ASCOT team

 

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Ann-Marie Towers

Ann-Marie is a Senior Research Fellow at CHSS 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.

Lizzie Welch

Lizzie is a Research Officer and the ASCOT Support and Engagement Officer at the PSSRU at the University of Kent. Lizzie is involved in the day-to-day running of ASCOT –  from licensing to delivering support and advice to ASCOT users. She has also researched how ASCOT works in care homes and was part of the initial development of ASCOT through her involvement in a number of research projects that fed into the development of ASCOT.

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Juliette Malley

Juliette is an Assistant Professorial Research Fellow at the Care Policy and Evaluation Centre at the London School of Economics and Political Science. 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 recently completed the EXCELC project, which compared the effectiveness and efficiency of long-term care provided in private households in Austria, England and Finland, using ASCOT.

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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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James Caiels

James is a Research Fellow at the PSSRU at the University of 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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