Mark Wilberforce

Dr Mark Wilberforce

Senior Fellow | academic

Senior Research Fellow
University of York
Social Policy Research Unit Heslington York
YO10 5DD
01904 321297

Dr Mark Wilberforce is a social care and social work researcher with a background in economics, and a particular interest in the community support of older people with dementia and mental health needs. His work is around three key research interests:

  • How ideas behind person-centred care can be used to drive quality improvements in community support for older people;
  • How different community services for older people with dementia and mental health needs are organised, including issues of multidisciplinary working, integration and the role of social workers;
  • How the quality of care experiences can be robustly measured.

Mark’s career in health and social care research began as an economist in the Department of Health before later joining academia. He has experience in a variety of impact study designs including randomised trials, cohort studies, and some quasi-experimental methods; in addition to general cross-sectional research, qualitative studies as part of mixed-method designs, and a range of literature review methods. He has a strong interest in the design and testing of outcome and experience measures, including Rasch/IRT techniques.