ASCOT team

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Ann-Marie Towers

Ann-Marie is a Senior Research Fellow at the PSSRU at the University of Kent and the ASCOT programme lead. Her responsibilities include having oversight of the development and support of the ASCOT toolkit in the UK and internationally, and she provides consultancy and advice about its use in research, policy and practice. Involved in the development of the mixed-methods toolkit for use in care homes, Ann-Marie is particularly interested in how ASCOT can be adapted to measure the outcomes of people with cognitive impairment and communication difficulties, as well as its application by providers for use in care planning.

Nick Smith

Nick is a Research Fellow at the PSSRU at the University of Kent and ASCOT training lead, and delivers the training alongside Ann-Marie. Nick is also involved in researching how ASCOT works in care homes.

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Juliette Malley

Juliette is an Assistant Professorial Research Fellow at the Personal Social Services Research Unit at London School of Economics and Political Science and the University of Kent.  Juliette was involved in the initial development of the interview and self-completion versions of ASCOT, and has since led on the development of preference weights for the suite of ASCOT measures.  Juliette’s main interests are in using ASCOT to research and evaluate the quality and performance of long-term care services and systems. She is currently involved in the EXCELC project, which is comparing the effectiveness and efficiency of long-term care provided in private households in Austria, England and Finland, using ASCOT.  Juliette provides consultancy and advice about the use of ASCOT in research, policy and practice.

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Stacey Rand

Stacey is a Research Fellow at the PSSRU at the University of Kent. She led on the development of a version of ASCOT for family/friend carers (ASCOT-Carer INT4/SCT4) and has also been involved in projects to translate these tools into other languages (most recently, Japanese). Stacey was involved in the development of the easy read version of ASCOT and worked on the second phase of development of the ASCOT proxy version. Stacey is currently working on the psychometric testing of the ASCOT-ER, and is also working on other quality of life measurement and carer-related projects.

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Kamilla Razik

Kamilla is a Research Officer at the PSSRU at the University of Kent and leads on the support provided to ASCOT users. She is also the lead on ASCOT translations and has been involved in translations of ASCOT into Dutch, Finnish, German (Austria) and Japanese. She is currently working on two projects related to the ASCOT Easy Read:  (1) validation the ASCOT-ER and (2) adaption and testing of the ASCOT-ER for electronic devices.

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James Caiels

James is a Research Fellow at the PSSRU Kent and led on the development of the easy read version of ASCOT. James is particularly interested in widening participation in social care research by using and developing a variety of different methods.

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Ann Netten

Ann is Professor of Social Welfare at the University of Kent and was responsible for the initial development of the ASCOT through a variety of projects over a number of years.  She was Director of the PSSRU Kent (2000-2013), director of the Quality and Outcomes of Person-centred Care Policy Research Unit (QORU) (2011-2013) and Associate Director NIHR School for Social Care Research (2009-2014). She currently has an advisory role on the programme and is chair of the International Advisory Committee.

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