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Professor of Social Policy
School for Policy Studies, University of Bristol
David Abbott is Associate Director of NIHR SSCR.
David is also Professor of Social Policy within the School for Policy Studies (SPS) at the University of Bristol. He joined the Norah Fry Research Centre at SPS in 1999 and much of his work has focused on issues for disabled children, young people and adults Ð as well as their families and the services that support them. He has research interests in: transition to adulthood; multi-agency working; young disabled people who live away from home in residential settings; gay, lesbian and bisexual people with learning difficulties Ð their experiences, the barriers they face and the ways in which they overcome them; and how young people with long term health conditions do or do not access good quality social care support.
Bryony is Senior Fellow within the NIHR SSCR, as well as leading on a study evaluating hearing dogs.
Bryony joined the Social Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at the University of York in 1991. Since then she has led numerous projects, employing a wide range of research designs and methods. Much of her earlier work concerned children, young people and young adults with long-term or life-limiting conditions or impairments. More recently, whilst retaining an expertise and close interest in this group, her portfolio of work has expanded to include other populations including adults with autism, and frail older people. She also has long-standing interests in parent-directed interventions to manage sleep and behaviour difficulties, and work-related stress in the health and social care workforce. Bryony was appointed Co-Director of SPRU in February 2016.
Social Policy Research Unit, University of York
Yvonne is Associate Director for NIHR SSCR.
Yvonne trained as a general and children’s nurse specialising in intensive care, before moving into research. She joined the University of York as a researcher in the Department of Health Sciences in 1999 and moved to the Social Policy Research Unit in 2013 from York Trials Unit where she was deputy director. Over the years she has worked on projects spanning the life course but is particularly interested in issues around professional/ public attitudes and behaviour, particularly in relation to the quality and safety of care. She is a mixed methods researcher with expertise in developing projects that evaluate complex interventions in both health and social care.
Jeanne started her social work career in child protection and then moved into childrenÕs disability services. During the last 12 years of her employment she worked as a disability consultant doing training, research, writing and consulting. Her passion and commitment in this area comes from being a family carer to her daughter for 32 years. She also spent a number of years supporting her father, who had dementia and continues to support her mother who has chronic respiratory failure and now lives in residential care. In retirement Jeanne continues to be actively involved in research and a number of campaigning groups around personalisation.
Sarah Carr is an academic with a particular interest in service user and survivor knowledge and research. She has personal experience of mental distress and mental health service use and uses this to inform all her work
Margaret has been involved with the SSCR since it set up its first user, carer, and practitioner group. She is also a Research Involvement Manager, PSSRU, LSE; research advisor for the PSSRU University of Kent and a member of the MODEM dementia research project team.
Margaret is a carer of her husband who has advanced dementia; her mother also suffered from the disease for many years before her death at age 102 in 2013.
Margaret’s career background was in the NHS as an RGN, later moving into general management. She has an MA in Health Law and post-graduate diploma in risk management. For 10 years she was executive director of a patient safety organisation based at the Royal Society of Medicine, she is a life fellow and a former vice-president of the Society.
For over 25 years Margaret has been involved with the community and voluntary sector, initially as a chair/board member of various organisations before moving into patient/user/carer representative roles at all levels including research. Over the last ten years she has increasingly promoted the interests of people with dementia and their carers and has been involved with the implementation of the National Dementia Strategy and more recently with planning for the implementation of the Care Act 2014. She facilitates an ÔExperts by ExperienceÕ carers group for carers of people with dementia; is a volunteer for the AlzheimerÕs Society and an Ambassador for Carers UK. She is a carer affiliate of the National Dementia Alliance and as ÔDementia ChampionÕ is supporting the GovernmentÕs ÔDementia FriendsÕ initiative.
Associate Professorial Research Fellow
Personal Social Services Research Unit, LSE
Jose Luis is Deputy Director and Associate Professorial Research Fellow at PSSRU,LSE. A health and social care economist, he specialises in ageing-related policies, the interaction between health and social care, and the economic evaluation of health and social care services and systems. In 2010, he co-founded the International Long-term care Policy Network (ILPN) linking academics and policy makers on the analysis of long-term care, and also set-up the Economics of Social and Health Care Research Unit together with the universities of Kent and York, and the Quality and Outcomes Research Unit with universities of Kent and Oxford. He has advised bodies such as the English Department of Health, the UK Treasury and the World Health Organisation.
Karen’s research interests include costing methodologies, quality and outcomes in health and social care and economic evaluations.
Dementia and Ageing Research Team (DART)
I trained as a mental health nurse in Warley Hospital, Brentwood, Essex (1983-1986) before moving to Bangor, North Wales in Autum 1986. Once in North Wales, I held a number of clinical appointments in dementia care, including 4 years as a community mental health nurse in a community mental health team for people with dementia in Merionnydd, Gwynedd, before moving into the University of Wales, Bangor in 1993 to pursue teaching and academic qualifications. My Ph.D. was studied part-time (1993-1999) and was focussed on the social construction of dementia as experienced by people with dementia and their families. At Northumbria University I held the first Professorial Chair in dementia care nursing in the UK before moving to The University of Manchester in October 2006 to take up the post of Professor of Older People’s Mental Health Nursing, a joint appointment with Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust.
Care Policy and Evaluation Centre, LSE
Martin Knapp has been Director of the NIHR School for Social Care Research since 2009. He is also Professor of Social Policy and Professor in the Care Policy and Evaluation Centre (formerly PSSRU) at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He was Director of the Personal Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU) until June 2019.
Martin’s current research emphases are primarily dementia, child and adult mental health, autism and long-term social care; much of his work has an economic focus, and in all of it he seeks to tease out the policy implications. He has published almost 500 peer-review journal papers and 15 books. His work has had numerous impacts on policy and practice in these areas.
Professor Geraldine Macdonald was appointed to the Board of Trustees in September 2017. Geraldine qualified as a social worker in 1979 and worked in children’s services until 1987, when she moved into academia. She was first appointed to the Chair of Social Work at Bristol in January 1998. She returned as Professor of Social Work in October 2015, after working first as Business Director (Information and Knowledge Management) at the Commission for Social Care Inspection (2004-2006) and then as Director of the Institute for Child Care Research in Belfast.
Juliette Malley is an Assistant Professorial Research Fellow at the Personal Social Services Research Unit at London School of Economics and Political Science and the University of Kent. She is also a member of the Quality and Outcomes of person centred care (QORU) policy research unit.
Her research interests include the measurement of outcomes and quality in long-term care, performance and quality of long-term care systems, regulation of long-term care and financing of long-term care systems.
She is a member of the team that developed ASCOT, a new measure of social care outcomes for use in economic evaluation, and led the development of the Adult Social Care Survey that is currently used by the Department of Health to monitor the quality of care provided to publicly-funded service users. Juliette has also contributed to various studies looking at the future of funding for social care.
Juliette is currently involved in the EXCELC study, funded by NORFACE under the Welfare State Futures Programme, which is seeking to compare the effectiveness and efficiency of non-institutional long-term care (e.g. home care, day centres) for older adults and their informal carers in Austria, England and Finland. The aim of this study is to strengthen the research base in long-term care and help guide policy-makers and practitioners to make outcomes-focused, economically-sound decisions about long-term care.
David is Associate Professorial Research Fellow in Health Policy and Health Economics within PSSRU at LSE.He is involved in a wide range of work on mental health and public health in the UK, Europe and at the global level. He is a co-ordinator of the Mental Health Economics European Network, a member of NICE’s Public Health Interventions Advisory Committee since 2007, Co-Convenor of the Cochrane Campbell Economic Methods Group and has acted as an advisor to a range of organisations, including the European Commission and World Health Organisation, and national/regional governmental departments, including the Department of Health in England and equivalent bodies in Scotland and Wales. He has published over 300 peer reviewed papers and reports, including a report for the UK Department of Health which looked at the economic case for investing in mental health promotion and mental disorder prevention. He is the editor of two recent books.
Care Policy and Evaluation Centre, LSE
Anji Mehta is Finance and Impact Manager within the NIHR School for Social Care Research, Manager of the Care Policy and Evaluation Centre (formerly PSSRU) and Manager of the NIHR Policy Research Unit in Adult Social Care at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Over the last ten years, Anji has been working on studies exploring knowledge exchange and impact for adult social care research, implementation of research, engagement of practice and policy in research processes, and the types and use of knowledge in decision-making in social care practice. She is interested in how research, policy and practice work together to develop, carry out and implement research to improve policy and practice for adult social care.
Jo Moriarty is a Senior Research Fellow at KingÕs College London in the
Social Care Workforce Research Unit. She has worked as a researcher
for 20 years and has undertaken research into a range of social care
topics, including support for family carers and people with dementia,
ethnicity and social support, social work education and workforce
issues. She has also undertaken a number of research reviews. She is
especially interested in mixed methods research and in exploring
ways of creating partnerships between researchers, practitioners,
people using services and family carers.
Catherine Needham is Professor of Public Policy and Public Management. She is part based at the Health Services Management Centre, developing research around social care and policy innovation. She is also part-based in the University’s Public Services Academy, researching new approaches to public service workforce development.
Karen joined HSMC as a Senior Lecturer in Healthcare Policy and Management in November 2013. Originally qualifying as a clinical psychologist, Karen has over thirty years’ experience in the health and social care sector, including direct service provision and commissioning. For the past fifteen years Karen has been involved in research, consultancy and system development for a broad range of health and social care organisations including government. Her recent work has focused on the implementation of health and social care policy, patient and public involvement, advocacy and action to tackle health inequalities and discrimination. Karen has a particular interest in mental health, and is a core member of the Institute for Mental Health at the University. She is a Chartered Psychologist, an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, a Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health and a Senior Fellow of the School for Social Care.
Professor Nicholas Pleace joined CHP in 1991. His research explores the interrelationships between housing and poverty. His interests centre on comparative research, particularly across Europe and the Anglophone countries and on transdisciplinary research that encompasses inequalities in health, life chances/opportunity, area effects in urban space, housing precarity and homelessness.Nicholas joined the European Observatory on Homelessness, operating under the auspices of FEANTSA in 2010, and he is also a member of the Women’s Homelessness in Europe Network (WHEN).