Sue is a Research Fellow at Social Care and Society (formerly the Personal Social Services Research Unit), an independent unit that conducts high quality research on the provision of health and social care with a view to informing policy and practice. She is also a Senior Fellow of the NIHR School for Social Care Research.
Having originally trained as a general and a mental health nurse, Sue specialised in the care of older people with mental health problems, and held a variety of clinical, managerial and research posts in the NHS before coming to the University.
Since joining the University in 2003 Sue has worked on a number of projects concerned with identifying the most appropriate and cost-effective ways of organising and delivering services for older people with mental health problems. These have included a series of ‘Balance of Care’ studies which have aimed to identify the optimal mix of community and institutional, health and social care services to provide for this client group. She has also applied to the same methodology to explore the needs of working age adults with mental health problems, and people in prison, and is currently undertaking a series of studies on the services needed by prisoners with social care needs, in custody and on release.