Prof David Challis


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  • Director PSSRU University of Manchester
  • Associate Director NIHR School of Social Care Research
  • NIHR Senior Investigator

David Challis is Professor of Community Care Research and Director of the PSSRU at the University of Manchester.  PSSRU, with its three branches, is the largest grouping in the UK focussing on research in long term and social care.  The work of the Unit has had impact on policy and practice in a number of countries, including work on case management and care coordination.

He has been an adviser on services for older people to the Commonwealth Government of Australia, Canadian Province of Ontario, Governments of France, Ireland, Hong Kong, Japan, the US State Government of Wisconsin, the Department of Health in England and the National Assembly for Wales.

He has undertaken the development and evaluation of a series of studies of community based care for older people which provided alternatives to hospital and nursing home care and influenced policy development both in the UK and internationally.  He has been responsible for national studies of care coordination in older people’s and long term conditions services and evaluation of assessment procedures in England.  Other work includes performance measurement in older people’s services, hospital discharge, the evaluation of innovative approaches to flexible support such as personal budgets and a range of studies in old age mental health services.  Current work includes: Home Support in Dementia Care; the use of Memory Aids; European variations in access to care and support for people with dementia; and dementia diagnosis in minority ethnic elders.  New studies involve the work of community mental health teams, support to care homes and social care for prisoners consequent on new responsibilities arising under the 2014 Care Act.  He is the author of 21 books and over 200 papers.  Books include Supporting People with Dementia at Home (Ashgate, 2009)

See   Personal Social Services Research Unit 


  • B.A. (Hons) Social Science (York)
  • Certificate in Education (Birmingham)
  • Certificate in Psychiatric Social Work (C.Q.S.W) (Manchester)
  • M.Sc (Manchester)
  • Ph.D. (Kent)

External positions

Associate Director NIHR School for Social Care Research

1 May 2009 → …

NIHR Senior Investigator

1 Apr 200931 Mar 2017

Research Networks and Beacons

Biology, Medicine and Health (BMH) Domains


  • Long Term Care, Dementia, Older People, Social Care, Assessment, Care Coordination

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