Dr Mark Wilberforce

Honorary Research Fellow

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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.  


  • PhD Social Work.  University of Manchester.

  • MSc Economics and Social Policy Analysis.  University of York.

  • BA Economics and Politics. University of York.

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Editorial positions

  • Editorial Board member, British Journal of Social Work
  • Associate Editor, BMC Geriatrics
  • Associate Editor, BMC Psychiatry


  • Data Monitoring and Ethics Committee (DMEC): NIHR HS&DR,15/144/51 (2017-2020)


  • Member of the British Association of Social Workers (BASW).
  • Member of International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR).
  • Fellow of the NIHR School for Social Care Research.
  • Member of NIHR Faculty.



  • person-centred care; Rasch analysis; gerontology; social work; social care

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