Department of Social & Policy Sciences
University of Bath
Louise Brown is a Senior Lecturer in Social Work at the University of Bath. Her background is in child protection practice having worked as a child protection officer for the NSPCC and a number of local authorities in the South West. The lack of a strong evidence-base for her practice led her to start a second career in academia at the Thomas Coram Research Unit, University of London examining the role of expert witnesses in child care proceedings. Currently as a social work academic she is involved in research and education at the University of Bath. She teaches family law and critical appraisal skills to social work students. Louise is one of a small number of social work academics in the UK who have experience of using a wide range of research methods to generate evidence including RCTs', cost-benefit analysis, qualitative approaches and innovatory methods enabling service users to take control of the research process. She has worked on projects funded by the NHS Executive examining the impact of integrated health and social care services on older people living in the community. She has published her work widely, is part of a number of European research networks and is on the Editorial Board of Public Management Review. With over 15 years experience of undertaking service evaluations her current areas of interest are in using innovative models of care to improve practice, innovation and ageing, change management and the use of accreditation to raise quality standards. She has been a Trustee at SCIE since 2010.
As a Fellow, Louise will contribute to the development of NICE's social care work programme.
This page was last updated: 29 March 2011