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, Chief Scientist Office NHS Scotland.


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)
Older LGBT+ health inequalities in the UK : setting a research agenda
Westwood Sue, Willis Paul, Fish Julie, Hafford-Letchfield Trish, Semlyen Joanna, King Andrew, Brian Beach, Almack Kathryn, Kneale Dylan, Toze Michael, Becares Laia
Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health Vol 74, pp. 408-411 (2020)
'He just gave up' : an exploratory study into the perspectives of paid carers on supporting older people living in care homes with depression, self-harm, and suicide ideation and behaviours
Hafford-Letchfield Trish, Gleeson Helen, Ryan Peter, Billings Barbara, Teacher Ruth, Quaife Matthew, Flynn Ann, Zanone Poma Stefano, Vincentini Silvia
Ageing and Society Vol 40, pp. 984-1003 (2020)
Leadership and management skills in social work
Hafford-Letchfield Trish
Introducing Social Work (2020) (2020)

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Social Work and Social Policy
Lord Hope Building

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