Marcia Rose

Marcia RosePhD Research: An investigation to examine the Social Prescribing Model as an effective intervention in Men's Mental health.

Supervisors: Paul Montgomery and Jason Schaub 

Marcia is a PhD student in the department of Social policy.

Marcia has worked extensively with children young people and families, from early years play schemes, to youth work, advocacy, and detached work.

Management expertise: Children’s charity managing ten projects covering the midlands and south west regions, implementing children’s rights at local, regional and national level devising policy and implementing practice (Children’s Rights Participation Strategy, Training programme, Measuring organisational objectives).

Professional Practice:

  • Local Authority: Youth Worker
  • Children’s Charity: Missing Young People, Consultant, Children's Rights & Participation Manager.
  • Third Sector: Supported Housing program
  • Local Authority: Home care, Fostering and Adoption.
  • Government Intervention programs, Think Family & Birmingham & Solihull Youth Promise Plus (NEET).
  • Multi-agency partnerships core group and child protection conferences
  • Experience: Commissioning and Think family contracts, evaluation project, Home support and direct payments research.
  • Education Department: Special Education Needs & Disabilities (SEND) Education health care plans (EHCP)
  • University: Mentor Ambassador, Consultant - The Black Student Experience.
  • University: Mental Health Society, Retention and Success Board Member.
  • BSEEN Business Enterprise: Education Support Service - Mental Health & Wellbeing.

A passion for mental health, has underpinned all of Marcia’s work, in particular concerns around anxiety and self-confidence, incorporating this into her research themes.

Marcia draws upon her own life experiences and uses creativity to inform all aspects of her work.


  • PhD Social Policy (Early Career Researcher, University of Birmingham)
  • Diploma Counselling & Psychotherapy (Lead Academy)
  • Ed.M. Master’s in Education Specialist Safeguarding, (Newman University)
  • Postgraduate Diploma Education (Newman University)
  • Postgraduate Certificate Safeguarding (Newman University)
  • NHS, Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)
  • Diploma SWPET Social Work Practice Educator (Birmingham City University)  
  • B/Phil Community, Youth, and Play studies (University of Birmingham)
  • NNEB Early years and Child Development (UCB College of Food & Tourism)
  • English: Childcare and Development: French: Typewriting: Home Economics.

Research Overview

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Mental Health is “a state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community”. (2014).

The World Health Organisation refer to mental health in the western pacific as the foundation for the well-being and effective functioning of individuals. It is more than the absence of a mental disorder; it is the ability to think, learn, and understand one's emotions and the reactions of others. Mental health is a state of balance, both within and with the environment. Physical, psychological, social, cultural, spiritual and other interrelated factors participate in producing this balance. There are inseparable links between mental and physical health. More than 100 million people suffer from mental health disorders in the Western Pacific Region. Depressive disorders alone are responsible for 5.73% of the disease burden there.
(WHO, Mental health in the Western Pacific 2020). 

Despite men and women experiencing mental health problems in roughly equal numbers, men are much less likely to be diagnosed and treated for it and the consequences of this can be fatal – The Mental Health Foundation (MHF) has long highlighted that 75% of all suicides are by men and that 73% of people who go missing are men. The Health & Social Care Information Centre 2009 household survey found that about 2.7 million men in England currently have a mental health problem like depression, anxiety or stress.

Mind research has found that 37% of men are feeling worried or low with the top three concerns being job security, work and money. One in seven men may develop depression within six months of being made redundant. Men less frequently attend primary care services, including dental services, ophthalmic services and pharmacy, as well as GP surgeries. Men are also in a minority of those who use telephone advice and help lines provided by healthcare charities. Men have measurably lower access to the social support of friends, relatives and community. Men are more likely to suffer from personality disorders (5.4% of men compared to 3.4% of women.

Social prescribing and similar approaches have been practised in the NHS for many years, with schemes dating back to the 1990s. The NHS long-term plan (2019) marked a step change in ambition by incorporating social prescribing into its comprehensive model of personalised care. Composed of six programmes including personalised care planning and personal health budgets, the model aims to enable people, particularly those with more complex needs, to take greater control of their health and care. One in five GP appointments focus on wider social needs, rather than acute medical issues. Social prescribing presents the NHS and local authorities with an opportunity to help people make use of existing community services, resources and facilities in order to meet their personal needs and free up GP time.  (National Academy Social Prescribing: 2017). 

The Kings Fund: (Buck et al 2017).

Research interests

Marcia’s interest in research is to ensure practice is representative of the people who access its services hearing their voice and examining the world through their lens.

  • Mental Health in Education
  • The Awarding Gap. (Black Afro-Caribbean students)
  • Bereavement Support & Pet therapy
  • Gender Pay Gaps 

Teaching responsibilities

Marcia is trained as an off-site stage 1 Social Work Practice Educator (SWPET) to assess the competency of social work practice students, in observation, theory and professional practice.

Professional memberships

  • CAFI study, Culturally Adapted Family Intervention (Co/therapist, BSMHFT)
  • Birmingham and Lewisham African & Caribbean Health Inequalities Review 
  • In 2018, involved in marketing and video projects to raise the profile of the university.
  • In 2019, I established a wellbeing society for students at university to support student mental health, which offers a drop in, support & signposting facility.
  • 2020, Winner – Student of the Year Award.
  • 2020, Winner, Society Person of the Year Award. (Newman University students society).

 2020 Ambassador, Coordinating Consultations on the experiences of students who identify as

  • BAME (Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic).
  • Panel Member coordinating interviews with University departments on the Black Student Experience.
  • Strategy member devising mentoring framework, (Retention and Success task group).



Rose (2021) PhD Social Policy – Mental Health Examining Social Prescribing models of Intervention in Men’s Mental health. The University of Birmingham

Rose (2020) MA Education – The Role of Anxiety in second year students in Higher Education. Newman University

Rose (2018) Review MA Education Faculty Panel Stage Meeting, Newman university

Rose (2017) Should Counselling sessions for young people aged 11-14 years be offered under the National Curriculum. Newman university

Blissett (2004) A Good Practice guide, Young people who go missing from Local Authority Care. A guide for practitioners. The Children’s Society Misper’s

Blissett (2001), Bereavement Support for Young People, exploring the role of youth workers supporting young people with bereavement. The University of Birmingham




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