Gemma Wilson-Menzfeld

Gemma Wilson-Menzfeld
Northumbria University · Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

CPsychol; PhD; MSc; BSc (Hons); FHEA

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Introduction
I am a Chartered Health Psychologist, and Senior Lecturer at Northumbria University, UK. My academic interests include: Ageing and psycho-social well-being, digital inclusion, social participation, and digital health.
Additional affiliations
March 2018 - present
Northumbria University
Position
  • Fellow
September 2014 - present
Northumbria University
Position
  • Senior Research Assistant
February 2013 - August 2014
Teesside University
Position
  • Research Assistant
Education
August 2016 - December 2018
British Psychological Society
Field of study
  • Stage 2 Health Psychology
February 2010 - September 2014
Teesside University
Field of study
  • Rehabilitation Science
September 2008 - September 2009
Teesside University
Field of study
  • Health Psychology

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Publications (45)
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Background: Loneliness and social isolation are being increasingly recognised as influencing both physical and mental health. There is limited research carried out with military veterans, and to date, there is no review of existing evidence. Aims: To synthesise and examine the evidence exploring aspects of social isolation and loneliness of milita...
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Having access and skills to use social technology, i.e. social internet use, social media and social applications, are considered as being vital to online social connection. Whilst evidence exists around facilitators and barriers to general technology use, evidence is limited with regards to the motivators, skills and tangible offline benefits olde...
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This systematic narrative review aimed to explore the implementation and delivery of digital skills programs for middle and older age adults; and understand the presence of adult learning theory (namely, geragogy/critical geragogy) in their delivery. A database search was undertaken to examine international literature, published between 2010 and 20...
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Receiving the news following death in service is widely referred to among the Armed Forces population as the “knock on the door”. This research uniquely considered how casualty notification is undertaken when reporting the death of a member of the UK Armed Forces and the impact of this on the family and/or significant other. For this study, 15 indi...
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Background: Evidence increasingly acknowledges the impact of social isolation and loneliness on the lives of military veterans and the wider Armed Forces Community. Aims: The study gathered expert consensus to (i) understand if veterans are considered 'unique' in their experiences of social isolation and loneliness; (ii) examine perceived factor...
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The COVID-19 pandemic produced unprecedented adoption and deployment of technology in rural and northern areas; however, this expansion widened the digital divide for many. Evidence shows that older adults' use of technology has increased. Coupled with an increasing number of available technologies to enhance healthcare delivery, social engagement,...
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Background The Enhanced Health for Care homes (EHCH) framework is an innovative response to provide more proactive, preventative approaches to care for residents living in care homes. It involves co-producing a shared vision with primary care. As part of EHCH a UK clinical commissioning group supported GP's in two localities to implement their pref...
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Background It has been identified that military veterans have distinct experiences of loneliness and social isolation and, when comparing this community to other client groups with a PTSD diagnosis, veterans respond less favorably to treatment. However, the link between PTSD and loneliness for veterans remains insufficiently researched and it is un...
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Aims: Provide guidance for engaging military veterans in various research teams to help overcome veterans' lack of trust in research. Methods: We draw from our combined experience to present four case studies of veteran research on sensitive topics to illustrate successful engagement with veterans. Results: For each case example, we describe vetera...
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Background Despite research highlighting the role of alcohol in military life, specifically in relation to mental health and certain combat experiences, there is no synthesised evidence looking at the relationship between military service and alcohol use. Aims To synthesize and examine evidence exploring the relationship between military service a...
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Objectives This study aimed to examine the unique factors of loneliness and social isolation within the ex-military population from discharge, through transition, to the present day. Design A qualitative, Phenomenological approach was adopted. Methods In-depth semi-structured interviews were carried out with 11 participants who had all served in...
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Doctors' wellbeing is overlooked, although stress and burnout is high. Evidence suggests links between mentoring and health and wellbeing, but little is known. This mixed methods, Realistic Evaluation investigated relationships between mentoring by ‘trained’ mentors, and doctors experiences of health and well-being. Data included a questionnaire (n...
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Background: Yoga has multiple benefits for individuals living with Multiple Sclerosis (MS), including reduced pain, depression, fatigue, strength, and improved quality of life. During the COVID-19 pandemic, home-based delivery of yoga increased. However, no studies to date have explored online home-based yoga for individuals living with MS, more s...
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Background: Patient safety is a global concern. Learning to provide safe, high-quality care is core to nursing education. Problem: Students are exposed to diverse clinical practices, and experiences may vary between placements and across countries. Student experience is seldom used as an educational resource. Approach: An international, Europe...
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Background: Underpinning all nursing education is the development of safe practitioners who provide quality care. Learning in practice settings is important, but student experiences vary. Purpose: This study aimed to systematically develop a robust multilingual, multiprofessional data collection tool, which prompts students to describe and refle...
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Background In many countries, performing arts and theatre practices are being employed with Armed Forces Communities. However, very little evidence exists outlining the psychosocial benefits of this practice. Therefore, this study aims to explore the perceived impact of theatre-based programmes on psychosocial well-being, and social connections, of...
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In many countries, performing arts and theatre practices are being employed with Armed Forces Communities. However, very little evidence exists outlining the psychosocial benefits of this practice. Therefore, this study aims to explore the perceived impact of theatre-based programmes on psychosocial well-being, and social connections, of U.K. Milit...
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Background : The terms Critical Incident Technique (CIT) and Reflection are widely used but often not fully explained, resulting in ambiguity. Purpose: To map and describe existing approaches to recording or using critical incidents and reflection in nursing and health professions literature over the last decade; to identify challenges and facilit...
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Military veterans can experience limb loss as a direct result of conflict, an accident, illness or injury. Whatever the cause, there is a need to recognise the long-term consequences and challenges of limb loss on maintaining independence in one’s home. This study aimed to examine the housing needs of veterans experiencing limb loss, and the impact...
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Purpose: This study aims to explore the physical, psychological and social wellbeing of veterans who have experienced limb-loss and to ascertain the factors that contribute to the ability of veterans to maintain their independence at various stages in their lives. Methods: Sixty two life-story interviews were conducted with 32 veterans (aged betwee...
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Older people, even those living with long-term conditions or poor mobility, can be supported to live well at home, through adapting their home to meet changing need. Installing home adaptations, from grab rails to walk in shower rooms, is cost effective, may prevent falls, reduce social isolation and improve self confidence. Despite austerity cuts...
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Social isolation and loneliness are recognised societal issues, and it is estimated that between 5% and 18% of adults in the United Kingdom feel that they are ‘often’ or ‘always’ lonely (Co-Op Foundation and The Red Cross, 2016; Office for National Statistics, 2018). Furthermore, social isolation and loneliness are highlighted as being central to t...
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Most adults over 65 years old live in mainstream housing in the United Kingdom, yet these can often be unsuitable for an individual's needs. With increased understanding of the relationship between housing, and health and well‐being, the importance of modifying the home to suit individuals is recognised as being paramount. However, it is often diff...
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Objective Wearable technologies for health monitoring are becoming increasingly mainstream. However, there is currently limited evidence exploring use from the perspective of healthcare professionals. This study aimed to explore health professionals’ attitudes toward their patients’ use of wearable technologies. Methods A convenience sample of hea...
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Background: In response to marked concern regarding inadequate fluid intake recording in care homes, an innovative mobile hydration app was collaboratively developed. "Hydr8" aimed to facilitate accurate recording and communication of residents' fluid intake and ultimately increase care quality and patient safety.
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Objectives To determine the extent to which National Health Service (NHS) service providers appoint a named Armed Forces veteran lead or champion, and to explore the commissioning of veteran-specific services by Clinical Commissioning Groups. Design A convergent mixed method design was used to improve understanding obtained from the information pr...
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Objectives: To determine the extent to which NHS service providers appoint a named Armed Forces veteran lead or champion, and to explore the commissioning of veteran specific services by Clinical Commissioning Groups. Design: A convergent mixed method design was used to improve understanding obtained from the information provided by respondents on...
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Objectives This study aims to explore the subjective lived experience of informal caregivers supporting an individual with dementia. Design This study uses the interpretive phenomenological approach utilizing the method of photo‐elicitation and in‐depth semi‐structured interviews. Methods Six individuals were given a disposable camera to capture...
Technical Report
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The impact of losing a limb extends well beyond initial recovery and rehabilitation, with long-term consequences and challenges requiring healthcare commitments across the life-course. A renewed interest in the long-term impact of limb-loss has been sparked by the social and political imperative to care for military veterans injured during the Iraq...
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Aim: There is an extensive body of research examining the efficacy of Eye-Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy in treatment of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). This systematic narrative review aimed to systematically, and narratively, review robust evidence from Randomized-Controlled Trials examining the efficacy of EMDR thera...
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Alcohol misuse in the United Kingdom’s veteran community is not an isolated phenomenon. Internationally, alcohol and wider substance misuse would appear to be an historic and current global issue within veteran communities. Although research has been undertaken both in the United Kingdom and the United States into why veterans are reluctant to seek...
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Background: Persistent pain is prevalent within the ageing population and impacts daily functioning. Measuring daily functioning using conventional measures is problematic and novel technologies offer an alternative way of observing these behaviours. Methods: This study aimed to consider the use of a wearable camera as a method of exploring a ra...
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Background In response to marked concern regarding inadequate fluid intake recording in care homes, an innovative mobile hydration app was collaboratively developed. “Hydr8” aimed to facilitate accurate recording and communication of residents’ fluid intake and ultimately increase care quality and patient safety. Objective The aim of this study wa...
Preprint
BACKGROUND In response to marked concern regarding inadequate fluid intake recording in care homes, an innovative mobile hydration app was collaboratively developed. “Hydr8” aimed to facilitate accurate recording and communication of residents’ fluid intake and ultimately increase care quality and patient safety. OBJECTIVE The aim of this study wa...
Technical Report
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The aim of this project was to explore why veterans are reluctant to access help for alcohol problems and the extent to which they may be different from other substance misuse service users within the general population. Research was conducted through a sequential process over four phases. The initial three phases consisted of interviews and focus...
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Photographic images allow data to be captured from an alternative perspective. Traditional, manual cameras are the most common method of recording photographic data, however, innovative technology is changing the way in which photographs can be collected. Wearable cameras enable a vast amount of photographic images to be captured, automatically, wi...
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The health and wellbeing of doctors are crucial, both for the individuals themselves and their ability to deliver optimum patient care. With increased pressures on healthcare, support mechanisms that attend to doctors’ health and wellbeing may require greater emphasis to safeguard those working in frontline services. To inform future developments,...
Technical Report
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Evaluating and exploring the implementation of the Hydr8 system in care homes across the North East (UK)
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Objective: Upcoming technology is changing the way that we are able to collect data looking into activity, social participation and health behaviours. Wearable cameras are one form of technology that allows us to automatically record a collection of passive images, building a visual diary of the user's day. Whilst acknowledging the usefulness of w...
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Introduction: 50-80% of older people experience persistent pain. Thus, it is important that health and social care education prepares students to work with this specific group. Students need to understand and empathise with the older person's perspectives and experiences. This is difficult to achieve in time-limited classroom and clinical placement...
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Chronic pain often interferes with daily living. This study aimed to explore day-to-day patterns of functioning and experiences of older adults living with chronic pain. Thirteen older adults (65+ years) living with chronic pain (pain lasting >3 months) took part in the study. Four data collection techniques were used to gather information on vario...

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Projects (8)
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Aiming to understand the experiences of older adults using social technology (digital devices and social media) to stay connected with others. This has been a mixed methods study, phase one involving conducting a series of interviews and phase two involving a quantitative survey. Currently in the process of developing a podcast about the study.
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Primary research aim: To co-design a fatigue risk management strategy with theatre and maternity unit teams [doctors, nurses, midwives, Allied Healthcare Practitioners] that results in effective management of staff fatigue during the night shift. Secondary research aim: To explore the processes involved in using a participatory action research project to innovate for improved wellbeing and to unpick what works, for whom, and under what circumstances.