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John joined King's in December 2015 from Coventry University, where he had worked since 2009. Prior to this he worked for many years as a social care researcher in local government.

John’s research interests include the application of assistive technology and telecare to support the independence and well-being of older people and people with dementia, personalisation and personal budgets in social care, and social care research ethics and governance. While at Coventry University John led a major project on personalisation and older people (funded by NIHR School for Social Care Research) and was part of a research team investigating risk and personalisation. Since moving to King's he has led a study focusing on local authority telecare use for older people, also funded by NIHR/SSCR: the UTOPIA project and is currently a co-investigator in a randomised controlled trial of technology and its use by people with dementia, the ATTILA trial.

John co-edits Research, Policy and Planning, the journal of the Social Services Research Group (SSRG), and an elected member of the Local Area Research and Intelligence Association (LARIA) Council, following the merger of SSRG and LARIA. Until December 2018 he also co-edited the Journal of Enabling Technology.

Within the Unit, John has recently led NIHR Policy Research Programme work on social care Personal Assistants, and runs a monthly seminar group for the Making Research Count research initiative focusing on research and practice initiatives for older people. He is a member of the British Society of Gerontology, and a Senior Fellow of the NIHR School for Social Care Research.

John Woolham: ORCID iD | Research Profile at King's