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Research Programme for Social Care - Committee B


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

Dr Hayley Alderson Senior Research Fellow Newcastle University Substance misuse, mental health, Vulnerable population
Professor Carol Atkinson Professor of Human Resource Management Manchester Metropolitan University Employment Work Human resource management Flexible working Older workers Careers
Professor Jill Bradshaw Professor of Communication in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities University of Kent Communication Intellectual and Developmental Disability
Ms Ellen Broome Managing Director Coram Family and Childcare Ltd Policy public affairs charity communication advocacy research children's policy programmes for children and families
Professor Linda Clare Professor of Clinical Psychology of Ageing and Dementia University of Exeter Dementia; social gerontology
Mr Duncan Cook PhD candidate, Statistics and Public Policy University of Cambridge Use of evidence in government decision-making; official statistics; local government finance; community support for carers
Dr Jeanette Cossar Associate Professor University of East Anglia Children's social work, care-experienced children, safeguarding children, participatory research methods, PPI, LGBTQ+ young people
Dr Shirley Evans Interim Director of the Association for Dementia Studies University of Worcester Dementia studies, community-based interventions, adult social care
Professor Lee-Ann Fenge Associate Professor in the Division of Psychiatry University College London Social care, seldom heard groups (LGBT+ people, unhoused people, young people), social work/social care practice, safeguarding and vulnerable groups (older people), financial scams, mental capacity
Mr Luke Geoghegan Head of Policy and Research British Association of Social Workers (BASW) Social work practice, social policy in the UK, social work with children and families, looked after children, residential care, fostering and adoption
Dr Alex Hall Research Fellow The University of Manchester Gerontology, palliative care, dementia, health services research, health technologies, implementation science, social care, health policy, mixed methods, qualitative methods, evidence synthesis
Dr Kate Hamblin Senior Research Fellow University of Sheffield Research - social care; carers; care work; technology; social policy; ageing. Methodological- qualitative interviews, ethnography, creative methods, discourse analysis; cross-national comparative policy analysis
Professor Richard Hastings Professor of Psychology and Education and Cerebra Chair of Family Research in CEDAR University of Warwick Research on mental health, health, and behavioural disorders in individuals with learning disability and/or autism, learning disability and social care
Dr Annie Hawton Senior Research Fellow in Health Economics University of Essex Health Economics
Mr Fran James PPI representative - -
Mrs Karen McCormick Founder InCharge Ltd Lived Experience Engagement Lead at IMPACT; Parent/Carer of young adult with intellectual disability managing a personal budget; Lived experience innovator & founder (tech enabling care)
Dr Anita Mehay Senior Research Fellow City, University of London Health inequalities; public health; health psychology; prison; parenting; wellbeing; participatory; community development
Ms Caroline Norrie Research Fellow King's College London Qualitative methods, care homes, older people and gambling-related harms
Professor Jonathan Scourfield Professor Social Work Cardiff University Social work, suicide, child welfare
Dr Stacey Rand Senior Research Fellow University of Kent Adult social care, quality of life and outcome measurement, family carers. Methodological expertise in psychometrics, survey research, qualitative interviews
Dr Eirini-Christina Saloniki Senior Research Fellow in Health Economics University College London Health Economics, Applied Microeconometrics, Labour Economics, Economics of Disability, Economics of Discrimination
Miss Mahaa Suleiman PPI representative - -
Dr Felicity Thomas Associate Professor University of Exeter Health inequalities; mental health; community sector approaches; child protection; medicalisation; moralisation; narrative approaches; engaged research; qualitative research; assets-approaches
Professor Joanna Thompson-Coon Professor of Evidence Synthesis & Health Policy University of Exeter Evidence synthesis
Professor Ann-Marie Towers Professor of Social Care Research University of Kent Social care, dementia, care homes, outcomes, quality of life, ASCOT
Professor Ly-Mee Yu Lead Trial Statistician University of Oxford Randomised clinical trials, epidemiology and medical statistics