Personal Social Services Research Unit, University of Manchester
David Challis is Professor of Community Care Research and Director of the PSSRU at the University of Manchester. PSSRU is the largest grouping in the UK focussing on research in long term and social care. The work of the Unit has had impact on policy and practice in a number of countries, including work on case management and care coordination.
David has been an adviser on services for older people to the Commonwealth Government of Australia, Canadian Province of Ontario, Governments of France, Ireland, Hong Kong, Japan, the US State Government of Wisconsin, the Department of Health in England and the National Assembly for Wales.
Kate graduated from Newcastle University in 2001 with a first degree in Social Studies and worked in community involvement and public health before joining the Social Policy Research Unit at the University of York in 2006. Here she completed her MRes in Social Policy and now undertakes research into health and social care services for people with a range of complex needs. She has a particular interest in support for people with dementia and their carers, as well as long-term neurological conditions, and is currently researching specialist nursing models of support for carers.
Melina is a Special Educational Teacher (QTS) at the Tizard Centre, University of Kent. She obtained her BSc and first Master’s Degree as a government funded student from the School of Philosophy of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. Her experience in working with children with special educational needs impelled her to continue her studies and gain her second Master’s degree in Special Needs and Inclusion Education at the University of Sunderland. After starting her PhD studies, Melina obtained her postgraduate diploma in Methods of Social Research from the University of Kent.
Melina’s interest is focused on Tourette’s syndrome and the less socially favourable position of the children within the school environment. Her awareness of Tourette’s syndrome arose from her personal experience as a secondary teacher in a Special School. The social ostracism some children endure as a result of their tics motivated her to evaluate the existing interventions that are currently being used to ameliorate the stigmatisation of Tourette’s syndrome.
Madeline is a Research Assistant at the Personal Social Services Research Unit part of the University of Kent’s School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research. She is a qualified Occupational Therapist and has worked as a practitioner in social and mental health services for ten years. Her main current interests include: ASCOT in care homes, dementia, mental health of older people, assistive technology and telecare, mental health, social care practitioner research, occupational therapy.