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Diane Seddon

Member, CFMHAS

Senior Research Fellow, School of Social Sciences

BA, PhD (Wales)
Bangor University

d.seddon@bangor.ac.uk

01248 388 220

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Overview

Diane's research interests include: carers and caregiving; assessment and care management; dementia; the health and social care interface; and, nursing and residential care home provision. She has been involved in the development of a successful research programme relating to carers, which has attracted research grants from a wide range of funding bodies, including the Department of Health, Welsh Government and the Big Lottery Fund. Diane has advised on national policy development, including as a Specialist Advisor on domiciliary care to the Welsh Affairs Select Committee, House of Commons. She has also led reviews of national policy implementation, including the evaluation of the National Carers Strategies in England for the Department of Health and in Wales for the Welsh Assembly Government, as well as the Pan-Wales evaluation of the Unified Assessment Process.  Other  research looks at support for adult survivors of child abuse.

Appointments

Senior Research Fellow, School of Social Sciences, Bangor University

Publications

Journal articles

Seddon, D., Krayer, A., Robinson, C., Woods, B. & Tommis, Y (2013). Care coordination: translating policy into practice for older people. Quality in Ageing and Older Adults, 14 (2), earlycite.

Gray, B., Robinson, C., Seddon, D. and Roberts, A. (2011) Patterns of Exclusion of Carers for People with Mental Health Problems - The Perspectives of Professionals. Journal of Social Work Practice, 24(4), 475-492.

Seddon D., Robinson, C.A. and Perry J. (2010) Unified Assessment – Policy, Implementation and Practice, British Journal of Social Work, 40: 207-225.

Seddon, D., Robinson, C., Tommis, Y., Woods, B., Perry, J. and Russell, I. (2010) A study of the Carers Strategy 2000: Supporting Carers in Wales, British Journal of Social Work, 40 (5): 1470-1487.

Seddon, D. and Harper, G. (2009) What works well in community care? Supporting older people in their own homes and community networks, Quality in Ageing, 10 (4):8-17.

Tommis, Y., Robinson, C.A., Seddon, D., Woods, B. Perry, J. and Russell, I. (2009) Carers with chronic conditions: changes over time in their physical health  Chronic Illness, 155-164.

Gray, B., Robinson, C. A., Seddon, D. and Roberts, A. (2009), An emotive subject: insights from social, voluntary and healthcare professionals into the feelings of family carers for people with mental health problems. Health & Social Care in the Community, 17: 125–132.

Gray, B., Robinson, C., Seddon, D. and Roberts, A. (2008) Invisible Children: Young Carers of Parents with Mental Health Problems, Child and Adolescent Mental Health, 13(4):169-172.

Gray, B., Robinson, C., Seddon, D. and Roberts, A. (2008) Confidentiality Smokescreens and Carers for People with Mental Health Problems: The Perspectives of Professionals, Health and Social Care in the Community, 16 (4), 378-387.

Books

Woods, B., Keady, J. and Seddon, D. (2008) Involving Families in Care Homes: A relationship-centred approach to dementia care.  London, Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Research Reports

Win Tadd, Robert Woods, Martin O’Neill, Gill Windle, Simon Read, Diane Seddon, Charlotte Hall and Tony Bayer (2012). Promoting Excellence in All Care Homes.  Department of Health.

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Research

Research Interests
  • Carers and caregiving.
  • Assessment and care management
  • Dementia.
  • The health and social care interface.
  • Nursing and residential care home provision.

 

Current Projects

Effective Interventions for Carers in the Twenty First Century: Developing the Evidence Base. ESRC Seminar Series, 2012-2013.  £15,299. (Co-applicant)

Care giver experience in Huntington’s disease – A feasibility study. BCUHB. 2012-2013. £19,980. (Co-applicant)

Wales Dementias and Neurological Diseases Registered Research Group. National Institute for Social Care and Health Research. 2010-15.  £583,763. (Co-applicant)

Completed Projects

Independent Domestic Violence Advisory Service – Assessing implementation and impact. Wrexham Community Safety Partnership on behalf of the North Wales Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Forum.  2012. £10,000 (Lead applicant)

Carer Support Project.  Tender funded by Gwent Consortia. 2011-2012. £48,416. (Lead applicant)

Adult survivors and their families: current needs and service responses. National Institute for Social Care and Health Research. 2010-2011.  £123,711. (Lead applicant)

Promoting Excellence in All Care Homes.  Department of Health. 2009/11. £485,000. (Co-applicant)

Unified Assessment in Wales: older people with complex needs and their families. WORD.  2008-2010.  £168,178. (Lead applicant)

Dementia and Neurodegenerative Diseases Research Network for Wales. WORD. 2005/08.  £239,467. (Co-applicant)

Carers for people with mental health problems: needs assessment to service provision.  Big Lottery Fund. 2004/2010. £297,591.

A study of the effects of the Carers Strategy in Wales on the needs of carers and the services that they receive.  WORD. 2002-08.  £347,260. (Lead applicant)

The modernisation of social care services: A study of the effectiveness of the National Strategy for Carers in meeting carer needs.  Department of Health. 2003-06. £331,570. (Lead applicant)

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Activities

Committee Memberships

Chair, College of Business Law Education and Social Sciences Research Ethics Committee

Member, Bangor University Ethics Committee

Chair, Carers Outreach Service North West Wales

NISCHR (Welsh Government) Social Care Research Grants Committee

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Students

Supervision

PhD:

  • Kayley Taylor: The Role of Voluntary Services: Hospital Discharge, Delayed Transfer of Care and Emergency Readmission.
  • Liz Heyworth: Life After Stroke in a Rural Area: a case study approach.

 

MA:

  • Louise Prendergast (Social Policy)
  • Lowri Francis (Social Policy)
  • Tracey Evans (Social Work)
  • Sarah Palmer (Social Work)

 

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Teaching

SXP4001 Key Issues in Social Policy

SXW4009 The Research Process

SXP4027 Dimensions of Social Policy Research

SXU2010 Dissertation Preparation

SXP2030 Volunteer Engagement in Europe

SXU3010 Dissertation

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