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John joined King's in December 2015, retired in December 2021 and is now a Visiting Senior Research Fellow.

Prior to working in a university, he worked for many years as a social care researcher in local government, moving first to Coventry University in 2009.

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 Personal Assistants. 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 studies focusing on local authority telecare use for older people, also funded by NIHR SSCR – the UTOPIA project – two DHSC funded studies of Personal Assistants. Until December 2021, he also led an NIHR funded study of hoarding and self-neglect among older people. John was also a co-investigator in a randomised controlled trial of technology and its use by people with dementia, the ATTILA trial, and is currently a co-investigator in a study led by the University of Hertfordshire to encourage greater use of research evidence in social work practice settings.

He is a member of the British Society of Gerontology.

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