Denise began her social work career in the voluntary sector, working for Family Service Unit (FSU) in Sheffield. After completing a Masters in Mental Disorder Studies, she then worked for 11 years in the statutory sector, first as a generic community team social worker, and subsequently as a social worker and senior social worker in an Adult Team. During this time, she worked as both an Approved Social Worker (ASW) and a practice teacher. In 1996, she moved into an academic post as Senior Lecturer in Social Work at Coventry University, where she worked part-time until 2002. Between 2002-2004 while completing her PhD, she undertook freelance work, which included development work on service user involvement in social work education, teaching and tutoring on social work courses and training for local Social Services Departments. Between 2004-2008, she held a fixed term appointment as Associate Professor at University of Warwick, where her responsibilities included developing and supporting service user involvement on the social work programme and the development and support of practice learning. She joined Institute of Applied Social Studies in September 2008.
Ellins J, Glasby J, Tanner D, McIver S, Davidson D, Littlechild R, Snelling I, Miller R, Hall K, Spence K and the Care Transitions Project co-researchers. (2012) Understanding and improving transitions of older people: a user and carer centred approach. Final report. NIHR Service Delivery and Organisation programme.
Tanner, D (2012) Co-research with older people with dementia: experience and reflections, Journal of Mental Health, 21(3): 296-306.
Tanner, D. (2011) Identity, Selfhood and Dementia: Messages for social work, European Journal of Social Work, online version 9 November 2011, 1-16.
Tanner, D. (2010) Managing the Ageing Experience: Learning from Older People, Bristol: Policy Press.
Tanner, D (2009) 'Modernisation and the delivery of user-centred services', Chapter 6 in J Harris and V White (eds) Modernising Social Work, Bristol: Policy Press.
McLeod, E, Bywaters, P, Tanner, D and Hirsch, M (2008) 'For the Sake of Their Health: Older Service Users' Requirements for Social Care to Facilitate Access to Social Networks Following Hospital Discharge', British Journal of Social Work, 38: 73-90.
Tanner, D and Harris, J (2008) Working with Older People, London: Routledge.
Coghlan, A, Letherby, G, Tanner, D, Wilson, C and Bywaters, P (2007) 'Managing the Process', Chapter 6 in G Letherby and P Bywaters (eds) Extending Social Research: Application, Implementation and Publications, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Tanner, D (2007) 'Starting with lives: supporting older peoples' strategies and ways of coping', Journal of Social Work, 7(1): 7-30.