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NIHR Research for Social Care - Committee Members



The NIHR Research for Social Care (RfSC) call is an annual competition specifically for social care proposals, run by NIHR's Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) programme.

The aim of the annual RfSC call is to fund topics and research methodologies that increase the effectiveness of social care services, provide value for money and benefit service users and carers.

Research for Social Care (RfSC) Committee Members





Professor David Abbott (Chair)

Professor (Social Policy), School for Policy Studies

University of Bristol

Policy issues relating to disabled children and their families.  Social science research in disabled children, young people and adults.  Associate Director of NIHR School for Social Care Research

Professor Chris Hatton (Deputy Chair)


Professor of Public Health and Disability

Lancaster University

Policy relevant research involving people with learning disabilities

Dr Kate Baxter

Senior Research Fellow

University of York

Qualitative research methods, social care for adults and older people, home care, personal budgets, self-funders

Dr Jenni Brooks

Senior Lecturer in Sociology

Sheffield Hallam University

Qualitative researcher and academic in social policy and sociology, with a particular focus on dementia, disability and the personalisation of social care

Professor Julie Fish

Chair in Social Work & Health Inequalities

De Montfort University

Social perspectives in cancer; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans cancer inequalities; knowledge exchange; patient involvement; social work and health inequalities; qualitative approaches; human rights; oncology

Professor Claire Hulme

Professor in Health Economics and Director

Leeds Institute of Health Sciences, University of Leeds

Health Economics, economic evaluation alongside clinical trials; economic evaluation of community programmes spanning the health and social services

Professor Frank Keating

Professor in Social Work and Mental Health

Royal Holloway University of London

His research interests are ethnicity, gender, ageing and mental health

Dr Anne Killett


Lecturer in Occupational Therapy

University of East Anglia

Participatory research, qualitative research, care organisation for older people, research with marginalised groups, multi-agency working, child and adolescent mental health

Mrs Debby Lennard


Public Member


Debby is a current RfPB London member who is helping with the call

Dr Brynmor Lloyd-Evans

Senior Lecturer in Mental Health and Social Care

University College London

Social care, mental health, psychosis, systematic reviews, meta-analysis, mixed methods health services research, complex interventions, development of measures, large scale service evaluation, qualitative research, clinical trials

Dr Juliette Malley

Assistant Professorial Research Fellow

Care Policy and Evaluation Centre, London School of Economics and Political Science 


Adult social care, especially quality, innovation and commissioning; user experience; quality of life and outcomes measurement; survey research

Professor Jill Manthorpe

Professor of Social Work and Director of the NIHR Policy Research Unit on Health & Social Care Workforce

King's College London


Associate Director NIHR School for Social Care Research within The Policy Institute at King's College London, She is also Social Care theme lead for NIHR Applied Research Collaborative South London. She served as Chair of the NIHR Policy Research Programme Panel (2013-20) and has been a grant panel member for the Alzheimer's Society, Dunhill Medical Trust and Stroke Association

Dr Julie Ridley


Reader in Applied Social Sciences

Director of Centre for Citizenship and Community


Social care, learning disabilities, participatory research, qualitative research, mental health, advocacy, carers, community, personalisation, social inclusion, asset based approaches, outcomes, quality of life, supported employment

Mrs Ann-Marie Towers

Senior Research Fellow

University of Kent

Health Services Research, Qualitative Research

Ms Helen Weatherly


Reader for Health Economics

University of York

Economic evaluation of health and social care interventions

Dr Philip Whitehead


Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy

Northumbria University


Occupational therapist with a background in social care research and practice, developing and evaluating community based rehabilitation interventions, methodological expertise in systematic reviewing, qualitative interview studies and particularly Randomised Controlled Trials

Dr Mark Wilberforce

Senior Research Fellow in Social Care

University of York

Social care and social work research in adult community services, including mental health and older people.  Methodological interest in measurement and psychometrics

Mr Keith Wyncoll


Public Member


Keith is currently an RfPB SEC member who is helping with the call

Dr Ly-Mee Yu

Lead Trial Statistician, University of Oxford; Research Advisor, Research Design

Service for the South Central region


University of Oxford

Randomised clinical trials, epidemiology and medical statistics