Rachel is a Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader at the University of Winchester. Rachel programme leads the BSc Health, Community and Social Care Studies and is currently involved in the creation of new programmes at degree and postgraduate level. She has a background in working with and for a range of young people and adults including disabled people and those who have intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Rachel has a background of managing residential services with and for people with dual diagnoses. She was Director of the Workbased Learning for the Faculty of Education, Health and Social Care at the University of Winchester for 10 years previous to her current role; a role which involves income-generation through providing bespoke and PSRB training and consultancy to a range of statutory and charitable organisations and groups in the field of health and social care.
Rachel holds a first class BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care from the Open University (2005) and a MA Education with distinction from University of Winchester £2012). Rachel's PhD (part-time) is part of a larger NIHR funded project with Prof Rachel Forrester-Jones and Prof Glynis Murphy considering the impact of austerity and The Care Act (2014) on the experiences and understandings of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Her PhD is funded by a Vice-Chancellor's scholarship and will focus on how the social networks of people with IDD and their carers may be impacted by austerity and The Care Act (2014).
In 2008 - 2009 Rachel was a researcher with Prof G Meads on the Lifelong Learning Network
funded project 'Gap analysis of third sector workers in health and social care'
In 2009-2010 Rachel was Research Co-ordinator iwth Prof G Meads on the Lifelong Learning Network funded project 'From diabetes to disability to dementia, meeting the needs of older people'.
In 2014, Rachel undertook a Pilot PPI research project with University of Kent, Tizard Centre and the University of Winchester researching experiences of users, families and providers of proposed changes to care under The Care Act (2014).
Raper, D. and Harrison, R. (2016) 'Values in an age of performance', Values in Education, European Conference, University of Winchester (10 September 2016)
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Meads, G., Jones, I., Harrison, R., Forman, D. and Turner, W. (2009) How to sustain interprofessional learning and practice; messages for higher education and health and social care management. Journal of Education and Work, 22 (1), 67-79.back to top