I am a Senior Lecturer in Health and Social Care. My current teaching roles are Chair for the Ageing Societies and Global Health (K242) and a team member of an Introduction to Health and Social care (K101). My particular interests are: carers, adult social care, personalisation, carer and service user empowerment, the third sector and the life course approach to health and well-being. I have led on several funded projects and undertaken consultancies around these areas, published widely and am a member of a number of national bodies. These include the Social Care Institute for Excellence (Co-production network), the Third Sector Research Centre, the cross-Government Independent Advisory Group on Carers (I also chaired this group’s Research and Evidence Task and Finish Group) Carers Trust ‘Care Act 2014 for Carers One Year On’ Commission , the Department of Health’s National Carers Strategy Reference Group, NHS England Commitment to Carers Oversight Group and the NICE Guideline Committee for Provision of support for adult carers. I am also Reviews Editor for the International Journal of Care and Caring. In addition, I set up and lead the Care and Caring Network@OU The OU Carer research grou; an international carers research collaborative network and the Carer–related research and evidence exchange network (CAREN) (www.open.ac.uk/caren).
My research interests are: carers, caring, adult social care, personalisation, ageing societies, carer and service user empowerment, the third sector and the life course approach to health and well-being. Whilst I have undertaken research at national and international level and published widely around these areas, my main research area at the moment is carers. My current activities include:
working with the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) in the development of good practice to ensure carers needs are met within primary care more effectively (see NHS Commitment to Carers. http://www.england.nhs.uk/ourwork/pe/commitment-to-carers)
blogging on carers issues for Mental ELF and the Social care ELF. The intention is that there will eventually be a separate Carers ELF.
the publication of a Special Issue in January 2015 of Health and Social care in the Community on carers and caring based on the seminar series
management of a Carers Research Jiscmail which I set up as “A place for researchers, carers, service users, third sector organisations, practitioners and policy makers to share and exchange information on the evidence base for carer services, research and policy“. It now has a worldwide membership of 100+ and I use it to disseminate information and serve as a repository for resources about carers and caring
developing the Care and Caring Network@OU into a formal corporate network for knowledge exchange around care and caring, the promotion of carers rights within the Open University and the provision of information, advice and guidance in carer-related policy development
Reviews Editor and Associate Editor Board for the International Journal of Care and Caring
Principal Investigator for a NIHR SSCR funded project entitled “Utilising Carer-Related Research and Knowledge: a scoping review and information resource"
Lead for a Higher Education Innovation Fund project “Carer Research and Knowledge Exchange Resource (CARER)” which will be a freely accessible knowledge exchange digital resource (website) for ALL national and international stakeholders who require any form of care-related knowledge
I am committed to ensuring that knowledge about carers and caring is used to inform effective policy and practice. To this end, I have undertaken consultancies nationally and internationally, working with government departments, third sector organisations and funding bodies to ensure research really does benefit carers and to make the best use of carer-related knowledge and research. I continually seek out and make use of opportunities to facilitate the required knowledge exchange e.g. through the Carers Research Jiscmail, Care and Caring@OU network and the “Carer Research and Knowledge Exchange Resource (CARER)
K242: Ageing Societies and Global Health
K217: Adult health, social care and wellbeing
Member of the cross-Government Independent Advisory Group on Carers
Chair of the Research and Evidence Task and Finish Group Chair, Independent Advisory Group on Carers
Member of the Department of Health’s National Carers Strategy Reference Group
Member of Social Care Institute for Excellence Co-Production network
Member of the Department of Education’s Young Carers Advisory group
Carers Trust ‘Care Act 2014 for Carers One Year On’ Commission panel member
NIHR SSCR Fellow
I manage an international Carers Research jiscmail and the Care and Caring@OU network
Social Care Elf Blogger
Proposal reviewer for ESRC and National Institute for Health Research, School for Social Care Research
Book proposal reviewer for Sage Publications, McGraw-Hill, OUP, Routledge and Pearsons Textbooks
Reviewer for British Journal of Social Work, Health and Social Care in the Community, Journal of Social Policy and Society, Journal of Social Work in Health Care and People, Place and Policy, Journal of Public Policy. Ageing and Society
Third Sector Research Centre Honorary Research Fellow
NIHR SSCR Fellow
Social Care Institute for Excellence
|Role||Start date||End date||Funding source|
|Lead||01/May/2017||31/Jan/2018||NHS (National Health Service)|
The project will work with system and voluntary sector partners to identify exemplar models identification and support of older Carers and Carers of people with dementia.
|Role||Start date||End date||Funding source|
|Lead||01/Mar/2016||30/Jun/2017||SSCR NIHR School for Social Care Research|
The primary focus of this timely 16 month project is a comprehensive scoping review of carer-related knowledge. The review will have two complementary purposes. One is to provide a unique mapping of carer-related evidence and knowledge, extending understanding about the nature of ‘what is known’ and building on existing foundations for research and knowledge exchange. The scoping review will be academically robust and detailed; its findings will be widely disseminated and offered in a number of formats. It will also contribute to the identification of future research priorities relating to carers and inform social care practice. The second purpose of the scoping review is that it will underpin a freely available digitalised resource developed in partnership with, and hosted and updated by, the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE). This sustainable resource will be for use by commissioners, care workers, social workers, carers’ organisations, carers support workers, carers and service users. It will play an essential role in meeting the Care Act 2014 information and knowledge exchange requirements and support quality social care practice with carers and those for whom they care.