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Dr Alison Ellwood

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Research Fellow

Alison Ellwood re-joined the Academic Unit for Ageing and Stroke Research in April 2024, having worked in the department previously as a research assistant. She has worked on several studies within the unit primarily within Care Home projects, but also in hospital and community settings.

She is currently working as a Research Fellow on a study examining Structured Medication Reviews and will be conducting qualitative research with older people and other stakeholders including healthcare professionals and care home staff. This study is aimed at exploring the quality and accessibility of Structured Medication Reviews for older people living with severe frailty.

Alison worked for several years in a residential care home and completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology, before working as a research assistant on Care Home based projects with the Academic Unit and Leeds University. She recently completed her PhD exploring the lived experience of ageing with co-existent frailty and cognitive impairment. Alison’s study used life course and narrative methods to explore how current and past psychological and social events and experiences can influence how people experience, and manage, frailty and cognitive impairments in later life.


Masefield S, Ellwood A, Blower S, Dickerson J, Moss RH, Ahern SM (2024) Study protocol for a systems evaluation of an infant mental health service: Integration of ‘Little Minds Matter’ into the early years system. PLoS ONE 19(3): e0286835.

Crocker, Tom & Ensor, Joie & Lam, Natalie & Jordão, Magda & Bajpai, Ram & Bond, Matthew & Forster, Anne & Riley, Richard & Andre, Deirdre & Brundle, Caroline & Ellwood, Alison & Green, John & Hale, Matthew & Mirza, Lubena & Morgan, Jessica & Patel, Ismail & Patetsini, Eleftheria & Prescott, Matthew & Ramiz, Ridha & Clegg, Andrew. (2024). Community based complex interventions to sustain independence in older people: systematic review and network meta-analysis. The BMJ. 384. e077764. 10.1136/bmj-2023-077764.

Lam, Natalie & Green, John & Hallas, Sarah & Forster, Anne & Crocker, Tom & Andre, Deirdre & Ellwood, Alison & Clegg, Andrew & Brown, Lesley. (2023). Mapping review of pain management programmes and psychological therapies for community-dwelling older people living with pain. European Geriatric Medicine. 15. 10.1007/s41999-023-00871-1.

Patel, Ismail & Graham, Liz & Forster, Anne & Jacob, Ikhlaq & Ellwood, Alison. (2023). Researchers’ Experiences of the Challenges of Conducting Two Randomised Controlled Trials in Care Homes. Journal of Long Term Care. 67-72. 10.31389/jltc.187.

Ellwood, A., Quinn, C., & Mountain, G. (2021). Psychological and social factors associated with coexisting frailty and cognitive impairment: A systematic review. Research on Aging, 16402752110456-1640275211045603.

Anne Forster, Jennifer Airlie, Alison Ellwood, Mary Godfrey, John Green, Bonnie Cundill, Bryony Dawkins, Nicola McMaster, Claire Hulme, Robert Cicero, Vicki McLellan, Liz Graham, Bev Gallagher, David R Ellard, Joan Firth, Amanda Farrin, the REACH Programme Team, An intervention to increase physical activity in care home residents: results of a cluster-randomised, controlled feasibility trial (the REACH trial), Age and Ageing, 2021;, afab130,

Griffiths, A. W., Devi, R., Cheetham, B., Heaton, L., Randle, A., Ellwood, A., Douglas, G. V. A., Csikar, J., Vinall-Collier, K., Wright, J., & Spilsbury, K. (2021). Maintaining and improving mouth care for care home residents: A participatory research project. International Journal of Older People Nursing, 00, e12394.

Charlotte Kelly, Claire Hulme, Liz Graham, Alison Ellwood, Ismail Patel, Bonnie Cundill, Amanda Farrin, Madeline Goodwin, Karen Hull, Jill Fisher, Anne Forster, Inter-rater reliability of care home staff’s proxy judgements with residents’ assessments of their own health-related quality of life: an analysis of the PATCH trial EQ-5D data, Age and Ageing, 2021;, afab053,

Williams, R., Hull, K., Clarke, D., Graham, L., Hawkins, R., Cundill, B., Ellwood, A., Farrin, A., Fisher, J., Goodwin, M., Holland, M., Hulme, C., Kelly, C., & Forster, A. (2020). Process evaluation exploring the delivery and uptake of a posture and mobility training package in care homes. Physiotherapy, 107, e185-e185.

Graham, L., Ellwood, A., Hull, K., Fisher, J., Cundill, B., Holland, M., Goodwin, M., Clarke, D., Hawkins, R., Hulme, C., Patel, I., Kelly, C., Williams, R., Farrin, A., & Forster, A. (2020). A posture and mobility training package for care home staff: Results of a cluster randomised controlled feasibility trial (the PATCH trial). Age and Ageing, 49(5), 821-828.

Graham, L., Cicero, R., Clarke, D., Cundill, B., Ellwood, A., Farrin, A., Fisher, J., Goodwin, M., Hawkins, R., Hull, K., Hulme, C., Trépel, D., Williams, R., & Forster, A. (2018). PATCH: Posture and mobility training for care staff versus usual care in care homes: Study protocol for a randomised controlled trial. Trials, 19(1), 521-521.

Ellwood, A., Airlie, J., Cicero, R., Cundill, B., Ellard, D. R., Farrin, A., Godfrey, M., Graham, L., Green, J., McLellan, V., Siddiqi, N., Forster, A., REACH Programme Team, & On behalf of the REACH Programme Team. (2018). Recruiting care homes to a randomised controlled trial. Trials, 19(1), 535-535.

Forster, A., Airlie, J., Birch, K., Cicero, R., Cundill, B., Ellwood, A., Godfrey, M., Graham, L., Green, J., Hulme, C., Lawton, R., McLellan, V., McMaster, N., Farrin, A., REACH Programme Team, & on behalf of the REACH Programme Team. (2017). Research exploring physical activity in care homes (REACH): Study protocol for a randomised controlled trial. Trials, 18(1), 182-182.