Adult Social Care

Adult social care researchers at the University of Birmingham are exploring the possibilities for reducing, delaying and preventing the need for social care and exploring alternative types of support.

The current care system faces multiple challenges as the demand on services grows and the available funding shrinks. We need to understand better what works and doesn’t work in the current system so that money can be spent most effectively and outcomes improved. 

We have a strong track record in research that supports: wellbeing and prevention; funding care appropriately; designing effective care markets; and improving integration with health services.

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Research

Current and recent research projects.

Ethical issues in self-funded care: co-producing knowledge with older people’, Denise Tanner with Dr. Lizzie Ward, University of Brighton and Professor Mo Ray, University of Lincoln. Funded by the Welcome Trust.

The Sustainable Care Research Programme (2017 - 2021)
Professor Sue Yeandle (University of Sheffield, Principal Investigator), Professor Jon Glasby, Professor Jenny Phillimore, Professor Catherine Needham, Dr Matthew Bennett, Dr Kelly Hall et al. 

The contribution of the voluntary sector to mental health crisis care in England (2016-present)
Dr Karen Newbigging, Professor John Mohan, Dr Becky Ince, Dr James Rees, Alex Davis, Michael Ashman, Suzy Bourke and Doreen Joseph 

Shaping Care Markets (2016-2019)
Professor Catherine Needham (Principal investigator), Dr Kerry Allen, Dr Kelly Hall, Professor Jon Glasby, Professor Stephen McKay (University of Lincoln), Dr Ilias Goranitis, Dr Sarah Carr (University of Middlesex), Ms Isabelle Brant (Co-Investigator)

National evaluation of the Building the Right Support programme (2016-2019)
Dr Robin Miller (HSMC Lead); Fraser Battye (SU Lead), Aidan Moss and Paul Dolan (ICF Leads), Ben Higgins (BILD Lead)

Care Act: building social resources for people in the community (2016 - 2019)
Professor Jerry Tew (Principal Investigator), Professor Jon Glasby, Dr Robin Miller, Dr Karen Newbigging, Dr Denise Tanner, Dr Sandhya Duggal, Francesca Tomaselli, Dr Phillip Kinghorn, Dr Marco Ercolani, Dr Sarah Carr (University of Middlesex) and Clenton Farquharson (PPI lead). 

Investigating the contribution of the voluntary sector to mental health crisis care in England (2016) 
Karen Newbigging

Staff

Dr Hareth Al-Janabi

Dr Hareth Al-Janabi

NIHR Career Development Fellow and Senior Lecturer

Hareth is a senior lecturer in health economics with experience in academic research and policy analysis. He currently holds a NIHR career development fellowship (2015-2019), where he is leading a programme of research to develop economic evaluation methodology to include family carer outcomes.

Hareth’s research interests include the measurement of wellbeing and preferences, the role ...

Dr Kerry Allen

Dr Kerry Allen

Lecturer
Departmental director of postgraduate research and international lead

Dr Kerry Allen is a Lecturer at the Health Services Management Centre, University of Birmingham. With a disciplinary background in medical sociology and international experience of programme evaluation, she is interested in applied research that improves health and care services. 

Her core research areas are: 

  • long-term conditions, self-management and decision-making
  • the nature and ...

Dr Koen P.R. Bartels

Dr Koen P.R. Bartels

Senior Lecturer in Public Management

Koen Bartels joined INLOGOV in October 2018 as Senior Lecturer in Public Management. He holds a BSc and MPhil in Public Administration from Leiden University (the Netherlands) and a PhD in Politics from the University of Glasgow.

His research focuses on public encounters between front-line workers and citizens in an urban context. He takes an interpretive approach to understand and improve the ...

Emily Burn

Emily Burn

Research Fellow

Emily is a Research Fellow at HSMC. She is currently part of a research team exploring local authority market-shaping activities in social care and how this facilitates the development and access of personalised care and support.  

Prior to joining HSMC Emily held policy and research roles in the health and social care sector. 

Professor Paul Burstow

Professor Paul Burstow

Professor of Mental Health Policy

Professor Paul Burstow joined the University's School of Social Policy as a part-time Professor of Mental Health Policy. He has over 30 years of public policy experience across health and social care.  Professor Burstow specialises in mental health and social care, drawing on his experience as policy maker and system leader.  He has led a Public Policy Commission for the University ...

Dr Sarah Carr

Dr Sarah Carr

Senior Fellow in Mental Health Policy
Institute for Mental Health

Sarah Carr is an academic with a particular interest in service user and survivor knowledge and research. She has personal experience of mental distress and mental health service use and uses this to inform all her work.

Dr Sandhya Duggal

Dr Sandhya Duggal

Research Fellow

Dr Sandhya Duggal is a research fellow at the School of Social Policy, based in the Department of Social Work and Social Care.

Sandhya is currently working as the principal research fellow managing a project funded by the Department of Health and Social Care, which aims to explore the range and impact of activities being undertaken by Local Authorities to prevent, reduce or delay the need for ...

Professor Barbara Fawcett

Professor Barbara Fawcett

Honorary Professor

Barbara is an Honorary Professor in the School of Social Policy at the University of Birmingham. She carries out research in the areas of adults, communities, mental health, older people and disability. She also focuses on participatory action research and forms of analysis drawn from postmodern feminism.

Dr Sarah-Jane Hannah Fenton

Dr Sarah-Jane Hannah Fenton

Lecturer in Mental Health Policy

Dr Sarah-Jane Fenton is a Lecturer in Mental Health Policy at the Institute for Mental Health (IMH).

The IMH is an interdisciplinary research centre with a specific youth mental health focus that will deliver high quality internationally relevant research to inform and impact upon public policy and practice and improve the care and outcomes for people experiencing problems with their mental ...

Professor Jon Glasby

Professor Jon Glasby

Professor of Health and Social Care and Head of School of Social Policy

Jon is a qualified social worker by background and Head of the School of Social Policy. Specialising in joint work between health and social care, Jon is involved in regular policy analysis and advice. He is the author of a series of leading textbooks on health and social services, sits on the advisory board of The Policy Press, and served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Integrated ...

Dr Kelly Hall

Dr Kelly Hall

Senior Lecturer in Social Policy
Deputy Head of the Department of Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology

Kelly is a Senior Lecturer in Social Policy based in the Department of Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology. She is the co-ordinator for the Postgraduate Policy into Practice programme. Her main research interests include ageing, health/social care, migration and the third sector.

Patrick J Hall

Research Fellow

Patrick Hall is a social care policy researcher with over a decade of experience in the sector with a background in local government. Before joining the ESRC Sustainable Care team he contributed to the European Commission’s 2018 peer review of Germany’s latest long-term care reforms.

He is a former Fellow of the King’s Fund, where he co-authored two key publications on social ...

Dr Philip Kinghorn

Dr Philip Kinghorn

Senior Research Fellow

Philip is a Senior Research Fellow in the Health Economics Unit.  His research interests relate to the measurement and valuation of outcomes in economic evaluation.  In particular, Philip is interested in the inclusion of broader outcomes within economic evaluations of health and social care interventions and the use of the capability approach within health economics.

Professor Catherine Mangan

Professor Catherine Mangan

Director of Education

Catherine is the Director of Education for the College of Social Sciences and a Professor of Public Management and Leadership in the Institute of Local Government Studies.   She has a background as a policy maker and practitioner in public service and as such as a particular research interest in developing research which can deliver change within the public sector.  Her ...

Professor Robin Miller

Professor Robin Miller

Head of Department, Social Work & Social Care
Co-Director, Centre for Health & Social Care Leadership

Robin is Head of Department of Social Work & Social Care and Co-Director of the Centre for Health & Social Care Leadership. He leads on a variety of applied research projects within health and care, with a particular focus on evaluating and learning from change initiatives. Current research projects include the national longer-term evaluation of the Integrated Care ...

Dr Karen Newbigging

Dr Karen Newbigging

Senior Lecturer in Healthcare Policy and Management

Karen joined HSMC as a Senior Lecturer in Healthcare Policy and Management in November 2013. Originally qualifying as a clinical psychologist, Karen has over thirty years’ experience in the health and social care sector, including direct service provision and commissioning. For the past fifteen years Karen has been involved in research, consultancy and system development for a broad range ...

Dr Louise Overton

Lecturer in Social Policy
Director of Undergraduate Recruitment

Louise is a Lecturer in Social Policy and a member of the Centre on Household Assets and Savings Management (CHASM). Her research interests focus on older people and personal finance (and personal finance-related issues), including financial security, financial advice, and the regulation of consumer financial services.

Louise’s research is strongly empirical, but against a backdrop of ...

Professor Jenny Phillimore

Professor Jenny Phillimore

Professor of Migration and Superdiversity
Director of IRiS

Jenny Phillimore is Director of the Institute for Research into Superdiversity (IRis) and Professor of Migration and Superdiversity. She is a world leading scholar in refugee integration, superdiversity and access to social welfare with a particular focus on public health, as well as publishing and development of the community research methodology.

Over the past decade she has managed teams ...

Dr Christopher Poyner

Dr Christopher Poyner

Research Fellow

Chris is a Research Fellow within the Institute for Applied Health Research. His main interest is the lived experience of disease, treatment and support and his background is in dementia studies. He is currently the qualitative researcher on the NIHR funded CALIBRE trial, investigating the effectiveness of variceal banding ligation vs carvedilol.

Dr Denise Tanner

Dr Denise Tanner

Senior Lecturer in Social Work

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 ...

Professor Jerry Tew

Professor Jerry Tew

Professor of Mental Health and Social Work

Jerry is currently leading national research for the Department of Health Policy Research Programme to explore how Local Authorities (and their partners) are responding to the challenge, embedded in the Care Act, to build capacity so as to ‘prevent, reduce or delay’ the need for social care services. He is also co-investigator in the ODESSI trial led by Prof Stephen Pilling at ...

Dr Nicki Ward

Dr Nicki Ward

Lecturer

Nicki is a Lecturer in the School of Social Policy. Her primary role, as a social work lecturer, enables her to combine her interests in social work, social care and social justice. Nicki is particularly interested in issues diversity, intersectionality and care ethics. Along with Nicola Gale she is currently advancing work around the development of an LGBTQ inclusive curriculumin higher ...

Key publications

Glasby, J., Needham, C., Allen, K., Hall, K., & McKay, S. (2018). The Goldilocks question: what size is' just right' for social care providers?. International Journal of Care and Caring2(1), 65-87.  https://doi.org/10.1332/239788218X15187913719956 

Miller, R, Brown, H and Mangan, C (2016) Integrated Care in Action: A practical guide for health, social care and housing support, London: Jessica Kingsley.

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