Our research

We specialise in applied, multi-disciplinary research that addresses local, national and international issues relating to health and social care policy and practice, and other related fields. Our four key areas of research are outlined below.

Our staff have a wide range of research interests alongside their clinical and academic experience. For full details of HHS staff publications please see our Research Repository or individual staff profiles.

Mental health and psychological wellbeing

This multi-disciplinary research group comprises staff from the School of Health and Human Sciences as well as staff from other departments including the Psychology Department and Biological Sciences.

The group has a diverse range of interests across the broad area of mental health and psychological wellbeing with applications for health services, communities, social care and charitable work.

  • Staff

  • Projects & publications


    Publications

    2015

    • Winter, H., Moncrieff, J. and Speed, E. (2015) 'Because You're Worth It': A discourse analysis of the gendered rhetoric of the ADHD woman, Qualitative Research in Psychology, 12(4), 415-434, DOI:10.1080/14780887.2015.1050748.
    • Speed, E. and Harper, D. (2015) Foreword to the Special Issue, Clinical Psychology Forum Special Issue: 'Recovery'?, 268, 1-2.

    2014

    • Speed, E., Moncreiff, J. and Rapley, M. (eds.) (2014) De-Medicalising Misery II: society, politics and the mental health industry, London: Palgrave MacMillan.
    • Burchill, J. & Pevalin D.J. (2014) Demonstrating cultural competence within health visiting practice: Working with refugees and asylum seeker families. Diversity and Equality in Health and Care, 11(2): 151-159

    2013

    • Hiskey, S. & McPherson, S. (2013) That’s Just Life: Older Adult Constructs of Trauma, Ageing and Mental Health, Published online February 2013.
    • Andrews, L., Joseph, S., Troop, N., Van Rooyen, T, Dunn, B.D. & Dalgleish, T. (2013). The structure of avoidance following trauma: Preliminary development of the Posttraumatic Avoidance Scale (PAS). Traumatology, 19, 126-135.
    • McPherson, S.,Clayton, S., Wood, H. , Hiskey, S., Andrews, L. (2013) Childhood experiences of adults with sexual, gambling, drug and/or alcohol difficulties, Journal of Sexual Compulsivity, 20(4), 259-278

    2012

    • Harper, D. and Speed, E. (2012) Uncovering Recovery: The Resistible Rise of Recovery and Resilience, Studies in Social Justice, 6(1): The Politics of Resilience and Recovery in Mental Health Care, 9-26.
    • Taylor D., Carlyle, J., McPherson, S., Rost, F, Thomas, R. (2012) The Tavistock Adult Depression Study (TADS): A randomised controlled trial of psychoanalytic psychotherapy for treatment-resistant/treatment-refractory forms of depression. BMC Psychiatry, 12:60
    • Speed, E. and Taggart, D. (2012) It's your problem but you need us to help you fix it: the paradox at the heart of the IAPT agenda, Asylum Magazine for Democratic Psychiatry - Special Issue on Anti-Capitalism and Mental Health, 19(3), 23-24.

    2011

    • Speed, E. (2011) Discourses of Acceptance and Resistance: Speaking out about Psychiatry, in Mark Rapley, Joanna Moncrieff and Jacqui Dillon (Eds.) (2011) Demedicalising Misery: Psychiatry, Psychology and the Human Condition, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
    • Thompson, H. & McPherson, S. (2011) The experience of living with a foster sibling, as described by the birth children of foster carers: a thematic analysis of the literature, Adoption and Fostering, 35(2), 49-60

    2009

    • Pevalin, D.J. (2009) Housing repossessions, evictions and common mental illness in the UK: results from a household panel study. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 63: 949-951.

    2008

    • Pevalin, D.J., Taylor, M.P. and Todd, J. (2008) The Dynamics of Unhealthy Housing in the United Kingdom: A Panel Data Analysis. Housing Studies, 23: 673-695.

    Ongoing research projects

    • Positive Choices Evaluation - joint project with Suffolk County Council and The Ormiston Trust (Pam Cox, Frances Blumenfeld, Danny Taggart, Caroline Barratt, Jackie Thornton)
    • The Tavistock Adult Depression Study (TADS): A randomised controlled trial of psychoanalytic psychotherapy for treatment-resistant/treatment-refractory forms of depression (Susan McPherson as a member of the research team based at the Tavistock Clinic, led by David Taylor and Peter Fonagy)
    • Exploring the value of facilitation in peer-support groups for people with mental health difficulties (Kerri Walster, Susan McPherson, Caroline Barratt, in collaboration with Colchester MIND)
    • Recovery and Resilience: a sociological critique of strength-based models of mental health, (David Harper [UEL] and Ewen Speed, funded by the Foundation for Sociology of Health and Illness, £2000).

Research for public and patient benefit

The activities within this research group include staff from the School of Health and Human Sciences as well as staff from other departments including Mathematics and Biological Sciences. The activities are broad ranging but have as a focus work that has a clear benefit for patients and the public. Wherever possible these activities will involve patients and health and social care partners in the development, design and implementation of these projects.

  • Staff

  • Projects & publications


    Publications

    2016

    • Georgiadis, A., Corrigan, O. and Speed, E. (2016) Frontline Healthcare Staffs' Experience of Organising Complex Hospital Discharges: An Ethnographic Study, Ethics and Behavior, Online early, DOI: 10.1080/10508422.2016.1200977
    • Speed, E., Davison, C., and Gunnell, C. (2016) The anonymity paradox in patient engagement: reputation, risk and web-based public feedback, Medical Humanities, 42, 135-140, DOI:10.1136/medhum-2015-010823.

    2015

    • Andrews, L., Barlow, R. & Easton, E. (2015). Differences in patient outcomes between a 6, 7 and 8 week pulmonary rehabilitation programme. Physiotherapy101(1), 62-68.

    2014

    • Goffey, A., Pettinger, L. and Speed, E. (2014) Politics, Policy and Privatisation in the Everyday Experience of Big Data in the NHS, Studies in Qualitative Methodology, 13, 31-50. DOI:10.1108/S1042-319220140000013003.

    Projects

    • Ageing and Assisted Living
    • PEBL Project – Patient Engagement and Public Involvement Blogging. A research project concerned with public and patient involvement in local health care commissioning using innovative web based data collection strategy, funded by National Institute of Health Research ‘Research for Patient Benefit’ (RfPB) programme - £137,000 – 36 months, (Ewen Speed in conjunction with Charlie Davison and Ms Caroline Gunnell (West Essex NHS).
    • PEBL AI project – development project in conjunction with colleagues from SHHS, West Essex CCG, and Dept. of Computing Science and Electronic Engineering to develop data mining and data harvesting techniques on patient engagement qualitative materials for use by primary care commissioners, funded by University of Essex Staff development fund - £15,000 (Ewen Speed)
    • Information as a regulatory Device – project in conjunction with colleagues from Essex, Warwick University and University of Nottingham looking at ways in which information is being deployed as a regulatory device within the new NHS commissioning structures, funded by West Essex Clinical Commissioning Group Research Capacity Funding - £9,500 (Ewen Speed)
    • Modified Pilates as an adjunct to Standard Physiotherapy Care for Urinary Incontinence: a pilot study. Funded by National Institute of Health Research ‘Research for Patient Benefit’ (RfPB) programme - £162,637 – 33 months (Jo Jackson, Louise Marsland and Berthold Lausen in conjunction with Samantha Head and Faith Gage, Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust)
    • Longitudinal study of balance and gait of fallers and the effectiveness of falls prevention training. Project in conjunction with staff from Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust and Anglia Community Enterprise. Ageing and Assisted Living Seedcorn Fund - £9962 (Matt Taylor and Jo Jackson)

Social policy and social care

This research group draws from a predominantly social science perspective to explore issues of health and social care in a broadly construed social policy context. Within this stream key areas are interpretive policy analysis, as well as a focus on policy in practice, across a range of practical contexts.

  • Staff

  • Projects & publications


    Publications

    2016

    • Speed, E. (2016) A note on the utility of austerity (editorial) Critical Public Health, 26(1), 1-3, DOI:10.1080/09581596.2015.1109063.

    2015

    • Thiel, D., Speed, E., and Christo, S. (2015) The Impact of Welfare Reform in Essex: A Report for the Essex Housing Officers' Group, (July 1, 2015), Available at Social Science Research Network SSRN.
    • Barratt, C., Green, G. and Speed, E. (2015) Mental health and houses in multiple occupation, Journal of Public Mental Health, 14(2), 107-117, DOI:10.1108/JPMH-11-2013-0070.
    • Glynos, J., Speed, E. and West, K. (2015) Logics of Marginalisation in Health and Social Care Reform: integration, choice and provider blind provision, Critical Social Policy, 35(1), 45-68, DOI:10.1177/02610183145599.

    2014

    • Scambler, G., Scambler, S. and Speed, E. (2014) Civil Society and the Health and Social Care Act in England and Wales: theory and praxis for the twenty-first century, Social Science and Medicine, 123, 210-216, DOI:10.1016/j.socscimed.2014.07.035.

    2013

    • Speed, E. and Gabe. J. (2013) The Health and Social Care Act for England 2012: the extension of 'new professionalism', Critical Social Policy, 33(3), 566-576
    • Rumble, C. and Pevalin D.J. (2013) Widening inequalities in the risk factors for cardiovascular disease amongst men in England between 1998 and 2006. Public Health, 127:27-31

    2012

    • Barratt, C., Kitcher, C. and J. Stewart. 2012. Beyond safety to wellbeing: How local authorities can mitigate the mental health risks of living in houses in multiple occupation. Journal of Environmental Health Research 12(1): 39-51
    • Burchill, J. and Pevalin D. (2012) Barriers to effective practice for health visitors working with asylum seekers and refugees. Community Practitioner, 85(7): 20-24.
    • Glynos, J. and Speed, E. (2012) Varieties of Co-Production in Public Services: Time Banks in a UK Health Policy Context, Critical Policy Studies, 6(4), 402-433.

    2011

    • Speed, E. (2011) Applying Soft Bureaucracy to Rhetorics of Choice: UK NHS 1983-2007, in Stewart Clegg, Martin Harris and Harro Höpfl (Eds.) Managing Modernity: The End of Bureaucracy? Oxford, Oxford University Press.

    2008

    • Backman, G., Hunt, P., Khosla, R., Jaramillo-Strouss, C., Fikre, B.M., Rumble, C., Pevalin, D., Paez, D.A., Pineda, M.A., Frisancho, A., Tarco, D., Motlagh, M., Farcasanu, D., and Vladescu, C. (2008) Health Systems and the Right to Health: An Assessment of 194 Countries. Lancet, 372(9655): 2047-85.

    Projects

    • Knowledge Transfer Partnership exploring the issue of mental health amongst residents of Houses of Multiple Occupation (Caroline Barratt, Gill Green and Ewen Speed in conjunction with Tendring District Council, £140,000 – completed August 2013).
    • Knowledge Transfer Partnership looking at the impact of welfare reforms (such as spare room subsidy) upon social housing tenants (Ewen Speed in conjunction with Darren Thiel (sociology) and Colne Housing Association - £120,000 18 months ongoing)

Health professions education (HPE) and workforce development research

Regional, national and global provision of health and social care struggle to keep pace with the increasingly complex needs of the populations they serve. Preparing the current and future workforce to rise to these challenges requires a robust evidence base and critical analyses of educational and workforce policy. Working collaboratively with service users, the public, commissioners and colleagues in partner organisations – locally and globally – our research is informed by, and impacts upon, both policy and practice. Our researchers are drawn from a wide range of practical, professional and academic disciplines and are engaged in diverse health professions educational research and workforce development activities. The School leads a consortium International Collaborating Centre as part of the BEME Collaboration.

The Research Repository

Our Research Repository contains an extensive range of publications by researchers from within our School. In the Repository you can access leading Health and Human Science papers and see the wide variety of fields that our academics research and publish in.

An example of research within the School

In this video Professor Gillian Green tells us more about her research into the social experience of living with long-term illness. Her interest in this area of research came about from her involvement in a project which looked at the experiences of people living with HIV and AIDS.