Social Care and Adult Well-Being - including Older People and the arena of Disability

The Department is at the forefront of different ways of theorising and working in this multifaceted arena. There is a strong emphasis on working with people to achieve what they want by focusing on individual, family and community assets and on imaginative, creative and viable ways forward. The Department works closely with Local Authorities and people in communities to change around deficit orientated practices and to make a positive difference in people's lives.


2021-2023 - Why are we stuck in hospital? Understanding service user, family and staff perspectives when transforming care for people with learning disabilities and/or autism
Co-Investigators: Professor Jon Glasby, Professor Robin Miller, Anne-Marie Glasby

2019-2022 - Combining Asset and Strengths Based Innovations in adult social care (CASBI). Principal Investigator: Jerry Tew, Co-Investigators: Robin Miller, Sandhya Duggal, Phil Kinghorn

2017-20: Older People: care and self-funding experiences’ a research collaboration between Universities of Brighton, Birmingham and Lincoln, funded by Wellcome Trust. Principal Investigator: Denise Tanner

2016-19: Implementing the Care Act 2014: Preventing, reducing or delaying needs for care and support in adult social care in England, Department of Health Policy Research Programme (£500K). Principal Investigator: Jerry Tew, Co-Investigator: Denise Tanner.

2014-19: Chronic disease (integrated and holistic care)

2014-17: Mental Capacity Act and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards – Implications for Practice, funded by NHS England and CWHHE CCG Collaborative (£225,000) Principal Investigator: Jason Schaub.

2013-14: Clinical Research Group on Mental Wellbeing, Public Mental Health and Recovery.  National Institute of Health Research - Mental Health Research Network. £5k. with University of Warwick.  

2011-14: Can whole family approaches contribute to the reablement of people with mental health difficulties? National Institute of Health Research - School for Social Care Research (£170k).


Dr Denise Tanner

Dr Denise Tanner

Senior Lecturer in Social Work

Department of Social Work and Social Care

Denise Tanner is a Senior Lecturer on BA and MA Social Work courses.  Her areas of teaching and research interest include adult social work/social care policy and practice; social work with older people; social work skills; social perspectives of mental distress; and service user involvement in education and research. She has lead responsibility for Postgraduate Research students in the ...

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Fawcett, B., Weber, Z. and Bannister, H. (forthcoming 2018) Medicalisation of Everyday Life, Palgrave.

Tanner, D., Ward, L. and Ray, M. (2017) 'Paying our own way': Application of the capability approach to explore older people’s experiences of self-funding social care. Critical Social Policy, OnlineFirst 17 August 2017. DOI: DOI:10.1177/0261018317724344

Fawcett, B. (2016) Feminism and Disability in S. Wendt and N. Moulding Feminist Social Work, London/Thousand Oaks, Sage.

Tew, J, Nicholls, V, Plumridge, G and Clarke, H (2016) Family-inclusive approaches to reablement in mental health: models, mechanisms and outcomes British Journal of Social Work DOI:10.1093/bjsw/bcw106

Fawcett. B. and Pockett, R. (2015 ) Turning Ideas into Research: Theory, Design and Practice, London, Thousand Oaks, Sage

Schaub, J., Smith, F., Bridges, L., Addis, G., and Griffiths, L. (2015) FutureCare: A training needs analysis of the ‘out of hospital’ workforce across Thames Valley. Oxford: Health Education Thames Valley. Available at:

Fawcett, B. (2014) Well-Being and Older People: The Place of Day Clubs in Reconceptualising Participation and Challenging British Journal of Social Work, 44 (4): 831-848

Fawcett, B. and Plath. D. (2012) A National Disability Insurance Scheme: What Social Work Has to Offer, British Journal of Social Work, DOI: 10.1093/bjsw/bcs141

Fawcett, B. and Reynolds, J. (2010)  ‘Mental Health and Older Women: The Challenges for Social Perspectives and Asset Orientated Community Capacity Building’ . British Journal of Social Work, Vol. 40, (5): 1488 – 1502 DOI 10.1093/bjsw/bcs141

Fawcett, B., Goodwin, S., Phillips, R. and Meagher, G. (2010) Social Policy for Social Change. , Melbourne, Palgrave, ISBN 9781420256161

Fawcett, B. (2009) Long Term Illness and Disability: Conflicts and Challenges, in P.Bywaters, E.McCleod and L.Napier Social Work and Global Health Inequalities, Bristol, Policy Press: 119 – 131,

Fawcett, B.  (2000) Feminist Perspectives on Disability, Harlow, Prentice Hall


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