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 18 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 by NIHR SSCR; DHSC England; British Academy; IASSW; Comic Relief; EU Cost Action; EU Erasmus Plus, Chief Scientist Office NHS Scotland.


Desexualisation in Later Life : The Limits of Sex and Intimacy
Simpson Paul, Reynolds Paul, Hafford-Letchfield Trish
Sex and Intimacy in Later Life Sex and Intimacy in Later Life, Vol 2 (2021)
Sex and diversity in later life; critical perspectives
Hafford-Letchfield Trish, Simpson Paul, Reynolds Paul
Sex and Intimacy in Later Life Sex and Intimacy in Later Life (2021)
LGBT+ parenting
Cocker Christine, Hafford-Letchfield Trish
The Routledge International Handbook of Social Work and Sexualities (2021) (2021)
Learning to deliver LGBT+ aged care : exploring and documenting best practices in professional and vocational education through the World Café method
Hafford-Letchfield Trish, Pezzella Alfonso, Connell Sandra, Urek Mojca, Jurček Anže, Higgins Agnes, Keogh Brian, Van der Vaart Nina, Rabelink Irma, Robotham George, Bus Elisa, Buitenkamp Charlotte, Lewis-Brooke Sarah
Ageing and Society (2021)
What are LGBT+ inequalities in health and social support—why should we tackle them?
Fish Julie, Almack Kathyrn, Hafford-Letchfield Trish, Toze Michael
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health Vol 18 (2021)
Systematic review of educational interventions on older LGBT+ adults : recommendations for practice, education and research
Jurček Anže, Higgins Agnes, Keogh Brian, Hafford-Letchfield Trish, Urek Mojca
Trinity Health and Education International Research Conference 2021 (2021)

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Professional activities

Suicide prevention in later life
Working with gender diverse parents
The psychosocial impact of social distancing on families of care home residents in Scotland: What can be learned?
Community capacity and co-production – building a shared future:
Falling down: Older people and problematic substance use
Problematic substance use in later life

More professional activities


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

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School of Social Work and Social Policy
Lord Hope Building

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