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Dr Jitka Vseteckova's OpenLearn Profile

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Profile: Dr Jitka Vseteckova

Dr Jitka Vseteckova

About me

Research interests

I have an on-going interest in ways via which we can improve health and quality of life outcomes in older adults.

For the past 14 years I have been teaching clinicians, allied health professionals and the public, abroad as well as in the UK, on how to do so. I have been presenting my ‘Ageing Well’ Lecture Series in collaboration with Third Age University and Free Time University overseas and more recently in collaboration with primary care practices in the UK.  These lectures are also a component of an international online education platform for clinicians and allied health professionals via the UKeMED, based in Addenbrookes Hospital. I am regularly invited to give public lectures regionally, nationally and internationally and I am member of several committees at University and regional level such as the East of England Academic Health Science Network and the UKeMED network to which I act as advisor on ageing.

I am delighted to announce this series of public talks with the title ‘Ageing Well’, will be offered at The Open University in Milton Keynes in the University Library from 11h30 am -1pm. See below for topics & dates:

  • Are we prepared to live longer – October 22nd 2019
  • Ageing Brain – November 26th 2019
  • Nutritional needs while ageing – January 28th 2020
  • Pharmacotherapy while ageing – February 25th 2020
  • Move it and breathe – March 24th 2020
  • Standing tall – April 28th 2020

This work is accompanied by 5 mini lectures on specific topic relating to Ageig Well: Nutrition, Hydration, Physical, Social and Cognitive Stimulation.

I have an ongoing interest in ways by which we can improve postural stability in older adults, living with or without dementia, through physical exercise interventions. See more at

I have been recently appointed as Academic Consultant on BBC Programme Series titled All in the Mind.

I was recently involved as co-investigator in two mental health studies which are funded by the National Institute for Health Research (COCAPP and COCAPP-A). Both studies aim to identify the components that are most important to ensure that careful planning and coordination for people with severe mental illness is: recovery-focused, personalised & collaborative.

I am externally collaborating with Imperial College London &  Nanyang Technological University Singapore & Karolinska Institutet in developing the evidence base in the use of eHealth applications.

I am currently contributing to Preceptorship study funded by East London Foundation Trust to evaluate their mentorship (Preceptorship) programme for newly qualified mental health nurses.

I have an ongoing interest in ways by which we can improve postural stability in older adults through physical exercise interventions.

In the past, I was also collaborating externally on HAPIEE study with University College London. The HAPIEE study was a cohort study that assessed the effects of dietary factors, alcohol consumption and psychosocial factors on the health of men and women aged 45-69 years in four countries of Central and Eastern Europe undergoing rapid social and economic transition. The HAPIEE study has received funding from the Wellcome Trust, the MacArthur Foundation and the National Institute on Aging.

Teaching interests

As a lecturer and researcher, I have always enjoyed working closely with students and being meaningfully challenged and challenging. I have taught a range of seminars on research methods (both qualitative and quantitative, including statistical workshops), systematic reviews methodology and critical analysis, subjects relating to diverse aspects of ageing, safeguarding of vulnerable adults, public health, epidemiology and health & society to doctoral, taught postgraduate and undergraduate students.I have recently accomplished PG certificate in Academic Practice and gained the HEA Fellowship.

  • Health services research related subjects including literature reviews, qualitative and quantitative research methods.
  • Biomedical (e.g. biomedical & neurological aspects of ageing, long-term conditions etc.), statistics and epidemiology subjects.
  • I have been regularly lecturing abroad: Third Age University program at Charles University Prague & Free Time University Prague.
  • I have recently accomplished PG certificate in Academic Practice and gained the Senior Fellowship HEA.


Dr Jitka Vseteckova's research

Erica Borgstrom, Manik Deepak Gopinath and Jitka Jančová Všetečková (2018-12-01) Learning in the Fourth Age: the role of physical activity interventions for people living in long term facilities, In International Journal of Education and Ageing

Fidelia Bature et al. (2019-10-01) Retrospective medical record research: Reflections of a unsponsored researcher, In Biomedical Journal of Scientific and Technical Research 4(21)

Jitka Jančová Všetečková et al. (2018) Barriers and facilitators to adherence to group exercise in institutionalized older people living with dementia: a systematic review, In European Review of Aging and Physical Activity(15)

Bhone Myint Kyaw et al. (2019-01) Virtual Reality for Health Professions Education: Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis by the Digital Health Education Collaboration, In Journal of Medical Internet Research 1(21)

Sally Boyle, Jitka Jančová Všetečková and Martyn Higgins (2019) Impact of Motivational Interviewing by Social Workers on Service Users - a systematic review, In Research on Social Work Practice 8(29)

Sally Boyle, Jitka Jančová Všetečková and Martyn Higgins (2019) Impact of motivational interviewing on service users - a systematic review, In Research on Social Work Practice

Jitka Jančová Všetečková and Rosaria Gracia (2019) The impact of dance and movement on learning, health, wellbeing and quality of life of institutionalised older adults living with or without dementia: a systematic review protocol, In PROSPERO, PROSPERO CRD42019127954

Rosaria Gracia, Jitka Jančová Všetečková and Rebecca L. Jones (2019) The impact of dance and movement on learning, health, wellbeing and quality of life of older adults living with or without dementia and/or Parkinson's in the community: a systematic review protocol., In PROSPERO - Database of systematic reviews, PROSPERO CRD42019127953

Aoife Mahon et al. (2019) Ageing carers and intellectual disability: a systematic scoping review of literature, In Quality in Ageing

Ioannis Pappas and Jitka Jančová Všetečková (2019) Research, Evaluation and Sustainability: Reflecting on 15 Years of Experience in eHealth, In Biomedical Journal of Scientific & Technical Research 2(19)

Browse Dr Jitka Vseteckova's latest research on Open Research Online