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Health, Social Work and Social Care

An Open University student studying health, social work and social care

The School of Health, Wellbeing and Social Care has a strong track record in applied health and social care research. We are funded by the Research Councils (ESRC and AHRC), the National Institute for Health Research and a wide range of trusts, charities and commercial organisations. In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, 69 per cent of our research submitted in the Social work and social policy category was judged to be world leading (4*) or internationally excellent (3*). 73 per cent of our research was assessed as 4* or 3* for impact and 75 per cent for research environment.

Our research is organised into five distinct research themes: Ageing and later life; Children, young people, parenting and families; Death, dying and bereavement; Living with disability and long-term conditions; and Reproduction, sexualities and health. All our staff work within, or across, these themes. Across the research themes there is a particular interest in:

  • The role of innovative methodologies for health and social care research;
  • The study of normative/non-normative life-course trajectories, and the impact of these on experiences of health, care and wellbeing.

The school is committed to making a difference to health and social care practice and works in partnership with the stakeholders of research in all of our activities.

Key facts

  • The School has had considerable success in attracting external funding for research, including support from the ESRC, AHRC, the Department of Health, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and the Heritage Lottery Fund.
  • We have a thriving postgraduate research student community.

Further information

If you have an enquiry specific to this research area please contact:

Name:
Dr Lindsay O’Dell, Director of Postgraduate Studies
Email:
WELS-student-enquiries@open.ac.uk
Phone:

For general enquiries please contact the Research Degrees Team via the link under 'Your Questions' on the right of the page.

Publications

Research publications by Open University staff are available through Open Research Online (ORO), the university's repository of research publications and other research outputs. ORO can be searched or browsed by staff name or subject.

The following list, generated from ORO, provides a flavour of the most recently published work in Health, Social Work and Social Care