Mr Ian Sherriff

Mr Ian Sherriff

Academic Partnership Lead for Dementia

Clinical Trials & Health Research


Academic Partnership Lead for Dementia School of Medicine and Dentistry  



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 
Chair of the Prime Ministers Rural Dementia Friendly Task and Finish group 2013/2014/15/16

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

Roles on external bodies

Trustee Alzheimers Society

Teaching interests

Health and Social Care Nurse dementia teaching (Dementia)2013/2014/2015/2016 Paramedics teaching (Dementia) Awareness of dementia 2013/14/15/16.NFU, 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.  

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

Grants & contracts

Vice Chancellors Community aware awarded 2011 Alzheimer's Society research award awarded 2012 Plymouth City Council research funding awarded 2012 Plymouth PCT research search funding awarded 2012 Devon County Council research funding awarded 2013/2014 Torbay health research funding awarded 2013 Dementia Challenge funding for research awarded 2013/2014

Creative practice & artistic projects

National poetry programme for people with dementia and their carers,2015/2016

Research groups

  • VOYAGE: Rural and urban ageing and health inequalities

Other academic activities

Trustee nationally for the Alzheimer's Society 2011,2012,2013,.2014.2015,2016.
Vice chair Saltash Juniors football club.2011/2012/2013/2014/2015

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 in1996.  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”.

Ian is afounder member of the Plymouth University Dementia Group. Their research todate includes “Early Diagnosis of Dementia in Plymouth” Dementia Quality Markfor Residential care, Evaluation of day opportunities provided by the Voluntaryand Private sector for individuals with dementia and their carers, evaluationof residential care in Torbay 2015 which recently received  the British Medical Journal award forDementia team of “The Year 2015”. He has presented at the Alzheimer’sInternational Conference 2012/14/, the all Wales Dementia Conference 2014/2015/16,the Prime Ministers Dementia Challenge launch, he also presented at the D.of.HExpo. Ian is a member of the Prime Ministers Dementia Friendly CommunitiesChallenge Group 2015/16/17, his role on this group is chair of the South andSouth West of England. Ian stepped down as a Trustee after six years on the Boardnationally for the Alzheimer’s Society. Ian is now an Ambassador for theAlzheimer’s Society.  Ian was an advisorto Devon County Council for their Center of Excellence approach to dementiacare. He is a founder member of the Plymouth Dementia Alliance and DementiaFriendly Parishes around the Yealm. Ian is the chair of the Prime MinistersTask and Finish group for Rural Dementia 2015/2016/17. He also chairs thenational Air Transport dementia group 2015/16/17. Ian is the driving forcebehind the six successful Plymouth International Dementia Conferences. Ian isalso the chair of the Plymouth Dementia Action Alliance which won a nationalaward of “Dementia Friendly City of the year 2016/17”. Ian was commissioned bythe Drake Foundation to evaluate the ex-military veteran’s memory café inPlymouth. This service is seen as an exemplar in dementia support. Ian iscurrently working with researchers from the Netherlands and Japan. Ian has justbeen awarded two year finance to teach Chinese students both here in the UK andChina. Ian and a team from the university have secured six year funding toevaluate living well programme for older people in Torbay. Ian launched thefirst dementia friendly community in Italy in September 2016.Ian was a key notespeaker at the 2017 Tokyo and Osaka dementia conferences. Ian has just signed amemorandum agreement between Plymouth University and the University of MacauMarch 2017.  He is also in great demandas a key note speaker at national and International conferences on dementia.