Professor Trish Hafford-Letchfield

Head Of School

School of Social Work and Social Policy

Personal statement

I am a qualified nurse and social worker with 18 years practice experience in social work, the latter 10 of which I managed statutory social work services for adults, in England. I have held many roles in relation to Third Sector governance.  My research interests lie in the experiences of ageing in marginalised communities and most of my research is applied and co-produced with people with lived experience. Prior to joining Strathclyde, I was Professor of Social Care at Middlesex University, London where I worked for 11 years.

My doctorate studies were in educational gerontology exploring the role of lifelong learning in care services. I have a strong interest in the rights of LGBT+ communities and I am a founder member of the international LGBTQI social work network. In relation to learning and teaching I have over 100 publications including 18 key books covering a range of topics on leadership, management, organisational development, feminism, sexual and gender identities, values and ethics, gerontology, social work supervision. I have also published widely in other areas such as the use of the arts in professional education, parenting, ageing and disability. 

I have been involved in funded research by NIHR SSCR; DHSC England; British Academy; IASSW; Comic Relief; EU Cost Action; EU Erasmus Plus, Chief Scientist Office NHS Scotland.


Bereavement by Suicide in Later Life : Project Report
Hafford-Letchfield Trish, Hanna Jeffrey, Grant Evan, Ryder-Davies Lesley, Cogan Nicola, Goodman Jolie, Rasmussen Susan, Martin Sophie
Assessing suicide ideation among older adults : a systematic review of screening and measurement tools
Gleeson Helen, Roesch Chloe, Hafford-Letchfield Trish, Ellmers Toby
International Psychogeriatrics, pp. 1-14 (2021)
Ageing Well – Intimacy, Sex and Relationships in Later Life : Evidence Review (Chapter Two)
Hafford-Letchfield Trish
Physical and mental well-being, risk and protective factors among older lesbians /gay women in the United Kingdom during the initial COVID-19 2020 lockdown
Westwood Sue, Hafford-Letchfield Trish, Toze Michael
Journal of Women and Aging (2021)
Social support and unmet needs among older trans and gender non-conforming people during the COVID-19 'lockdown' in the UK
Toze Michael, Westwood Sue, Hafford-Letchfield Trish
International Journal of Transgender Health (2021)
Unheard voices : a qualitative study of LGBT+ older people experiences during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in the UK
Hafford-Letchfield Trish, Toze Michael, Westwood Sue
Health and Social Care in the Community (2021)

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Professional activities

Sex, Drugs & Scotland's Health Virtual Conference 2021
Thinking about Suicide in Later Life
Suicide Bereavement UK’s 10th International Conference: 'Suicide Bereavement: 10 Year’s of Our Collective Voice'
Working with Gender Diverse patients in Primary Care
Sexuality, gender and intersectionality: Examining contemporary social work issues
Sexuality, gender and intersectionality: Examining contemporary social work issues

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Understanding and reducing the psychosocial impact of Coronavirus social distancing and behavioural changes on families of care home residents in Scotland
Quinn, Neil (Principal Investigator) Hafford-Letchfield, Trish (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2020 - 31-Jan-2020

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School of Social Work and Social Policy
Lord Hope Building

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