Phil Harper


Phil is currently a Senior Lecturer in Health and Social Care at Newman University. Before working in education, Phil has worked in hospital settings, charities, and care facilities where they specialised in and led dementia care. Phil has in recent years worked at several higher education institutions/universities and often speaks at national conferences and takes part in international working groups.


Research Interests

Phil is currently studying a doctorate, where they aim to explore care staffs understanding of the needs of LGBTQ+ people living with dementia, especially, gender non-conforming individuals. Phil has also been involved in research projects looking at Transgender individuals’ experiences of healthcare and care for people living with dementia.



Phil Teaches on the BSc (hons) Health and Social Care. Phil has an interest in: Social Policy, Applied Sociology, Inequalities and aging and dementia.


Membership of Professional Organisations

Phil is also a research advisor for the Association for Dementia Studies and Northampton Dementia Research Centre. Phil is also part of Alzheimer’s Europe’s working group on Sexuality and Gender, where they helped to develop resources around LGBTQ inclusion in policy and practice.

Phil is currently the Chair of the Research subgroup in the LGBTQ+ Dementia Advisory group.


Conferences and Other Research Activity


Harper, P. (2016). Campaign for carers to stay in hospital. Journal of Dementia Care. 24 (4), 14-15.


Harper,P (2017). A Discussion of the Suitability of Training on Validation Therapy Targeted Towards Staff in a Care Home and its Suitability as a Technique Involved in Interpreting a Person’s Behaviour and Therefore Supporting a Person Living with Dementia. OAJ Gerontol & Geriatric Med.1(4): 555570.


Harper, P (2017) A Report Discussing How Awareness Can Be Used To Reduce the Stigma of Dementia and Help People to Live Well With the Disease. OAJ Gerontol & Geriatric Med. 2(1): 55559.


Harper,P (2017) . What are the Specific Needs of a Service User Living with Early Onset Dementia?. OAJ Gerontol & Geriatric Med. 1(4): 555569.


Thompsell, A,  Wilde, D,  Woods, D, Buswell, J and Harper, P (2017) In an environment where many hospitals are struggling to cope with rising demand and inadequate resources, what are the challenges and opportunities in acute care for people with dementia? Journal of Dementia Care. 25 (1) 10-11.


Harper, P (2019) A brief discussion of the needs of a LGBTQ person living with dementia. HelloCare Magazine.


Harper, P (2019) A Discussion of Dementia Care Case Management in the U.K. and Europe. Professional Case Management Journal.


Harper P (2019) How healthcare professionals can support older LGBTQ+ people living with dementia. Nursing Older People (RCN).


Harper, P (2020) Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Peoples Experiences of Being admitted to Hospital. International Journal of Social science and Innovation.


Phil is currently writing a chapter on a book on Transgender ageing where they will focus on Gender Neutrality in care settings.


Conference’s/ Webinars 

Harper,P and Knocker,S  (2018) A discussion of the needs of a LGBTQ person living with dementia. UK Dementia Congress.


Harper, P (2019) LGBTQ micro aggressions in dementia care. UK Dementia Congress.


Harper, P (2020) LGBTQ Health and Micro aggressions in Dementia Care. Knowledgeable ageing Webinar, recording on YouTube: (146) LGBTQ micro aggressions in dementia care 2020 – YouTube


Harper, P (2020) LGBTQ Environmental Micro aggressions. Housing and Dementia Consortium Webinar on LGBTQ Housing.


Harper, P (2020) LGBTQ Environmental Micro-Aggressions in Dementia Care settings. UK Dementia Congress.


Harper, P (2020) Introduction to LGBTQ needs in Dementia Care. International Webinar on Dementia –

Conference Mind.


Harper, P (2022) Rethinking Gender Neutrality in Care Cultures. Royal Psychological Society’s Older Person Conference.


Harper, P (2022) Rethinking Gender Neutrality in Care Cultures. All Ireland LGBT+ Health Symposium.