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).
Melanie undertakes a wide range of research and analysis on health and social care issues and has particular interests 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. Her clients include: Central Government departments; national charities and NGOs; and health and local authorities.
She has been a Specialist Adviser to the House of Commons Health Select Committee, and an adviser to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. Between 2002 and 2010 Melanie was a lay member of the General Social Care Council (GSCC - the workforce regulator for social workers), and was Vice Chair from 2008. From 2007 to 2011 Melanie chaired the Advisory Group on Independent Living (AGIL) at the Multiple Sclerosis Society.
In addition to working on her own, Melanie also works on occasion with various colleagues and associates. She has been a visiting fellow with the Personal Social Services Research Unit of the London School of Economics, and also previously held visiting fellowships with the Nuffield Institute of the University of Leeds , and with the Social Policy Research Centre, University of New South Wales, Australia.
Some of Melanie's recent reports are available here. Melanie is also a regular contributor to The Guardian Social Care Network.
In the New Year Honours list of December 2008 Melanie was honoured to receive an OBE for Services to Social Care. She received her honour at Buckingham Palace in March 2009 (above).
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.
A number of pilot projects were funded by Skills for Care through 2013/14 to develop Dementia Friendly Communities.
The dementia challenge is about much more than awareness raising - where do we go from here?
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