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Research Programme for Social Care - Committee A


Published: 09 February 2024

Version: 2.0 March 2024

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The NIHR Research Programme for Social Care (RPSC) call is a bi-annual competition specifically for social care proposals

The aim of the annual RPSC call is to fund topics and research methodologies that increase the effectiveness of social care services, provide value for money and benefit people who use social care and carers.

This document shows membership of the funding committee for RPSC.

Research Programme for Social Care Funding Committee Members

Professor Joy Adamson Chair in Surgical Trials and Health Research University of York Health services research methods including: qualitative research, epidemiology, mixed methods and RCTs
Professor Katie Britain Professor of Applied Health Research & Ageing, Population Health Sciences Institute Newcastle University Social care of older adults, ageing and age-related illnesses, parkinson's, dementia, end of life care, applied health research
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
Dr Sue Caton Research Fellow Manchester Metropolitan University Learning disability research, qualitative research
Professor Joanne Cook Reader University of Hull Social Care, Coproduction, cross sectoral dialogue, local authorities and Voluntary Community Sector research. Business Civil society relationships
Dr Laura Cowley Research Officer and Data Scientist Swansea University Systematic reviews, prediction modelling, data linkage, quantitative analysis, qualitative research, complex interventions, survey studies, Delphi studies, and feasibility studies
Dr Robbie Duschinsky Senior University Lecturer in Social Sciences University of Cambridge Qualitative methods; public health; child social and emotional development; communication in clinical and professional contexts; theories of human behaviour; integration of health and social care.
Dr Martin Elliott Senior Research Fellow Cardiff University Children's social care; poverty and inequality; children looked after; administrative data
Miss Jenny Gibbs Social Worker Royal Victoria Infirmary Experience in frontline social work in both adult and children's social care, moving onto research from practice
Professor Deborah James Professor Educational Psychology Manchester Metropolitan University Applied Research with and for children and families, workers and workforces in public sector systems and services.
Dr Anne Killett Senior Lecturer in Occupational Therapy University of East Anglia Participatory research, qualitative research, care organisation for older people, research with marginalised groups, multiagency working, child and adolescent mental health
Dr Jennifer Lynch Senior Research Fellow University of Hertfordshire Qualitative health services and social care research. Older people. Assistive technology / digital health
Dr Ruth McGovern Senior Lecturer in Public Health Research Newcastle University Research focuses upon the development and evaluation of interventions in social care and other non-NHS settings to improve outcomes for disadvantaged children and families
Dr Reima Ana Maglajlic Senior Lecturer in Social Care University of Sussex Co-production, Social Work and Social Care, Participatory Methodologies, Qualitative Research, Mental Health
Dr Juliette Malley Assistant Professorial Research Fellow, Care Policy and Evaluation Centre, LSE 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
Dr Gary Mitchell Reader Queen's University of Belfast Care Homes, Nursing Homes, Older People, Social Care, Dementia, Digital Intervention, Co-Design Methodology, Serious Games, Education
Mrs Rachel Murphy Service Manager North Yorkshire County Council Adult Social Care, Social Work, Mental Health, Research
Professor Tessa Parkes Professor of Substance Use and Inclusion Health University of Stirling Substance use. Mental health. Homelessness/housing. Social inequalities. Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. Ensuring participation of people with lived experience. Qualitative. Social care. Public health
Miss Elisabeth Monaghan PPI representative - -
Ms Bridget Penhale Reader Emerita, Mental Health of Older People University of East Anglia Elder Abuse/Neglect; Adult Safeguarding; Domestic and Intimate Partner violence; Mental Health and Older People, Ethics and Social Care; Gerontology
Dr Samantha Phippard Service Development Lead Hampshire County Council Social worker with expertise of practice in uk and internationally. Social work manager, play therapist, practitioner researcher
Mr Nanik Pursani PPI representative - -
Miss Samantha Russell PPI representative - -
Professor Sara Ryan Professor in Social Care, Department of Social Care and Social Work Manchester Metropolitan University Qualitative research methods, public involvement, learning disabilities, autism and regulatory processes.
Professor Siobhan Reilly Professor of Applied Dementia Research University of Bradford Health service research Dementia Severe mental illness Core outcome set development Primary health care Social care
Professor Katherine Runswick-Cole Professor of Education The School of Education, The University of Sheffield Qualitative and participatory research methods; social care for children, young people and adults with learning disabilities; parent-carer.
Mrs Jade Stacey Implementation facilitator National Institute for Health and Care Excellence Adult social care, in particular dementia and palliative care. Implementation science
Professor Helen Weatherly Reader for Health Economics University of York Economic evaluation of health and social care interventions
Professor Martin Webber Professor of Social Work University of York Social work; development and evaluation of social interventions in mental health services; social inclusion and social capital
Dr Paul Willis Senior Lecturer in Social Work with Adults Cardiff University Social care; ageing; sexuality; LGBT studies; older people; social work with adults; social inclusion; loneliness and social isolation for older men