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Patricia Hafford-Letchfield


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Personal Statement

I am a qualified nurse and social worker with 18 years practice experience in social work, the latter 10 of which I managed statutory social work services for adults, in England. I have held many roles in relation to Third Sector governance.  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. Prior to joining Strathclyde, I was Professor of Social Care at Middlesex University, London where I worked for 11 years.

My doctorate studies were in educational gerontology exploring the role of lifelong learning in care services. I have a strong interest in the rights of LGBT+ communities and I am a founder member of the international LGBTQI social work network. In relation to learning and teaching I have written 16 key textbooks covering a range of topics on leadership, management, organisational development, feminism, sexual and gender identities, values and ethics, social work supervision. I have also published widely in other areas such as the use of the arts in professional education, parenting, ageing and disability. 

I have been involved in funded research by NIHR SSCR; DHSC England; British Academy; IASSW; Comic Relief; EU Cost Action; EU Erasmus Plus.

Education/Academic qualification


Doctor of Education, The Open University

May 2007Oct 2011

Kingston University


London South Bank University

Sep 2004Jul 2005

University of Westminster

Jan 2003Sep 2004

Chartered Management Institute


The Open University

May 2003May 2004

Master of Arts, Middlesex University London

Sep 1985May 1987

Middlesex University London

Sep 1983May 1985

Bachelor of Arts, Middlesex University London

Sep 1981May 1985

Essex Area Health Authority

Sep 1977Sep 1980

External positions

Research Committee Member, British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy

Apr 2019 → …

Research Associate Social Work, University of Stellenbosch

Feb 2017 → …


  • Social Work
  • Arts based pedagogies
  • Social Care
  • InInterprofessional Learning
  • Leadership
  • Co-production
  • Ageing
  • Anti-discimination
  • Parenting
  • Sexuality
  • social justice

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Research Output 2011 2019

Assessing the Impact of the Mayhew "TheraPaws" Dog-Assisted Therapy Programme on Older People in Care Homes

Jain, B., Hafford-Letchfield, T., Chandra, C., O'Farrell-Pearce, S., Billings, B., Teacher, R., Syed, S., Ellmers, T. & Clancy, C., 31 Jul 2019, London. 49 p.

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

Home Care Services
home care

Contemporary Practices in Social Work Supervision: Time for New Paradigms?

Hafford-Letchfield, T. (ed.) & Englebrecht, L. (ed.), 19 Feb 2019, 1st ed. London. 160 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

social work
social worker