The leading experts in dementia in Bristol are involved in the team. The HIT management team is made up of:
- HIT directors: Rachel Holland, Psychiatrist, Isobel Jones, CEO, Alive, Gary Christopher, Gerontologist and Ageing Well lead at University of the West of England (UWE) Bristol
- Research workstream leads: Professor Richard Cheston, Professor of Mental Health Research, UWE
- Public and patient involvement workstream lead: Lorna Robertson, Operations Manager, Bristol, Gloucestershire and South Gloucestershire, Alzheimer's Society
- HIT co-ordinator: Louise Spencer (based at Alive)
Several other key individuals contribute to delivering the work of the HIT, including:
- Sue Jaques, Commissioning Manager Ageing Well & Dementia, South Gloucestershire Council and chair of South Gloucestershire Dementia Expert Group
- John Moore, Director, Home Instead Senior Care and chair of Bristol Dementia Expert Group
- Paul Knocker, Operations Manager, Bristol Dementia Wellbeing Service
- Tony Hall, Bristol Dementia Action Alliance
- Winsome Barrett-Muir, South Gloucestershire Dementia Action Alliance
- Rosa Hui, Chair, Working Group on Dementia in Caribbean, Chinese, South Asian and African communities
- Anndeloris Chacon, Manager, Bristol Black Carers.
How the public is involved
Lorna Robertson at the Alzheimer's Society leads on PPI for the Dementia HIT, with the aim of ensuring that people affected by dementia are involved across the various HIT projects. The PPI workstream has established reference groups involving patients and carers in clinical service development and research.
In 2018/19, the HIT conducted an online public 'Attitudes to dementia' survey which aimed to find out if people's awareness of dementia and attitudes towards the condition have changed since 2013. Access the survey.