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Professor Jill Manthorpe

Jill Manthorpe

Job title

Professor of Social Work

Director of the Social Care Workforce Research Unit

NIHR Senior Investigator Emeritus


Social Care Workforce Research Unit, King’s Policy Institute

Date started at King’s


Challenges and achievements

I am Director of a Department of Health Policy Research Unit – the Social Care Workforce Research Unit - a great privilege as I work on areas of topical interest and intellectual challenge with knowledgeable, skilled and good humoured colleagues. My achievements at King’s include holding and increasing our commissioned work for the Department of Health, gaining a robust platform of research work on connected subjects funded from other sources, sustaining the largest knowledge transfer organisation in London social care – Making Research Count – and being the first and sole NIHR Senior Investigator in social work. Our Unit is well networked and highly productive, has influence and integrity.  These are achievements I value.

My research focus is on social care for adults, especially older people. I have published over 250 articles, as well as chapters, books and reports and I have gained funding of over £8 million in research grant as principal or co-investigator. I am Associate Director of the NIHR School for Social Care Research.  My current research includes the first study of homeless people with dementia, the first study of mental capacity and safeguarding systems; and several studies of facets of social work education and care work. My publications range from refereed articles to professional toolkits, to books about Dementia, Depression, Community Care and Older Workers. In addition I play an active role in voluntary sector bodies to support their research and user engagement.

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