Melanie Henwood Associates - Health & Social Care Consultancy

Melanie Henwood Associates

Health & Social Care Consultancy

I have been an independent consultant since 1991 and I und‚Äčertake a wide range of research and analysis on health and social care issues. I am particularly interested in: the health and social care interface, especially in relation to services for older people; the personalisation transformation in social care; eligibility and fair access; and the social care workforce. My clients include: Central Government departments; national charities and NGOs; and health and local authorities. My work typically involves qualitative methods that enable people to tell their own powerful stories. 

Please get in touch with me if you wish to discuss commissioning any research or analysis.

Since 2020 I have also been an Associate Consultant with the Institute of Public Care (IPC) at Oxford Brookes University 

Below - graduating with my Doctorate at Canterbury Cathedral, 15 July 2016.


graduating with my Doctorate at Canterbury Cathedral, 15 July 2016.

Recent Updates

Long-term care and short-term thinking

22 November 2017

The announcement on 16th November 2017 that a green paper on social care for older people will be published by next summer is a familiar tale. We have been around this issue multiple times over the past two decades. The case for an equitable, transparent and sustainable solution is self-evident and demands cross-party support.

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Organ Donation: Opting in or out?

27 October 2017

Organ (and blood) donation is of vital importance, but should it remain voluntary, rather than on the basis of presumed consent?

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NHS Continuing healthcare funding

11 July 2017

Funding for NHS continuing care is anomalous, irregular and often baffling for those trying to get support from the system, why are these issues still recurring over many years?

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Grenfell Tower Tragedy

21 June 2017

The response to the Grenfell Tower fire in the days that followed appearared chaotic, and a contrast with other major emergency response. What went wrong?

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About Melanie Henwood

Melanie Henwood - Health and Social Care Consultant

Melanie Henwood established her health and social care consultancy in 1991; prior to that she held posts at the King's Fund (1989-1991), the Family Policy Studies Centre (1983-1989), and the University of Bath (1981-1983).

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Recent Work

Seeing the Wood for the Trees: Scoping review on carer-related knowledge October 2017

This scoping review is a major piece of research undertaken by Melanie Henwood, in conjunction with Dr Mary Larkin (The Open University) and Prof Alisoun Milne (University of Kent). This NIHR-SSCR funded scoping review provides a comprehensive and unique mapping of what is known about carers and caring, and aims to help inform policy, practice and research in relation to carers. The review was undertaken by searching 10 electronic bibliographic databases, supplemented by additional web searches to identify academic research, grey literature and wider knowledge.

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Dementia Friendly Communities & Skills for Care May 2015

A number of pilot projects were funded by Skills for Care through 2013/14 to develop Dementia Friendly Communities.

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Blog: Dementia awareness and beyond May 2015

The dementia challenge is about much more than awareness raising - where do we go from here?

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