Trish Hafford-Letchfield

Prof, Chair for Social Work and Social Policy

  • United Kingdom

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

I am able to supervise in any of the above topics, particularly ageing and social care; LGBTQI; mental health; leadership in the public services; arts based pedagogies

Personal profile

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 over 150 publications including 20 key books covering a range of topics on leadership, management, organisational development, feminism, sexual and gender identities, values and ethics, gerontology, 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 was Head of Department for Social Work and Social Policy Jan 2020-Dec 2023 (role-share).

I have been involved in funded research and knowledge exchange by NIHR SSCR; DHSC England; British Academy; IASSW; Comic Relief; EU Cost Action; EU Erasmus Plus, Chief Scientist Office NHS Scotland, Skills for Care and UNITE.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

NVQ Level 4 Human Resource Management (CIPD), Chartered Institute of Personnel Development


Award Date: 20 Apr 2019

Doctor of Education, The Lifelong Learning of Older People using Social Care: Rhetoric or Reality, The Open University

May 2007Oct 2011

Award Date: 1 Feb 2011

PG Cert Advanced Award Social Work: Research with Management, Kingston University


Award Date: 1 Sept 2007

PG Cert Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, London South Bank University

Sept 2004Jul 2005

Award Date: 1 Jul 2005

PG Cert Management in Health and Social Care, University of Westminster

Jan 2003Sept 2004

Award Date: 1 Sept 2004

NVQ Level 4 Human Resource Management (CIPD), Chartered Management Institute


Award Date: 1 Sept 2004

Diploma in Music, The Open University

May 2003May 2004

Award Date: 1 Jul 2004

Master of Arts, Deviancy and Social Policy, Middlesex University London

Sept 1985May 1987

Award Date: 1 Jul 1987

Certificate of Qualification in Social Work, Middlesex University London

Sept 1983May 1985

Award Date: 2 Sept 1985

Bachelor of Arts, Social Science , Middlesex University London

Sept 1981May 1985

Award Date: 1 Aug 1985

State Registered Nurse, Essex Area Health Authority

Sept 1977Sept 1980

Award Date: 2 Sept 1980

External positions

Research Committee Member, British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy

Apr 2019Aug 2021

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
  • Social Gerontology


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