Peter Huxley

Peter Huxley

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I qualified with a Sociology degree from Reading university in 1968. I then worked as a Mental Welfare Officer for Cheshire County Council in Stalybridge. I qualified as a social worker at Manchester University. I have over 40 years practice and research experience. In addition, I was a  non-executive  Director of  an NHS Trust (Mental Health Services Salford) and a Social Services Manager  in Manchester from 1976-1984.

I have an established international research reputation that spans the social care field and mental health. I was the first Professor of Psychiatric Social Work in the UK and the first social worker to be Head of an academic department of Psychiatry in the UK in Manchester (School of Psychiatry and Behavioural Sciences). I was the first Professor of Social Work at the Institute of Psychiatry in London from 1999 until 2006 when I relocated to Swansea University.

I have worked with, researched and published about various groups including children, people with learning disability, adults and children with mental health problems and older people with and without mental health problems. I am well used to bringing a social care perspective into health settings, and my quantitative research skills enable me to appraise almost all statistical methods and results reported in research papers and grant submissions. I have also trained in systematic review methods (see later) and in the use of qualitative research methods and proprietor packages such as Nvivo.

I provide external expert peer review for research grant applications to the ESRC and have held two ESRC grants, one on urban regeneration and mental health and the other on a Chinese translation of our latest social inclusion measure.

I review academic research papers for Psychiatric Services, Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, the  British Journal of Psychiatry, Health and Social Care in the Community, the British Journal of Social Work, the Social Work Journal, Social Work and Social Science Review and a number of health service and policy journals.









SWISH (Social Work Intervention following Self-harm) NISCHR (WG) Social Care Research Fund. 2013-2015 £207,000.

DISSECT (Dementia: Improving Staff Stress and Satisfaction - Evaluation by Cluster Trial (co-app), £273K from NISCHR (WG).  2012-2015

SCOPE-C the development of a Chinese language version of the SCOPE for NGO services in Hong Kong, £125k from ESRC.  2012-2014


PRISMATIC (PI Helen Snooks) SDO grant £500,000.  2010-2014

DeCoDer (Debt Counselling for depression in primary care (£2m) PI Mark Gabbay, University of Liverpool. 2013-2017

PARTNERS2: development and pilot trial of primary care based collaborative care for people with serious mental illness (co-app), £1.9m NIHR England.  PI Max Birchwood, Birmingham University (now Warwick).  2012-2017

SNA for modelling integrated social care service.  PI A Orrel.  Wales Government, £215,852.  01/10/16 - 30/09/18

SASHI South Asia Self Harm Research capability building.  PI Catherine Robinson, MRC £1,565,107.  01/04/17 - 31/03/21

SASHI extension.  PI Catherine Robinson, MRC £181,970.  01/10/17 - 30/09/21 

National Centre for Mental Health (NCMH), PI Catherine Robinson, Wales Government 01/04/15 - 31/03/18

National Centre for Mental Health (NCMH), PI Catherine Robinson, Wales Government 01/04/18 - 31/03/20 £8761



Ahmed N., John A.... Huxley P. et al (2017) Investigating the feasibility of an enhanced contact intervention in self-harm and suicidal behaviour: a protocol for a randomised controlled trial delivering a Social Support and Wellbeing Intervention following Self-Harm (SWISH) on June 27, 2017

Gabbay M.B., Ring A., Byng R., Anderson P., Taylor R.S., Matthews C., Huxley P., et al.  (2017) Debt Counselling for Depression in Primary Care: an adaptive randomised controlled pilot trial (DeCoDer study).  Health Technol Assess 2017; 21(X)

Islam M.S., Baker C., Huxley P., Russel I.T., Dennis M.S., (2017) The nature, characteristics and associations of care home staff stress and wellbeing: a national survey.  BMC Nursing 2017; 16:22.  DOI:10.1186/s12912-017-0216-4

Marcus Y. L. Chiu, Keng H. Lim, Kara Chan, Sherrill Evans & Peter J. Huxley (2016) What does social inclusion mean to Singaporeans?  A qualitative study of the concept of social inclusion.  Asia Pacific Journal of Social Work and Development 26: 2-3:64-76.  Special Issue:  Social inclusion - the Asian Experience Published on line: 11th August 2016.

Christine Baker, Peter Huxley, Michael Dennis, Saiful Islam and Ian Russell (2015) Alleviating staff stress in care homes for people with dementia: protocol for stepped-wedge cluster randomised trial to evaluate a web based Mindfulness-Stress Reduction course BMC Psychiatry.  Published on 21 December 2015.

Huxley P., Chan K., Chiu M.Y., Evans S., and Ma S., (2016).  The social and community opportunities profile (SCOPE) social inclusion measure: structural equivalence in community mental health residents in Hong Kong and the UK.  International Journal of Social Psychiatry.  Published online before print October 21, 2015, doi: 10.1177/0020764015607550 Int J Soc Psychiatry October 21, 2015 0020764015607550 2016, Vol. 62(2) 133-140.

Chan K, Evans S, Marcus Yu-Lung Chiu, Huxley P.J., Yu-Leung NG (2015) Social inclusion and health conditions among Chinese immigrants in Hong Kong and the United Kingdom: An exploratory study.  Social Indicators Research.  First Online March 2 2015 Social Indicators Research March 2016, volume 126, Issue 2, pp657-672

Keeley T., Humera Khan, Vanessa Pinfold, Paula Williamson, Jonathan Mathers, Linda Davies, Ruth Sayers, Elizabeth England, Siobhan Reilly, Richard Byng, Linda Gask, Mike Clark, Peter Huxley, Peter Lewis, Maximillian Birchwood, Melanie Calvert (2015) Core outcome sets for use in effectiveness trials involving people with bipolar and schizophrenia in a community based setting (PARTNERS 2): study protocol for the development of two core outcome sets.  Trials 2015, 16:47 (12 February 2015) DOI: 10.1186/s13063-015-0553-0

Chan, K., Chiu, M., Evans, S., Huxley, P., & Ng, Y. (2015).  Application of SCOPE-C to measure soical inclusion among mental health service users in Hong Kong.  Community Mental Health Journal.

Chan, K., Sherrill Evans, Yu-Leung Ng, Marcus Yu-Lung Chiu, Peter Huxley (2014).  A concept mapping study on social inclusion in Hong Kong.  Social Indicators Research, vol. 119 (1): 121-137.

Chan, K., Sherrill Evans, Marcus Yu-Lung Chiu, Peter Huxley & Yu-Leung Ng (2014)  Relationship between Health, Experience of Discrimination, and Social Inclusion Among mental Health Service Users in Hong Kong.  Social Indicators Research 124(1), 127-139.  First Online.  October 2014.  DOI:10.1007/s11205-14-0780-x





Research career

I received my first research grant in 1984 from the Department of Health in England, and I have been involved in large scale funded research projects ever since. One of the most notable was the UK700 trial of case management. This was a collaboration between Manchester and London universities, funded by the DH (£1m+). Another was the ESRC funded project on Urban Regeneration in Manchester which was part of the ESRC Health Variations Programme.

My total income as PI or Co-I is in excess of £25m. I have developed several psychometrically robust outcome measures. The latest, a measure of social inclusion, was published last year by the NIHR HTA.

I am one of a  few social scientists in the world to have a long and distinguished career working with academic and clinical psychiatrists and social workers. I have a sustained interest in multidisciplinary social work practice and research. I believe that this produces the best social care research, rather than stand alone disciplinarity favoured by some social work academics in the UK.

This interest is in no small measure due to my collaboration with Professor Sir David Goldberg and the two influential texts we co-wrote in the 1980s and 1990s ‘Mental Illness in the Community: The Pathway to Psychiatric Care’ and  ‘Common Mental Disorders: a biosocial model’. It is not an exaggeration to say that the first book was a major achievement and contributed to a significant change of emphasis in clinical services in the UK and beyond, to a  more primary care and community oriented practice. It influenced all the disciplines involved in mental health care. The terminology and the model espoused in the second book was also a step forward, and now those disorders of anxiety and depression and the mixture of both is widely accepted  worldwide (except perhaps in the USA) as ‘common mental disorder’.

Since then I have continued international research collaborations with Dr Richard Warner in the USA, Professor Stephan Priebe (while he was in Berlin) and more recently with Dr Marcus Chiu in the Baptist University School of Social Work, in Hong Kong; I have published in peer reviewed social care and psychiatric journals with all of them. Most recently my main collaborator Dr Sherrill Evans and I have developed a working relationship with Robert Bland Professor of Social Work at the University of Queensland , providing expert input to a programme of post graduate research methods training, for social work PhD students in Australian Universities.

My personal research skills set include both qualitative and quantitative research methods (Nvivo; SPSS; Excel; STATA (basic); descriptive statistics, multi-variate statistics (including regression and cluster analysis, and multi level modelling (basic). I have undertaken systematic reviews and Cochrane review training with the Schizophrenia group in Oxford.





Review of Recovery from Schizophrenia (Richard Warner MD) - with Anne Krayer and Sanjaya Arya.  An update of Richard Warner's review of research into schizophrenia outcomes.  Conference papers: The MHS Sydney August 2017; Berlin SPA October 2017. H & CRC funded.

Mindfulness and burnout in professional trainees - PhD Ana Cristina.  FAPESP (Brazil) funded.  2016 - 2018.  Examination of the relationship between stress, mindfulness, self-compassion and burnout in social work and nursing students at different stages of training.

The development and use of the SCOPE-Br (Social and Community Opportunities Profile - Brazil) Jussara Santos FAPESP (Brazil) funded fellowship.  2017.  Translation and data collection from people with mental health prolems in community psychosocial services (SAPS) in Sao Paulo.

PARTNERS 2: development and pilot trial of primary care based collaborative care for people with serious mental illness (co-app), £1.9 m NIHR England, 2014-2019. Cl Max Birchwood, Warwick University, Publication:


Out of area placements - with John Carden and Tony Ryan.  Applying to NIHR.

ESRC-FAPESP bid in preparation with the University of Sao Paulo.  To repeat SCOP-Br data gathering in four more Brazillian regions.

Development and use of the SCOPE in Poland Kara Chan, Marcus Chiu (Hong Kong) LEWI funded.

Recently Completed

SWISH (Social Work Intervention following Self-harm) NISCHR (WG) Social Care Research Fund. 2013-2015 £207,000.  Randomised trial of control vs a new intervention (combining brief intervention, monitoring, signposting and regular follow up) for adults who self-harm.  Publications in preparation.

DISSECT (Dementia: Improving Staff Stress and Satisfaction - Evaluation by Cluster Trial (co-app), £273K from NISCHR (WG).  2012-2015.  National Survey (Wales) of care home staff stress and an intervention cluster trial of mindfulness training.  Publication in preparation.

DeCoDer (Debt counselling for depression in primary care (£2m) CI Mark Gabbay, University of Liverpool. 2013-2017.  Feasibility cluster trial of debt counselling in primary care settings.  Final Report submitted to HTA.  Publications in preparation.