Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research

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About

I am a Professor of Social Gerontology and Social Work at the University of Kent’s School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research. Read about the Health and Social Care research cluster.

My key research interests are: family carers particularly older carers; mental health in later life; social work with older people; and long term care.

Career

I have been working at SSPSSR since 1995.  I’ve worked in two of the school’s research units - the Personal Social Services research unit and the Tizard Centre - before moving to the Social Work group as a Reader in 2010.

Before working at the University I worked as a social worker and social work manager in London. Between 1998 & 2001 I was also a Visiting Fellow at the Nuffield Institute for Health at the University of Leeds and between 2009 & 2013, I was an Honorary Research Fellow at Canterbury Christchurch University Dementia Services Development Centre.

Education

I have a first degree from the University of Liverpool in Geography (1980) and a social work qualification from Goldsmiths College (1985). I also have an MA in Social Policy and Social Research and a PhD in Social Policy from the University of Kent.


Contact Information

Address

Room G2.09
Gillingham Building
University of Kent
Chatham Maritime
Kent ME4 4AG

I can be contacted via email

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Publications

Also view these in the Kent Academic Repository

Article
Ray, M. et al. (2015). Gerontological Social Work: Reflections on its Role, Purpose and Value. British Journal of Social Work [Online] 45:1296-1312. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bct195.
Milne, A. and Adams, A. (2015). Enhancing Critical Reflection amongst Social Work Students: The Contribution of an Experiential Learning Group in Care Homes for Older People. Social Work Education [Online] 34:74-90. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02615479.2014.949229.
Milne, A. and Larkin, M. (2015). Knowledge Generation about Caregiving in the UK: A Critical Review of Research Paradigms. Health & Social Care in the Community [Online] 23:4-13. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/hsc.12143.
Larkin, M. and Milne, A. (2014). Carers and Empowerment in the UK: A Critical Reflection. Social Policy and Society [Online] 13:25-38. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1474746413000262.
Lloyd, L. et al. (2014). Look after yourself: active ageing, individual responsibility and the decline of social work with older people in the UK. European Journal of Social Work [Online] 17:322-335. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13691457.2013.829805.
Larkin, M. and Milne, A. (2014). Carer Empowerment in the UK: A Critical Reflection. Social Policy and Society [Online] 13:25-38. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1474746413000262.
Seabrooke, V. and Milne, A. (2014). Early Intervention in Dementia Care and Support: Innovation and Impact. Quality in Ageing and Older Adults [Online] 15:34-45. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/QAOA-03-2013-0004.
Lloyd, L. et al. (2014). Look after yourself: active ageing, individual responsibility and the decline of social work with older people on the UK. European Journal of Social Work [Online] 17:322-335. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13691457.2013.829805.
Milne, A., Guss, R. and Russ, A. (2014). Psycho-educational support for relatives of people with a recent diagnosis of mild to moderate dementia: Evaluation of a 'Course for Carers'. Dementia [Online] 13:768-787. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1471301213485233.
Richards, S. et al. (2014). On the edge of a new frontier: Is gerontological social work in the UK ready to meet 21st century challenges? British Journal of Social Work [Online] 44:2307-2324. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/ 10.1093/bjsw/bct082.
Hamilton-West, K. et al. (2013). A concordance therapy to help older people self-manage type 2 diabetes. Diabetes and Primary Care [Online] 15:240-248. Available at: http://www.diabetesandprimarycare.co.uk/journal-content/view/a-concordance-therapy-to-help-older-people-self-manage-type-2-diabetes.
Hamilton-West, K. et al. (2013). Improving Concordance in Older People with Type 2 Diabetes. Diabetes and Primary Care 15:240-248.
Milne, A. et al. (2012). The intersection of employment and care: evidence from a UK case study. European Journal of Social Work [Online]. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13691457.2012.724388.
Milne, A. et al. (2012). The characteristics and management of elder abuse: evidence and lessons from a UK case study. European Journal of Social Work [Online] 16:489-505. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13691457.2012.722983.
Mackenzie, R. et al. (2012). Challenges of Ethical and Legal Responsibilities When Technologies’ Uses and Users Change: Social Networking Sites, Decision-Making Capacity and Dementia. Ethics and Information Technology [Online] 14:99-108. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10676-012-9286-x.
Cambridge, P. et al. (2011). Patterns of Risk in Adult Protection Referrals for Sexual Abuse and People with Intellectual Disability. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities [Online] 24:118-132. Available at: http://www.dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-3148.2010.00574.x.
Cambridge, P. et al. (2011). Adult protection: The processes and outcomes of adult protection referrals in two english local authorities. Journal of Social Work [Online] 11:247-267. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1468017310379255 .
Milne, A. (2011). Commentary on Protecting my mother. Journal of Adult Protection [Online] 13:53-56. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.5042/jap.2011.0071 .
Cambridge, P. et al. (2011). A study of adult protection referrals in two local authorities: An overview of findings for managers and practitioners. Journal of Adult Protection [Online] 13:238-250. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/14668201111178157.
Wilkie, D. et al. (2011). The aims, role and impact of an intermediate care service for people with dementia: Reflections on a conference workshop. Quality in Ageing and Older Adults Special Issue, Dementia Care: a positive future [Online] 12:109-118. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/14717791111144722 .
Milne, A. (2011). Living with dementia in a care home: Capturing the experiences of residents. Quality in Ageing and Older Adults [Online] 12:76-85. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/14717791111144687.
Hamilton-West, K. et al. (2010). Help-seeking in Relation to Signs of Dementia: The Role of Illness Representations. Psychology, Health and Medicine [Online] 15:540-549. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13548506.2010.487109.
Milne, A. (2010). The D word: Reflections on the Relationship between Stigma and Dementia. Journal of Mental Health [Online] 19:227-233. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.3109/09638231003728166.
Milne, A. (2010). Dementia Screening and Early Diagnosis: the case for and against. Health, Risk & Society [Online] 12:65-76. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13698570903509497.
Hamilton-West, K. and Milne, A. (2010). Help-seeking in relation to signs of dementia: A pilot study to evaluate the utility of the common-sense model of illness representations. Psychology, Health & Medicine [Online] 15:540-549. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13548506.2010.487109.
Beadle-Brown, J. et al. (2010). Adult protection of people with intellectual disabilities: incidence, nature and responses. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities [Online] 23:573-584. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-3148.2010.00561.x.
Seabrooke, V. and Milne, A. (2009). Early intervention in dementia care in an Asian community. Quality in Ageing and Older Adults [Online] 10:29-36. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/14717794200900029.
Milne, A. and Dening, T. (2009). "Editorial": Depression, Suicide and Self-Harm in Older Adults. Quality in Ageing and Older Adults 10:2-4.
Seabrooke, V. and Milne, A. (2009). Facilitating Early Diagnosis of Dementia in an Asian Community: Lessons from a Dementia Collaborative Project. Quality in Ageing and Older Adults [Online] 10:29-36. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/14717794200900029.
Mansell, J. et al. (2009). Adult protection: incidence of referrals, nature and risk factors in English local authorities. Journal of Social Work [Online] 9:23-38. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1468017308098426.
Milne, A. and Dening, T. (2009). Editorial. Quality in Ageing and Older Adults, Special Issue: Depression, Suicide and Self-Harm in Older Adults [Online] 10:2-4. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/14717794200900001.
Mansell, J. et al. (2009). Adult protection: incidence of referrals, nature and risk factors in two English local authorities . Journal of Social Work [Online] 9:25-40. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1468017308098426.
Dening, T. and Milne, A. (2009). Depression and mental health in care homes for older people. Quality in Ageing and Older Adults [Online] 10:40-46. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/14717794200900007.
Healey, F. et al. (2008). The effect of bedrails on falls and injury: a systematic review of clinical studies. Age and Ageing [Online] 37:368-378. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ageing/afn112.
Milne, A. et al. (2008). Screening for dementia in primary care: a review of the efficacy and quality of tools and measures. International Psychogeriatrics [Online] 20:911-926. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1041610208007394.
Livingston, G. et al. (2008). Successful ageing in adversity: the LASER-AD longitudinal study. Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry [Online] 79:641-645. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/jnnp.2007.126706 .
Milne, A. et al. (2008). Screening for dementia in primary care: a review of the use, efficacy and quality of measures. International Psychogeriatrics [Online] 20:911-926. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/s1041610208007394.
Culverwell, A. et al. (2008). Screening for dementia in primary care: how is it measuring up? Quality in Ageing and Older Adults [Online] 9:39-44. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/14717794200800019 .
Milne, A., Hatzidimitriadou, E. and Wiseman, J. (2007). Health and quality of life among older people in rural England: Exploring the impact and efficacy of policy. Journal of Social Policy [Online] 36:477-495. Available at: http://www.journals.cambridge.org/action/displayAbstract?fromPage=online&aid=1036192.
Milne, A., Hamilton-West, K. and Hatzidimitriadou, E. (2005). GP Attitudes to Early Diagnosis of Dementia: Evidence of Improvement. Aging and Mental Health [Online] 9:449-455. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13607860500142762 .
Milne, A., Hatzidimitriadou, E. and Wiseman, J. (2005). Aging in the English Countryside: Is it Good or your Health? Social Policy & Administration.
Milne, A. and Chryssanthopoulou, C. (2005). Dementia care-giving in black and Asian populations: refining the research agenda. Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology [Online] 15:319-337. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/casp.830.
Hatzidimitriadou, E. and Milne, A. (2005). Planning for the future: meeting the needs of older people with intellectual disabilities. Dementia 4:341-359.
Milne, A., Hatzidimitriadou, E. and Chryssanthopoulou, C. (2004). Carers of Older Relatives in Long Term Care: Support Needs and Services. Generations Review 14:4-9.
Milne, A. and Hatzidimitriadou, E. (2003). Isn't he wonderful? Exploring the contribution and conceptualisation of older husbands as carers. Ageing International 28:389-407.
Milne, A. and Hatzidimitriadou, E. (2002). The Caring in Later Life report: A secondary analysis of the 1995 General Household Survey. Quality in Ageing: Policy, Practice and Research 3:3-15.
Milne, A. et al. (2000). Early diagnosis of dementia by GPs: an exploratory study of attitudes. Aging and Mental Health 4:292-300.
Davies, B., Milne, A. and Warburton, R. (1995). Do different case management approaches affect who gets what? Preliminary results from a comparative British study. Care Plan 2:26-30.
Conference or workshop item
Boahen, G. and Milne, A. (2015). Teaching user and carer participation to undergraduate social work students: reflections on a pedagogical framework. in: Joint Social Work Education Conference.
Larkin, A. and Milne, A. (2015). Making Room for Former Carers. in: 6th International Carers Conference, Care and Caring – future proofing the new demographics.
Beadle-Brown, J. et al. (2008). Adult protection alerts for people with intellectual disabilities: Patterns of risk. in: Wiley-Blackwell, p. 788. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2788.2008.01094.x.
Milne, A., Hatzidimitriadou, E. and Hamilton-West, K. (2004). GP Attitudes to Early Diagnosis of Dementia: Evidence of Improvement. in: The Annual Conference of the British Society of Gerontology.
Research report (external)
Warner, J., Milne, A. and Peet, J. (2010). My Name is Not Dementia. [Online]. Alzheimer’s Society. Available at: http://www.alzheimers.org.uk/.
Hamilton-West, K. et al. (2010). Improving Concordance in Older People with Type 2 Diabetes (ICOPE-D). National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).
Vickerstaff, S. et al. (2009). Employment support for carers. [Online]. Department for Work and Pensions. Available at: http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20130314010347/http://research.dwp.gov.uk/asd/asd5/rports2009-2010/rrep597.pdf.
Davies, B., Fernández, J. and Milne, A. (1996). Care management arrangements. Personal Social Services Research Unit.
Book section
Warner, J. and Milne, A. (2009). Older people with lifelong mental health problems. in: Williamson, T. ed. Older People's Mental Health Today: A Handbook. Hove: Pavilion Publishing and Media Ltd.
Dening, T. and Milne, A. (2008). Mental health in care homes for older people. in: Jacoby, R. et al. eds. Oxford Textbook of Old Age Psychiatry . Oxford: Oxford University Press, p. Chapter 23.
Hatzidimitriadou, E. and Milne, A. (2006). Providing Care for Older People with Learning Disabilities. in: Carnaby, S. and Cambridge, P. eds. Intimate and Personal Care for People with Learning Disabilities. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, pp. 160-180.
Monograph
Palmer, A., Milne, A. and Hastie, C. (2008). Caring in Kent: Patterns and Profiles, Evidence from the Kent Health and Lifestyle Survey, 2005. Centre for Health Services Studies and Tizard Centre.
Palmer, A., Milne, A. and Hastie, C. (2008). Caring in Kent: Summary Report Evidence from the Kent Health and Lifestyle Survey, 2005. Centre for Health Services Studies, University of Kent.
Review
Milne, A. and Williamson, J. (2000). Meeting the mental health needs of older women: taking social inequality into account. Ageing and Society 20:699-723.
Milne, A. (1997). Good practice in risk assessment and risk management. Social Work & Social Sciences Review 7:189-190.
Total publications in KAR: 63 [See all in KAR]
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Research Interests

My key research interests are: family carers particularly older carers; mental health in later life; social work with older people; and long term care.

Current

My current work focuses on late life caring, particularly older carers and former carers; social work with older people; and quality of life - and care - of people living with dementia in a care home.

Recent

  • An NIHR School for Social Care Research project on ‘knowledge’ about family carers
  • An ESRC seminar series, 'Carers in the 21st Century'
  • A project exploring identity amongst former carers
  • A ground breaking review of dementia screening instruments, and
  • An evaluation of a psycho-educational support service for relatives of people with early stage dementia

I have received funding from a range of sources including the Department of Health, the NIHR School for Social Care Research, Mental Health Foundation, and the Nuffield Foundation.

Past

Between August 2000 and January 2004, I was seconded for two days a week to the Mental Health Foundation, a UK-wide charity based in London. My remit was to co-lead the development of a programme of research and service development in ‘Mental Health & Later Life’.

Supervision

I am seeking a PhD student to further develop work particularly in the field of family care, care homes and social work with older people. Particular foci include: ‘becoming’ a carer, the promotion of self and identity amongst care home residents with dementia, and the role social workers play in the lives of older service users and their families.

If you have a proposal in these areas and you are interested in studying at the University of Kent, please contact me for a discussion.


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Teaching

I teach on the BA and MA in Social Work based at the University’s Medway campus. I also contribute to continuing professional development courses.

My teaching is primarily focused on social work with adult service users particularly: policy issues; critical social work practice; ageing, mental health and later life; and family caring.

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Activity

Memberships

  • Registered with the Health and Care Professionals Council
  • Member of the Association of Professors of Social Work
  • Member of the Standing Commission on Carers (2009-)
  • Member of the British Society of Gerontology Executive Committee (2009-2015)
  • Member of the National Health and Clinical Excellence Quality Standards Topic Expert Group: Social care for people with dementia (2011/12)
  • Trustee of a Kent-based dementia charity.

I am, or have recently been, involved in a number of activities in addition to those listed above.

  • I am one of the founding editors of the ‘International Journal of Care and Caring’ and am its first ‘Debates and Issues’ editor.
  • In October 2015 I led a seminar organised by the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology entitled ‘Caring in the UK - Profiles, Perspectives & Paradigms’. It was part of Carers Recognition Week in The State of Victoria, Australia.
  • I am Co-Lead of a Gerontological Social Work Special Interest Group - a group of six social work academics who work together to raise the profile and status of social work with older people and their families. We have developed a continuing professional development resource on ‘working with complexity’ in social work with older people and their carers commissioned by the Chief Social Worker for Adults. I am also a member of a European Special Interest Group on gerontological social work.
  • I designed, and had a lead role in delivering, a day-long seminar - ‘Rethinking Social Work with Older People’ - organised by ‘Making Research Count’
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Media

Caring in Later Life: A Matter of Social Justice
A Think Kent video 2016

 

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SSPSSR, Faculty of Social Sciences, Cornwallis North East, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent CT2 7NF

Last Updated: 03/05/2016