Dr Alison Tingle joined the ARC East of England as a Dementia Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of East Anglia in April 2023. Alison’s research will focus on social prescribing for people with dementia. Exploring the experiences of people with dementia accessing and using social prescribing services to better understand what makes a good prescription and for whom. She is particularly interested in how we protect against the risk of exacerbating inequalities and the role of voluntary sector to ensure a breadth of accessible prescriptions, especially in more deprived and diverse communities.
Alison has worked in a variety of social care related roles with people affected by dementia for the last 18 years. Her PhD was an ethnography of cultural activity engagement for older adults in an Age Friendly City. This was undertaken at Manchester Metropolitan University and completed in 2021. Since completing her PhD Alison has been working as an National Institute of Health and Care Research (NIHR) funded Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) Research Fellow at University of Hertfordshire working on the National Priorities Programme for Adult Social Care and Social Work, specifically on a project researching Digital Technologies to support Social Wellbeing for community dwelling older adults in receipt of social care and their carers (DiTSoW).