I am a social care researcher and economist investigating different ways of supporting older adults needing care in relation to dementia and mental health. My work focuses on two research interests:
(1) measurement design and psychometric testing using Rasch methods, especially in relation to patient-reported outcomes and experiences relating to older people’s social care;
(2) the organisation and delivery of long-term community support, including features of integrated care; interdisciplinary teamworking; the role of social workers; and practitioner stress.
My experiences in health and social care begain as an economist to the Dept of Health before then joining academia. I use a spread of quantitative methods with a particular interest in modern psychometric techniques. I have experience in the design and management of randomised controlled trials, observational studies and quasi-experimental research; in addition to qualitative studies as part of mixed-method approaches, and a range of literature review methods.
I have held personal awards from the National Institute for Health Research (Doctoral Fellowship) and School for Social Care Research (Capacity Development Award). I am a member of the editorial board for the British Journal of Social Work, and am an associate editor for BMC Geriatrics and BMC Psychiatry.