Dr Michelle Heward
- 01202 962538
- mheward at bournemouth dot ac dot uk
- Post Doctoral Research Fellow - Dementia
- Royal London House R313, Christchurch Road, Bournemouth, BH1 3LT
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Michelle joined Bournemouth University (BU) in 2013 and her research interests include: social inclusion and equality in later life; equality in health and social care service provision; and the views and experiences of marginalised groups.
Michelle has experience of using social science methods including interviews, focus groups, surveys and ethnographic observation; and conducting research with vulnerable groups such as older people, people with dementia and children and young people. She has also facilitated a wide range of public engagement events, seminars, workshops and consultation exercises. Prior to working for BU, Michelle completed her interdisciplinary Doctoral study funded by the EPSRC, which focused on the role of information and communication technology in supporting mobility and independence in later life. She also worked in a Community Engagement role for the Fire Service, where she gained experience of public engagement methodologies, partnership working and data sharing practices.
Michelle's research focuses on social inclusion and equality in later life, with much of her current research exploring the experiences and needs of people affected by dementia. She is interested in the intersection between mobility, independence and social inclusion, particularly how mobility changes in later life due to personal circumstances (i.e. physical or cognitive impairments, driving cessation, level of physical activity etc.), and the impact on independence, well-being and inclusion. This has led her to explore how technology might offer older people different inclusion opportunities (for example, through supplementing or substituting physical with virtual mobility).
She is also passionate about equality in health and social care service provision, particularly in evaluating services and support to ensure equal access and outcomes, and, where applicable, develop guidance for best practice. Her research is centred on people’s experiences and aims to develop recommendations for policy makers and practitioners to ensure services and support are inclusive of the needs of the whole community.
Michelle has recently been awarded her first grant as PI for the Fire Safety Innovations for People Affected by Dementia project. She has worked on various projects to improve the lives of people affected by dementia, including: Living Well with Dementia Video - An awareness raising video clip; Dementia Friendly Communities - An evaluation of a Dementia Friendly Communities initiative in Dorset; Sight Loss and Dementia (NIHR funded multi-site project); Strategic Clinical Network Dementia Pathway Redesign.
- Heward, M., Innes, A., Cutler, C. and Hambidge, S., 2017. Dementia-friendly communities: challenges and strategies for achieving stakeholder involvement. Health and Social Care in the Community, 25 (3), 858-867.
- Nyman, S.R., Innes, A. and Heward, M., 2016. Social care and support needs of community-dwelling people with dementia and concurrent visual impairment. Aging and Mental Health, 1-7.
- Heward, M., Palfreman-Kay, J. and Innes, A., 2015. In their words: how television and visual media can raise awareness of dementia and other health conditions that carry stigma, including disabilities. Journal of Popular Television, 3 (2), 229.
- Heward, M., 2015. Older people's perspectives on virtual mobility. Gerontechnology, 13 (4), 396-404.
- Heward, M. and kelly, F., 2016. Promoting excellence in hospital care for people with dementia: a UK case study. In: 26th Annual Conference of Alzheimer Europe 31 October-2 November 2016 Copenhagen, Denmark.
- Kelly, F. and Heward, M., 2016. Improving the experience and outcomes of people with dementia in acute hospital. In: British Society of Gerontology Annual Conference 6-8 July 2016 Striling Scotland.
- Heward, M. and kelly, F., 2016. Unintended consequences: a dichotomy between ethics and practice for practitioners and professionals. In: Everyday Ethical Dilemmas in Healthcare: Power, Politics and Practices Conference 10 May 2016 London.
- Heward, M. and kelly, F., 2016. Fire safety in the home: local lessons - global reach. In: 31st International Conference of Alzheimer's Disease International 21-24 April 2016 Budapest, Hungary.
- Heward, M., Cutler, C., Innes, A. and Hambidge, S., 2015. Making a difference: Can ‘Dementia Friendly Communities’ increase awareness of dementia and help people affected by the condition to feel supported and valued within their community? In: 25th Alzheimer Europe Conference 2-4 September 2015 Ljubljana, Slovenia.
- Heward, M. and Kelly, F., 2015. Fire risks and safety strategies in the homes of people with dementia. In: 25th Alzheimer Europe Conference 2 September-4 October 2015 Ljubljana, Slovenia.
- Heward, M., 2014. Museums and dementia: Current research and approaches to evaluating work with people affected by dementia. In: Arts and Health South West 9th Annual Conference 20 November 2014 Taunton.
- Heward, M., Cutler, C., Innes, A. and Hambidge, S., 2014. What makes a Dementia-Friendly Community? Findings from the Dorset Dementia-Friendly Community (DDFC) project evaluation. In: United Kingdom Dementia Congress 10-12 November 2014 Brighton.
- Bray, J., Heward, M., Evans, S., Nyman, S. and Innes, A., 2014. The social care and support needs of adults with concurrent dementia and visual impairment. In: United Kingdom Dementia Congress 10-12 November 2014 Brighton.
- Nyman, S., Evans, S., Innes, A., Bray, J. and Heward, M., 2014. The Social Care and Support Needs of adults with concurrent Dementia and Sight Loss. In: Alzheimer’s Europe 20-22 October 2014 Glasgow.
- Heward, M., Cutler, C., Innes, A. and Hambidge, S., 2014. Making a difference: Can ‘Dementia Friendly Communities’ increase awareness of dementia and help people affected by the condition to feel supported and valued within their community? In: Dementia: Improving quality through collaboration across Wessex 14 October 2014 Southampton.
- Heward, M., Palfreman-Kay, J., Innes, A. and Hambidge, S., 2014. Exploring the use of video within social media as a method to raise awareness and challenge gaps in perceptions and understanding of dementia. In: British Society of Gerontology Annual conference, 1-3 September 2014 Southampton.
- Nyman, S., Innes, A. and Heward, M., 2014. Developing best practice in social care and support for adults with concurrent sight loss and dementia within different housing settings. In: North Sea European Dementia Conference 1 May 2014 France.
- Heward, M., 2014. Dementia Friendly Environments. In: South Health Care Expo 24 April 2014 Cardiff.
- Heward, M., Kelly, F., Innes, A., Reynolds, L. and Cutts, W., 2016. Stepping into Nature: Evaluation Report on Focus Group findings. Bournemouth University.
- Heward, M. and kelly, F., 2015. Fire Safety Innovations for People Affected by Dementia – Report on the focus group and survey findings. Bournemouth University.
- Heward, M., Kelly, F. and Innes, A., 2015. Strategic Clinical Network: Dementia Pathway Redesign - Report on the Focus Group Findings. Bournemouth University.
- Heward, M., kelly, F. and innes, A., 2014. Strategic Clinical Network: Dementia Pathway Redesign – Literature Review. Bournemouth University.
- Innes, A., Cutler, C., Heward, M. and Hambidge, S., 2014. Dorset Dementia Friendly Communities Project: Final Evaluation Report. Bournemouth University.
- Innes, A., Nyman, S. and Heward, M., 2014. Developing best practice in social care and support for adults with concurrent sight loss and dementia within different housing settings: Report of the analysis of interviews with people with dementia and concurrent sight loss. Bournemouth University.
- Mananya Podee (Improving accommodation and service provision for people with dementia and their carers: An exploration of needs and expectations.)
- Yolanda Barrado-Martín (Process evaluation of a Tai Chi exercise intervention to prevent falls among older people with dementia)
- Fire Safety Innovations for People Affected by Dementia (Inspired by 2012: Health and Wellbeing Legacy Fund, 01 Mar 2015). In Progress
- Living Well with Dementia Video Project (BU, Healthwatch Dorset, 05 Jan 2014). Completed
Public Engagement & Outreach Activities
- BUDI Festival of Learning 2016 (BU Research Staff Association)
- BUDI Festival of Learning 2016 ((Re)consider dementia)
- BUDI Public Open Meeting 2016 (Research, Education and Practice)
- ESRC Festival of Social Science 2015
- BUDI Carers Forum 2015
- BU Festival of Learning 2015
- BUDI Public Open Meeting 2015 (Dementia-Friendly Communities)
- BU Interdisciplinary Research Week 2015
- ESRC Festival of Social Science 2013
- BUDI Public Open Meeting 2014 (Dementia-Friendly Environments)
- BUDI Carers Forum 2014
- BU Festival of Learning event 2014
- PhD in Social Work Studies (University of Southampton, 2011)
- MA in Media and Cultural Analysis (Loughborough University, 2006)
- BSc (Hons) in Sociology and Media Communication (Bath Spa University, 2005)
- British Society of Gerontology, Member (2014-),
- Higher Education Academy, Associate Fellow (2015-),