Department of Sport, Health Sciences and Social Work

Papers presented at the first European Conference For Social Work Research

Thursday, 07 April 2011


Dr Sally Richards and Maxine Fletcher, Social Work Senior Lecturers from the School of Health and Social Care, together with representatives from the school's Voices of Experience forum presented papers at the inaugural European Conference For Social Work Research held on 23 - 25 March 2011 at St Catherine's College, Oxford. The conference was entitled ‘Social Work and Social Care Research: Innovation, Interdisciplinarity and Impact’ and was held in association with the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) School for Social Care Research.

Maxine Fletcher and Angela Anderson, a representative of the Voices of Experience forum, presented on ‘the Role of Service Users’ and ‘Carers in the Assessment of Professional Suitability of pre-qualifying social work students’.

Dr Sally Richards presented a paper on her experiences of tackling the methodological and ethical challenges of undertaking secondary analysis of qualitative data. The growing interest in and opportunities for the re-use of qualitative data meant that this was a well-attended session and her paper generated a lot of questions.

Afterwards, Angela Anderson said that the conference ‘was an amazing experience’.

Professor Martin Knapp, Director, NIHR School for Social Care Research said:

We are pleased to be involved in the first of the European Social Work Research conferences, particularly because the wider social care perspective will be represented in the programme and hopefully in the interests of participants. In the School we are working hard to encourage and develop interdisciplinary learning and multidisciplinary collaboration in our research on adult social care practice