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Jess Harris is a Research Fellow at the Health & Social Care Workforce Research Unit at King’s College London, and joined its predecessor, SCWRU, in 2006.

Jess is co-ordinating the fieldwork on a new three-year NIHR SSCR funded study: Opening the ‘Too Difficult Box’: Strengthening Adult Safeguarding Responses to Homelessness and Self-neglect. She is also part of the team Examining the Introduction of the Nursing Associate Role in Health and Social Care and is contributing to the Signs of Safety Evaluation Phase 2, funded by the Department for Education. She was co-applicant on a successful bid to the King’s ESRC IAA Social Science Impact Fund and is developing a series of activities to promote Strengthening Pathways Out of Hospital for People who are Homeless.

Jess organises the Unit's annual older people’s social care conference with Age UK London, and the Unit’s annual mental health & social care conference, as well as several seminar series. She links Unit work with that of other voluntary and research groupings.

Previously, she co-ordinated the Longitudinal Care Work Study (LoCS), and the fieldwork for the evaluations of the 'Jobs First' demonstration sites and of the pilot Social Work Practices with Adults. Other areas of research have included a study of what works in ‘Grow Your Own’ initiatives for social work, a study of the disclosure of disability within social work, teaching and nursing for the (then) Disability Rights Commission, a guide to promoting local government strategic approaches for their black and minority ethnic older citizens, and research into the Protection of Vulnerable Adults (PoVA) List.

She has an MSc in Voluntary Sector Organisation from LSE and previously coordinated strategic projects developing older people’s engagement and empowerment in policy and practice at Better Government for Older People, within a London local authority, within a Health Authority Health Improvement Programme for Older People, and within a small community organisation. She has 15 years' experience in community sector organisational governance.