Rosemary Littlechild

Rosemary Littlechild

Department of Social Policy and Social Work
Senior Lecturer

Contact details

Department of Social Policy and Social Work
Muirhead Tower
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT, United Kingdom

Rosemary is part of the teaching group on the qualifying social work programmes for the BA and MA in Social Work. She is a qualified social worker and has worked in generic and specialist teams for older people in the statutory sector. Rosemary has a particular interest in service user and carer involvement in social work education and has strategic responsibility for their involvement in the social work programmes.


  • CQSW
  • MSocSc
  • BSocSc


Rosemary’s teaching and research interests focus on policy and practice developments in relation to adults receiving health and social care services and on service user and carer involvement in social work education.


Rosemary has researched and written on community care and older people, the health and social care divide, hospital discharge, direct payments and the involvement of service users and carers in interprofessional education and training. Rosemary is currently working with colleagues on an NIHR research project into older people’s experiences of emergency hospital admissions.



Glasby, J and Littlechild, R (2016), 'Direct payments and personal budgets: Putting personalisation into practice (3rd edition)', Bristol: Policy Press.

Tanner, D and Littlechild, R (2016) 'Enhancing older people's mental wellbeing through research: a case study'. in C Chew-Graham & M Ray (eds), Mental Health and Older People: A handbook for primary care practitioners. Springer.


Littlechild, R., Tanner, D. and Hall, K. (2015) Co-research with older people: perspectives on impact, Qualitative Social Work, vol. 14 (1): 18-35, doi: 10.1177/1473325014556791.

Tanner, D., Littlechild, R., Duffy, J. and Hayes, D. (2015) ’’Making it real’: Evaluating the impact of service user and carer involvement in social work education’, British Journal of Social Work, DOI: 10./1093/bjsw/bcv121

Thwaites, R, Glasby, J, le Mesurier, N and Littlechild, R (2015), Room for one more? A review of the literature on ‘inappropriate’ admissions to hospital for older people in the English NHS. Health & Social Care in the Community. doi: 10.1111/hsc.12281.


Paine, A., Taylor, R., Needham, C., Littlechild, R. and Buckingham, H. (2014) Age UK. Maximising Older People’s Personal Budget Use (MOPPU). Project evaluation report. Birmingham: University of Birmingham.


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.


Littlechild, R, Glasby, J et al (2011), Risk and Personalisation in H. Kemshall and B Wilkinson (eds) Good practice in risk assessment, London: Jessica Kingsley Press.


Glasby, J, Ham, C, Littlechild, R and McKay, S (2010) The case for social care reform - the wider economic and social benefits (for the Department of Health/Downing Street). Birmingham: HSMC/Institute of Applied Social Studies, University of Birmingham.

Littlechild, R, Bowl, R, and Matka, E (2010), 'An independence at home service: the potential and pitfalls for occupational therapy services', British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 73(6) pp242-250.

Matka, E, Littlechild, R, River, D and Powell, T (2010), 'Involving service users and carers in assessing applicants for courses in Social Work and Clinical Psychology: issues and implications', British Journal of Social Work, 40, 2137-2154.


Glasby, J. and Littlechild, R. (2009) Direct payments and personal budgets: putting personalisation into practice.  Bristol, The Policy Press

Sackley C, Lett K, Littlechild R (2009) Equipment provision by local authority occupational therapy teams using the Fair Access to Care Services eligibility framework: a vignette and interview study. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 72(6) pp 259-265.


Littlechild, R. (2008) ‘Social work practice with older people – working in partnership’, in K. Morris (ed) Social work and multi-agency working: Challenges and opportunities, Bristol: The Policy Press.


Brittle, N. Lett, K. Littlechild, R. Sackley, C. (2007) ‘The disability profile of adults who receive adaptive equipment from local authority occupational therapy services’, British Journal of Occupational Therapy 70, 11, pp 479 - 482 .

Le Mesurier, N and Littlechild, R. (2007) A review of published literature on the experience of closure of residential care homes in the UK, Birmingham University (report for Birmingham City Council Adults and Communities Directorate).

Littlechild, C. and Riley, C (2007) Developing new partnerships in assessment  (DVD produced in association with Suretech) Birmingham, Institute of Applied Social Studies.