Mark Tompkins

Older people and carers' experiences of 'Hospital-at-home'

In November 2020, Mark began his PhD after being awarded a 4-year ARC West Midlands Studentship at the University of Birmingham. His research will commence in November 2020 and continue until November 2024.Mark Tompkins

Mark’s research will explore the experiences of older people and carers receiving hospital-at-home treatment. Mark will also explore the link between hospital-at-home, statutory social care (Local Authority) and primary and secondary care services (NHS Led Services).

The project will utilise qualitative methods of face-to-face and virtual semi-structured interviews both in NHS departments, care homes and people’s own homes. He will interview up to 60 participants, all lasting 1 hour. The participants will be older people, unpaid carers and health and social care professionals.


Mark is a qualified social worker. He is passionate about social justice and is committed to holding a human rights lens on issues of difference, inclusion, and equality.

He believes in collaboration and partnership working to successfully meet the needs of people accessing health and social care services.

Mark has worked in adult social care for the last ten years, from work in local authorities, the NHS, residential care and psychiatric intensive care units.

Mark is currently an associate lecturer in Health and Social Care. He has also provided teaching support on the 'Social contexts for social work' module for undergraduate social work students at the University of Birmingham.


  • Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE) - 2017
  • MA Social Work (Distinction) - University of Salford - 2016
  • BA (Hons) Social Care - Manchester Metropolitan University - 2014


Research Interests

  • Qualitative research methods
  • Integrated working
  • Social work with older people
  • Making safeguarding personal
  • Equality and Diversity
  • Admission avoidance practices
  • Personalisation and what this means for older people and their carers

Contact information

For more information about Mark’s research, do not hesitate to contact him by emailing   Mark works flexibly and may respond to your email outside regular office hours.