Care Research. This important project uses a strengths based approach to identify positive strategies to empower people with dementia and support those caring for them when adapting to the experience of living with dementia.


Research Interests:

Hannah Jelley works as a Research Project Support Officer in the Dementia Services Development Centre (DSDC) Wales at Bangor University. She is currently working on a European collaborative research project aiming to investigate access to formal care services. More information about the ACTIFCare project can be found here http://actifcare.eu/.

Hannah also works on Creative Conversations: an arts-in-health-approach to communication, this is a project aiming to develop and trial ‘creative conversations’ whereby care home staff use art, music and poetry to communicate with people with dementia.

Hannah is supervising a PhD project on ‘Recognising the challenge, responding to need and mapping a way forward: developing an environment to safeguard the quality of life (QOL) and wellbeing of people with advanced dementia in the care home sector.’

In addition to her research role, Hannah is also the DSDC Wales Training Officer and Internal Verifier for the training courses that DSDC Wales offer and has worked across Wales with care home and hospital staff completing Agored Cymru awarded courses and research intervention training.

Hannah obtained her MSc Foundations in Clinical Psychology in 2008 from Bangor University for which she researched well-being in older people. Since then she has worked on several research projects at the University working with people with dementia, their relatives, and care staff. Hannah has a particular interest in interventions aiming to improve the well-being of people living with dementia.



Broda. A ., Bieber. A., Meyer. G., Hopper. L., Joyce. R., Irving. K., Zanetti. O., Portolani. E., Kerpershoek. L., Verhey. F., de Vugt. M., Wolfs. C., Eriksen. S., Røsvik. J., Marques. M. J., Gonçalves-Pereira M., Sjölund. B. M., Woods. B., Jelley. H., Orrell. M., Stephan. A., and the ActifCare Consortium. (2017). Perspectives of policy and political decision makers on access to formal dementia care: expert interviews in eight European countries. BMC Health Services Research, DOI: 10.1186/s12913-017-2456-0.

Janssen, E.P.C.J., de Vugt, M., Köhler, S., Wolfs, C., Kerpershoek, L., Handels, R.L.H., Orrell, M., Woods, B., Jelley, H., Stephan, A., Bieber, A., Meyer, G., Engedal, K., Selbaek, G., Wimo, A., Irving, K., Hopper, L., Marques, M., Gonçalves-Pereira, M., Portolani, E., Zanetti, O., & Verhey, F.R. (2016). Special issue on Social Health in dementia: Caregiver profiles in dementia related to quality of life, depression and perseverance time in the European Actifcare study: the importance of social health, Aging & Mental Health, 1-9. DOI:10.1080/13607863.2016.1255716

Kerpershoek, L., de Vugt, M., Wolfs, C., Jelley, H., Orrell, M., Woods, R., Stephan, A., Bieber, A., Meyer, G., Engedal, K., Selbaek, G., Handels, R., Wimo, A., Hopper, L., Irving, K., Marques, M., Gonçalves-Pereira, M., Portolani, E., Zanetti, O., Verhey, F., and the Actifcare Consortium. (2016). Access to timely formal dementia care in Europe: Protocol of the Actifcare (ACcess to Timely Formal Care) Study. BMC Health Services Research, 16(1), 423. DOI: 10.1186/s12913-016-1672-3

Quinn, C., Clare, L., Jelley, H., Bruce, E., Woods, B. (2014). 'It's in the eyes': how family members and care staff understand awareness in people with severe dementia. Aging & Mental Health, DOI:10.1080/13607863.2013.827627.

Clare, L., Whitaker, R., Woods, B., Quinn, C., Jelley, H., Hoare, Z., Woods, J., Downs, M., & Wilson, B. (2013). AwareCare: a pilot randomized controlled trial of an awareness-based staff training intervention to improve quality of life for residents with severe dementia in long-term care settings. International Psychogeriatrics. 25, (1) 128-139.

Clare, L., Whitaker, R., Quinn, C., Jelley, H., Hoare, Z., Woods, B., Downs, M., & Wilson, B. (2012). AwareCare: Development and validation of an observational measure of awareness in people with severe dementia. Neuropsychological rehabilitation: An International Journal.  2, (1) 113-133.