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Dr Alexandra Feast
6th Floor, Wong B, Maple House
149 Tottenham Court Road
London
UK
W1T 7NF
Tel: 02076799500 Ext 09500
Appointment
  • Research Fellow
  • Division of Psychiatry
  • Faculty of Brain Sciences
Biography
I am a Research Associate within Division of Psychiatry (UCL), my post is supported by the Marie Curie Palliative Care Research Unit. My principle research interests are behavioural and psychological symptoms in dementia, psychosocial interventions for improving the quality of life people with dementia and their caregivers and the pathophysiology of epilepsy.

I gained my BSc in Psychology at Kent University, my MSc in Neuroscience at UCL and my PhD in Psychiatry at UCL.




Research Summary

My current work is supported by the Marie Curie Palliative Care Research Unit.

Better Health in Residents in Care Homes (BHiRCH)

Reducing rates of avoidable hospital admissions: Optimising an evidence- based intervention to improve care for Ambulatory Care Sensitive conditions in nursing homes.

Reducing rates of hospitalisation for Ambulatory Care Sensitive (ACS) conditions is a government priority. ACS conditions is a term used in policy for conditions which, if not actively managed, can lead to unplanned hospital admissions. By definition, ACS conditions are a potential cause of avoidable hospital admissions. They include acute exacerbation of congestive heart failure, respiratory and urinary tract infections and dehydration. Hospitalisation is costly to the NHS and distressing to the person, their family and nursing home staff. Nursing home residents are amongst the frailest and most vulnerable members of society. Most have complex health care needs and more than two thirds have dementia. Early identification of changes in residents’ health is essential to ensure active management of ACS conditions in nursing homes.

Academic Background
2017 AFHEA ATQ02 - Recognised by the HEA as an Associate Fellow – Teaching and Learning in Higher Education University College London
2016 PhD Doctorat – Psychiatry University College London
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