Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research

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Professor Alisoun Milne

Professor of Social Gerontology and Social Work

School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research

Location:
G2.09
Gillingham Building
Chatham Maritime
Kent ME4 4AG

 

I am a Professor of Social Gerontology and Social Work at the University of Kent’s School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research. Read about the Health and Social Care research cluster.

My key research interests are: mental health in later life; family carers; long term care for older people; and social work with older people.

Career

I have been working at SSPSSR since 1995.  I’ve worked in two of the school’s research units - the Personal Social Services research unit and the Tizard Centre - before moving to the Social Work group as a Reader in 2010.

I have an extensive background in social work and social work management. For three years I was also a Visiting Fellow at the Nuffield Institute for Health at the University of Leeds (1998-2001). Since 2009, I have been an Honorary Research Fellow at Canterbury Christchurch University Dementia Services Development Centre.  

Education

I have a first degree from the University of Liverpool in Geography (1980) and a social work qualification from Goldsmiths College (1985). I also have an MA in Social Policy and Social Research and a PhD in Social Policy. 


 

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Also view these in the Kent Academic Repository

Article
Larkin, M. and Milne, A. (2014). Carers and Empowerment in the UK: A Critical Reflection. Social Policy and Society [Online] 13:25-38.
Hamilton-West, K.E. et al. (2013). A concordance therapy to help older people self-manage type 2 diabetes. Diabetes and Primary Care 15:240-248.
Milne, A. et al. (2012). The intersection of employment and care: evidence from a UK case study. European Journal of Social Work [Online].
Milne, A. et al. (2012). The characteristics and management of elder abuse: evidence and lessons from a UK case study. European Journal of Social Work [Online] 16:489-505.
Mackenzie, R. et al. (2012). Challenges of Ethical and Legal Responsibilities When Technologies’ Uses and Users Change: Social Networking Sites, Decision-Making Capacity and Dementia. Ethics and Information Technology [Online] 14:99-108.
Cambridge, P. et al. (2011). Adult protection: The processes and outcomes of adult protection referrals in two english local authorities. Journal of Social Work [Online] 11:247-267.
Milne, A. (2011). Commentary on <i>Protecting my mother</i>. Journal of Adult Protection [Online] 13:53-56.
Wilkie, D. et al. (2011). The aims, role and impact of an intermediate care service for people with dementia: Reflections on a conference workshop. Quality in Ageing and Older Adults [Online] 12:109-118.
Cambridge, P. et al. (2011). Patterns of Risk in Adult Protection Referrals for Sexual Abuse and People with Intellectual Disability. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities [Online] 24:118-132.
Cambridge, P. et al. (2011). A study of adult protection referrals in two local authorities: An overview of findings for managers and practitioners. Journal of Adult Protection [Online] 13:238-250.
Milne, A. (2011). Living with dementia in a care home: Capturing the experiences of residents. Quality in Ageing and Older Adults [Online] 12:76-85.
Milne, A. (2010). Dementia Screening and Early Diagnosis: the case for and against. Health, Risk & Society [Online] 12:65-76.
Hamilton-West, K.E. and Milne, A. (2010). Help-seeking in relation to signs of dementia: A pilot study to evaluate the utility of the common-sense model of illness representations. Psychology, Health & Medicine [Online] 15:540-549.
Hamilton-West, K.E. et al. (2010). Improving Concordance in Older People with Type 2 Diabetes (ICOPE-D). Final Report to the National Institute for Health Research. Annex A: Concordance Therapy Manual.
Beadle-Brown, J. et al. (2010). Adult protection of people with intellectual disabilities: incidence, nature and responses. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities [Online] 23:573-584.
Milne, A. (2010). The D word: Reflections on the Relationship between Stigma and Dementia. Journal of Mental Health [Online] 19:227-233.
Seabrooke, V. and Milne, A. (2009). Early intervention in dementia care in an Asian community. Quality in Ageing and Older Adults [Online] 10:29-36.
Dening, T. and Milne, A. (2009). Depression and mental health in care homes for older people. Quality in Ageing and Older Adults 10:40-46.
Milne, A. and Dening, T. (2009). "Editorial": Depression, Suicide and Self-Harm in Older Adults. Quality in Ageing and Older Adults 10:2-4.
Mansell, J. et al. (2009). Adult protection: incidence of referrals, nature and risk factors in two English local authorities . Journal of Social Work [Online] 9:25-40.
Beadle-Brown, J. et al. (2008). Adult protection alerts for people with intellectual disabilities: Patterns of risk. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research [Online] 52:788.
Culverwell, A. et al. (2008). Screening for dementia in primary care: how is it measuring up?. Quality in Ageing and Older Adults [Online] 9:39-44.
Healey, F. et al. (2008). The effect of bedrails on falls and injury: a systematic review of clinical studies. Age and Ageing [Online] 37:368-378.
Milne, A. et al. (2008). Screening for dementia in primary care: a review of the use, efficacy and quality of measures. International Psychogeriatrics [Online] 20:911-926.
Livingston, G. et al. (2008). Successful ageing in adversity: the LASER-AD longitudinal study. Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry [Online] 79:641-645.
Milne, A., Hatzidimitriadou, E. and Wiseman, J. (2007). Health and quality of life among older people in rural England: Exploring the impact and efficacy of policy. Journal of Social Policy [Online] 36:477-495.
Milne, A., Hatzidimitriadou, E. and Wiseman, J. (2005). Aging in the English Countryside: Is it Good or your Health?. Social Policy & Administration tbc:tbc-tbc.
Milne, A. and Chryssanthopoulou, C. (2005). Dementia care-giving in black and Asian populations: refining the research agenda. Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology [Online] 15:319-337.
Milne, A., Hamilton-West, K.E. and Hatzidimitriadou, E. (2005). GP Attitudes to Early Diagnosis of Dementia: Evidence of Improvement. Aging and Mental Health [Online] 9:449-455.
Hatzidimitriadou, E. and Milne, A. (2005). Planning for the future: meeting the needs of older people with intellectual disabilities. Dementia 4:341-359.
Milne, A., Hatzidimitriadou, E. and Chryssanthopoulou, C. (2004). Carers of Older Relatives in Long Term Care: Support Needs and Services. Generations Review 14:4-9.
Milne, A. and Hatzidimitriadou, E. (2003). Isn't he wonderful? Exploring the contribution and conceptualisation of older husbands as carers. Ageing International 28:389-407.
Milne, A. and Hatzidimitriadou, E. (2002). The Caring in Later Life report: A secondary analysis of the 1995 General Household Survey. Quality in Ageing: Policy, Practice and Research 3:3-15.
Milne, A. et al. (2000). Early diagnosis of dementia by GPs: an exploratory study of attitudes. Aging and Mental Health 4:292-300.
Davies, B.P., Milne, A. and Warburton, R.W. (1995). Do different case management approaches affect who gets what? Preliminary results from a comparative British study. Care Plan 2:26-30.
Research report (external)
Warner, J., Milne, A. and Peet, J. (2010). My Name Is Not Dementia. [Online]. Alzheimer’s Society.
Vickerstaff, S. et al. (2009). Employment Support For Carers. [Online]. Department for Work and Pensions.
Davies, B.P., Fernández, J.é-L. and Milne, A. (1996). Care Management Arrangements. Personal Social Services Research Unit.
Book section
Warner, J. and Milne, A. (2009). Older people with lifelong mental health problems. In: Older People's Mental Health Today: A Handbook. Hove: Pavilion Publishing and Media Ltd.
Dening, T. and Milne, A. (2008). Mental health in care homes for older people. In: Jacoby, R. et al. eds. Oxford Textbook Of Old Age Psychiatry . Oxford: Oxford University Press, p. Chapter 23.
Hatzidimitriadou, E. and Milne, A. (2006). Providing Care for Older People with Learning Disabilities. In: Carnaby, S. and Cambridge, P. eds. Intimate And Personal Care For People With Learning Disabilities. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, pp. 160-180.
Monograph
Palmer, A.P., Milne, A. and Hastie, C.L. (2008). Caring In Kent: Patterns And Profiles, Evidence From The Kent Health And Lifestyle Survey, 2005. Centre for Health Services Studies and Tizard Centre.
Palmer, A.P., Milne, A. and Hastie, C.L. (2008). Caring In Kent: Summary Report Evidence From The Kent Health And Lifestyle Survey, 2005. Centre for Health Services Studies, University of Kent.
Conference or workshop item
Milne, A., Hatzidimitriadou, E. and Hamilton-West, K.E. (2004). GP Attitudes to Early Diagnosis of Dementia: Evidence of Improvement. In: The Annual Conference Of The British Society Of Gerontology.
Review
Milne, A. and Williamson, J. (2000). Meeting the mental health needs of older women: taking social inequality into account. 20:699-723.
Milne, A. (1997). Good practice in risk assessment and risk management. 7:189-190.
Total publications in KAR: 46 [See all in KAR]
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Research interests

My key research interests are: mental health in later life; family carers; long term care for older people; and social work with older people.

Current


My current work focuses on late life caring, particularly former carers; quality of life - and care - of people living with dementia in a care home; and social work with older people.

Recent

  • An ESRC seminar series, 'Carers in the 21st Century'
  • A systematic review of the identity of carers whose relative in in long term care
  • A study of working carers
  • Analysis of adult protection data for Kent and Medway Social Services Departments
  • A ground breaking review of dementia screening instruments
  • An evaluation of a psycho-educational support service for relatives of people with early stage dementia, and
  • A review of psychosocial well being in people with an early diagnosis of dementia.

Other work includes contributions to professional training and good practice guidance including authoring a set of e-learning objects for the Social Care Institute for Excellence entitled an ‘Introduction to the Mental Health of Older People’. I have received funding from a range of sources including the Department of Health, the Mental Health Foundation, the Department for Work and Pensions, and the Nuffield Foundation.  

Past


Between August 2000 and January 2004, I was seconded for two days a week to the Mental Health Foundation, a UK-wide charity based in London.

My remit was to co-lead the development of a programme of research and service development in “Mental Health & Later Life”. Projects included: an evaluation of a nation-wide scheme of early intervention services for people with dementia and an analysis of the support needs of older Asians with dementia in north west Kent.

Supervision

I am seeking a PhD student to further develop work particularly in the field of family care, care homes and social work with older people. I am also happy to explore other issues. Particular foci include: “becoming” or developing into a “carer”, the promotion of self and identity amongst care home residents with dementia, mealtimes and care homes, and the role and efficacy of social work with older service users and their families.

If you have a proposal in these areas and you are interested in studying at the University of Kent, please contact me to discuss further.

 


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Current

I teach on the BA and MA in Social Work based at the University’s Medway campus.

My teaching is primarily focused on ageing, mental health and later life, caregiving and age and care-related policy and services.


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Memberships

  • Registered with the Health and Care Professionals Council
  • Member of the National Health and Clinical Excellence Quality Standards Topic Expert Group: Social care for people with dementia (2011/12)
  • Member of the Standing Commission on Carers (2009-)
  • Member of the British Society of Gerontology Executive Committee (2009-)
  • Trustee of a Kent-based dementia charity.
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Last Updated: 25/11/2014