Dr Karan Jutlla is a Lecturer in Health and Social Care with extensive experience within the field of dementia. As well as teaching on a number of programmes across the faculty at DMU on dementia her specialist research area is within ethnicity and dementia which led her to completing a doctoral study at Keele University.
Her doctoral study researched experiences of caring for a family member with dementia for Sikhs living in Wolverhampton of the UK. This biographical study highlighted challenges with access to, and experience of, health and social care services in the UK - with such experiences being strongly linked to their experiences as migrants in the UK.
Her study underlined the need for care to be person centred as well as culturally competent. Based on her research findings, Karan has developed and delivered bespoke dementia education programmes to support services to be culturally competent as part of her previous role as a Senior Lecturer in Dementia Studies at the University of Worcester.
Having worked with one of the UK’s leading private domiciliary care organisations to develop their dementia education programmes, Karan is experienced in helping the workforce to understand the wider needs of different cultural groups whilst maintaining a person centred approach. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Karan has also engaged in research to further address dementia care in ethnic minorities and as well as service and education evaluation projects. Karan is a qualitative researcher by background with a particular interest in grounded theory.
She has peer reviewed a number of articles and funding applications for the Alzheimer’s Society. She has also been involved on a number of research bids focusing on dementia and the impact of dementia on those living with the condition.
She has presented her findings at a number of national and international conferences including UK Dementia Congress and Age UK and was invited as a keynote speaker at the 17th South Asia Pacific Conference of the Alzheimer’s Disease International in New Delhi.