Internet Explorer is no longer supported by Microsoft. To browse the NIHR site please use a modern, secure browser like Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or Microsoft Edge.

Research for Social Care - Committee Members


12 February 2020




The NIHR Research for Social Care (RfSC) call is an annual competition specifically for social care proposals, run by NIHR's Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) programme.

The aim of the annual RfSC call is to fund topics and research methodologies that increase the effectiveness of social care services, provide value for money and benefit service users and carers.

This document shows membership of the funding committee for RfSC.

Research for Social Care Funding Committee Members





Professor David Abbott (Chair)

Professor (Social Policy), School for Policy Studies

University of Bristol

Policy issues relating to disabled children and their families.  Social science research with disabled children, young people and adults.  Associate Director of NIHR School for Social Care Research

Professor Chris Hatton (Deputy Chair)

Professor of Social Care

Manchester Metropolitan University

Policy relevant research involving people with learning disabilities

Dr Kate Baxter

Senior Research Fellow

University of York

Qualitative research methods, social care for adults and older people, home care, personal budgets, self-funders

Ms Regina Adu

Social Work Lead (Children and Adults)

NHS Royal National Orthopedic Hospital

Social Worker specializing in Adult Social Care with over 16 years of experience providing support, counsel, and assistance to a wide range of individuals/patients in need. 

Mr Glen Garrod

Executive Director of Adult Care and Community Wellbeing


Lincolnshire County Council

Expertise in the field of social policy, strategic social care commissioning and the operation of social care services

Dr Paul Willis

Senior Lecturer in Social Work with Adults

University of Bristol

 Social care researcher with research expertise in older men's experiences of loneliness and social isolation; sexuality, care and ageing; trans ageing and gender identity

Dr Jenni Brooks

Senior Lecturer in Sociology

Sheffield Hallam University

Qualitative researcher and academic in social policy and sociology, with a particular focus on dementia, disability and the personalisation of social care

Professor Julie Fish

Chair in Social Work & Health Inequalities

De Montfort University

Social perspectives in cancer; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans cancer inequalities; knowledge exchange; patient involvement; social work and health inequalities; qualitative approaches; human rights; oncology

Professor Claire Hulme

Professor in Health Economics and Director

Institute of Health Research, University of Exeter

Health Economics, economic evaluation alongside clinical trials; economic evaluation of community programmes spanning the health and social services

Professor Frank Keating

Professor in Social Work and Mental Health

Royal Holloway University of London

 His research interests are ethnicity, gender, ageing and mental health

Dr Anne Killett

Lecturer in Occupational Therapy

University of East Anglia

Participatory research, qualitative research, care organisation for older people, research with marginalised groups, multi-agency working, child and adolescent mental health

Mr Nanik Pursani

Public Member


Professional background in education across all sectors & inspection based work; Experience of reviewing NIHR applications across Programmes, including including the Policy Research programme

Dr Brynmor Lloyd-Evans

Associate Professor In the Division of Psychiatry

University College London

Social care, mental health, psychosis, systematic reviews, meta-analysis, mixed methods health services research, complex interventions, development of measures, large scale service evaluation, qualitative research, clinical trials

Dr Juliette Malley

Assistant Professorial Research Fellow

Care Policy and Evaluation Centre, London School of Economics and Political Science

Adult social care, especially quality, innovation and commissioning; user experience; quality of life and outcomes measurement; survey research

Professor Jill Manthorpe

Professor of Social Work and Director of the NIHR Policy Research Unit on Health & Social Care Workforce

King's College London

Associate Director NIHR School for Social Care Research within The Policy Institute at King's College London, She is also Social Care theme lead for NIHR Applied Research Collaborative South London. She served as Chair of the NIHR Policy Research Programme Panel (2013-20) and has been a grant panel member for the Alzheimer's Society, Dunhill Medical Trust and Stroke Association

Dr Julie Ridley

Director of Centre for Citizenship and Community

University of Central Lancashire

Applied research in health and social care/policy, participatory research, qualitative research. Areas of focus - mental health, learning disabilities, independent advocacy, family carers

Mrs Ann-Marie Towers

Reader in Social Care, Centre for Health Service Studies (CHSS)

University of Kent

Adult Social Care, with a specific interest in quality of life and outcome measurement (ASCOT),  care homes, dementia, care quality and care planning

Ms Helen Weatherly

Reader in Health Economics

University of York

Economic evaluation of health and social care interventions

Dr Philip Whitehead

Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy

Northumbria University

Occupational therapist with a background in social care research and practice, developing and evaluating community based rehabilitation interventions, methodological expertise in systematic reviewing, qualitative interview studies and particularly Randomised Controlled Trials

Dr Mark Wilberforce

Senior Research Fellow in Social Care

University of York

Social care and social work research in adult community services, including mental health and older people.  Methodological interest in measurement and psychometrics

Mr Nic Vine

Public Member


Cross-industry project, change and business management. Mentoring young project professionals. Patient advocacy. Bridging communicator between different communities.

Mr Francis James

Public Member


Lived experience as a carer for family members

Dr Ly-Mee Yu

Lead Trial Statistician, University of Oxford; Research Advisor, Research Design

Service for the South Central region


University of Oxford

Randomised clinical trials, epidemiology and medical statistics