Jacqueline Parkes is the Professor of Applied Mental Health in the Faculty of Health and Society at the University of Northampton.
Jackie is an experienced mental health nurse, and has worked in a broad range of mental health and learning disability settings prior to moving into Higher Education. She is the Director of the Northamptonshire Dementia Research and Innovation Centre at UoN, Chair of the Dementia-friendly Community of Practice, and lead for Public and Patient Involvement. Her subject specialisms are nursing and mental health research, with a particular focus on developing and implementing person-centred care pathways. She works extensively with local organisations to evaluate their provision of health and social care services, including community-based interventions for people living with dementia. This year, she has become the Chair of the Northamptonshire Dementia Action Alliance.
Jackie has also established three community-based social groups for people with dementia including the Forget-me-nots Social Young Onset Dementia Group, Qualified by Experience (QBE) for former carers in Northamptonshire, and the Lutterworth Share and Care Group for people with dementia and their carers in South Leicestershire. She has a particular interest in young onset dementia and is currently the Deputy Chair of Research at Young Dementia Network. She is also a member of the pan European Group InterDEM.