I have worked at the University of Kent for over 20 years, first in the Personal Social Services Research Unit, then the Tizard Centre and, since 2010, the social work team based at the Medway campus.
I worked as a social worker and team manager in two local authorities in London for 7 years before becoming an academic. I am registered with the Health and Care Professions Council.
I hold an undergraduate degree in Geography, a Certificate of Qualification in Social Work/Diploma in Applied Social Studies, an MA in Social Policy and Social Research and a PhD in Social Policy.
University of Kent
Kent ME4 4AG
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My research interests are in four intersecting areas: social work with older people and their families; mental health in later life; family caring; and long term care. I have been PI and/or CI on a range of projects in all four areas and have received funding from a number of sources including the Department of Health, the NIHR School for Social Care Research (SSCR), the National Health Service and ageing and caring related charities.
Currently I am working on two projects on carers: a review of knowledge about carers (SSCR funded) and exemplar models of support for older and dementia carers (funded by the NHS).
I am a member of the Research Excellence Framework 2021 sub-panel for Social Work and Social Policy.
I teach on both the BA and MA social work qualifying programmes. I am module convenor for the ‘Social Work with Adults’ modules and contribute to other modules on ageing and caring related issues.
I am part of a team developing an Approved Mental Health Practitioner PG programme and have involvement in the development of continuing professional development activities both at the University of Kent and nationally (see Research in Practice for Adults link below in media).
I am a member of the Strategic Board for the regional Social Work Teaching Partnership; this represents a Department for Education funded two-year partnership between Kent County Council, Medway Council, the University of Kent and Canterbury Christchurch University.
I co-lead a national group of social work academics with a special interest in social work with older people and their families and am a member of the Chief Social Worker for Adults Advisory Group. I am also a member of the Association of Professors of Social Work and the British Society of Gerontology.
I am one of the founders of the journal, the International Journal of Care and Caring, and am a key function editor. I am also member of the Editorial Board of Ageing and Society.
I am a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
I am a member of the Association of Professors of Social Work and the British Society of Gerontology.
I was a member of the independent advisory group to government – the Standing Commission on Carers – from 2006 to 2015 and the British Society of Gerontology Executive Committee from 2010-2015.
- Caring in Later Life: a matter of social justice and a social work matter
A Think Kent video 2016