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Dr Glenda Cook

Professor of Nursing

Department: Nursing, Midwifery & Health

Glenda Cook, Professor of Nursing at Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne. Glenda’s career began in nursing, which fostered an interest in the needs of older people.

HLS G Cook Staffprofile 255Glenda Cook, Professor of Nursing at Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne. Glenda’s career began in nursing, which fostered an interest in the needs of older people. As a nurse tutor she participated in the development of the MA Advanced Practice in Nursing and developed learning opportunities concerning risk and risk management in advanced practice. Her research career began with an investigation of risk perception and risk management in rehabilitation services for older people. From these beginnings she has developed a portfolio of research projects concerning older people’s needs and service response. A unique aspect of this portfolio of activity is the involvement of older people as co-researchers and supporting older people to undertake user-led research. Her current research portfolio includes the development of integrated and enabling preventative services for older people living in sheltered housing; development of chronic disease management services in primary care through data modelling; and assessing the effectiveness of non-pharmacological interventions to address dementia related challenging behaviour.

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PhD; MA (medical Ethics); BSc (Psychology); RNT; RGN

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Area of interest/specialism:

Gerontology; long term care of older people; gerotechnology; practice development; development of communities for quality of life in later life.

Area of Research:

Developing services for older people; Care home research; interpretative research; narrative methodology.

Sponsors and Collaborators

  • Department of Health

  • Technology Strategy Board

  • Equal Arts

  • Big Lottery

Current/Recent Projects

2013 - General practice chronic disease delivery model. KTP funding stream (co funded by ESRC 20%; and TSB 80%) £138975

2012 - Consortium of Partners in the region of Frankfurt and Northumbria

University: 2012 Field Test: Age Appropriate Assistance in Real Estate

(Feldtest Altersgerechte Assistenzsystem in der Wohnungswirtschaft) (595.000 Euro)(4,000Euro Northumbria University)

2012 - Henpower. Principal Investigator. Big Lottery £14,500

2012 - Silver talk Big Lottery CI: £13,500

2012 - Room for imagination – developing the creative care workforce. Co-Investigator. Equal Arts £6,000

2011 - Ageing in place through supportive housing. Academic lead. KTP funding stream (co funded by ESRC 25%; DH 25% and TSB 50%) £128,996

2011 - DATUM in Action - Supporting researchers to plan and manage their research data. Co-applicant: JISC £57,721

2010 - Models for ageing and technological solutions for improving and enhancing the quality of life. WP 5 Leader: European Commission Research FP7 Marie Curie Actions programme. 189,000 Euro (£167,502)

2010 - Enabling Social Enterprise and Services to support health and wellbeing in older people within Northumberland. Principal investigator: HEIF £31,206

2009 - Maintaining and developing social interaction through ICT communication technologies: enhancing quality of care. Principal Investigator: Care Services Improvement Partnership. £10,316

2009 - Enhancing home care visits for older people in Northumberland. Principal Investigator Northumbria University RDF £10,850

2008 - Older people and developing telecare technologies. Project lead: Northumbria University, Post doctorate Research Fellowship £4,858

2008 - Senior peer mentoring. Project lead: Northumberland Care Trust £12,344.14 

Key Publications

Cook, G. and Bailey, C.(in press) Older care home residents views of intergenerational connectivity. Journal of Intergenerational Relations

Klein, B; Gaedt L; Cook, G (2013) Emotional robots: principles and practice with PARO in Denmark, Germany and the UK. The Journal of Gerontopsychology and Geriatric Psychiatry, 26 (2), 89-99

Cook, G; Ellman, J; Cook, M.,Klein, B. (2013) Everyday usage of home telecare services in England. IEEE Electrical Society, HSI, SOPOT Poland. 

Cook, G; Bailey, C; Moyle, W. (2013) The impact of ICT-based telecare technology on quality of life of people with dementia: review of the literature IEEE Electrical Society, HIS, SOPOT Poland.

Klein, B.; Cook, G.: Emotional Robotics in Elder Care – A Comparison of Findings in the UK and Germany. S.S.Ge et al (Eds.): ICSR 2012, INAI 7621, Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer-Verlag, 2012 S. 108-117

Klein,B; Cook, G; Moyle, W; Clarke, C.; Horbach, A.;Bailey, C (2012) Ambient Assisted Living, Telecare, Telehealth - Neue Technologieund Organisationskonzepte. Projekte und Trends in Australien, Großbritannien und Deutschland. Deutscher AAL-Kongress ∙ ISBN 978-3-8007-3400-9 © VDE VERLAG GMBH ∙ Berlin ∙ Offenbach, 24.-25.01.2012

Moyle, W, Clarke, C, Gracia, N; Reed, J; Cook, G; Klein, B; Marais, S; and Richardson, E (2010) 0lder people maintaining well-being: an appreciative inquiry study in four countries. Journal of Nursing and Healthcare of Chronic Illness, vol 2(2), pp. 113-121

Cook, G.;Klein. B.; Cader. R.; Moyle. M.; Marais. S.; Clarke. C. and Reed. (2010) Potential technological solutions to promote mental well-being in older age. Generations review vol. 20 (3) July pp. 1-5

Reed. J., Cook. G., Bolter. V. and Douglas. B. (2008) Older people involved in policy and planning: factors which support engagement. Journal of Aging Studies 22/3, pp. 273 - 281. DOI:10.1016/j.jaging.2007.04.004

Reed. J., Cook. G., Bolter. V. and Douglas. B. (2006) Older people getting involved and getting things done. Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

Reed, J., Weiner. R. and Cook. G. (2004) Partnership research with older people- moving towards making the rhetoric a reality. International Journal of Older People Nursing. 13(3A) pp. 3-11. DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2702.2004.00920.x


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