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Dr Catherine Bailey

Associate Professor

Department: Nursing, Midwifery & Health

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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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Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Cathy is a social  gerontologist, a qualitative methodologist and an experienced participatory researcher. She has led on Public and Patient Involvement and works collaboratively with expert lay members.  She has a good track record of obtaining grant income, across a wide portfolio of funders, authorship of peer reviewed publications (> 45) and conducting research that has impacted on housing, health and social care practice and policy. Cathy is 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.

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Exploring how occupational therapists and physiotherapists evaluate rehabilitation potential of older people in acute care, Bradley, G., Baker, K., Bailey, C. 5 May 2021, In: British Journal of Occupational Therapy
  • The meaning of rehabilitation: a qualitative study exploring perspectives of occupational therapists and physiotherapists working with older people in acute care, Bradley, G., Baker, K., Bailey, C. 31 Jul 2021, In: Disability and Rehabilitation
  • Views and experiences of visually impaired older people and exercise instructors about the Falls Management Exercise programme: a qualitative study, de Jong, L., Coe, D., Bailey, C., Adams, N., Skelton, D. 28 Aug 2021, In: Disability and Rehabilitation
  • Maternity care provision in five Indian sub-centres: barriers and opportunities., Smith, V., Bailey, C., Sattar, Z. 10 Sep 2020, Global Women’s Research Society Conference 10-11 September 2020 (online), University of Liverpool and London School of Tropical Medicine.
  • Adaptation to loss of visual function: implications for rehabilitation on subtle nuances of communication, Okonji, P., Bailey, C., Lhussier, M., Cattan, M. 3 Jul 2019, In: Activities, Adaptation and Aging
  • Energy advice for Traveller Communities in the context of ethnic and spatial premiums: 'paying the price' for other people's choices, Forster, N., Hodgson, P., Bailey, C. 28 Feb 2019, In: Journal of Poverty and Social Justice
  • Housing Voices: Using theatre and film to engage people in later life housing and health conversations, Bailey, C., Forster, N., Douglas, B., Webster Saaremets, C., Salamon, E. 5 Dec 2019, In: Housing, Care and Support
  • The hidden impact of home adaptations: Using a wearable camera to explore lived experiences and taken-for-granted behaviours, Wilson, G., Aitken, D., Hodgson, P., Bailey, C. 1 Nov 2019, In: Health and Social Care in the Community
  • Visually Impaired OLder people’s Exercise programme for falls prevenTion (VIOLET): a feasibility study, Adams, N., Skelton, D., Bailey, C., Howel, D., Coe, D., Lampitt, R., Wilkinson, J., Fouweather, T., de Jong, L., Gawler, S., Deary, V., Gray, J., Waterman, H., Parry, S. 6 Feb 2019, In: Public Health Research
  • “What? That’s for Old People, that.” Home Adaptations, Ageing and Stigmatisation: A Qualitative Inquiry, Bailey, C., Aitken, D., Wilson, G., Hodgson, P., Douglas, B., Docking, R. 8 Dec 2019, In: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health

PGR Supervision

  • Justine Wilkinson Improving understanding of Practitioner perspectives and approaches towards case management of animal hoarding disorder: A mixed methods approach Start Date: 01/03/2018 End Date: 09/06/2021
  • Sarah Kemp Pushing the Boundaries: An exploration of the impact of actor training, based on the practices of Philippe Gaulier and Monika Pagneux, on the creativity, health and wellbeing of older people Start Date: 01/10/2017 End Date: 03/06/2021


  • Geography PhD July 05 2010
  • Health Studies BA (Hons) June 30 1994
  • Diploma Therapeutic Hypnotherapy and Counselling Skills (British Hypnotherapy Society) 2015
  • Certificate Teaching English as a Foreign Language Seville, Spain TEFL 2005

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