Adult social care workers should have the opportunity to learn about theory and research relating to the needs of siblings and other family members

 Author: Georgia Todd I am a PhD student in the school of Sociology, Social Work and Social Policy. My research is exploring the experiences of young people who have a sibling with learning disabilities. Before starting the PhD, I worked in adult learning disability social care and health services. The focus in adult learning disability …

Freedom of Information legislation as a means of data production in health and social care research

Author: Philip Archard A recent review of the use the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) 2000 in healthcare research was able to identify only 16 articles describing its use and concludes the FOIA is currently under resourced by health and social care researchers, particularly in regard to the examination of issues of service access across different …

Home care: an insider’s perspective

Author:  Dr. Lucy Perry-Young Jean stopped in the hallway and suddenly said ‘Do you like books?’ I said yes, I enjoy reading, do you? She walked towards the door to the room I had not yet been in and opened it quickly and widely to dramatically reveal a huge book case the length of the …

Dementia: University Challenge

The Centre for Dementia, Institute of Mental Health, and the Centre for Applied Social Research, School of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Nottingham are proud to present: DEMENTIA: UNIVERSITY CHALLENGE The speakers will be introduced by Professor Tom Dening, Director of the Centre for Dementia. At the beginning of the seminar Pippa Foster, Alzheimer’s Society, …

Why is a more socially oriented approach to mental health difficulties so hard to embrace?

Author: Associate Professor Hugh Middleton The BBC’s recent series on mental health, ‘In the Mind‘ drew mixed reactions. In particular Stephen Fry’s exploration of manic depression was both praised on account of his attempts to destigmatize mental illness, and criticised because it presented a very narrow biomedical understanding of mental illness. Richard Bentall, a respected leader in …

Postscript: Reflections on submitting a PhD

Author:  Steven Lucas   Having just submitted my PhD research, this blog has offered an opportunity to reflect on that process and share something of my research experiences. When I put down the PhD, War and Peace came to hand and placed my delusions of epic length in to perspective. I can’t resist sharing the …

The UoN Post Graduate Children and Childhood Network: A Space for Sharing.

Author:  Helen Woods I started my PhD programme in 2014 after a career in social work with young people and their families.  I’d kind of assumed my work experience would set me up for researching the experiences of children and young people. While this has been the case, I wasn’t entirely prepared for the rigor …

Research 4 U! Using Mobiles when Researching With Young People.

Author:  Dr Samantha Wilkinson Interviews, participant observation, diaries – there are endless methods around to conduct research, but are these methods a culturally credible means of researching with young people? When conducting my PhD research into the drinking practices of 40 young people living in two suburban areas in the North West of England, I found …

Transforming cultures of care?

Author:  Professor Justine Schneider ‘Transforming the culture of care’ is an expression used by well-intentioned people but sadly it seems to be a cliché in danger of losing its power to persuade. I heard it recently here: Alive! – lighting up older people’s lives. This clip illustrates how a delightful programme of music and dance …

Hey, don’t just shoot the messenger!

Author: Associate Professor Hugh Middleton Hot topics of the time are the efficacy and safety of psychiatric medicines. These are some of the most widely prescribed drugs in the UK and globally. There is growing concern that their reputations for efficacy may have been inflated by biased trials reporting and their longer term safety underestimated. …