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.

Publications

A scoping review exploring the 'grey area' of suicide-related expression in later life : developing a conceptual framework for professional engagement
Hafford-Letchfield Trish, Jain Briony, Gleeson Helen, Roesch Chloe, Ellmers Toby
Ageing and Society, pp. 1-30 (2022)
https://doi.org/10.1017/S0144686X22000642
"It's a living experience" : bereavement by suicide in later life
Hafford-Letchfield Trish, Hanna Jeffrey, Grant Evan, Ryder-Davies Lesley, Cogan Nicola, Goodman Jolie, Rasmussen Susan, Martin Sophie
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health Vol 19 (2022)
https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19127217
"Teta, s kom si ti lezbijka?" : z izobraževanjem proti nevidnosti LGBT+ starih ljudi v socialni in zdravstveni oskrbi
Urek Mojca, Buitenkamp Charlotte, Hafford-Letchfield Trish, Higgins Agnes, Keogh Brian, Lewis-Brooke Sarah, Pezzella Alfonso, Rabelink Irma, Van der Vaart Nina, Jurček Anže
Journal Socialno delo Vol 61, pp. 7-26 (2022)
https://doi.org/10.51741/sd.2022.61.1.7-26
Navigating LGBT+ ageing inequalities during challenging times : a case study of UK LGBT+ community organisations
Hafford-Letchfield Trish, Westwood Sue, Toze Michael
Journal Socialno delo Vol 61, pp. 41-59 (2022)
https://doi.org/10.51741/sd.2022.61.1.41-59
Rethinking Feminist Theories for Social Work Practice
Cocker Christine, Hafford-Letchfield Trish
(2022)
https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-94241-0
Invisible women : critical perspectives on social work and gender in later life
Hafford-Letchfield Trish
Rethinking Feminist Theories for Social Work Practice (2022) (2022)
https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-94241-0_12

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Professional activities

The contribution of social work and social care to support and provision for people with problematic substance use in later life
Speaker
12/5/2022
Supporting Trans older adults
Speaker
17/2/2022
Social Work Research PODCAST series. Episode 20 ' LGBT+ older people in lockdown'
Speaker
14/2/2022
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.
Speaker
25/1/2022
Sex, Drugs & Scotland's Health Virtual Conference 2021
Participant
20/10/2021
Thinking about Suicide in Later Life
Speaker
14/10/2021

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Projects

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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Address

School of Social Work and Social Policy
Lord Hope Building

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