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Dr Catherine Bailey

Associate Professor, Ageing

Department: Nursing, Midwifery & Health

I joined Northumbria University in 2010 and I am now working as an Associate Professor in Ageing.

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I joined Northumbria University in 2010 and I am now working as a Senior Research Fellow in international ageing. 

I have a clinical background in nursing with specialism in medical and community palliative care and academic interest in social geography and public health. I use participatory and qualitative approaches to work with older people, to develop preventative, enabling and cost effective, services and supports to promote a good quality of later life. I manage and support international and national research projects with a focus on health and well being in later life.  These have included: health technologies and older adults; social aspects of falls and older adults; visual impairment and falls; Integrating housing and health services development; fuel poverty and money management; creating dementia friendly communities and intergenerational understanding of health and well being.

I am also involved in research and evaluation carried out with arts, voluntary, charitable and public sector partners and older adults, using arts interventions to promote health and wellness and through use of theatre, film, dance, writing and other arts medium, to raise awareness and foster public debate about some of the key issues of our time, such as dementia, falls and fuel poverty. Please see ‘Further Information’ below.

I have collaborated within large multidisciplinary and cross sector research teams and supervise professional doctorate and PhD students

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  • PhD (Social Sciences)
  • BA (Hons) Health Studies (First Class) 
  • Registered General Nurse 1984-1996

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

  • Psychosocial aspects of falls and older adults
  • Visual impairment and falls
  •  Care technologies and older adults
  •  Dementia and Citizenship
  • Integrated housing and health service development
  • Arts interventions and health and well being in later life
  •  Qualitative, participatory research
  • Multidisciplinary research

Professional Activity

  • Member of British Society for Gerontology
  • Member of NE Dementia Action Alliance Network
  • Member of Medical Sociology NE
  • Member of Fuse
  • External roles on funded study Advisory panels, (e.g.: Developing an intervention for fall-related injuries in dementia (DIFRID), Dr Louise Allan, Newcastle University, HTA, NIHR programme 2015-2017)
  • Peer reviewing funding applications for Research Councils (ESRC, ESPRC, NHS Wales)
  • External examiner for  PhDs
  • International conferences committee member (e.g. 2015 British Society for Gerontology Annual International Conference; 2016 World Nursing and Healthcare Annual International Conference )
  • Peer review journal articles 

Key Publications

Skelton, D, Bailey, C  (2016)Visually Impaired OLder people’s Exercise programme for falls prevenTion (VIOLET): a feasibility study protocol  BMJ Open ;6:e011996doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2016-011996

Clarke C, Bailey C, Gibb C (2016) On the Inside or On the Outside of Physical and Social Places – An Analysis of Resilience and Citizenship Living with Dementia in Rural and Semi-Urban Communities Dementia vol 15, no. 3, pp. 434-452.,10.1177/1471301216639736

Cook G, Bailey C et al  (2016) Sheltered housing tenants perceptions of wellbeing and their usage of hospital services Health and Social Care in the Community DOI: 10.1111/hsc.12398

Bailey et al (2016) Creative writing and dementia care: ‘making it real’ International Journal of Older People’s Nursing DOI: 10.1111/opn.12113

Bailey Cathy, Glenda Cook , Linda Herman , Christine McMillan , Jo Rose , Roy Marston , Eleanor Binks , Emma Barron , (2015) "Deploying telehealth with sheltered housing tenants living with COPD: a qualitative case study", Housing, Care and Support, Vol. 18 Iss: 3/4, pp.136 - 148

Okonji, Patrick, Lhussier, Monique, Bailey, Cathy and Cattan, Mima (2015) Internet use: Perceptions and experiences of visually impaired older adults. Journal of Social Inclusion, 6 (1). pp. 120-145. ISSN 1836-8808

Bailey, C. Jones, A. Goodall, and D (2014) Falling across the life course: a qualitative evidence synthesis of lived experiences Journal of Disability and Health 7(3) 273-284

Marston McMillan Binks Herman Cook G Rose G Bailey C  (2014)   North Tyneside Living: an integrated housing, health and social care model to deliver preventative and enabling sheltered housing services Housing Learning & Improvement Network (HLIN) Case Study 98

Bailey C, , Clarke C, Gibb, C, , Haining S,  Wilkinson H,  Tiplady S (2013) Risky and resilient life with dementia:  reflections from the literature  Health Risk and Society 15 (5), 390-401.

Cook G, Bailey C (2013) Older care home residents views of intergenerational practice Journal of Intergenerational Relations (11) 1-15

Cook G, Bailey C, Moyle W (2013) the impact of ICT-based telecare technology on quality of life of people with dementia: review of the literature 6th Annual Conference of Human System Interaction, June 6-8 2013, Sopot, Poland (

Doyle J,  Bailey C, Ni Scanaill C,  van den Berg F (2013)  "Lessons Learned in Deploying Independent Living Technologies to Older Adults’ Homes" Universal Access in the Information Society (UAIS) No. 2011-531

Bailey C, Foran T, Scanaill C, Dromey D (2011a) Older adults, falls and technologies for independent living: a life space approach, Ageing and Society 31, 829-848

Bailey C, Doyle J, Squires S, ni Scanaill C, Wei Fan C, Sheehan C, Cunningham C, Dromey B (2011) ENDEA: a case study of multidisciplinary practice in the development of assisted technologies for older adults in Ireland, Journal of Assistive Technologies, 5 (3) 101-111

Bailey C, Chinouya M (2010) Reflections on ageing from within different cultural contexts. Irish Journal of Anthropology, 13 (2) 6-12

Bailey C, King K, Dromey B, Wynne C (2010) Fear of Falling and Older Adult Peer Production of Audio-Visual Discussion Material Educational Gerontology, Volume 36 Issue 9, 781

Bailey C, Buckley V (2010) Recruiting and retaining older persons within a home based pilot study using movement sensors Health and Social Care in the Community

PGR Supervision

I have supervised 1 doctorate (PhD) to completion, and examined 3, 1 internal and 2 external to Northumbria University.  I currently supervise 5 doctoral students, focussing on dementia and personhood; computer mediated social connections in extra care housing; multidisciplinary decision making in elderly acute hospital setting; Adult Nursing Teachers perceptions and use of service user /carer experience in teaching; quality of life for women with utero-vaginal prolapse in Nepal, a cultural study.

Further Information

Working with artists and a number of organisations, I have had the privilege of being able to share globally, creative outputs from arts mediated projects. Examples include :

1)      A dementia focused play Jack and Jill and the Red Postbox, produced in partnership with Skimstone Arts and Edinburgh University, that since its premiere production in 2013,  has had two further, very successful iterations, toured nationally, with exposure at international conferences and  high profile events   (e.g. Edinburgh Fringe 2013, ESRC Social Science Festival 2013, British Social Gerontology Annual Conference 2015). The play has subsequently been filmed on location and is available on vimeo. Please follow this link to view.

2)     With my colleague Dr Joanna Reynolds, we evaluated, Falling on your Feet: a Dance for Health programme for people aged 65+’, led by Helix Arts, in partnership with dancer/choreographer Nadia Iftkhar. This was a very popular dance for health programme and Helix Arts produced a short documentary, capturing the success of the project and also the premiere public performance of the participant/co-choreographer co-production of a dance programme. To view, please click here.

Current/Recent Projects

  • Co-Investigator (Project Manager) Adapting a falls prevention exercise programme with and for older people with visual impairment: a feasibility study (VIOLET) NIHR Public Health Adams N Bailey C Skelton D; Waterman H; Gray J; Parry S; Deary V, Clarke M (2014-2016)
  • Principal Investigator Evaluation of the Falling on your Feet dance health and wellbeing in later life programme Helix Arts (2016)   
  • Principal Investigator BME older women and their health needs – a consultation with the Angelou Centre Northumbria University and Sunderland University (2016) 
  • Co-Investigator North Tyneside Sheltered Housing – service and workforce development  Cook G, Bailey C, Barron E, Marston R, McMillan C Innovate UK KTP (2011 – 2014)
  • Co-Investigator Risk and Resilience living with dementia in Northumberland Communities NHS (PCT)  Clarke C, Gibb C, Bailey C (2011 -2013)
  • Principal Investigator Risk and Resilience living with dementia in Northumberland Communities – Jack and Jill and the Red Postbox nationally acclaimed dissemination play NHS (PCT) Bailey C, Clarke C, Webster-Saaremets (Skimstone Arts) (2013-14)
  • Principal Investigator Derwentside Homes with Prince Bishop Community Bank, Managing Money Better Evaluation Comic Relief Bailey, C. Hodgson, P (2014-2016)
  • Principal Investigator Derwentside Homes Managing Money Better Evaluation and Creative Engagement Dissemination extension (2016-2017) Comic Relief Bailey, C. Hodgson, P
  • Principal Investigator Elders Council ‘Ageing in Place’ housing and health in later life community consultation with Newcastle University, Quality of Life Partnership, (2014-2016)
  • Principal Investigator North Tyneside Council Teleheatlth Pilot, North Tyneside Council (2014)
  • Principal Investigator Pre-registration student nurse creative writing and reflective practice project  Bailey C, Jones R  Northumbria University (2014)
  • Principal Investigator ‘Creativity Skills in care home workforce’ evaluation Equal Arts Bailey C, Cook G, Machin A (2013)
  • Principal -Investigator, in partnership with Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle University, Elders Council Newcastle, University of Cumbria ‘Using Film and Documentary to explore ageism across the generations’ (2012)
  • Supporting role and research exchange EU 7th Framework – Marie Curie Actions (People) International Research Staff Exchange Scheme Models for ageing and technological solutions for improving and enhancing the quality of life (Programme PI, Professor Angelova, Northumbria University (2010 – 2013)  

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