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Trish Hafford-Letchfield

University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland, UK

Main Research Areas: 

Ageing in marginalised communities


I am a qualified nurse and social worker with 18 years practice experience and am currently a Professor of Social Work at the University of Strathclyde. Prior to joining Strathclyde, I was Professor of Social Care at Middlesex University, London where I worked for 11 years. My research interests lie in the experiences of ageing in marginalised communities and most of my research is applied and co-produced with people with lived experience.

My doctorate studies were in educational gerontology exploring the role of lifelong learning in care services. I am a keen advocate for the rights of LGBT+ communities and I am a founder member of the international LGBTQI social work international network. In relation to learning and teaching I have written or edited 18 key textbooks covering a range of topics on leadership, management, organisational development, feminism, sexual and gender identities, values and ethics and social work supervision. I have also published widely in other areas such as the use of the arts in professional education, trans and non-binary parenting, suicide and mental health of people living in care homes.

Selected Works:

Hafford-Letchfield, T., Gleeson, H., Ryan, P., Billings, B., Teacher, R., Quaife, M., Flynn, A., Zanone Poma, S., & Vincentini, S. (2020). ‘He just gave up’: an exploratory study into the perspectives of paid carers on supporting older people living in care homes with depression, self-harm, and suicide ideation and behaviours. Ageing and Society, 40(5), 984-1003.

Dunk West, P., Hafford-Letchfield, T. (2018) Sexuality, Sexual and Gender Identities and Intimacy Research in Social Work and Social Care: a Lifecourse Epistemology. London, Routledge.

Hafford-Letchfield, T., Simpson, P., Willis, P. B., & Almack, K. (2017). Developing inclusive residential care for older lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) people: an evaluation of the Care Home Challenge action research project. Health and Social Care in the Community, 26(2), e312-e320.