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Kritika Samsi

King's College London

Kritika Samsi

Kritika Samsi is Senior Research Fellow at the NIHR Policy Research Unit in Health and Social Care Workforce. She has worked in dementia care research for over 10 years using qualitative methodology to investigate a wide range of topics: (1) if there is an optimal time for people with dementia to move into a care home; (2) service needs of older homeless people with cognitive impairment; (3) views of home care staff providing end of life care to people with dementia at home; (4) implementation of the Mental Capacity Act and its relevance for people with dementia; (5) transitions in identity from experiencing ‘memory problems’ to ‘having dementia’, (6) respite services for carers of people living with dementia, among others.

She has also conducted studies related to the social care workforce, including an early process evaluation of the implementation of the social care Workforce Race Equality Standards, investigating the views and contributions of ancillary staff in care homes, the role of social care Personal Assistants in supporting people living at home, and the home care workforce.

She is also Senior Fellow of the NIHR School for Social Care Research; Lead of the Social Care Theme of the NIHR Applied Research Collaboration in South London; Secretary of the British Society of Gerontology; and a member of the Medical and Scientific Advisory Panel for Alzheimer’s Disease International. She co-chairs the Margaret Butterworth Care Home Forum, a group of stakeholders interested in dementia care home research which meets quarterly.


Countries UK;
Topics Access to care; Care in rural and other non-urban settings; Care inequalities; Care trajectories; Co-production in LTC; Dementia care and support; Healthcare access in LTC; LTC Workforce; Residential LTC services; Unmet needs; Unpaid / informal care;
Methods Policy analysis; Qualitative studies; Theory and frameworks;
Role Research;
Interest Groups Community-based approaches to dementia care;
Research interests

Respite care – for people living with dementia, family carers, and workforce

Equality and diversity of the workforce, including international recruitment, migrant care workers, and BME workers in long term care settings

Ancillary workers in care homes

Key publications
Understanding factors influencing residential respite service use by carers of people living with dementia using Andersen’s Behavioural Model of Health Services Use: a qualitative study
Samsi, K.Orellana, K.Cole, L. & Manthorpe, J., 4 Apr 2023, In: Aging and Mental Health. 27, 10, p. 1946-1955 10 p.
Is it worth it? Carers’ views and expectations of residential respite for people living with dementia during and beyond the COVID-19 pandemic