The Care Forum can offer bespoke research help and experience across a whole range of health and social care themes, as well as carry out specific projects on request and provide research opportunities for partner institutions and organisations.
Recent projects include an analysis of perceptions of end of life care need for NHS Bristol and an ESRC-funded research project with the University of Bristol looking at the economic impact of the third sector.
Other specialisms include research into children and young people’s services, transition to adult services, voluntary sector participation in multiagency bodies and infrastructure development.
The Care Forum also carries out various research tasks in the course of its direct services, such as Well Aware, New Routes or the Bristol Local Involvement Network (LINk).
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Dr. Leon Quinn, Ph.D, BA Hons.
Leon is an experienced research consultant and project manager. Recent research projects completed include an assessment of the hospice-PCT funding relationship for the Commission for the Compact and Help the Hospices, as well as work on projects for the Governance Hub, Volunteering England, Capacitybuilders and others. He is currently information and research services manager at The Care Forum.
Deborah Howitt, MA, BA Hons.
Debbie is also a social prescriber here at The Care Forum. Previously she has been an action researcher for ICAS (the Independent Complaints Advocacy Services) and worked on a range of research projects for Bristol Mind and The Care Forum, and also as a community support worker providing outreach services for a housing trust. She has also worked for many years as a freelance trainer and facilitator specialising in mental health.
Jenny Kerridge, MSc, BA Hons.
Jenny is an information officer at the Care Forum. She has recently been involved in a research project based at the University of Bath looking at improving young people’s mental health through education. Prior to this, Jenny’s masters in Health Psychology saw her research people’s experiences of ME. This built upon her undergraduate degree which included an investigation of how young people conceptualise and value health.
Kerri Mann, BSC Hons.
Kerri is a psychology graduate with a specialism in neuroscience. Her degree included a year-long primary research project looking at the relationship between eye disorders and brain development. She is currently health and social care researcher for the Bristol Local Involvement Network which is based at The Care Forum.