Professor Trish Hafford-Letchfield

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 written 16 key textbooks covering a range of topics on leadership, management, organisational development, feminism, sexual and gender identities, values and ethics, 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.


Exploring arts-based pedagogies in nurse education : The A. R. T. E. framework
Hafford-Letchfield Trish, Leonard Kate, Couchman Wendy
Routledge International Handbook of Nurse Education (2019) (2019)
Leadership and management skills in social work
Hafford-Letchfield Trish
Introducing Social Work (2019) (2019)
Leading with Compassion : Supervisors Briefing
Hafford-Letchfield Trish
Pedagogical principles and methods underpinning education of health and social care practitioners on experiences and needs of older LGBT+ people : findings from a systematic review
Higgins Agnes, Downes Carmel, Sheaf Greg, Bus Elisa, Connell Sandra, Hafford-Letchfield Trish, Jurček Anže, Pezzella Alfonso, Rabelink Irma, Robotham George, Urek Mojca, van der Vaart Nina, Keogh Brian
Nurse Education in Practice Vol 40 (2019)
Participation and co-production in the care and support of older people
Hafford-Letchfield Trish
Encyclopedia of Gerontology and Population Ageing (2019) (2019)
What do we know about transgender parenting? Findings from a systematic review
Hafford-Letchfield Trish, Cocker Christine, Rutter Deborah, Tinarwo Moreblessing, McCormack Keira, Manning Rebecca
Health and Social Care in the Community Vol 27, pp. 1111-1125 (2019)

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