Michelle Heward

Dr Michelle Heward

  • Lecturer in Psychology
  • BGB
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Biography

Michelle Heward is Lecturer in Psychology and Service User and Carer Involvement Lead in the Ageing and Dementia Research Centre at Bournemouth University. Her research focuses on health and social care and support for older people and people with dementia and includes the evaluation of interventions. She is particularly interested in digital technologies and innovation, workforce development and service delivery, inclusive and engaging environments, and co-production and user involvement. She is a social scientist interested in inclusive approaches for research using qualitative and mixed methodologies and the delivery of training using innovative methodologies. She regularly teaches at undergraduate and postgraduate level and facilitates training sessions for care providers, public engagement events, seminars and workshops.

Michelle is passionate about user involvement in research and has experience of involving older people, people with dementia, family carers and other key stakeholders in research...

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Research

Digital technologies and innovation

She is currently a National Institute for Health and care Research School for Social Care ‘Individual Research Career Development Award’ holder leading a project focused on digital innovation in care homes, working with colleagues across BU as well as other external collaborators. During this project she is developing a national network of contacts to help understand the research gaps, exchange ideas and co-produce a list of priority areas of focus. The aim is to develop further opportunities for collaboration and grant applications with colleagues within and outside of BU – please get in touch if you are interested in this topic area and would like to find out more.

Her interest in digital technology stems from her Doctoral study which examined the role of information and communication technology in supporting mobility and independence in later life funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. Her thesis argues that through the facilitation of virtual mobility, technology can offer older people an important alternative to physical mobility and should be explored in policies aimed at supporting older people’s well-being and social inclusion.

Workforce development and service delivery

Bournemouth University were commissioned by Health Education England (HEE) to develop and evaluate the ‘Dementia Education And Learning Through Simulation 2’ (DEALTS 2) programme. Michelle is taking a leading role in the evaluation of impact of DEALTS2 on clinical practice and has published the findings in academic journals...

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Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person's work contributes towards the following SDGs:

Good health and well-being

"Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages"

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Quality education

"Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all"

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Industry, innovation and infrastructure

"Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation"

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Reduced inequalities

"Reduce inequality within and among countries"

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Journal Articles

Conferences

  • Heward, M., Murphy, J. and Fenge, L.-A., 2023. Engagement of people with dementia in care homes with digital technologies: A mixed methods study. In: Dementia Congress 7-8 November 2023 Birmingham.
  • Brittain, G. and Heward, M., 2023. Experiential learning: An evaluation of a dementia training approach in a national care organisation. In: Dementia Congress 7-8 November 2023 Birmingham.
  • Heward, M., Fenge, L. and Murphy, J., 2023. Engagement of people with dementia in care homes using digital technologies: Reflections on involving experts by experience. In: British Society of Gerontology 5-7 July 2023 University of East Anglia.
  • Heward, M., Adams, A., Hicks, B. and Wiener, J., 2020. Manager’s experiences of supporting residents to navigate care homes. In: 15th United Kingdom Dementia Congress 10-12 November 2020 virtual.
  • Heward, M., Board, M., Spriggs, A. and Murphy, J., 2020. Implementation and impact of ‘DEALTS2’ dementia education in acute care. In: 15th United Kindgom Dementia Congress 10-12 November 2020 Virtual.
  • Murphy, J., Board, M. and Heward, M., 2020. Symposium: Innovative training approaches to improve care for people with dementia. In: 15th United Kingdom Dementia Congress 10-12 November 2020 Virtual.
  • Heward, M., Board, M., Spriggs, A., Blagden, D. and Murphy, J., 2018. ‘Walking in someone else’s shoes’: humanising dementia care through simulated learning. In: Humanising Caring, Health and Wellbeing Conference 21-22 June 2018 Bournemouth.
  • Heward, M., Ingram, W.M., Sanders, J.L., Raftery, J. and Nyman, S.R., 2018. Effective strategies to recruit people with dementia and their informal carers into a Tai Chi trial to improve balance and prevent falls. In: 19th International Conference on Falls and Postural Stability 14 September 2018 Leeds, UK.
  • Barrado-Martín, Y., Heward, M., Polman, R. and Nyman, S., 2018. How is Tai Chi received by people living with dementia and their informal carers? In: 47th Annual Conference of the British Society of Gerontology (BSG2018) 4-6 July 2018 Manchester.
  • Board, M., Heward, M., Murphy, J., Spriggs, A. and phipps, L., 2018. Getting the message across – seeing the person not the diagnosis in dementia care education. In: NetNep 2018 5-9 May 2018 Banff Canada.
  • Barrado-Martín, Y., Nyman, S.R., Heward, M. and Polman, R., 2017. Acceptability of a tai chi intervention for people living with dementia and their informal carers. In: European Health Psychology Society 29 August-2 September 2017 Padova, Italy.
  • Heward, M., 2017. ‘Nothing about us without us’: The value of involving older people, including those with dementia, when developing technological innovations to support their health and well-being. In: British Council/Newton Fund Employing Information and Communications Technologies in Homes and Cities for the Health and Well-Being of Older People (ICT4HOP '17) 14-16 August 2017 Bradford.
  • Heward, M., Murphy, J., Board, M., Spriggs, A. and Emerson, L., 2017. Integrating humanisation into practice: a dementia education and learning case study. In: Humanising Caring, Health and Wellbeing Conference 29-30 June 2017 Bournemouth.
  • 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. 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., 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., 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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., 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. and O'Malley, M., 2014. Dementia Friendly Environments. In: South Health Care Expo 24 April 2014 Cardiff.

Reports

  • Heward, M., Bradley, L. and Ellis-Hill, C., 2023. Evaluation of Drumming for Dementia online course. Bournemouth University.
  • Heward, M. and Kelly, F., 2017. Fire Safety Innovations for People Affected by Dementia - Evaluation Report. Bournemouth Univeristy.
  • Heward, M. and Kelly, F., 2016. Evaluation of Acute Care Development Programme - Detailed Report. Bournemouth University.
  • 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.

Posters

  • Heward, M., Board, M., Spriggs, A. and Murphy, J., 2021. Implementation and impact of Dementia Education And Learning Through Simulation 2 (DEALTS2) programme. In: Health Education England South West Digital and Workforce Showcase.
  • Heward, M., Board, M., Spriggs, A., Blagden, D. and Murphy, J., 2018. Implementation and evaluation of Dementia Education and Learning Through Simulation 2 (DEALTS 2) programme. In: 13th UK Dementia Congress 2018.
  • Barrado-Martin, Y., Heward, M., Polman, R. and Nyman, S.R., 2018. What are the views of people living with dementia and their informal carers getting involved in Tai Chi practice? In: Alzheimer Europe conference.
  • Barrado-Martín, Y., Heward, M., Polman, R. and Nyman, S.R., 2018. How is Tai Chi received by people living with dementia and their informal carers? In: European Falls Festival.
  • 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.

Others

  • Heward, M. and Moore, S., 2016. Fire safety in the homes of people with dementia. Emergency Services Times. Published.
  • Heward, M., Nyman, S. and Innes, A., 2015. Care and support needs of people with dementia and sight loss. Innov-Age. Published.

PhD Students

  • Yolanda Barrado-Martín, 2020. Process evaluation of a Tai Chi exercise intervention to prevent falls among older people with dementia

Grants

  • Digital Futures in Dementia Care: Identifying innovation and priorities for research in care homes (NIHR SSCR Individual Research Career Development Award, 01 Nov 2022). In Progress
  • Evaluation of Drumming for Dementia course (Nature Therapy Community Interest Company, 01 Oct 2021). In Progress
  • Improving dementia diagnosis through older adult’s navigation experiences (Alzheimer's Research UK, 01 Jun 2021). In Progress
  • Minimising disorientation in care homes: Experiences of care home staff (ACORN Early Carer Researcher Development Fund, Bournemouth University, 10 May 2018). Completed
  • Employing Information and Communications Technologies in Homes and Cities for the Health and Well-Being of Older People (ICT4HOP '17) (British Council/Newton Fund Researcher Links Workshop, 14 Nov 2017). Completed
  • Dementia Education And Learning Through Simulation 2 (DEALTS 2) Programme (Health Education England, 01 Dec 2016). In Progress
  • Evaluation of Acute Care Development Programme (Wessex Academic Health Sciences Network, 01 Sep 2015). Completed
  • Fire Safety Innovations for People Affected by Dementia (Inspired by 2012: Health and Wellbeing Legacy Fund, 01 Mar 2015). Completed
  • Living Well with Dementia Video Project (BU, Healthwatch Dorset, 05 Jan 2014). Completed

Internal Responsibilities

  • Co-Chair, Bournemouth University Research Staff Association
  • Research Staff Representative, Research Concordat Steering Group (RCSG)
  • Research Staff Representative, University Research and Professional Practice Committee (URPPC).

Public Engagement & Outreach Activities

  • ADRC Festival of Learning 2017
  • RSA Festival of Learning event 2017
  • Pint of Science event 2017

Attended Training

  • Public and Patient Involvement Training: Skills-based sessions for researchers, 02 Jul 2020

Memberships