Professor Claire Surr, Professor

Professor Claire Surr

Professor

Claire's research focuses on ways to improve the experience and support of people affected by dementia with a focus on developing formal dementia services and dementia education and training for the health and social care workforce.

Claire is Director of the Centre for Dementia Research, a cross-University research Centre dedicated to supporting multi-disciplinary applied dementia research. She has led a wide range of dementia research programmes funded by major funders including the National Institute for Health Research and the Alzheimer's Society. 

Claire has extensive experience in the design and delivery of dementia education and training for staff working in all sectors and roles within the NHS and social care. She has been recognised for her innovative teaching and learning approaches and leadership, through award of a prestigious National Teaching Fellowship. Claire is also a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, in recognition of her strategic leadership in the field.

In addition to research Claire's role includes the supervision of doctoral students and undertaking teaching in dementia and research methods across a range of University modules and subjects. 

Current Teaching

Claire currently undertakes PhD supervision and delivers dementia and research methods teaching across a number of programmes within the School of Health and Community Studies and more widely across the University.

Research Interests

Claire is internationally recognised for her research expertise on effective approaches to dementia workforce education, training and development. She led the 'What Works? in dementia education and training study' which has underpinned Health Education England national guidance on dementia training quality standards and whose findings have been used internationally to inform the design and delivery of impactful dementia training.

Claire's research interests also include the development of formal health and social care services to support people living with dementia, including the design, implementation and evaluation of complex interventions. She has particular expertise in research within care homes and acute hospital settings. Her previous studies include a randomised controlled trial of the effectiveness of Dementia Care Mapping in care homes (DCM EPIC trial) and a study exploring the experiences of hospital-based cancer treatment and care for people living with dementia (CanDem study).

Professor Claire Surr, Professor

Ask Me About

  1. Alzheimer's Disease
  2. Dementia
  3. Care Homes
  4. Healthcare

Selected Outputs

  • Perfect D; Griffiths AW; Vasconcelos Da Silva M; Lemos Dekker N; McDermid J; Surr C (In press) Collecting self-report data with people with dementia: Benefits, challenges, and best-practice. Dementia

    https://doi.org/10.1177/1471301219871168

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  • Surr CA; Holloway I; Walwyn REA; Griffiths A; Meads D; Kelley R; Martin A; McLellan V; Ballard C; Fossey J (In press) Dementia Care Mapping™ to reduce agitation in care home residents with dementia: The DCM™ EPIC cluster randomised controlled trial. Health Technology Assessment

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  • Parveen S; Smith S; Sass C; Oyebode J; Capstick A; Dennison A; Surr C (2021) The impact of dementia education and training on health and social care staff knowledge, attitudes and confidence: A cross-sectional study. BMJ Open, 11

    https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2020-039939

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  • Ashley L; Kelley R; Griffiths A; Cowdell F; Henry A; Inman H; Hennell J; Ogden M; Walsh M; Jones L (2020) Understanding and identifying ways to improve hospital-based cancer care and treatment for people with dementia: an ethnographic study. Age and Ageing

    https://doi.org/10.1093/ageing/afaa210

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  • Surr C; Griffiths A; Kelley R; Ashley L; Cowdell F; Henry A; Inman H; Collinson M; Mason E; Farrin AJ (2020) Navigating cancer treatment and care when living with comorbid dementia: an ethnographic study. Supportive Care in Cancer

    https://doi.org/10.1007/s00520-020-05735-z

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  • Martin A; Griffiths AW; Meads D; Surr C (2019) How should we capture health state utility in dementia? Comparisons of DEMQOL-Proxy-U and of self- and proxy-completed EQ-5D-5L. Value in Health, 22 (12), pp. 1417-1426.

    https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jval.2019.07.002

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  • Griffiths AW; Surr C; Alldred D; Baker J; Higham R; Spilsbury K; Thompson C (2019) Pro re nata prescribing and administration for neuropsychiatric symptoms and pain in long-term care residents with dementia and memory problems: a cross-sectional study. International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy, 41 (5), pp. 1314-1322.

    https://doi.org/10.1007/s11096-019-00883-7

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  • Price ML; Surr CA; Gough B; Ashley L (2019) Experiences and support needs of informal caregivers of people with multimorbidity: a scoping literature review. Psychology and Health

    https://doi.org/10.1080/08870446.2019.1626125

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  • Surr CA; Griffiths A; Kelley R; Holloway I; Walwyn REA; Martin A; McDermid J; Chenoweth L; Farrin AJ (2019) The implementation of Dementia Care MappingTM in a randomised controlled trial in long-term care: results of a process evaluation. American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias, 34 (6), pp. 390-398.

    https://doi.org/10.1177/1533317519845725

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  • Griffiths AW; Albertyn C; Burnley N; Creese B; Walwyn R; Holloway I; Safarikova J; Surr C (2019) Validation of the Cohen-Mansfield Agitation Inventory Observational (CMAI-O) Tool. International Psychogeriatrics

    https://doi.org/10.1017/s1041610219000279

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  • Griffiths A; Kelley R; Garrod L; Perfect D; Robinson O; Shoesmith E; McDermid J; Burnley N; Surr CA (2019) Barriers and facilitators to implementing Dementia Care Mapping in Care Homes: Results from the DCM EPIC Trial process evaluation. BMC Geriatrics, 19

    https://doi.org/10.1186/s12877-019-1045-y

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  • Surr CA; Sass C; Burnley N; Drury M; Smith S; Parveen S; Burden S; Oyebode J (2018) Components of impactful dementia training for general hospital staff: a collective case study. Aging and Mental Health

    https://doi.org/10.1080/13607863.2018.1531382

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  • Surr CA; Gates C (2017) What works in delivering dementia education or training to hospital staff? A critical synthesis of the evidence. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 75 pp. 172-188.

    https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2017.08.002

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  • Surr CA; Gates C; Irving D; Oyebode J; Smith SJ; Parveen S; Drury M; Dennison A (2017) Effective Dementia Education and Training for the Health and Social Care Workforce: A Systematic Review of the Literature. Review of Educational Research, 87 (5), pp. 966-1002.

    https://doi.org/10.3102/0034654317723305

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  • Surr CA; Smith SJ; Crossland J; Robins J (2016) Impact of a person-centred dementia care training programme on hospital staff attitudes, role efficacy and perceptions of caring for people with dementia: A repeated measures study. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 53 pp. 144-151.

    https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2015.09.009

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  • Leigh AJ; O'hanlon K; Sheldrick R; Surr C; Hare DJ (2014) Care mapping in clinical neuroscience settings: Cognitive impairment and dependency. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, 25 (4), pp. 574-592.

    https://doi.org/10.1080/09602011.2014.951366

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  • Jones S; Hamilton J; Surr C (2014) Dementia care mapping: Building up a bigger picture. Journal of Dementia Care, 22 (6), pp. 19-21.

  • Westbrook JL; McIntosh CJ; Sheldrick R; Surr C; Hare DJ (2013) Validity of Dementia Care Mapping on a neuro-rehabilitation ward: Q-methodology with staff and patients. Disability and Rehabilitation, 35 (19), pp. 1652-1659.

    https://doi.org/10.3109/09638288.2012.748839