Dr Karen Harrison Dening


Head of Research and Publications, Dementia UK

Email: Karen.harrison-dening@dementiauk.org

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About Karen

Karen has over 40 years’ experience in nursing, most of those being in dementia care in a variety of settings and contexts. For the past 13 years she has worked with Dementia UK and is now the Head of Research and Publications. She came to the ‘research world’ late in her career. Appointed to a Consultant Nurse position the opportunity arose for a sponsored PhD. She thus gained her PhD at University College London in 2014 focusing on advance care planning and end of life care in dementia. She has several honorary academic positions at UK universities.

Dr Karen Harrison Dening

Through her role at Dementia UK she is a collaborator, co-applicant and expert member of several NIHR, Alzheimer’s Society, ESRC research studies, such as; PRIDE, SEED and PriDEM. Her research interests are dementia care, case management, carer resilience, palliative and end of life care and advance care planning. As well as her academic work, Karen was a past NICE committee member for both the original dementia guideline and its recent refresh and is currently a member of the committee developing the adult carer guideline.



  1. Hutchinson, D., Chamberlain, L. & Harrison Dening, K. (2021) Assessment of BPSD in veterans with dementia: innovative practice. International Journal of Care & Caring. 5(2): 371-377. https://doi.org/10.1332/239788221X16141897950890
  2. Harrison Dening, K. & Aldridge, Z. (2021) Understanding behaviours in dementia. Journal of Community Nursing. 35(3): 50-55. Though Zena may have this one if needs five?
  3. Wheatley, A., Bamford, C., Brunskill, G., Harrison Dening, K. & Robinson, A.L. (2021) Implementing post-diagnostic support for people living with dementia in England and Wales: A qualitative study of barriers and strategies used to address these in practice. Age and Ageing. afab114, https://doi.org/10.1093/ageing/afab114
  4. Davies, N., Sampson, E.L., West, E., DeSouza, T., Manthorpe, J., Moore, K., Walters, K., Harrison Dening, K., Ward, J. & Rait, G. (2021) A decision aid to support family carers of people living with dementia towards the end of life: Co-production process, outcome and reflections. Health Expectations. http://doi.org/10.1111/hex.13307
  5. Bavelaar, L., Nicula, M., Morris, S., Kaasalainen, S., Achterberg, W.P., Loucka, M., Vlckova, K., Thompsone, G., Cornally, N., Hartigan, I., Harding, A., Preston, N., Walshe, C., Cousins, E., Harrison Dening, K., De Vries, K., Brazil, K. & van der Steen, J.T. (2021) Developing country-specific questions about end-of-life care for nursing home residents with advanced dementia using the nominal group technique with family caregivers. Patient Education and Counselling.


  1. Lloyd-Williams, M. Mogan, C. Russell, S. & Harrison Dening, K. (2020) Activities delivered at home by family carers to maintain cognitive function in people with dementia socially isolating during COVID-19: Evidence for Non – technology based activities / interventions. On-line May 7th. https://www.cebm.net/covid-19/activities-delivered-at-home-by-family-carers-to-maintain-cognitive-function-in-people-with-dementia-socially-isolating-during-covid-19-evidence-for-non-technology-based-activities-inte/
  2. Frost, R., Walters, K., Aw, S., Brunskill, G., Wilcock, J., Robinson, L., Knapp, M., Harrison Dening, K., Allan, L., Manthorpe, J., Rait, G. and on behalf of the PriDem Study project team (2020) How effective are primary care-led models of post-diagnostic dementia care? A systematic review. British Journal of General Practice.
  3. Frost, R., Walters, K., Aw, S., Brunskill, G., Wilcock, J., Robinson, L., Knapp, M., Harrison Dening, K., Allan, L., Manthorpe, J., Rait, G. and on behalf of the PriDem Study project team (2020) Mapping post-diagnostic dementia care in England: an e-survey. Journal of Integrated Care. https://www.emerald.com/insight/content/doi/10.1108/JICA-02-2020-0005/full/html?skipTracking=true
  4. Chamberlain, L. & Harrison Dening, K. (2020) Dementia in Prisons: the Admiral Nurse offer. BJNN. 16(3):
  5. Harrison Dening, K. (2020) Recognising pain in dementia: what has changed? BJNN. 16(3): 125-130.

See more publications in 2020 here


  1. Harrison Dening, K., Castle, E., Scates, C. & De Vries, K. (2019) Advance care plans in dementia: user-centred design. BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care. pii: bmjspcare-2018-001700. doi: 10.1136/bmjspcare-2018-001700. [Epub ahead of print].
  2. Mountford, W. & Harrison Dening, K. (2019) Considering culture and ethnicity in family-centred dementia care at the end of life: a case study. International Journal of Palliative Nursing. 25(2): 39-47.
  3. Harrison Dening, K., Sampson, E.L. & De Vries, K. (2019) Advance Care Planning in Dementia: Recommendations for Healthcare Professionals. SAGE Palliative Care: Research and Treatment. 1–10. https://doi.org/10.1177/1178224219826579 [Open Access].
  4. Driscoll, J. Harrison Dening, K. & Shaw, T. (2019) Realising the potential of clinical supervision in everyday nursing practice. Nursing Standard. 34(5): 43-50. doi: 10.7748/ns.2019.e11228.
  5. Featherstone, K., Northcott, A., Harden, J., Harrison Dening, K., Tope, R., Bale, S., Bridges, J. Refusal and resistance to care by people living with dementia being cared for within acute hospital wards: an ethnographic study. Health Services and Delivery Research. 2019, volume 07, number 11. https://www.journalslibrary.nihr.ac.uk/hsdr/hsdr07110/#/abstract

See more publications in 2019 here


  1. Harrison Dening, K. (2018) Blog: Right of the Field. https://idea.nottingham.ac.uk/blogs/posts/right-field
  2. Harrison Dening, K. (2018) What will the NHS 10-year plan mean for families affected by dementia? Guest editorial. British Journal of Neuroscience Nursing. 14(6): 257.
  3. Crowther, J., Adnan, S. & Harrison Dening, K. (2018) An Admiral Nursing and hospice partnership in end-of-life care: Innovative practice. Dementia. https://doi.org/10.1177/1471301218806427 [Epub ahead of print].
  4. Harrison Dening, K., Scates, C. & Lloyd-Williams, M. (2018) Palliative Care in Dementia: A fragmented pathway? International Journal of Palliative Nursing. 24(1): 112-122.
  5. Harrison Dening, K. (2018) Understanding the complexities. https://content.yudu.com/web/1jybr/0A1vxp9/TCareOctNov2018/html/index.html?page=24&origin=readerr http://www.tomorrowscare.co.uk// Tomorrows Care October; p24.

See more publication in 2018 here


  1. Harrison Dening, K. (2017) Preparing end-of-life care for people living with dementia (Part 1). Nursing and Residential Care. 19(11): 634-639.
  2. Harrison Dening, K. (2017) Supporting people with dementia at end-of-life. (Part 2). Nursing & Residential Care. 19(12): 694-698.
  3. Drayton, S. & Harrison Dening, K. (2017) Achieving positive outcomes in complex cases: The Admiral Nurse Dementia Helpline (Innovative Practice). Dementia. DOI: 10.1177/1471301217740005 [Epub ahead of print].
  4. Lloyd-Williams, M., Mogan, C. & Harrison Dening, K. (2017) Identifying Palliative Care Needs in People with Dementia. Current Opinion in Supportive & Palliative Care. Doi: 10.1097/SPC.0000000000000295 [Epub ahead of print].
  5. Harrison Dening, K. (2017) Find yourself a suitable mentor. Nursing Standard. 31(31): 39.

See more publications from 2017 here

Interests and expertise

  • People with dementia and their carers
  • Advance care planning
  • Case management in dementia
  • Frailty and multimorbidity in dementia
  • Hospice enabled dementia care
  • Palliative and end of life care in dementia


  • PhD University College London, 2014
  • Master of Arts in Nursing. De Montfort University, Leicester, 2001
  • Registered General Nurse, 1981
  • Registered Nurse Learning Disabilities, 1979
  • Registered Mental Health Nurse, 1978