Dr Jenny La Fontaine Dip, Cert Ed, MA, Dip, PG Cert, PhD

Dr Jenny La Fontaine

Institute of Applied Health Research
Qualitative Research Fellow

Contact details

Institute of Applied Health Research
College of Medical Sciences
Murray Learning Centre
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Jenny is a Qualitative Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham and is currently working on the Mife Miso Clinical Trial. This trial is investigating the the clinical and cost-effectiveness of MifeMiso combination versus misoprostol alone in the management of missed miscarriage. Jenny’s role in this research is to explore the experiences and satisfaction of women receiving treatment for missed miscarriage within this study.

Jenny has a commitment to using qualitative research as a means to developing an in-depth understanding of the needs of people in receipt of healthcare, particularly where their experiences are less well understood.  She hopes that this research will translate into meaningful practice and policy recommendations for women experiencing miscarriage and their partners. 

Jenny completed her Ph.D. studies in 2016, investigating the family experience of a rare form of dementia commonly occurring at a younger age. She has specific interests and expertise in young onset dementia, in working with families and with people experiencing less common forms of dementia.


  • Ph.D in Dementia Studies University of Bradford 2016
  • PG Cert Integrative Counselling Birmingham City University 2003
  • Diploma Counselling Skills University of Birmingham 2000
  • MA in Social Gerontology University of Keele 1996
  • Cert Ed FAHE University of Wolverhampton 1993
  • Diploma in Professional Studies in Nursing Coventry Polytechnic 1990
  • Mental Health Nursing 1982


Jenny trained as a Nurse, qualifying in 1982 and has specialised in working with people living with dementia and their families since 1984. This included previously working as a Consultant Nurse within a specific service for younger people with dementia, as a Senior Lecturer at the Association for Dementia Studies at the University of Worcester and in various senior roles within health care for older people and people living with dementia. 

Her interest in qualitative research began with her MA in Social Gerontology and has continued since then. She has undertaken qualitative research exploring:

  • Perceptions of dementia within south asian communities
  • The impact of dementia upon grandparent/ grandchild relationships
  • Qualitative evaluations of service experience with Early Intervention in Dementia and Dementia Advice services
  • Development of guidance concerning positive post diagnostic practice for younger people with dementia and their families


  • Women’s experience of and satisfaction with treatment and service when diagnosed with missed miscarriage
  • The ANGELA project; improving diagnosis and post-diagnostic support for younger people with dementia, their families and supporters
  • The reciprocal influence between family relationships and behavioural variant frontotemporal dementia

Other activities

Jenny currently volunteers with Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust. This involves both one to one work with people living with young onset dementia and assisting in facilitation of a support group for people living with rare dementias and their families. 


La Fontaine, J., Buckell, A., Oyebode, J. & Ford, J. (2015) 'Family experiences and needs: living with bvFTD', Journal of Dementia Care, March-April, 23. 2. 24-27

La Fontaine, J., Buckell, A. & Oyebode, J. (2015) 'Creative support for complex needs: living with bvFTD', Journal of Dementia Care, Jan-Feb, 23.1. 24-27

Killett, A., Burns, D., Kelley, F., Brooker, D., Bowes, A., La Fontaine, J., Latham, I., Wilson, M. & O Neill, M. (2014) 'Digging Deep, How organisational culture affects care home experiences', Ageing and Society, available on CJO2014. doi:10.1017/S0144686X14001111

La Fontaine, J. & Oyebode, J.R., (2014) 'Family Relationships and Dementia: a synthesis of qualitative research including the person with dementia', Ageing and Society, 43, 7, 1243-72.  doi.org/10.1017/S0144686X13000056

Brooker, D., La Fontaine, J., Evans, S., Bray, J. & Saad, K., (2014) 'Public health guidance to facilitate timely diagnosis of dementia: ALCOVE recommendations', International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 29, 7, July 2014 Pages 682-693. doi.org/10.1002/gps.4066 

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