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Dr Rasa Mikelyte PhD, BSc, MSc, PDip

Research Assistant

 

 

My principal research interests are in dementia care and policy, with my doctoral research looking into improving mealtimes for people with dementia, their relatives and staff in NHS Continuing Care facilities. I am also interested in micro-cultures in long-term care, mental health in later life, as well as sexuality and gender diversity in later life.

Since joining CHSS in July 2017, I have been part of research teams evaluating Hospice at Home services for end of life care in England, the New Models of Care national Vanguard programme, local Vanguard initiatives, integrated care services, services for carers, and patterns of opioid prescribing for older people in the UK, further broadening my research interests. I specialise in mixed-methodology research, service evaluation and action research.

My professional background is in work with People with Dementia in a variety of clinical and care settings, including an Assistant Psychologist post for Older Adult Psychological Services (NHS). As well as this I have worked as an Assistant Lecturer at the University of Kent’s School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research, held a number of research positions, and continue to guest-lecture for trainee mental health social workers nationally.

I have a PhD in Social Policy, an MSc in Social and Applied Psychology, BSc degree in Applied Psychology with Clinical Psychology and a Postgraduate Diploma in Methods of Social Research; all at the University of Kent. I joined CHSS as a Research Assistant in July 2017.

Currently researching:
• Optimum Hospice at Home Services for End of Life Care
• The New Models of Care National Vanguard programme Evaluation projects
• GP perceptions on Opioid Prescribing as Regular Pain-Management Medication for Older People
• The contribution of Multidisciplinary Meetings (MDMs) towards improving patient outcomes and preventing the need for health and social care support: A mixed-methods evaluation employing an implementation science approach.
• Evaluation of the Acute Response Team (ART) Service in Thanet

Current collaborations outside CHSS:
In search of a good death: What would a good death in dementia look like? A qualitative study comparing views of people with dementia in Brazil & UK – with Dr Edison Iglesias de Oliveira Vidal (UNESP), Dr Francelise Pivetta Roque (UFF), Dr Luciano Magalhães Vitorino (UFJF) and Dr Karen Harrison Dening (Dementia UK)
Utilisation of 'Carers Star' as Indicator of Carer Need and Service Impact – with Prof Alisoun Milne at SSPSSR
Evaluation of service user-led role play feedback for social work students – with Dr Eleni Skoura-Kirk and Sarah Brown
Professional-personal identity congruence and social work student wellbeing - with Dr Eleni Skoura-Kirk and Prof Alisoun Milne
Social work student value profile - with Dr Eleni Skoura-Kirk and Prof Alisoun Milne

Past CHSS projects:
• Evaluation of the Kent & Medway One Care Pilot
• Exploration of the Factors Influencing Opioid Prescribing as Regular Pain-Management Medication for Older People
• Service Evaluation of the Encompass Community Hub Operating Centres

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Also view these in the Kent Academic Repository

Article
Mikelyte, R. and Milne, A. (2016). The role and influence of micro-cultures in long-term care on the mental health and wellbeing of older people: a scoping review of evidence. Quality in Ageing and Older Adults [Online] 17:198-214. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/QAOA-09-2015-0044.
Monograph
Billings, J. et al. (2018). Service Evaluation of the Encompass Community Hub Operating Centres (CHOCS), Report: June 2018. Centre for Health Services Studies.
Research report (external)
MacInnes, J. et al. (2018). Service Evaluation of the Acute Response Team (ART). CHSS: Canterbury.
Mikelyte, R. and Milne, A. (2018). Carers FIRST: Impact on Carers Star Report. CHSS: Canterbury.
Billings, J., White, G. and Mikelyte, R. (2018). Evaluation of the Kent & Medway One Care Pilot. CHSS: Canterbury.
Mikelyte, R. and Milne, A. (2018). Carers FIRST: Summary Report. CHSS: Canterbury.
Hill, E. et al. (2018). Exploration of the Factors Influencing Opioid Prescribing as Regular Pain-Management Medication for Older People. CHSS: Canterbury.
Mikelyte, R. and Milne, A. (2018). Carers FIRST: Case Profile & Carers' Star Utilisation Report. CHSS: Canterbury.
Conference or workshop item
Mikelyte, R. (2018). Corporeality, Embodiment and Mealtimes in NHS Continuing Care for People with Dementia. in: British Sociological Association Invisible Bodies One Day Conference.
Mikelyte, R. (2018). Changing Care Homes: the overlooked impact of marketization. in: Public Policy Exchange symposium on Raising the Standards of Care Homes.
Brigden, C. et al. (2018). Patient and Public (PPI) Involvement in Hospice research: an example of co-production in action. in: National Association for Hospice at Home Annual Conference 2018.
Skoura-Kirk, E., Brown, S. and Mikelyte, R. (2018). Evaluation of service user-led role play feedback for social work students. in: Joint Social Work Eduction and Research Conference.. Available at: https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/health-and-wellbeing/events/joint-social-work-education-and-research-conference.aspx.
Skoura-Kirk, E., Brown, S. and Mikelyte, R. (2018). Evaluation of service user-led role play feedback for social work students. in: Annual Medway Learning and Teaching Festival.. Available at: https://showtime.gre.ac.uk/index.php/medway/festival2018.
Jaswal, S. and Mikelyte, R. (2018). Encompass Vanguard: Evaluating Staff & Manager Perceptions. in: Local Care MDT Conference.
Mikelyte, R. (2017). Improving mealtime experiences in continuing care facilities. in: KMPT Older People's Research Event.
Rees-Roberts, M. et al. (2017). Optimum Hospice at Home Services for End of Life Care (OPEL H@H): Results of survey data from hospice at home services in England. in: National Association for Hospice at Home Annual Conference 2017.
Mikelyte, R. and White, G. (2017). Evaluation of the Kent & Medway One Care Pilot. in: Buurtzorg Test & Learn Conference.
Mikelyte, R. (2015). Managing change: Reflections on an action research study for enhancing mealtimes in NHS dementia care. in: The 44th Annual British Society of Gerontology Conference.
Mikelyte, R. (2015). The importance of micro-cultures: Preliminary findings from an action research study on improving mealtimes in dementia care. in: 14th National Conference of Emerging Researchers in Ageing.
Thesis
Mikelyte, R. (2017). Improving Care for People with Dementia in NHS Continuing Care Facilities: Enhancing the Mealtime Experience for Older Patients, their Relatives and Staff.
Total publications in KAR: 20 [See all in KAR]
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