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Brighton & Sussex Medical School

Meet the team

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Professor Sube Banerjee

Sube Banerjee MBE, MB BS MSc MBA MD FRCPsych is Visiting Professor in Dementia Brighton and Sussex Medical School and Executive Dean of the Faculty of Health: Medicine, Dentistry and Human Sciences at the University of Plymouth. He trained at St Thomas’s, Guy’s and the Maudsley hospitals, and was the Professor of Mental Health and Ageing at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London, for 10 years. He was the Department of Health for England’s senior professional advisor on dementia and led the development of its National Dementia Strategy, as well as conducting the national enquiry into the use of antipsychotics in dementia for the UK government. He developed the Croydon Memory Service Model and works with industry and governments on health systems, policy and strategies to improve health for older adults with complex needs and those in long-term care with dementia.

An active researcher with more than 120 original papers published in peer-reviewed journals, Professor Banerjee focuses on measurement of quality of life in dementia, evaluation of new treatments and services, and the interface between policy, research and practice. He has been awarded national and international awards for his work in policy and research.

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Professor Juliet Wright

Professor Juliet Wright MBBS, MD, FRCP trained in general and geriatric medicine in the South Thames region and was awarded her MD from the University of Surrey for research involving recombinant human growth hormone in the preoperative optimisation of elderly orthopaedic patients. She is an honorary consultant geriatrician at Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals and has a specialist interest in HIV in older patients and breast cancer in the elderly with specialist clinics in both fields.Juliet was appointed to the role Director of Undergraduate Teaching and Learning in 2015, she is passionate about teaching and learning and has received multiple awards for her work.Juliet works alongside Prof Sube Banerjee on the Time for Dementia team investigating the role of longitudinal clerkships in the teaching of dementia to undergraduates. • 01273 696955 extn 3105 

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Dr Stephanie Daley

Dr Stephanie Daley is the programme and evaluation lead for the Time for Dementia and Time for Autism educational programmes. Stephanie completed her PhD at Kings College London in 2014. Stephanie is an Occupational Therapist by background. . • 01273 873206


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Lauren Wonnacott

Lauren Wonnacott is Alzheimer’s Society Network Manager for the Time for Dementia programme and is responsible for overseeing the recruitment and support of people with dementia and carers within the programme.  During 2018 Lauren co-facilitated the roll out of Time for Dementia to three new universities, and now works closely with all five Universities involved to ensure the smooth running of the Programme. Lauren manages a team of Service User Involvement Officers who work across Kent, Surrey and Sussex, the team visit local groups and organisations to raise awareness of Time for Dementia, and then visit people in their own home to consent them into the programme. See Lauren's Alzheimer's Society team below. • 07713779582

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Denise Roden 

Denise Roden manages the administration for the Time for Dementia programme which gives medical students the opportunity to visit a family living with dementia over a period of two years. Denise works closely with the Evaluation Lead, Dr Stephanie Daley, to ensure the smooth running of the programme. This includes pairing the students with the participant families, keeping track of when students are out on visits and keeping in touch with the participant families. • 01273 678182

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Yvonne Feeney

Yvonne Feeney is a PhD student at Brighton and Sussex Medical School studying empathy towards dementia. She qualified as a Registered General Nurse from University College Cork. She has over 15 years’ experience working in the acute setting and managing care services for the elderly. Yvonne has worked at the Centre for Dementia Studies since 2016 as a research assistant on the Time for Dementia programme and supports clinical research studies in a nursing capacity at the Dementia Research Unit in Crowborough. She completed her MSc in Dementia Studies at Brighton and Sussex Medical School in 2019. Her research interests include improving quality of life for people with dementia, and the role education plays in improving understanding and attitudes toward the condition. • 01273 873 817

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Joanna Pooley

Joanna Pooley graduated from the University of Sussex in 2012 with an MSc in Clinical Psychology and Mental Health. She went onto work with people with severe and enduring mental health problems in the housing sector and NHS. She joined the Alzheimer’s Society in 2015 where she provided information and support to people living with dementia. During her post, she facilitated the Carer Information and Support Programme (CrISP) enabling carers to share their experiences and to access peer support, whilst gaining up-to-date information about local and national services. She is passionate about improving the quality of life for people affected by dementia and is currently working as a Research Assistant on Time for Dementia. • 01273 873 817 

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Nazire Akarsu

Nazire Akarsu worked as a Support Worker for 9 years with people with severe learning disabilities, supporting them in their home and the community. In 2016, Nazire graduated from Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) at King's College London with an MSc in Mental Health Services and Population Research. She has worked in multiple research posts supporting projects based at universities, within the third sector and NHS. Nazire’s interests include improving wellbeing and quality of life for people with dementia and their carers, with a particular focus on those from marginalised groups in the UK. Her most recent work reviewed psychosocial interventions for depression in carers of people with dementia from a minority ethnic background ( She is currently working as a Research Assistant on Time for Dementia. • 01273 873 206

The Alzheimer's Society team

TfD Lauren's team

The Alzheimer’s Society team (L-R): Joseph O’Toole, Rachael Ross, Laura Pack-Hagan, Natasha Shutte, Philippa Charlton, Lauren Wonnacott

Partner universities and institutions

Wendy Grosvenor, University of Surrey

Wendy is a Lecturer in Older Adult Care within the School of Health Sciences. Since qualifying in 1991 Wendy has worked in a variety of posts working mainly with older people - in particular dementia care. Her research interests include dementia, education, simulation and older person care. 

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Dr Jane Morris, University of Brighton 

At an early stage of her career as a physiotherapist, working as a clinical tutor in a London teaching hospital, Dr Jane Morris was inspired by educators who adopted a student-centred approach to learning, promoting trust and collaboration between learner and educator. 

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Dr Julie Cooper, University of Greenwich  

Julie Cooper is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Adult Nursing and Paramedic Science at the University of Greenwich. Her experience as a practitioner began with a clinical career in general medicine and moved to specialise in care for older people. Within this specialty she has worked in acute and rehabilitation settings in a variety of roles including Ward Sister, Lecturer Practitioner, and Modern Matron.

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Mary Kirk, Canterbury Christchurch University

Mary Kirk joined the School of Nursing at Canterbury Christchurch University in 2017. Prior to this, she worked for many years as an honorary lecturer. Mary has a broad experience in both primary and secondary care settings within the NHS and private sector. Working as a Nursing Consultant, she specialised in end of life care, cardiology and heart failure for more than 15 years.

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