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 19 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 and knowledge exchange by NIHR SSCR; DHSC England; British Academy; IASSW; Comic Relief; EU Cost Action; EU Erasmus Plus, Chief Scientist Office NHS Scotland, Skills for Care and UNITE.


Talking really does matter : lay perspectives from older people on talking about suicide in later life
Hafford-Letchfield Trish, Hanna Jeffrey R, Ellmers Toby J, Rasmussen Susan, Cogan Nicola, Gleeson Helen, Goodman Jolie, Martin Sophie, Walker Patrick, Quaife Matthew
Frontiers in Psychology Vol 13 (2022)
Working with older trans people : practice tool
Willis Paul, Toze Michael, Hafford-Letchfield Trish
Student Drug Use in Higher Education : an Evidence Synthesis
Hafford-Letchfield Trish, Sondhi Arun, Thom Betsy, Herring Rachel
Defining and researching the concept of resilience in LGBT+ later life : findings from a mixed study systematic review
Jurček Anže, Keogh Brian, Sheaf Greg, Hafford-Letchfield Trish, Higgins Agnes
PLOS One Vol 17 (2022)
The perspectives and lived experiences of LGBTQI people in secondary education in North Cyprus : the impact on mental health and wellbeing
Ethemer Enver, Cogan Nicola, Hafford-Letchfield Trish
10th European Conference on Mental Health (2022)
Social support in older transgender and gender diverse communities in the United Kingdom and Australia : a comparative study during Covid-19
Toze Michael, Gates Trevor G, Hughes Mark, Dune Tinashe, Westood Sue, Hafford-Letchfield Trish, Thepsourinthone Jack
Journal of Gerontological Social Work, pp. 1-19 (2022)

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Professional activities

Co-production: putting principles into practice
The contribution of social work and social care to support and provision for people with problematic substance use in later life
Supporting Trans older adults
Social Work Research PODCAST series. Episode 20 ' LGBT+ older people in lockdown'
THE (LGBT+) CARE HOME CHALLENGE: Working towards a more inclusive environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans* and intersex older people in care homes in England.
Sex, Drugs & Scotland's Health Virtual Conference 2021

More professional activities


Student Drug Use Literature Review
Hafford-Letchfield, Trish (Principal Investigator)
28-Jan-2022 - 19-Jan-2022
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
Best Practices for Care and Wellbeing Education to support the needs of LGBT people as they age (BEING ME)
Hafford-Letchfield, Trish (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 31-Jan-2020

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School of Social Work and Social Policy
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