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Dr Geraldine Boyle

Profile summary

  • Central Academic Staff
  • Senior Lecturer, (Health) Nursing
  • Faculty of Wellbeing, Education & Language Studies
  • School of Health, Wellbeing and Social Care
  • Nursing
  • geraldine.boyle

Professional biography

Research grant funding

2010 - 2012: PI, ESRC-funded study (£248,000):

The social process of everyday decision-making by people with dementia and their spouses

(with University of Sheffield).

 

2010 - 2011: CI, study funded by Policy Research Programme, Dept. of Health (£225,000):

National study of Mental Capacity Act Best Interests Decision-making

(with University of Bristol and the Mental Health Foundation).

 

Note: My recent publications are available free (via open access) at Open Research Online:

http://oro.open.ac.uk/

 

Research interests

Critical perspectives on disability; relational agency and disability; gender and dementia/disability; health and social care and human rights; mental capacity law and decision-making in dementia; health and social care policy; health inequalities; long-term conditions, independent living and quality of life; creative methods; research ethics.

 

Membership of Professional/Healthcare Networks:

National Mental Capacity Forum;

Socio-Legal Studies Association;

Healthwatch Milton Keynes.

 

Research Roles/Membership:

ESRC Peer Review College;

Assoc. Editor, Health and Social Care in the Community.

Editorial Board for the Journal: Disability and Society.

 

British Sociological Association Study Groups on

(i) Disability (ii) Families and Relationships;

Gender Research Network (OU).

 

 

Teaching interests

Teaching Qualifications:

Postgrad. Cert. in Higher Education Practice;

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

 

Academic Lead:

K828: Researching and evaluating healthcare.

 

Academic Contributor:

Postgraduate

K829: Transforming professional practice.

Undergraduate

K101: Introduction to health and social care.

K236: Extending your contribution to healthcare practice.

K316: Exploring practice.

K319: Adulthood, ageing and the lifecourse.

 

External Examiner:

MSc in Dementia Studies, University of Stirling.

 

Impact and engagement

Articles in professional journals and consultation responses

1. Boyle, G. (2013) Written evidence to the House of Lords Mental Capacity Act 2005 Select Committee, Evidence Volume 1, 20th December: http://www.parliament.uk/documents/Mental-Capacity-Act-2005/mental-capacity-act-2005-vol1.pdf

2. V. Williams, T. Williamson, Boyle, G. et al. (2013) Written evidence to the House of Lords Mental Capacity Act 2005 Select Committee, Evidence Volume 2, 20th December: http://www.parliament.uk/documents/Mental-Capacity-Act-2005/mental-capacity-act-2005-vol2.pdf

3.  Williamson, T., Boyle, G. et al (2012) Listening to the lady in the bed: The Mental Capacity Act 2005 in practice for older people, Elder Law Journal, 2 (2), pp. 127-134.

4. Boyle G., Williams V. et al (2012) Making best interests decisions – are professionals getting it right?, Journal of Dementia Care, Nov/Dec, 19-21.

 

 

Making decisions when you or someone you know has dementia 

(this project was funded by the ESRC):

You can watch a short film here which aims to help people with memory problems make decisions on a daily basis. It also aims to raise awareness among the public of the decision-making abilities of people with dementia. To view the video, click on the link on the right-hand side of this screen.

You can read a handbook which provides advice to people with memory problems or dementia and their families about making decisions. Urdu and Polish versions are also provided.

Feel free to download and share these resources (e.g. with Wellbeing Cafes, community groups, memory clinics):

Handbook in English:

/people/sites/www.open.ac.uk.people/files/files/gboyle%20Decision-making%20handbook%20english%20language%20version(3).pdf

Handbook in Urdu:

/people/sites/www.open.ac.uk.people/files/files/gboyle%20decision-making%20handbook%20urdu%20version%20oct12.pdf

Handbook in Polish:

/people/sites/www.open.ac.uk.people/files/files/gboyle%20decision-making%20handbook%20polish%20version.pdf

English version of handbook for South Asian audience:

/people/sites/www.open.ac.uk.people/files/files/Decision-making%20handbook%20-%20english%20language%20suitable%20for%20South%20Asian%20audience(2).pdf

 

 

Univesity of Linkoping (Sweden) - Center for Dementia Research;

Founding Member of International Research Network on Citizenship and Dementia:

http://www.isv.liu.se/ceder/personer-med-demens-som-medborgare/medborgarskap-och-demens-internationellt-forskarnatverk?l=en.

Publications

Revealing gendered identity and agency in dementia (2017)
Boyle, Geraldine
Health and Social Care in the Community ((Early Access))
Showing how they feel: the emotional reflexivity of people with dementia (2015)
Boyle, Geraldine and Warren, Lorna
Families, Relationships and Societies ((Early Access))
‘Can’t cook, won’t cook’: men’s involvement in cooking when their wives develop dementia. (2014-04)
Boyle, Geraldine
Journal of Gender Studies, 23(4) (pp. 336-350)
Best interests decisions: professional practices in health and social care (2014-01)
Williams, Val; Boyle, Geraldine; Jepson, Marcus; Swift, Paul; Williamson, Toby and Heslop , Pauline
Health & Social Care in the Community, 22(1) (pp. 78-86)
Recognising the agency of people with dementia. (2014)
Boyle, Geraldine
Disability and Society, 29(7) (pp. 1130-1144)
‘She’s usually quicker than the calculator’: financial management and decision-making in couples living with dementia. (2013-09)
Boyle, Geraldine
Health and Social Care in the Community, 21(5) (pp. 554-562)
Still a woman’s job: the division of housework in couples living with dementia. (2013-03)
Boyle, Geraldine
Families, Relationships & Societies, 2(1) (pp. 5-21)
Facilitating decision-making by people with dementia: is spousal support gendered? (2013)
Boyle, Geraldine
Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law, 35(2) (pp. 227-243)
Early implementation of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 in health and social care. (2011-08)
Boyle, Geraldine
Critical Social Policy, 31(3) (pp. 365-387)
Social policy for people with dementia in England: promoting human rights? (2010-09)
Boyle, Geraldine
Health and Social Care in the Community, 18(5) (pp. 511-519)
The Mental Capacity Act 2005 Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards and people with dementia: the implications for social care regulation (2009)
Boyle, Geraldine
Health and Social Care in the Community, 17(4) (pp. 415-422)
Controlling behaviour using neuroleptic drugs: the role of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 in protecting the liberty of people with dementia. (2008-12)
Boyle, Geraldine
Disability and Society, 23(7) (pp. 759-771)
The Mental Capacity Act 2005: promoting the citizenship of people with dementia? (2008-09)
Boyle, Geraldine
Health and Social Care in the Community, 16(5) (pp. 529-537)
Autonomy in long-term care: a need, a right or a luxury? (2008-06)
Boyle, Geraldine
Disability and Society, 23(4) (pp. 299-310)
The role of autonomy in explaining mental ill-health and depression among older people in long-term care settings. (2005-09)
Boyle, Geraldine
Ageing & Society, 25(5) (pp. . 731-748)
Facilitating choice and control for older people in long-term care. (2004-05)
Boyle, Geraldine
Health and Social Care in the Community, 12(3) (pp. 212-220)
The social process of everyday decision-making by people with dementia and their spouses. Impact Report. (2013)
Boyle, G. and Warren, L.
ESRC
The social process of decision-making by people with dementia and their spouses. End-of-Award Report to the ESRC. (2013)
Boyle, G. and Warren, L.
ESRC
Making Best Interests Decisions: People and Processes (2012)
Williams, Val; Boyle, Geraldine; Jepson , Marcus; Swift , Paul; Williamson, Toby and Heslop, Pauline
Mental Health Foundation, London.

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