Mr Ian Sherriff

Mr Ian Sherriff

Academic Partnership Lead for Dementia

Clinical Trials & Health Research


Academic Partnership Lead for Dementia  Faculty  of Medicine and Dentistry University of Plymouth 



Professional membership

Trustee and Board member of the Alzheimer's Society nationally 2010/2011/2012/2013/2014/2015/2016
 Member of the Prime Ministers Dementia Champion group 2012/2013/2014/2015/2016/17/18/19/20 
Chair of the Prime Ministers Rural Dementia Friendly Task and Finish group 2013/2014/15/16/17/18/19/20

Chair of the PM's dementia air-transport group 2015/2016/17/18/19/20. 
Chair of the national poetry project 2015/2016

Roles on external bodies

Trustee Alzheimer's Society 2011/12/13/14/15/16

Ambassadore of the Alzheimer's 2017/18/19/20.
Chair of Blind Veterans Research Group 2018/19/20.
Lifetime President of Saltash United J.F.C 
National Scam Ambassadore. 
Chair and Founder of Plymouth Dementia Action Alliance 2011/12/13/14/15/16/17/18/19/20.
Founder of Dementia Friendly Parishes around the Yelam (ongoing).

Teaching interests

Teaching commitments at University of Plymouth 2017/18 ongoing 
• Nurses.
• Medics. 
• Paramedics. 
• Nurses returning. 
• Dentist.  
• Midwifes.

Health and Social Care Nurse dementia teaching (Dementia)2013/2014/2015/201617/18/19 
Paramedics teaching (Dementia) Awareness of dementia 2013/14/15/16/17/18/19.
N.F.U, 2016
Naval Base Devonport,Plymouth Hospitals 2014,
Plymouth City Council 2014,
Oral Health practitioners, Schools 2014,
Vospers Motors,
Devon Parish Councils 2014. 
School of Dentistry Students, 
Staff Dementia awareness 2014/15/. 
Student  Midwifes lectures (dementia) 2015/2016.
Nurses returning to work 2014/2015/2016.
Plymouth city staff and Plymouth city retail staff 2015.  
Gatwick Airport Staff.
Exeter Airport Staff.
Community farming network staff.
R.A.B.I Staff Training.
Teaching Chinese nursing students 2016/17/18/19.

Research interests

Social/Health/Community factors of Dementia. Carers and Caring for individuals with dementia, Private and Voluntary sector service provision. Social return on investment. Urban and Rural dementia friendly comunities

Other research

Ian's research 2010 onwards

  • Early Diagnosis Research Report 2010/2012
  • Research/ Plymouth Voluntary and Private community provision of services(Social Return on Investment) for local N.H.S 2012/2013
  • Design and Implement E Dementia Path Way for Plymouth PCC. This web based project is up and running 2011/12
  • Dementia Quality Mark evaluation for P.C.C. 2011/12
  • Evaluation of Devon Parish Council Dementia Project.2012/13/14
  • Evaluation of Plymouth Dementia Action Alliance.2012/13/14/15 
  • Academic partner for Devon/French partnership on Dementia Friendly Communities 2012/13/14
  • Advisor to Yealm Parish Councils on Dementia Friendly Communities 2014/15/16
  • Plymouth Veterans Memory Café 2014.
  • Devon County Centres  of excellence for dementia 2014/2015
  • Plymouth Dementia Action Alliance 2012/13/14/15
  • Evaluation of residential carer in Torbay 2015/2016
  • Business engagement in a civil society: Transitioning towards a dementia-friendly visitor economy 2018.
  • Dementia at Sea: a prevalence study in the United Kingdom 2018.

Grants & contracts

Dementia Person Aligned Care Team (D-PACT). Funders: NIHR PGFAR, November 2018 - October 2023, awarded £2,744,820.00

Investigating the maintenance of inclusivity for indiviuals with Dementia and their carers in life activities. Funders: OCS Family Foundation December 2017- June 2019 (Co-Investigator, awarded £15,000.00

International Dementia Training Hub University of Plymouth, City College Plymouth and University of Huzhou, China. Funders: British Council February 2016 - November 2018 (Co-Academic, awarded £80,000.00)
Dementia at Sea: a prevalence study in the United Kingdom 2018. R.C. church £40,000 (Co-Academic)
Dementia Challenge funding for research awarded 2013/2014 (Co-Academic)

Devon County Council research funding awarded 2013/2014 £2,000 (Co-Academic)

Torbay health research funding awarded 2013 (Co-Academic)

Plymouth PCT research search funding awarded 2012 P.C.T £2,000 (Co-Academic)

Plymouth City Council research funding awarded 2012 £3000 Plymouth City Council (Co-Academic)

Alzheimer's Society research award awarded 2012 Alzheimer's Society £6,000 (Co-Academic)

Vice Chancellors Community aware awarded 2011 Plymouth University£12,000 (Co-Academic)

Evaluating a dementia learning community: exploratory study and research implication.

Creative practice & artistic projects

National poetry programme for people with dementia and their carers,2015/16/17/18.

Research groups

  • VOYAGE: Rural and urban ageing and health inequalities

Evaluating a dementia learning community: exploratory study and research implications 2018.

Business engagement in a civil society: Transitioning towards a dementia-friendly visitor economy 2017.
Dementia-Friendly rural communities guide 2018.

Other academic activities

Trustee nationally for the Alzheimer's Society 2011,2012,2013,.2014.2015,2016.
Chair Blind Veterans UK Research Group 2018/19/20.

Additional information

Ian has had three successful careers.  He spent the first 25 years of his working life keeping aircraft at 30,000 feet as an aircraft engineer with the Fleet Air Arm working all over the world. At the age of 40 Ian made a dramatic change and embarked on a university course to become a social worker. He joined Devon County Council as a social worker in 1987. He gained his M.A. in Management from the University of Plymouth in 1996.  From 1987 to 2004 Ian worked in Local Government and achieved Senior Manager status. During his time in Local Government these are some of the programmes and services he has managed they include Social Services District Adult teams responsible for Drugs and Alcohol, Learning Disabilities, Mental Health, Older People, Sensory and Physical Disability services. Ian project managed a major change management programme for Plymouth City Council and Health’s Learning Disabilities Services, Project managed all Plymouth City Councils Asset Management programme, managed Local Government Reorganisation in Devon and managed the Performance and Policy teams in Plymouth City Council.  Ian was also the lead officer in a successful Public Service Agreement programme for 12 cross boundary targets bringing together the statutory and third sector in Plymouth to work with Whitehall on achievable outcomes for the people of Plymouth.   He has also been an active member of 17 major Local Government working parties ranging from Child abuse in the Inner City to the role of Performance in local government. He has also acted as a management consultant to other Local Authorities. He has produced 15 research papers - Homelessness of Young People Leaving Care, The Viability of Local Strategic Partnerships and Can Your Rights Survive the Road to Residential Care. From 2007 to 2009 whilst working at the University of Plymouth Ian was an active member of the South West Lifelong Learning Network with a special interest in the Public and Third Sectors. During that time he was part of a research programme “Understanding the Sustainable Skills and Knowledge Required by Town and Parish Councils”. From 1986 to 1992 Ian founded P.R.A.D (N.G.O) taking aid,equipment and best practise to Easten Europe. During this period the group built strong links between Plymouth Hospital Trust and their counterparts in Easten Europe. The outcome:- Doctors, Nurses and Social Workers could share best practice. With the support of Devon County Council Ian enbeded 6 Devon County Social Workers in Romania to work along side their counterparts for one year.This enabled both countries to learn from each other in the fields of Childcare and Adult care.

Ian is a founder member of the Plymouth University Dementia Group. Their research to date includes “Early Diagnosis of Dementia in Plymouth” Dementia Quality Mark for Residential care, Evaluation of day opportunities provided by the Voluntary and Private sector for individuals with dementia and their carers, evaluation of residential care in Torbay 2015 which recently received  the British Medical Journal award for Dementia team of “The Year 2015”. He has presented at the Alzheimer’s International Conference 2012/14/, the all Wales Dementia Conference 2014/2015/16,the Prime Ministers Dementia Challenge launch, he also presented at the D.of.H Expo. Ian is a member of the Prime Ministers Dementia Friendly Communities Challenge Group 2015/16/17, his role on this group is chair of the South and South West of England. Ian stepped down as a Trustee after six years on the Board nationally for the Alzheimer’s Society. Ian is now an Ambassador for the Alzheimer’s Society 2017/18/19/20. Ian was an advisor to Devon County Council for their Center of Excellence approach to dementia care. He is a founder member of the Plymouth Dementia Alliance and Dementia Friendly Parishes around the Yealm. Ian is the chair of the Prime Ministers Task and Finish group for Rural Dementia 2015/2016/17. He also chairs the national Air Transport dementia group 2015/16/17. Ian is the driving force behind the six successful Plymouth International Dementia Conferences. Ian is also the chair of the Plymouth Dementia Action Alliance which won a national award of “Dementia Friendly City of the year 2016/17”. Ian was commissioned by the Drake Foundation to evaluate the ex-military veteran’s memory café in Plymouth. This service is seen as an exemplar in dementia support. Ian is currently working with researchers from the Netherlands and Japan. Ian has just been awarded two year finance to teach Chinese students both here in the UK and China. Ian and a team from the university have secured six year funding to evaluate living well programme for older people in Torbay. Ian launched the first dementia friendly community in Italy in September 2016.Ian was a key note speaker at the 2017/2018 Tokyo and Osaka dementia conferences. Ian has just signed a memorandum agreement between Plymouth University and the University of Macau March 2017/18/19.  He is also in great demand as a key note speaker at national and International conferences on dementia.