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Professor Yvonne Birks

Professor Birks leads the NIHR School for Social Care Research’s capacity-building programme and the NIHR Social Care Incubator.

She is Associate Dean (Research) Faculty of Social Sciences and Professor of Applied Health and Social Care Research in the Department of Social Policy and Social Work at the University of York.

Professor Birks is a mixed methods researcher with a professional background in nursing, who has worked in applied health and social care research for over 20 years. She has worked on service evaluation, trials, outcome measurement development and co-production approaches.

Her portfolio of work largely concentrates on social care for older people, with a specific interest in self-funders. She supports social care agendas and research within the Yorkshire and Humber regional NIHR Applied Research Collaboration, NIHR Policy Research Unit in the Economics of Health Systems and Interface with Social Care, and the Partnership for Responsive Policy Analysis and Research (PREPARE).