DSDC Staff

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Katherine Algar-Skaife

DSDC Research Officer

Tel: 01248 382226
Email: k.algar@bangor.ac.uk

Twitter: @kat_algar

 

Research Interests:

Kat graduated from Bangor University in 2007 with a BSc in Psychology with Clinical and Health Psychology. She continued at Bangor for an MSc Foundations of Clinical Psychology. Her Masters’ thesis was Memory Awareness in Older Adults where she looked at awareness of memory ability in healthy older adults and people with dementia.

Kat joined the Dementia Services Development Centre (DSDC) Wales in 2009 and during her time talking to both carers and people living with dementia she has gained an understanding for the need for services for people with dementia, and the need to educate others about dementia to reduce the stigma.

Kat is passionate about improving the quality of life and well-being for people living with dementia and those who support them. In particular she has developed a keen interest in the benefits of the arts for people living with dementia and in 2015 completed her NISCHR-funded PhD: "Can an arts programme increase the wellbeing and quality of life of people with dementia living in a care home: An exploratory study".

Kat led the evaluation of Age Cymru’s cARTrefu programme and launched the report at the National Assembly for Wales in 2017. Kat was Principal Investigator on the ‘Creative Conversations’ project which developed an arts based care home staff development programme.  Kat is the Bangor Coordinator for the Wales Centre for Ageing and Dementia Research (CADR) and also co-leads the Creative interventions for older age and dementia care work theme with Professor Gill Windle. Kat is the Wales Coordinator for Join Dementia Research (JDR).  

Kat is a PhD and MRes supervisor and is also a Dementia Friends Champion, leading Dementia Friends (dementia awareness information sessions) sessions on request across North Wales. [https://www.dementiafriends.org.uk/]

 

Grants:

Independent evaluation of ‘Zest for Life’, a specialised arts programme for people living with young onset dementia. Age Connects Torfaen £24,952, July 2019-July 2021 (Lead Applicant)

What is the impact of DementiaGo in residential homes for residents, relatives and staff? KESS II MRes Sept 2018-2019 (Supervisor)

Can the arts influence care staff representations and assumptions of advanced dementia? The Wellcome Trust Residency Hub.  £15,236.00 April 17-July 18 (Co -I).

‘Creative Conversations’: An exploratory study of an arts in health approach to embedding person-centred care and improving communication between care staff and people living with dementia. Health and Care Research Wales Social Care Award, £203, 286, October 2016 – May 2018 (PI)

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. KESS-funded PhD study which is a partnership between DSDC Wales, Fairways Care Ltd, and the Drapers Company. Sept 2016-2019 (Supervisor)

Independent Evaluation of cARTrefu – arts in care settings. Age Cymru, £24,874, January 2015 – Oct 2017 (Lead Applicant)

  

Can an arts programme increase quality of life and well-being of care home residents with dementia? An exploratory study. NISCHR PhD studentship, £59,947, April 2011 – April 2014 (PhD Student)

 

Publications:

Algar-Skaife, K. Caulfield, M., & Woods, B. (2017) cARTrefu: Creating artists in residents. A national arts in care homes participatory and mentoring programme. Evaluation report 2015-2017. DSDC Wales Report, Bangor University, School of Healthcare Sciences.

Algar, K. & Woods, B. (2016) cARTrefu – arts in care settings Year 1 Evaluation Report. DSDC Report. Bangor

Algar, K. & Woods, B. (2015) Dementia RED Care Information Centre Point Service Mid-term Evaluation Report. DSDC Report. Bangor

Algar, K., Woods, R.T., & Windle, G. (2014) Measuring the quality of life and well-being of people with dementia: A review of observational measures. Dementia. Online First. DOI: 10.1177/1471301214540163

Algar, K. (2012) Lost in Art too....? Evaluation of Art Sessions Provided by Denbighshire County Council. DSDC report. Bangor

Salisbury, K., Algar, K & Windle, G.  (2011). Do we know enough about the potential of art programmes to improve the quality of life and well-being of people with dementia? The Journal of Dementia Care, 19(3), 33-37.

Woods, B. & Algar, K. (2009) Evaluation of Flintshire Admiral Nurse Service. DSDC report, Bangor.

 

Conferences:

Algar-Skaife, K. (2018) ‘Welsh Magic’: The arts in dementia care in Wales. Invited Presentation: Health and Wellbeing Lecture Series IX: Dementia. Pontio, Bangor University, 4th December 2018.

Algar-Skaife, K., Caulfield, M., Woods, B. (2018) cARTrefu: Creating artists in residents. A national arts in care homes participatory and mentoring programme. Part of a symposium: ‘Welsh Magic’: The arts in dementia care in Wales at the13th UK Dementia Congress, Brighton, 6th-8th November 2018.

Algar-Skaife, K. & Killick, J. (2018) Creative Conversations: an arts based approach to care staff development. Part of a symposium: ‘Welsh Magic’: The arts in dementia care in Wales at the13th UK Dementia Congress, Brighton, 6th-8th November 2018.

Killick, J. & Algar-Skaife, K. (2018) Creative Conversations – a new attitude change approach for care staff. Workshop at the13th UK Dementia Congress, Brighton, 6th-8th November 2018.

Algar-Skaife, K., Caulfield, M., Woods, B. (2018) cARTrefu: Creating artists in residents. A national arts in care homes participatory and mentoring programme. Oral presentation at Alzheimer Europe Conference 2018, Barcelona, 29th-31st October 2018

Algar-Skaife, K., Windle, G., Killick, J., Pickering-Jones, L., Caulfield, M., Roberts, J. & Jelley, H. (2018) Creative Conversations: an arts based dementia care staff development programme. Poster presentation at Alzheimer Europe Conference 2018, Barcelona, 29th-31st October 2018

Windle, G., Algar-Skaife, K., Pickering-Jones, L. (2018) The Arts, Health, and Social Care. Oral presentation at CADR Conference 2018, Cardiff, 18th October 2018

Algar-Skaife, K. (2018) Creative Conversations: Using the arts to enhance the skills of dementia care staff. Invited Presentation at Age Friendly Culture Event, Theatr Clwyd, 24th September 2018

Peach, C. & Algar-Skaife, K. (2018) A care home manager’s experience of taking part in the ‘Creative Conversations’ research project. Invited presentation at ENRICH Cymru North Wales Launch, Llandudno Junction, 13th September 2018.

Algar-Skaife, K., Windle, G., Killick, J., Pickering-Jones, L., Caulfield, M., Roberts, J. & Jelley, H. (2018) 'Creative Conversations': An exploratory study of an arts in health approach to care staff development to embed person-centred care and improve communication between care staff and people living with dementia. Poster Presentation at 33rd International Conference of Alzheimer’s Disease International, Chicago, 26th – 29th July 2018

Algar-Skaife, K., Windle, G., Miles, D. (2018) Creative Conversations: The arts for enhancing the skills of care staff. Invited workshop at Wellcome Hub, Wellcome Collection, London. 11th January 2018

Caulfield, M. & Algar-Skaife, K. (2017) cARTrefu: Creating artists in residents. CADR Conference 2017, Cardiff, 10th October 2017.

Algar-Skaife, K. (2017) cARTrefu: Creating artists in residents. Evaluation Report 2015-2017. Invited presentation for launch of cARTrefu evaluation. Senedd, National Assembly for Wales, 10th October 2017.

Algar-Skaife, K., Woods, R., Robinson, E., Noyes, R. (2017) cARTrefu: creating artists in residents. British Society of Gerontology Conference 2017, Swansea, United Kingdom, 5th July 2017.

Windle, G. & Algar, K. (2017) Measuring well-being in arts and dementia research. Invited workshop at First International Research Conference on the Arts and Dementia: Theory, Methodology and Evidence, London, 9-10th March 2017

Algar, K., Woods, R., Robinson, E. & Noyes, R. (2016) cARTrefu: creating artists in residents. Preliminary Results from Year 1. 26th Alzheimer Europe Conference: “Excellence in dementia research and care”, Copenhagen, 31st October 2016.

Algar, K, Woods, R., Windle, G. (2016) “I thought you’d be wasting your time, if I’m honest”: A qualitative exploration of the impact of a visual art programme for care home residents with dementia. Poster Presentation. 26th Alzheimer Europe Conference: “Excellence in dementia research and care”, Copenhagen, 31st October 2016.

Jones, C., Algar, K., Woods, R., Roberts, C. & Goodrick, J. (2016) INTERDEM masterclass: Involving people with dementia as advisors to your research. 26th Alzheimer Europe Conference: “Excellence in dementia research and care”, Copenhagen, 1st November 2016.

Algar, K. & Mutka, E-M (2016) cARTrefu – arts in care settings. Centre for Ageing and Dementia Research (CADR) Annual Conference, 5th October 2016.

Algar, K. (2015) Can a visual arts programme increase quality of life and well-being in care home residents with dementia? An exploratory study. Living well with dementia through the arts: Celebrating creativity for people living with dementia in North Wales, Bangor, 21st April 2015.

Algar, K. (2015) “I thought you’d be wasting your time, if I’m honest”: A qualitative exploration of the impact of a visual arts programme for care home residents with dementia.  Part of a symposium: Newman, A., Jones, C.H., Algar, K., Howson, T. ‘Challenges of the research process: reflections on the progression of research in visual art groups for people living with dementia and those who care for them’.  British Society of Gerontology, Newcastle, 2 July 2015.

Algar, K. (2014) Can a visual arts programme increase quality of life and well-being in care home residents with dementia? Results of an exploratory study, 23rd October 2014.  Jornada 20 años 20 acciones: “Programa CCCB Alzheimer”, Barcelona

Algar, K. (2014) Can a visual arts programme increase quality of life and well-being in care home residents with dementia? Results of an exploratory study.  Part of a symposium: Windle, G., Newman, A., Goulding, A.,

Algar, K., Howson, T. ‘Inter-disciplinary methodologies for understanding the impact of creative activities’. British Society of Gerontology, University of Southampton, 3 September 2014.

Algar, K. (2013) The creative arts and dementia care. January 2013, Dementia with Dignity Conference, Wrexham Social Services, 21 January 2013.

Algar, K. (2012) Evaluating an arts programme in a care home. Part of a Symposium: Windle, G., Bird, M., Pavlicevic, M. & Wood, S. ‘Art and Dementia: Improving the evidence base’ November 2012, 7th UK Dementia Congress, Brighton.

Algar, K. (2012) Can an arts programme increase quality of life and well-being of care home residents with dementia? An exploratory study.  27 January 2012, RESEC Conference, Menai Bridge