Dr Gary Hodge

Dr Gary Hodge

Research Fellow

School of Nursing and Midwifery (Faculty of Health)



I was born, have grown up, and have always lived in Plymouth. In fact I went to school on the same site as the University of Plymouth. I have had an eclectic working career, which includes 5 years in the Royal Navy. I found nursing later in life, after working as a support worker for young adults with learning disabilities, mental health issues, and other identified areas of need. Between 2002-2005 I completed a Diploma (He) in Nursing (Mental Health) at the University of Plymouth. This sparked an interest in learning and self-development which led to a BSc (Hons) in Health Studies, an MSc in Ageing, Mental Health, and Dementia, and most recently (2020) a PhD in Mental Health, which I completed at Lancaster University as a blended learning student. This was all whilst working full time in the NHS. I have been an associate, honorary and full time nursing lecturer (MH) in 2018 within the School of Nursing & Midwifery. However, in 2022 I moved into research and I am currently Research Fellow for the Enhanced Health in Care Homes & Developing Research in Care Homes projects. 



Teaching interests

No current role in teaching



Research interests

Research Interests:

·    Enhancing independence & supporting people to live well with ageing & dementia.

.     Personalised care provision in ageing and dementia.

·    Supporting care providers to understand and support people experiencing behaviours that challenge (aka BPSD).

·    Older Adult Mental Health, including therapeutic intervention.

·    Understanding suicide and self-harm ideation in older adults and dementia.

·    Autoethnography & Narrative forms of research (inc storytelling)



Key publications

Key publications are highlighted


Hodge, G. (2016). Suicide in an ageing UK population: Problems and prevention. Quality in Ageing and Older Adults, 17(4), 218-228. doi:10.1108/qaoa-05-2015-0022

Hodge, G. (2018). Dementia and its relationship with suicidality: A critical interpretive synthesis. Dementia, 19(5), 1397-1412. doi:10.1177/1471301218799871

Hodge, G., Froggatt, K., Limmer, M., & Bingley, A. (2020). Exploring the barriers and gateways to intersubjectivity in dementia care: A meta‐ethnography. Journal of Clinical Nursing. doi:10.1111/jocn.15439

Hodge G (2021) 'Where are the children? An autoethnography of <i>deception in dementia</i> in an acute hospital' Bioethics 35, (9) 864-869 , DOI Open access
Hodge G, Froggatt K, Limmer M & Bingley A (2020) 'Exploring the barriers and gateways to intersubjectivity in dementia care: A meta‐ethnography' Journal of Clinical Nursing , DOI Open access
Hodge G (2018) 'Dementia and its relationship with suicidality: A critical interpretive synthesis' Dementia 19, (5) 1397-1412 , DOI Open access
Hodge G (2016) 'Suicide in an ageing UK population: problems and prevention' Quality in Ageing and Older Adults 17, (4) 218-228 , DOI Open access