Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport and Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
I have experience of managing projects and leading teams at Higher Education Institutions and third sector organisations (ILM Level 5 Leadership). As a line manager within the Faculty I support the development of staff leading and working on the undergraduate BSc Adult and Mental Health nursing programmes.
My academic background is in social science, with a practice background in social care where I spent many years as Chief Executive of Down's Syndrome Scotland.
With a strong focus on knowledge exchange and making complex information more accessible, I developed and deliver a one-day practice development course focusing on post-diagnostic support for people with intellectual disability and dementia. I also provide consultancy within the UK and Ireland to support an ageing population of people with an intellectual disability within social care settings.
National Dementia Care Awards UK: best dementia training initiative - Post diagnostic support for people with a learning disability and dementia
Football-focused reminiscence in dementia care: Impact on quality of life. 10th International Dementia Conference, Ireland (invited keynote) Sonas apc
Jointly facing the challenges of dementia in adults with intellectual disability / Successful Ageing for People with Intellectual disabilities, University of Tainan & Children Are Us Foundation, Taiwan (invited keynote) Children Are Us Foundation
Intellectual Disability and Dementia: Critical Issues for Families and Carers / Towards an Ageing Society: Inclusive Living for people with Intellectual Disabilities, Caritas, Hong Kong (invited keynote) Caritas
MSc Nursing: Dementia Care, University of Limerick University of Limerick, Ireland
MSc Applied Dementia Studies, University of Bournemouth
Other Academic Activities
International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disability (IASSIDD) – Down syndrome research group secretary and treasurer elect. https://www.iassidd.org/down-syndrome/
Co-lead of the Enhancing Self Care research group in the Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport see this link.
I have particular expertise in qualitative methods with experience of conducting inclusive research with people who have an intellectual disability, and a particular research interest in Down's syndrome, ageing and dementia. Recent grants have been awarded by The Alzheimer's Society, Chief Scientists Office, The British Academy. and Dunhill Medical Trust.
I have been a member of the Alzheimer Europe working group co-producing the report Overcoming ethical challenges affecting the involvement of people with dementia in research: recognising diversity and promoting inclusive researchsee this link. I am secretary of the Down Syndrome Research Group for the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disability (IASSIDD).
Knowledge translation and production of accessible information, such as Jenny's Diarysee this link and Supporting Dereksee this link ensure dissemination of research findings into practice both nationally and internationally, with Jenny's Diary translated into five languages.
Funded research, evaluation and knowledge exchange activities since 2016 are shown below.
Watchman K (2021) Families and Aging: Working Towards a Positive Partnership with Services. In: Prasher V, Davidson PW & Dos Santos FH (eds.) Mental Health, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and the Ageing Process. Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-56934-1
Watchman K, Mattheys K, McKernon M, Strachan H, Andreis F & Murdoch J (2020) A person-centred approach to implementation of psychosocial interventions with people who have an intellectual disability and dementia-A participatory action study. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities. https://doi.org/10.1111/jar.12795
Watchman K, Mattheys K, Doyle A, Boustead L & Rincones O (2020) Revisiting Photovoice: Perceptions of Dementia among Researchers with Intellectual Disability. Qualitative Health Research, 30 (7), pp. 1019-1032. https://doi.org/10.1177/1049732319901127
Cunningham N, Cowie J, Watchman K & Methven K (2019) Understanding the training and education needs of homecare workers supporting people with dementia and cancer: A systematic review of reviews. Dementia. https://doi.org/10.1177/1471301219859781
Watchman K & Janicki M (2019) The Intersection of Intellectual Disability and Dementia: Report of The International Summit on Intellectual Disability and Dementia. Gerontologist, 59 (3), pp. 411-419. https://doi.org/10.1093/geront/gnx160
Watchman K, Janicki M, Udell L, Hogan M, Quinn S & Berankova A (2019) Consensus Statement of the International Summit on Intellectual Disability and Dementia on Valuing the Perspectives of Persons with Intellectual Disability. Journal of Intellectual Disabilities, 23 (2), pp. 266-280. https://doi.org/10.1177/1744629517751817
Watchman K & Quinn S (2019) Down's syndrome and dementia. In: Jackson G & Tolson D (eds.) Textbook of Dementia Care. London: Routledge, pp. 178-186. https://www.crcpress.com/Textbook-of-Dementia-Care-An-Integrated-Approach/Jackson-Tolson/p/book/9781138229242
Watchman K (2019) Where does dementia sit in modern society?. In: Jackson G & Tolson D (eds.) Textbook of Dementia Care: An Integrated Approach. London: Routledge, pp. 29-37. https://www.crcpress.com/Textbook-of-Dementia-Care-An-Integrated-Approach/Jackson-Tolson/p/book/9781138229242
Watchman K (2019) Como disfrutar la vida al hacerse viejo [Ageing with Down syndrome]. In: Guerrero M & Brown R (eds.) Vivir con Síndrome de Down. Mexico City, Mexico: Independently Published, pp. 116-136. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Vivir-S%C3%ADndrome-Down-Manuel-Guerrero/dp/1796930512/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1553512235&sr=1-3
Watchman K, Helosia dos Santos F & Janicki M (2018) Highlights from the International Summit on Intellectual Disability and Dementia: Implications for Brazil [Síntese da Cúpula Internacional Sobre Deficiência Intelectual e Demência: Implicações Para o Brasil]. Dementia and Neuropsychologia, 12 (4), pp. 329-336. https://doi.org/10.1590/1980-57642018dn12-040001
Watchman K, Dodd K, Janicki M, Coppus A, Gaertner C, Fortea J, Santos F, Keller S & Strydom A (2018) Consensus Statement of the International Summit on Intellectual Disability and Dementia Related to Post-Diagnostic Support. Aging and Mental Health, 22 (11), pp. 1406-1415. https://doi.org/10.1080/13607863.2017.1373065
Jokinen N, Gomiero T, Watchman K, Janicki M, Hogan M, Larsen F, Berankova A, Santos F, Service K & Crowe J (2018) Perspectives on family caregiving of people aging with intellectual disability affected by dementia: Commentary from the International Summit on Intellectual Disability and Dementia. Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 61 (4), pp. 411-431. https://doi.org/10.1080/01634372.2018.1454563
Watchman K, Wilkinson H & Hare P (2018) Supporting People with Learning Disabilities and Dementia - Training Pack. UK: Jessica Kingsley. https://www.pavpub.com/supporting-people-with-learning-disabilities-and-dementia-training-pack/
Watchman K, Wilkinson H & Hare P (2018) Supporting People with Learning Disabilities and Dementia Self-study Guide. UK: Jessica Kingsley. https://www.pavpub.com/supporting-people-with-learning-disabilities-and-dementia/
Watchman K (2018) The Intersectionality of intellectual disability & ageing. In: Westwood S (ed.) Ageing, diversity and equality: social justice perspectives. Routledge Advances in Sociology. London: Routledge, pp. 245-258. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315226835
McCarron M, McCallion P, Watchman K, Janicki MP, Coppus A, Service K, Fortea J, Hogan M, Reilly E & Stemp S (2018) Quality Care for People with Intellectual Disability and Advanced Dementia: Guidance on Service Provision. Journal of Palliative Medicine, 21 (9). https://doi.org/10.1089/jpm.2017.0442
Janicki MP, Watchman K & Fortea Ormaechea J (2018) Principales conclusiones acordadas durante la cumbre sobre discapacidad intelectual y demencia. Siglo Cero. Revista Española sobre Discapacidad Intelectual, 49 (2), pp. 115-122. https://doi.org/10.14201/scero2018492115122
McCarron M, McCallion P, Coppus A, Fortea J, Stemp S, Janicki M & Watchman K (2018) Supporting Advanced Dementia in people with Down syndrome and other intellectual disabilities: Consensus Statement of the International Summit on Intellectual Disability and Dementia. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research. https://doi.org/10.1111/jir.12500
Service KP, Watchman K, Hogan M, Janicki M, Cadovius N & Berankova A (2017) Dying well with an intellectual disability and dementia. Australian Journal of Dementia Care, 6 (5), pp. 28-31. http://journalofdementiacare.com/
McCallion P, Hogan M, Santos F, McCarron M, Service K, Stemp S, Keller S, Fortea J, Bishop K, Watchman K & Janicki M (2017) Consensus Statement of the International Summit on Intellectual Disability and Dementia Related to End-of-life Care in Advanced Dementia. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 30 (6), pp. 1160-1164. https://doi.org/10.1111/jar.12349
Janicki M, McCallion P, Splaine M, Santos FH, Keller S & Watchman K (2017) Consensus Statement of the International Summit on Intellectual Disability
and Dementia Related to Nomenclature. Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 55 (5), pp. 338-346. https://doi.org/10.1352/1934-9556-55.5.338
Service KP, Watchman K, Hogan M, Janicki M, Berankova A & Cadovius N (2017) Dying well with an intellectual disability and dementia?. Journal of Dementia Care, 25 (4), pp. 28-31. http://www.careinfo.org/dying-well-with-an-intellectual-disability-and-dementia/
Watchman K, Janicki MP, Splaine M, Larsen FK, Gomiero T & Lucchino R (2017) International Summit Consensus Statement: Intellectual Disability Inclusion in National Dementia Plans. American Journal of Alzheimers Disease and Other Dementias, 32 (4), pp. 230-237. https://doi.org/10.1177/1533317517704082
Watchman K (2017) Learning disability and dementia: hard to reach or under-researched?. University of Stirling, Health Sciences: Our voices, our news, 19.04.2017. https://stirlinghealthsciences.wordpress.com/2017/04/19/learning-disability-and-dementia/
Coll-Planas L, Watchman K, Doménech S, McGillivray D, O'Donnell H & Tolson D (2017) Developing evidence for football (soccer) reminiscence interventions with long-term care: a cooperative approach applied in Scotland and Spain. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, 18 (4), pp. 355-360. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jamda.2017.01.013
Watchman K (2016) Dementia and Equality - Meeting the Challenge in Scotland: Recommendations of the National Advisory Group on Dementia and Equality. NHS Health Scotland. http://www.healthscotland.com/documents/27797.aspx
Watchman K (2016) Investigating the Lived Experience of People with Down Syndrome with Dementia: Overcoming Methodological and Ethical Challenges. Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities, 13 (2), pp. 190-198. https://doi.org/10.1111/jppi.12167
Holmerova I, Waugh A, MacRae R, Veprkova R, Sandvide A, Hanson E, Jackson G, Watchman K, Tolson D & Tolson D (2016) Dementia Palliare Best Practice Statement. European Commission. University of the West of Scotland.
Watchman K (2016) 6 points to consider before talking with someone who has a learning disability and their partner about dementia. Let's Talk About Dementia, 21.01.2016. https://letstalkaboutdementia.wordpress.com/2016/01/21/6-points-to-consider-before-talking-with-someone-who-has-a-learning-disability-and-their-partner-about-dementia/
Watchman K, Tuffrey-Wijne I & Quinn S (2015) Jenny's diary: Supporting conversations about dementia with people who have a learning disability. Hove: Pavilion Publisher. http://www.learningdisabilityanddementia.org/jennys-diary.html
Watchman K, Tolson D, Gallagher N, Cameron L & Doyle M (2015) Football Reminiscence for Men with Dementia in a Care Home: a 12 week pilot study in Scotland. Alzheimer Scotland. University of the West of Scotland. http://www.learningdisabilityanddementia.org/uploads/1/1/5/8/11581920/football_reminiscence_final_report.pdf
Tolson D, Watchman K, Richards N, Brown M, Jackson G, Dalrymple A & Henderson J (2015) Enhanced Sensory Day Care - Developing a new model of day care for people in the advanced stage of dementia: a pilot study. Alzheimer Scotland. University of the West of Scotland. http://www.learningdisabilityanddementia.org/uploads/1/1/5/8/11581920/esdc_final_report.pdf
Watchman K (2014) Does ubiquity overrule uniqueness?: A critique of the concept of openness for marginalised groups in online learning. University of the West of Scotland. http://ubiquitousorunique.weebly.com/
Tuffrey-Wijne I & Watchman K (2014) Sharing the diagnosis of dementia: breaking bad news to people with an intellectual disability. In: Watchman K (ed.) Intellectual disability and dementia. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, pp. 184-203. http://www.jkp.com/uk/intellectual-disability-and-dementia.html
Watchman K (2014) Towards understanding individual experiences of people ageing with an intellectual disability and dementia. In: Watchman K (ed.) Intellectual disability and dementia. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, pp. 126-143. http://www.jkp.com/uk/intellectual-disability-and-dementia.html
Innes A, McCabe L & Watchman K (2012) Caring for older people with an intellectual disability : A systematic review. Maturitas, 72 (4), pp. 286-295. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0378512212001892; https://doi.org/10.1016/j.maturitas.2012.05.008
Watchman K, Kerr D & Wilkinson H (2010) Supporting Derek: A resource for staff working with people who have a learning disability and dementia. York: Joseph Rowntree Foundation. https://www.jrf.org.uk/report/supporting-derek-new-resource-staff-working-people-who-have-learning-difficulty-and-dementia
Watchman K (2008) Changes in Accommodation Experienced by People with Down Syndrome and Dementia in the First Five Years After Diagnosis. Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities, 5 (1), pp. 65-68. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1741-1130.2007.00140.x/full; https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1741-1130.2007.00140.x
Watchman K (2005) Practitioner raised issues and end of life care for adults with Down syndrome and dementia. Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities, 2 (2), pp. 156-162. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1741-1130.2005.00026.x/full