Professional Qualifications and professional memberships

  • CQSW 1981
  • ASW (Approved Social Worker) 1984-1994
  • Registered Social Worker 2004-present

Research interests

  • Elder Abuse – including institutional violence
  • Adult protection/adult safeguarding
  • Domestic and intimate partner violence
  • Interpersonal violence and family violence
  • Attachment and intergenerational relationships in later life
  • Mental health of older people
  • Social care and older people
  • Loss, grief and bereavement in later life
  • Ethics and social care
  • Social care outcomes of stroke
  • Social work and health

Career summary

During the first sixteen years of my career I gained wide clinical social work and managerial experience across a variety of hospital and community services including: generic social work and specialisation with older people, including Approved Social Worker status (mental health). My first academic post was a joint appointment split between the School of Social Work, UEA and Norfolk Social Services (1989-1992). I later moved to a full-time post at the University of Hull (1996) and subsequently (in 2004) to the University of Sheffield, where I was predominantly involved in research concerning older people. Between 2006-2008 I held a joint appointment between the University of Sheffield and the Institute of Health and Social Care Studies, Guernsey, where I held a post as Head of Research.

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