Dr Sarah-Jane Hannah Fenton BSc(Hons); PGCert; PGCert ; MPhil; PhD

Dr Sarah-Jane Hannah Fenton

School of Social Policy
Lecturer in Mental Health Policy

Contact details

Address
School of Social Policy
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 2TT
UK

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 health.

Sarah-Jane has particular expertise in youth, adolescence, mental health, health policy, realist and qualitative research.

Qualifications

  • 2017 Awarded Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (HEA)
  • 2012 – 2016 PhD, University of Birmingham (awarded December 2016) & University of Melbourne (awarded August 2017)
  • 2015 PGCert Advanced Research Methods and Skills, University of Birmingham (Excellent)
  • 2009-2011 PGCert, Psychodynamic Approaches to Working with Adolescents, Tavistock & Portman Clinic (Distinction)
  • 2005-2007 MPhil, Comparative Social Policy, University of Oxford
  • 2001-2004 BSc (Hons), Geography, University of Exeter (1st)

Biography

Sarah-Jane completed her Doctoral Research in 2016, graduating with a dual award degree from the University of Birmingham (2016) and the University of Melbourne (2017). This research explored mental health policy and service delivery for adolescents and young people aged 16-25 years of age. It was a comparative study exploring policy and systems in the UK with those in Australia; and delivery of services to people experiencing mental ill health aged between 16-25 years old. Most recently Sarah-Jane has been working on an NIHR funded study evaluating the use of patient experience data to improve the quality of inpatient mental health care (EURIPIDES).

Teaching

Sarah-Jane is the Post-Graduate Taught Lead for the Masters in Mental Health (MSc) and co-leads a Module on the Sociology of Mental Health and Illness within that programme.

Postgraduate supervision

Sarah-Jane is interested in supervising PhD work related to youth mental health; mental health policy and practice; qualitative research involving realist methodologies; and research into health and social care involving young people.

Doctoral research

Research

Research interests

Youth; mental health; mental health policy and service delivery; realist methodology; international social policy; and comparative research.

Research projects

2016 –2018 Research Fellow – Evaluating the Use of Patient Experience Data to Improve the Quality of Inpatient Mental Health Care (EURIPIDES) study, University of Warwick Medical School

2015 –2016 Research Fellow – Family Potential Research Centre for Policy and Practice Research – working on an ESRC Knowledge Exchange project looking at family inclusive policy and practice, University of Birmingham

2014 Research Assistant – Health Exchange project ‘Workplace wellbeing programmes and their impact on employees and their employing organisations: evidence from firms’ – University of Birmingham

2014 Research Assistant – 21st Century Public Servant research – Melbourne School of Government – University of Melbourne

2014 Research Assistant – Faculty of Arts Finance Office – ARC budget centre – University of Melbourne

2013 – 2014 Research Assistant – ARC Discovery project - Melbourne School of Government – University of Melbourne

2013 Research Assistant – Community Organising – University of Birmingham

2012 Research Assistant – Birmingham Policy Commission into Ageing Well in the 21st Century – University of Birmingham

Publications

Recent publications

Article

Duncan, C, Weich, S, Moon, G, Twigg, L, Fenton, S-J, Bhui, K, Canaway, A, Crepaz-Keay, D, Madan, J, Parsons, H & Singh, S 2019, 'Moving beyond randomised controlled trials in the evaluation of compulsory community treatment: Beyond trials in community treatment evaluation ', Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice.

Fenton, S-J & Newton, E 2019, 'Experiences of in-patient mental health services: systematic review', British Journal of Psychiatry . https://doi.org/10.1192/bjp.2019.22Pu

Staniszewska, S, Mockford, C, Chadburn, G, Fenton, S-J, Bhui, K, Larkin, M, Newton, E, Crepaz-Keay, D, Griffiths, FE & Weich, S 2019, 'Experiences of inpatient mental health services: systematic review', British Journal of Psychiatry . https://doi.org/10.1192/bjp.2019.22

Weich, S, Fenton, S-J, Bhui, K, Staniszewska, S, Madan, J, Larkin, M, Newton, E, Crepaz-Keay, D, Canaway, A, Croft, C & Griffiths, F 2018, 'Realist Evaluation of the Use of Patient Experience Data to Improve the Quality of Inpatient Mental Health Care (EURIPIDES) in England: Study protocol', BMJ open, vol. 8, no. 6, e021013. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2017-021013

Carmichael, F, Fenton, S-J, Pinilla Roncancio, M, Sing, M & Sadhra, S 2016, 'Workplace health and wellbeing in construction and retail: Sector specific issues and barriers to resolving them', International Journal of Workplace Health Management, vol. 9, no. 2, 9:2 , pp. 1-18 . https://doi.org/10.1108/IJWHM-08-2015-0053

Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Fenton, S-J & Tew, J 2016, What has happened to ‘Think Family’ – challenges and achievements in implementing family inclusive practice. in Parental Mental Health and Child Welfare Work. vol. 1, Pavilion, pp. 59-64.

Book/Film/Article review

Fenton, S-J & Carr, S 2019, 'Valuing Youth Involvement in Mental Health Service Design and Delivery' Children and Young People’s Mental Health Early Intervention, Ongoing Support and Flexible Evidence Based Care.

Fenton, S-J 2019, 'The moral heart of public service, Edited by Claire Foster-Gilbert, London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2017. ISBN: 9781785922558; £18.99 (Hbk).', Social Policy and Administration, vol. 53, no. 5, pp. 810-811. https://doi.org/10.1111/spol.12514

Fenton, S-J 2019, 'Where academia and policy meet: A cross-national perspective on the involvement of social work academics In Social policy Edited by JohnGal and IditWeiss-Gal Bristol: Policy Press, 2017. ISBN: 9781447320197; £70 (Hbk).', Social Policy and Administration, vol. 53, no. 3, pp. 508-509. https://doi.org/10.1111/spol.12490

Fenton, S-J 2017, 'Publics and their Health Systems: Rethinking Participation By Ellen Stewart: Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016', Social Policy and Administration, vol. 51, no. 7, pp. 1508-1510. https://doi.org/10.1111/spol.12363

Fenton, S-J 2017, 'Australian Public Policy: Progressive Ideas in the Neo-Liberal Ascendency: Edited by Chris Miller and Lionel Orchard', Social Policy and Administration, vol. 51, no. 5, pp. 841-843. https://doi.org/10.1111/spol.12330

Commissioned report

Carmichael, F, Fenton, S-J, Pinilla Roncancio, M, Sing, M & Sadhra, S 2014, Workplace wellbeing programmes and their impact on employees and their employing organisations: A scoping review of the evidence base: A collaboration between Health Exchange & University of Birmingham. Work, Wealth and Wellbeing Research Group and Network, The University of Birmingham.

Digital or Visual Products

Fenton, S-J, Evaluating the use of patient experience data to improve the quality of inpatient mental health care (Euripides) Impact video, 2019, Digital or Visual Products, https://youtu.be/eF73Ttedb98.

Editorial

Duncan, C, Weich, S, Fenton, S-J, Twigg, L, Moon, G, Madan, J, Singh, S, Crepaz-Keay, D, Parsons, H & Bhui, K 2018, 'A realist approach to the evaluation of complex mental health interventions', British Journal of Psychiatry , vol. 213, no. 2, pp. 451-453. https://doi.org/10.1192/bjp.2018.96

Other contribution

Fenton, S-J & Carmichael, F 2019, What can employers do to address social wellbeing?. Centaur Human Resources Limited.

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