Social Care Research Directory

The purpose of sharing this information is to facilitate possible research collaborations within and outside of the Wessex region. Below you can find contact details and research interests/experience of UK-based social care researchers/practitioners.

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First nameSurnameJob titleInstitutionEmailResearch interests/practiceKeywords
ZarahAbdullahiLecturerUniversity of / Biomedical scientist. Specialisation in Neurosciences and Oncology (particularly in supporting early cancers from surveillance to therapeutics interventions) with a strong translational Clinical research background.

Research interest: How end of life assessments are undertaken in critical care units, using methodologies ground in Health Care Design principles.
Nurse / Neuroscience / Oncology / End of life
LeireAmbrosioResearch Fellow - Long term conditionsUniversity of's / Long-term conditionsParkinson's / Long-term conditions
WayneArnettSenior Lecturer Adult NursingUniversity of / Trauma / Spinal InjuriesOrthopaedics / Trauma / Spinal Injuries
AnnaBadleyResearch NurseSolent NHS Trustanna.badley@solent.nhs.ukResearch nurse for adults in Southampton. I am currently, working on a large national study looking into falls in care homes and about to start a large study exploring the genetic markers of people who have had a stroke to aid prevention, diagnosis and recovery.Falls / Care Homes / Stroke
DanielBedfordSenior Lecturer in LawUniversity of dignity / Vulnerability / AgeingHuman dignity / Vulnerability / Ageing
LouiseBlakleySenior social work practitionerSouthern Health NHS Foundation Trustlouise.blakley@southernhealth.nhs.ukMental Health / Research EthicsMental Health / Research Ethics
CindyBrooksResearch FellowUniversity of and evaluating online innovative tools to improve health and wellbeing in society / Exploring interventions to reduce inappropriate polypharmacy / Methods enabling successful development and implementation of innovations in practiceHealth / wellbeing / quality of life
SarahBrownNIHR ARC OxTV Programme and Implementation ManagerUniversity of my role as Programme and Implementation Manager, I focus on the implementation of ARC research outputs into the health and care system. I work closely with the Oxford AHSN to enable this to happen (where appropriate). My work involves working collaboratively across the South East region and ensuring I’m aware of current regional priorities, considering how our current and future work fits to these. I’m therefore particualry interested in the changes to the ICS structure, the development of the ICS health and care partnerships and how these will work going forward. Implementation / Health & care system / ICSs
KarenBuckwell-NuttDirector for Institute of Health and Social CareBucks New Care / Developing the healthcare workforceNurse / Leadership
CaitlinBurchettResearch NurseSolent NHS Trustcaitlin.burchett@solent.nhs.ukI’m a Mental Health Nurse currently working a split role in clinical practice and research delivery. My clinical role is as a staff nurse on an Older Persons Mental Health (OPMH) inpatient ward, offering assessment and treatment for older people with dementia and/or functional mental health diagnoses (e.g. depression, schizophrenia). My Research Nurse role involves collaborating with study teams, clinical teams within our Trust, and community partners such as care homes, and carer support groups, to set up and deliver OPMH studies (most of which are on the NIHR portfolio).

I am particularly interested in dementia research which is focused on understanding and improving the well-being of people living with dementia and their families and carers, particularly through non-pharmacological interventions.
Dementia / Older people / Mental Health / Carer support
PaulCampbellSenior Research AssociateMidlands Partnership NHS Foundation TrustPaul.Campbell2@mpft.nhs.ukI am currently a Senior Research Associate within the department for Research and Innovation (R&I) at Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (MPFT), as well as a honorary Senior Research Fellow at the School of Medicine at Keele University. My role at MPFT is to encourage clinicians and practitioners to engage with research. One specific role is my support to social care and social work at MPFT, the trust having strong working links with it’s Local Authority. My aims are to enable socialcare/social worker staff to engage with research and to actively embark on research career routes via the support of the R&I and related research structures. We are currently running a funded (Innovation funding from local CRN) study (Social Care Research Engagment: SCREEN) at MPFT to embed a research culture within social care. As a result of SCREEN we have created a research special interest group with membership including social care/work practitioners and social care academics and we are interested in reaching out to those with shared interests.Research / Mental Health / Primary Care / Social Care / Social Work
JoanneCarterPrimary Care Research FacilitatorOxford Health NHS Foundation
Lesley-AnnCastleResearch NurseCRN
CharleneChewingsRegistered Care ManagerBluebird Care South / Ageing / Care
SueChiltonSenior LecturerOxford Brookes
WendyClyneConsultants leadRDS / Psychology Health services / Appreciative inquiryPsychology
AmandaColstonCommunity Research Delivery LeadOxford Health NHS
JulieCookeLecturer and PhD studentOxford Brookes in pre-registration adult nursing at Oxford Brookes University. Also a PhD student at the Oxford School of Nursing and Midwifery.

My PhD study title is currently: "Exploring the future workforce: An interpretative Phenomenological Analysis of nurse educators’ experiences of preparing and support nursing students for placements in nursing homes."

The study uses as phemonenologial approach to identify 8 nurse educators’ current experiences, in order to highlight what works and what doesn’t work for the participants, in order to find commonalities across cases and draw recommendations for future practice.
Older People / Education /
Nursing homes / Nurse educator / Clinical Placements
SilvieCooperLecturer (Teaching)UCL/NIHR ARC North of chronic pain / Digital health and patient education / Using qualitative, mixed methods, and translational research approachesPain management / Digital health education
HarrietCurzon-HopeTeaching FellowUniversity of
MaryDalyProfessor of social policyUniversity of of social policy in OECD countries, with a particular interest in family, gender, care/social care and povertySociology / Social Policy
DanielleDunnettClinical Research AssitantOxford
LisaFarleyCourse Lead - BN (Hons) Nursing (Mental Health)University of for harm reduction with substance misusing adolescents / Suicidal behaviour and self harm / Substance Misuse, / Mental Health and emotional wellbeing - adult, child and adolescent / Public Health and early interventionMental health / Care delivery / Nurse education / Self-harm
Lee-AnnFengeProfessor of Social CareBournemouth arts-based projects with older LGBT citizens, young people with disabilities, and homeless people / Exploring the impact of financial scams on vulnerable groupsArts-based projects / Vulnerability
RayFitzpatrickProfessor of Public HealthUniversity of
MargaretFoxProject Manager - Evidence and ImpactSkills for
HeatherGilpinPrimary Care Portfolio Manager (TVSM)
JennyHarlockSenior Research FellowRDS West and social care services / Health and care in the community, including services provided by the voluntary sector / Social prescribing / Public involvement in decommissioning decisionsCare services / Community / Social prescribing
RachelHarrisonSenior lecturerUniversity of undertaking a PhD in Intellectual Disabilities / Researching the impacts of austerity on the social networks of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities/ Research on the ways in which the NHS and universities can work together more effectively for better outcomesHealth, Community, Social Care, Social Justice, Disability
AnnieHawtonRDS SW Deputy DirectorRDS different methods can be used together in complementary and informative ways / Health outcomes of people with Multiple Sclerosis which are suitable for use in economic evaluations of treatments for MS.Methods / Multiple Sclerosis
CatherineHenshallReaderOxford Brookes research and workforce development
Cancer survivorship and self-management
Mental health and resilience
Clinical academic nurse / Clinical research / Nursing research leadership
MichelleHewardPost doctoral research fellowBournemouth and support in later lifeLater life
MelHughesPrincipal Academic in social workBournemouth substance use / User involvement in professional health and social work programmesCarers / Social work
JonHyslopSenior Lecturer in Social WorkOxford Brookes peer networks support personal budget users / Mental health / Drug and alcohol work, youth work, offending and housing/homelessness) / Policy strands that underpin developments in these fieldsMental health
LisaIrvineSenior Research FellowUniversity of evaluation of randomised controlled trials / Repurposing trial data & reducing research waste / Care homes researchTrial data / Care homes
AndreaJarmanResearch NurseCRN
AlexandraJonesResearch delivery managerCRN
JoanneJordanResearch FellowThe Open
OlgaKozlowskaResearch FellowOxford Brookes interface of physical and mental health / Focusing on diabetes and mental health and how to improve care for people with these conditionsPhysical health / Mental health / Diabetes
KellynLeeResearch FellowUniversity of Southamptonkellynleefarrar19@outlook.comMaterial Citizenship / Industry partnerships / Enterprise
Social care workforce / Community initiatives to support informal carers / Policy and practice change
Workforce / Policy / Industry / Enterprise
TiliaLenzSenior LecturerBournemouth Work / Continuous Professional DevelopmentSocial Work / Continuous Professional Development
StephenLimAcademic Clinical Lecturer in Geriatric MedicineUniversity of behaviour in hospital among older people / Training hospital volunteers to encourage older inpatients to be physically active / Community-based physical activity interventions for older adults to improve activity levels and functional status / Nutrition, sarcopenia and frailty in older peopleFrailty / Older people / Physical health
RipMasonPresident-non-profitBecause of Love Outreach
EmmaMaynardSenior LecturerUniversity of complexity and health / Change and transformation in complex families (Family Stories Project) / Researching with children and young people / Mental health and wellbeing of children, young people and familiesFamilies / Mental health
EmmaMcLoughlinResearch PhysiotherapistSolent NHS Trustemma.mcloughlin@solent.nhs.ukMusculoskeletal studiesMusculoskeletal
SamanthaMeredithResearch FellowUniversity of the feasibility and acceptability of virtual group exercise for older adults delivered by trained volunteersExercise / Older adults
CathyMurphySenior Reseach FellowUniversity of management / Dementia and incontinence / Continence devices / Continence at the end of life / Urinary cathetersDementia / Continence
MichelleMyallSenior Research and Implementation FellowUniversity of Southampton/NIHR ARC current research interests include: death and dying; decision-making at end of life; life-limiting conditions, gender and health and domestic violence and abuse. My research also focuses on developing complex interventions and identifying and explaining the factors and processes that lead to successful implementation and sustainability. I have currently lead three research projects : 1) DALLI – domestic abuse and life-limiting illness study to develop an intervention to enable hospice and palliative care services to identify and manage domestic abuse for patients with a life-limiting condition; 2) WEBRES – a study to develop a web based resource to develop an intervention to support people bereaved during the COVID pandemic; 3) CLECC – Creating Learning Environments for Compassionate Care – an implementation and evaluation study to understand the conditions needed to implement the CLECC intervention in mental health settings. I am co-app on a study to investigate the potential and practice for eye donation in palliative care settings; an evaluation of Independent Domestic Violence Advocates in health care settings. I am also working towards an ESRC funding application to explore how earlier life experiences influence inequalities in later life for people with autism and develop an intervention to improve their inclusiveity in older age.Death and dying / End of life care /
Domestic abuse /
Life-limiting illness /
RachelNaylorLecturer in Social WorkUniversity of work, with particular reference to domestic violence and to migration and identity.Domestic violence / Migration / Identity
KarenNixonMidlands Partnership NHS
KarlNunkoosingPrincipal LecturerUniversity of Construction of Learning Disability / Referrals to Community Learnin Disability Teams / Critical Disability Studies / Learning Disabilites and Intersectionalities / GenderSocial Construction / Qualitative Methods / Discourse Analysis / Challenging Behaviour
Fausat OmoshalewaOladipupoOccupational Therapist (Msc Student)
KrisOwdenManaging DirectorCaremark (Aylesbury & Wycombe) am currently the managing director of Caremark (Aylesbury and Wycombe) which promotes independence through active and dynamic homecare. I am also a practicing psychiatrist. I am interested in further research in Adult and Children’s social care, integrated care systems including integrated care pathways, communication and information sharing to deliver high quality ‘joined up’ care, the way care is delivered, technology and homecare, carer satisfaction, carer career development, complex care, neurological care, dementia care, mental health care, social care staff development, client satisfaction, quality assurance and clinical governance. I am also interested in social care audits such as medication compliance, care time, travel timesSocial Care / Integrated care systems
IzabelaPaluszkiewiczManaging DirectionHenley Care
JulieParkesProf Public HealthUniversity of
DanielPhelpsResearcher & ConsultantYoungCarers.infodaniel@youngcarers.infoAll areas of policy, practice and research in the carers field, especially young carers, young adult carers and student carers: (1) Protecting the mental health and wellbeing of young carers, (2) Supporting young carers through education, (3) Listening to the voices of young carers to support policy and practice, (4) The development and impact of support models, (5) The whole family approach to supporting young carers, (6) The assessment of the needs of young carers and support provision Young carers / Mental health / Wellbeing / Support /
MCPortilloProfessor of Long Term ConditionsUniversity of'sParkinson's
CarolinePotterSenior Research FellowUniversity of long-term conditions (obesity, dementia, multi-morbidity)Long-term conditions
AndrewPowerAssociate Professor of GeographyUniversity of provision for disabled people including models of direct payments and personal budgets, peer-support and residential care / Relational geographies of the voluntary sector particularly within the social care landscape / Family caregiving - interdependency between care givers and recipientsSupport provision / Family caregiving
HannahPrenticePhD StudentKing's College
DavidRaperSenior LecturerUniversity of of programme leadership higher educationEducation
RachelReidLocality managerSkills for
KarenRoscoeLecturerUniversity of policy initiativesSocial policy
EuanSadlerAssociate professorUniversity of Southampton and Southern Health NHS Foundation research interests focus on how we can improve the delivery of person/user centred integrated health and social care to meet the needs of older people (i.e. aged 60 years and over) with high care and support needs in community settings. I am interested in the lived experiences of this service user group and their carers, what helps them to live well, what support they need, as well as understanding what are the workforce challenges of delivering user centred social care practice for this service user group across different social care settings. I am also interested in asset-based approaches to develop interventions and services by focusing on what individuals and communities value, and on building relationships and local partnerships.Integrated health and social care / Older people / High care and support needs / Lived experiences / Asset-based models of care
HaiderSharifLecturerThe Open
JaneShearsHead of Professional DevelopmentBritish Association of Social
ThomasSimonsCourse lead - Adult Nursing and MSc primary careSolent
IngridSladeConsultant PHWokingham Borough
VimalSriramResearch assistantNDPH, University of am an Occupational Therapist and completing my DPhil in Population Health researching on carers’ experience of using assistive technology in dementia care. I also have research interests in research capacity and capability building among nurses, midwives and allied health professionals – within health and social care settings and supporting population health benefits through integrated care. Capacity building / Dementia care / Mixed methods / Patient/carer experience / Integrated care
AlysonStapletonHead of Care and Supported HousingHightown Housing
DawnStathamSocial WorkerMidlands Partnership Foundation NHS
RobynStigerSenior Lecturer in PhysiotherapyOxford Brookes care medicine and pre- and postoperative surgical management / Use of simulation as a teaching tool to enhance complex reasoning, patient safety and inter-professional learningCritical care medicine / Surgical management
PennyThewlisChief ExecutiveAge UK
SarahThomasRDS-SW Adviser/Deputy Director BUCRUBournemouth home
LesleyThomsPhD FellowKing’s College
JaneTownsonCEOUnited Kingdom Homecare
AnnabelTremlettSenior lecturerUniversity of am a Senior Lecturer at the University of Portsmouth, teaching on the social work undergraduate and Masters programme along with supervising PhD and Professional Doctorate students. I am not a social work practitioner but am seen as coming with ‘research’ experience which many of my colleagues don’t yet have (I love this position by the way, being an outsider/insider). I do have a lot of experience working with different communities, particularly young people and Roma, Gypsy and Traveller people in various organisations.
My research interests include investigating the life stories and everyday experiences of the childhood and family experiences of people from minority or so-called marginalized groups. I have particular experience researching and working with people from Roma/Gypsy heritages and from Central and Eastern Europe (I lived in Hungary for many years and still visit frequently). I am particularly interested in utilizing this research to think through issues around social justice, as well as challenging racism and misleading representations. I have extensive expertise in ethnographic and photo elicitation research.
More on my profile can be found here:
Ethnographic, minorities, migrants, anti-racism, visual methods
JoTurpettResearch NurseSolent NHS
DerickWadeProfessor in Neurological RehabilitationOxford Brokkes University/
MarneyWalkerIndependent Occupational Therapist - ResearchSheffield Hallam
SandraWalkerSenior Teaching FellowPortsmouth University and and Community Approaches to Mental Distress / Approaching and delivering care / Thinking about illness / Using the arts in healthcare / Exploring the needs of people who cannot successfully get their needs met in Primary Care but do not meet the criteria for Secondary Care / Interface between physical and mental health and the effect that trauma has on these / Self-Harm and SuicideMental health / Art / Suicide/ Self-harm
JessicaWallisClinical research nurseOxford Health NHS Foundation
JoWelchProgramme Lead Learning Disability NursingUniversity of Winchester Head of Disability / Nursing
JenniWesselsLecturerUniversity of
MaxWurrDirector of Policy and CommunicationsCity and County Healthcare
MaryZacaroliCEO/FounderPaint Buzzmary.zacaroli@icloud.comI run upcycling and craft workshops with people of all ages, abilities and disabilities or those who are differently abled (such as the neurodiverse) through my social enterprise Paint Buzz. I am also public theme champion in Oxford and Thames Valley’s Ox-Arc Theme 4: Community Health and Social Care. With the help of staff theme champion Dr Caroline Potter, I have completed a small research project looking at how Paint Buzz activities help quality of life and we are looking to expand this. I am also really interested in this being widened to other community-based hands-on activities so that those looking for funding, can develop a way of collecting/analysing information that means they can show if/how their activities improve quality of life; the possibilities of getting funding and perhaps being able to offer activities on social prescription may then become possible – it’s very much a bottom-up approach. My research interests are using the capability approach in community-based activities and finding playful, inclusive and/or visual forms of data collection for research and self-knowledge.Innovative bottom-up data / Capability approach