Dr Kathryn Hinsliff-Smith

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Dr Kathryn Hinsliff-Smith

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Associate Professor/De Montfort University



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My areas of research are strongly related to health inequalities in particular around the healthcare needs of older people (aged over 65). In addition I am continuing to develop a strong strand of work around gender based violence across the life span with a focus on women. As a social scientist with a background in teaching I am threading evidence based healthcare, often conducted through research, into healthcare education programmes including undergraduate and postgraduate programmes which attract UK and international learners.

Research interests

My own areas of research are on older people, domestic violence and abuse (DVA) and healthcare education. I have conducted studies on older people living in care homes, transitions from acute settings to home or community hospitals and the involvement of family carers for those with a cognitive impairment.

Research projects on COVID and Long-Term Care

I initiated and led a UK wide study on family carers and their experiences of visiting a relative in a care home during the UK national lockdown from March 2020.

The study details can be found here https://www.dmu.ac.uk/research/centres-institutes/ihhpsc/project-information.aspx

I have also engaged and collaborated with colleagues with an interest in this area including academic colleagues at Hull, Leeds, Nottingham and LSE Universities. In addition, I have supported activities with colleagues based in Austria, Brazil, Canada, Holland, and South Africa

LTCcovid webinar presentations

July 2020 https://ltccovid.org/2020/06/26/next-webinar-re-opening-care-homes-to-family-and-other-visitors-6th-july-2pm-gmt/

Oct 2021 https://ltccovid.org/tag/webinar/

Key publications

Revealing the cracks in the care home system https://www.jnursinghomeresearch.com/2328-the-covid-19-pandemic-in-uk-care-homes-revealing-the-cracks-in-the-system.html

Blog If care homes wore shoes https://dunhillmedical.org.uk/news/peach_blog2-2/

What happened to Mrs Andrews https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vz9RT1NoauY

LTCCovid contributions

I have had the pleasure of presenting our research and preliminary findings for a UK wide family carers study for the network, see  https://ltccovid.org/2020/06/26/next-webinar-re-opening-care-homes-to-family-and-other-visitors-6th-july-2pm-gmt/


Other associated work https://ltccovid.org/project/what-is-the-evidence-for-how-and-what-communication-methods-are-used-between-family-carers-residents-and-care-homes-either-during-an-enforced-lock-down-or-at-usual-times-of-operating-uk/

WEBINAR October 2021 https://ltccovid.org/tag/webinar/

International perspectives published paperhttps://ltccovid.org/2021/01/19/safe-visiting-at-care-homes-during-covid-19-a-review-of-international-guidelines-and-emerging-practices-during-the-covid-19-pandemic/