Dr Michele Abendstern PhD, CQSW, PG Dip


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I have worked as a Research Associate and Research Fellow at the Personal Social Services Research Unit (renamed Social Care and Society in 2019) since 2002 where I have been involved with a range of studies into health social care policy and practice arrangements for older people and working age adults with with mental ill health. Particular projects include investigating: services for people with dementia; the implementation of the Single Assessment Process; the introduction of Self-Assessment in social care; the structures and practices of Community Mental Health Teams for Older People; and care coordination in the non-statutory sector. Most recent projects include the role of the social worker in CMHTs for working age adults and effective support at home for people with dementia.

In the past I have worked on a series of oral history projects, most recently at the University of Manchester, including the history of the University itself with Emeritus Professor Brian Pullan, and the history of the health of women cotton workers with Professor Christine Hallett. Earlier projects included studies of social mobility within families and inter-generational relationships with Professor Paul Thompson.

I am also a qualified social worker and worked in this capacity for the London Borough of Greenwhich between 1998 and 1997.



PG Dip (2001) Applied Social Research Methods  University of Manchester

PG Dip (1988) Applied Social Studies and CQSW South Bank Polytechnic

PhD (1986) (Expression or control? Working class leisure between the wars) University of Essex

BA (hons) 2.1 1981 Economic and Social History, University of Hull


  • Qualitative research methods, Adult social care

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