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Professor Claire Surr


About Professor Claire Surr

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.

Transforming dementia care: "Our goal is to help people with dementia and their families experience a better quality of life" - Professor Claire Surr - School of Health and Community Studies

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).

Selected Publications

Journal articles (33)

Conference contributions (3)

  • Surr C; Lilley-Kelly A; Graham L; Walwyn R; Cicero R; Griffiths A; Creese B; Garrod L (2015) Complexities of trial recruitment in the care home setting: an illustration via the DCM (TM) epic (dementia care mapping (TM) : to enable person-centred care in care homes) trial .
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  • Farrin A; Hartley S; Graham L; Kelley R; Surr C; Griffiths A; Bryant L (2015) Conducting complex intervention trials in populations at risk of diminished capacity .
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  • Graham L; Surr C; Jones S; Farrin A; Walwyn R; Cicero R (2015) Optimising intervention implementation in the DCM (TM) epic trial (dementia care mapping (TM) : to enable person-centred care in care homes) .
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