Our Critical Friends provide advice and challenge from outside UK social care.
Chair, Critical Friends Group
Dr Miro Griffiths MBE is a Leverhulme Trust Research Fellow in Disability Studies, within the School of Sociology and Social Policy, at the University of Leeds.
Mirella is CEO at Vilans, the national knowledge organization for care and support. In addition, she is Professor by special appointment at Tilburg University/TIAS and holds the chair ‘Innovation of organization and governance of integrated care’.
Director of Research,
Graham is the Director of Research at The Healthcare Improvement Studies Institute (THIS Institute), a unit at the University of Cambridge funded by the Health Foundation to develop the evidence base for improving healthcare quality and safety.
Chair, Archbishops’ Commission on Reimagining Care
Anna Dixon has worked on health and social care for over 20 years in a variety of roles including Chief Executive of the Centre for Ageing Better, Director of Strategy and Chief Analyst at the Department of Health, Director of Policy at The King’s Fund, and Lecturer in European Health Policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Research Director, NKA
Elizabeth is a Professor of Health Care Sciences at the Linnaeus University (LNU) in Sweden and Research Director at the Swedish Family Care Competence Centre (Nka), a national centre of excellence in the area of informal care.
Warwick Business School
Graeme Currie is Professor of Public Management at Warwick Business School. Graeme also leads DfE funded What Works SEND Service Improvement research programme and is a co-investigator in NIHR funded Health Determinants Research Centre.
Director of Operations,
Centre for Homelessness Impact
Lígia set up the Centre in 2018 and led the feasibility study which preceded its creation while at Crisis UK.
Lígia is bringing ‘what works’ methodology to homelessness: the use of reliable evidence and reason to improve outcomes with existing resources.
US Institute of Healthcare Improvement
Dr. Bonner has been a geriatric nurse practitioner, caring for nursing home residents and their families, for over 30 years. She is currently Director of Strategic Partnerships for the CAPABLE Program in the School of Nursing, and a Senior Advisor for Aging at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement.
Centre for Healthcare Resilience and Implementation Science
Professor Jeffrey Braithwaite is a leading health services and systems researcher with an international reputation for his work investigating and contributing to systems improvement.
UKRI Healthy Ageing Challenge
Judith Phillips is Deputy Principal (Research) and Professor of Gerontology at the University of Stirling. She is Research Director for the UKRI Healthy Ageing Challenge.
What Works for
Children’s Social Care
Jermaine’s research interests are in organisational and health psychology, with a focus on how the workplace can be improved in order to help maintain positive mental health, and prevent work-related mental health sickness absence.