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 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, Chief Scientist Office NHS Scotland.


Knowledge and policy about LGBTQI migrants : a scoping review of the Canadian and global context
Ou Jin Lee Edward, Kamgain Olivia, Hafford-Letchfield Trish, Gleeson Helen, Pullen-Sansfaçon Annie, Luu François
Journal of International Migration and Integration, pp. 1-20 (2020)
Trans and nonbinary parenting
Hafford-Letchfield Trish, Cocker Christine, Manning Rebecca, McCormack Keira
Social Work and Health Care Practice with Transgender and Nonbinary Individuals and Communities: Voices for Equity, Inclusion, and Resilience (2020) (2020)
Sexuality and religion : from the court of appeal to the social work classroom
Mason Karl, Cocker Christine, Hafford-Letchfield Trish
Social Work Education (2020)
Research on the Experience of Staff With Disabilities Within the NHS Workforce
Ryan Peter, Edwards Mike, Hafford-Letchfield Trish, Bell Linda, Carr Sarah, Puniskis Mike, Hanna Sue, Jeewa Sid
Practitioner perspectives on service users experiences of targeted violence and hostility in mental health and adult safeguarding
Hafford-Letchfield Trish, Carr Sarah, Faulkner Alison, Gould Dorothy, Khisa Christine, Cohen Rachel, Megele Claudia
Disability and Society (2020)
Dog-assisted interventions and outcomes for older adults in residential long-term care facilities : a systematic review and meta-analysis
Jain Briony, Syed Shabeer, Hafford-Letchfield Trish, O'Farrell-Pearce Sioban
International Journal of Older People Nursing (2020)

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