Professor Catherine Robinson

BA PhD Wales

Name
Catherine Robinson
Position
Professor of Social Policy Research; Co-director Centre for Mental Health and Society
Email
catherine.robinson@bangor.ac.uk
Phone
01248 382238
Location
Neuadd Ogwen

Overview

Catherine graduated with a psychology degree from Bangor University in 1987.  She spent a few years working in the NHS and returned to Bangor School of Social Sciences as a research associate in 1990.   She has followed a somewhat unconventional academic career ever since.

Catherine plays a leading role in social policy research and infrastructure developments to support research in Wales.   Her early research career was in the Centre for Social Policy Research and Development (CSPRD).  She was a founding member of the Institute of Medical and Social Care Research (IMSCaR).  Between 1999 and 2004 Catherine was responsible for the North Wales Research and Development Support Service (NWRDSS) and lead for a small social care research team.  In 2008, her research team joined the College of Business, Social Sciences and Law as part of a strategy to strengthen social care research in Bangor.  She is Co-Director of the Centre for Mental Health and Society, which was formed in 2012. 

Building research capacity has been a consistent feature in her profile. To be successful requires a combination of personal and academic qualities, including the abilities to work effectively with senior colleagues (local and national) and to inspire and encourage peers, early career researchers and postgraduate students.

As Co principal investigator in the National Centre for Mental Health (NCMH) she is Academic Lead for their Service User and Carer Research Partnership.  In North Wales she chairs the research development forum Methods and Research in Service Settings (MARSS) . 

Since the formation of the Centre for Mental Health and Society her international research collaborations have broadened and she is part of an important research partnership between UK researchers and researchers and practitioners in South India. 

Research

Areas of Interest

  • Social care and health care policy, policy implementation and practice development
  • Narrative
  • Professional boundaries
  • Deliberate self harm and suicide
  • Alcohol and death

Current Projects

  • Care of people with enduring mental illness
  • Deliberate self-harm and suicide in South India
  • Professional boundaries around religion and spirituality
  • Evaluation of the crisis care concordat in Wales
  • Development of psychiatry in the UK

Research Grants

National Centre for Mental Health (Jones, I., Robinson, C.A., Lloyd, K., Owen, M., John, A., Jackson, M.) Health and Care Research Wales (£3,000,000) 2015-2018.

Wales Kidney Research Unit (Fraser, D., Philips, A., Topley, N., Chess, J., Noyes, J., Robinson, C.A.) Health and Care Research Wales (£1,492,685) 2015-2018

Development of faculty, strengthening of research capability in Mysore (Raveesh, B.N., Poole, R., Robinson, C.A., Lepping, P.        )British Council            (£20,341) 2014-2015

Improving assessment and treatment of mental disorder after Deliberate Self Harm in South India (Poole, R, Danivas, V, Krishna, M, Robinson, C.A., Sharma, V. & Majige, S). Funded by the Tropical Health Education Trust, DFID/Bangor University, £65,000, 2015-17.

Vulnerable adults and anti-social behaviour: an exploration of current practice. (Krayer, A., Robinson, C.A., Poole, R., Jones, B., Isaac, M., Foulkes, T. & Lacy, F.). NISCHR (£169,495), 2013-2015.

National Institute for Social Care and Health Research, Academic Social Care Collaboration (ASCC) (Robinson, CA., Pithouse, A. and Phillips, J.) NISCHR (792,311) 2012-2015.

Evaluation of Support Time Recovery Scheme for patients placed out of area. (Robinson, C.A. & Poole, R.). Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (£141,000), 2011-2014.

Service provision for people with mental health and substance misuse problems – the relationship between stigma and social exclusion. (Robinson, C.A., Krayer, A., Poole, R & Wolfendale, C). NISCHR 2011/12, (£109,8630), 2011-2013.

Achieving positive changes  in the drinking culture in Wales (Poole, R., Robinson, C.A., Parry, O., Kennedy, L & Tocqu, K.). Alcohol Concern (£30,000), 2010-2011.

Deaths involving Alcohol (DIAL) (Robinson C.A. & Poole R.). Hosted by the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (£143,000), 2010-2011.

Adult survivors and their families: current needs and service responses (Seddon, D, Robinson, C.A. & Gwilym, H.). NISCHR (£123,000), 2010-2012.

Gwent Carers Support Services. (Seddon, D & Robinson, C.A.). Gwent Local Authority (£48,000), 2010.

Alcohol involved deaths: a pilot study (Robinson, C.A.. Slegg, G., Poole, R. & Ruben, S). North Wales Police, (£30,000), 2009.

Carers for people with mental health problems: needs assessment to service provision (Robinson, C.A., Seddon, D. & Bowen, S.). Big Lottery health and social care research fund, (£297,000), 2005-2010.  

Unified assessment in Wales: older people with complex needs and their families (Seddon, D., Robinson, C.A., Tommis, Y & Woods, R). Wales Office of Research and Development (£168,000) 2008-2010.

Willingness to care, needs and quality of life (QoL) amongst family caregivers in cancer  (Morrison, V., Robinson, C.A., Zinovieff & Gollins, S). Wales Office of Research and Development (£164,000) 2008-2010.

All-Wales policy and service related research development and support network for health and social care. (Robinson, C.A., Russell, I., Tommis, Y., Williams, G., Wilkinson, C., Butler, C., Snooks, H & Ford, D), Wales Office of Research and Development, (£3,000,000 - £1,000,000 Bangor) 2004-2009.

 

Publications

Book

Poole, R., Higgo, R. and Robinson, C.A.(2014) Mental Health and Poverty. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.

Peer reviewed papers

Ryan, T., Carden, J., Higgo, R., Poole, R. & Robinson, C.A. (2016) An assessment of need for mental health rehabilitation amongst in-patients in a Welsh region. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 1-7.

Krishna M.,  Rajendra R., Majgi S.M., Heggere N., Parimoo S., Robinson C.A., Poole, R (2014),  Asian Journal of Psychiatry, 12: 134-139.

Rajendra R, Krishna M, Robinson CA, Heggere N, Poole R (2015) A feasibility study to establish a Deliberate Self-harm Register in a state hospital in southern India. British Journal of Medical Practitioners. 8(1): a807

Anne Krayer, Diane Seddon, Catherine A. Robinson & Hefin Gwilym (2015) The Influence of Child Sexual Abuse on the Self from Adult Narrative Perspectives. Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, 24 (2), 135-151.

Seddon, D. and Robinson, C.A. (2014) Carer assessment: continuing tensions and dilemmas for social care practice. Journal of Health and Social care in the Community, Special Edition.

Bailey, J., Poole, R., Ruben, S. & Robinson, C.A. (2012): Is alcohol consumption irrelevant to outcome in anxiety and depression? British Journal of Psychiatry 201: 326

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, Vol. 14 Iss: 2, pp.81 - 92

Parveen, S., Morrison, V. and Robinson, C.A. (2013). "Ethnicity, familism and willingness to care: Important influences on caregiver mood?." Aging & mental health 17.1 (2013): 115-124.

Parveen, S., Morrison, V and Robinson, C.A. (2013). "Does coping mediate the relationship between familism and caregiver outcomes?." Aging & mental health  (2013): 1-5.
Reports

Robinson, C.A., Cahill, D. Nikolopoulos,K et al., (2014)  Evaluating barriers to entering the Assembly: What prevents us from standing? Final Report to the Independent Remuneration Board, Welsh Assembly.                                                                               

Krayer, A., Robinson, CA, Poole, R & Wolvendale, C (2013) Service provision for people with mental health and substance misuse problems – the relationship between stigma and social exclusion. Final Report to the National Institute for Social Care and Health Research.

Bailey, J., Poole, R., Zinovieff, F., Robinson, C.A. Parry, O., Tocque, K. & Kennedy, L (2011) Achieving positive change in the drinking culture in Wales. Alcohol Concern Cymru.

Selection of previous publications

Book

Iphofen, R., Krayer, A. & C. Robinson (2009) Reviewing and reading research. From ideas to findings. Bangor: Bangor University. ISBN 978-1-84220-120-6

Peer reviewed papers

Gray, G., Robinson, C.A., Seddon, D. & Roberts, A. (2008) Invisible children: young carers of parents with mental health problems. Child and Adolescent Mental Health, 13(4), 169-172.

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

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

Gray, G., Robinson, C.A.. Seddon, D. & Roberts, A. (2010) Patterns of exclusion of carers for people with mental health problems- the perspectives of professionals. Journal of Social Work Practice, 24, 475-492.

Parveen, S., Morrison, V., & Robinson, C. A. (2011). Ethnic variations in the caregiver role: A qualitative study. Journal of Health Psychology, 16(6), 862-872.

Poole R, Robinson C & Poole L (2011). The problem with drink. Community Safety, 10, 47-51.

Seddon D, Robinson C.A., Tommis Y., Reeves C, Woods RT & Russell IT (2007) In their own right: assessment of carer needs. British Journal of Social Work, 37,1335–1352.

Seddon, D. Robinson, C.A.; Tommis, Y. Woods, R.T.; Perry, J & Russell, I.T (2009) A Study of the Carers Strategy (2000). Supporting carers in Wales.  British Journal of Social Work, 40, 1470-1487.

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

Tommis, Y., Seddon, D., Woods, B., Robinson, C., Reeves, C. & Russell, I. (2007) Rural-urban differences in the effects on mental well-being of caring for people with stroke or dementia, Journal of Ageing and Mental Health, 11, 743-750.

Tommis Y, Robinson CA, Seddon D, Woods RT, Perry JK & Russell IT (2009) Carers with chronic conditions: changes over time in their physical health. Chronic Illness, 5, 155-164.

Seddon D, Robinson C.A., Tommis Y., Reeves C, Woods RT, Russell IT (2007) ‘In their own right: assessment of carer needs’. British Journal of Social Work 37,1335–1352.

Tommis Y, Robinson CA, Seddon D, Woods RT, Perry JK, Russell IT (2007) ‘Carers with chronic conditions: Changes over time in their physical health’, Chronic Illness, 155-164.

Tommis, Y., Seddon, D., Woods, B., Robinson, C., Reeves, C., Russell, I. (2007) Rural-urban differences in the effects on mental well-being of caring for people with stroke or dementia, Journal of Ageing and Mental Health, 11 (6): 743-750. [1.316. 4]

Seddon, D., Robinson, C.A., Reeves, C., Tommis, Y., Woods, B. and Russell, I. (2006) In their own right: Translating the policy of carer assessment into practice, British Journal of Social Work. 37(8):1335-1352.

Reeves, C., Whitaker, R., Parsonage, R. K., Robinson, C.A., Swale, K. and Bayley, L. (2006) Sexual Health Services and Education: Young People’s Experiences and Preferences. Health Education Journal. 65, 4, 368-379.

Robinson, C.A., Seddon, D., Webb, V., Hill, J. and Soulsby, J. (2003) 'Older people with a sensory impairment: The assessment and management of care', Quality in Ageing, 4 (1) :22-31.

Seddon, D. and Robinson, C.A (2004) Supporting carers in paid employment: needs assessment and service provision, Working with Older People, 8 (2):13-18. 

Seddon, D., Robinson, C.A., Bowen, S. and Boyle, M. (2004) Supporting carers in paid employment: Developing a needs-led approach, Quality in Ageing, 5 (1):14-23.

Robinson, C.A., Seddon, D. and Hill, J. (2002) ‘Community Reablement: Perspectives of Older People and their Carers’, Signpost, 7, (1): 17-19.

Seddon, D. and Robinson, C.A. (2001): Carers of elderly people with dementia: assessment and the Carers Act. Journal of Health and Social Care in the Community, 9(3):151-158.

McGrath, M., Caldock, K., Grant, G., Parry-Jones, B., Ramcharan, P. and Robinson, C.A. (1997) Care Management in Wales - Perceptions of Front-line Workers. Community Care Management and Planning Review, 5(1), 5-13.

Parry-Jones, B., Grant, G., McGrath, M., Caldock, C., Ramcharan, P. and Robinson, C.A. (1998): Stress and job satisfaction among social workers, community nurses and community psychiatric nurses: implications for the care management model, Health and Social Care in the Community, 6, 271-285.

Ramcharan, P., Grant, G., Parry-Jones, B. and Robinson, C.A. (1999) The roles and tasks of care management practitioners in Wales - revisited. Managing Community Care., 7(3), 29-37.

Ramcharan, P., Grant, G., Parry-Jones, B. and Robinson C.A. (1999): The perceptions of frontline workers. Community Care Management and Planning, 5, 5-13.

MacCulloch, M. J., Bailey, J. and Robinson, C.A. (1995): Mentally disordered attackers and killers: Towards a taxonomy. Journal of Forensic Psychiatry, 6, 41-61.

Reports to Government and other bodies

Seddon, D., Krayer, A., Robinson, C., Woods, B. and Tommis, Y. (2010) Unified Assessment in Wales: older people with complex needs and their families. Final Report to NISCHR, Welsh Government.

Zinovieff, F and Robinson C.A. (2010) Delayed Transfers of Care.  Final Report.  Report to the Welsh Government.

Seddon, D., Perry, J. and Robinson, C. (2007) Unified Assessment: Policy, Implementation and Practice.  Final Report to WORD, Welsh Government.

Robinson, C.A., Poole, R., Slegg, G, Ruben, S and Bailey, J (2009) Alcohol Involved Deaths: Pilot Study Report.  Report to the Welsh Assembly Government.

Tommis, Y, Zinovieff, F, Robinson, C.A. and Morgan, R. (2009) Carers Interventions Assessed: Final Report. Report to Welsh Assembly Government.

Tommis, Y., Jones, K and Robinson, C.A. (2009) Determining the health and wellbeing of children and young people living with a parent or guardian with a chronic condition.  Report to Welsh Assembly Government, Office of the Chief Social Research Officer

Tommis, Y., Zinovieff, F., Robinson, C.A., Baker, S., Collis, B. and Naylor, D. (2008) Voluntary Sector Support for People Living with Chronic Conditions across the Pathways of Care. Report to Welsh Assembly Government.

Seddon, D., Robinson, C.A., Tommis, Y., Perry, J., Woods, R.T., Russell, I.T. Reeves, C. and Harper, G. (2008) A study of the effects of the Carers Strategy

in Wales on the needs of carers and the services that they receive.  Report to Welsh Assembly Government.
Collis, B.E., Robinson, C.A. and Baker, S. (2008) 'Designed to Add Value: A Review of the Evidence for the Effectiveness and Added Value of the Voluntary Sector in Providing Health and Social Care Services in Wales'. Internal Policy Report for Welsh Assembly Government.

Seddon, D., Robinson, C.A., Tommis, Y., Woods, B. and Russell, I. Reeves, C., and Perry, J (2007) The modernisation of social care services: a study of the effectiveness of the National Strategy for Carers in meeting carer needs. Report to Department of Health.

Wells, B., Addis, S., Robinson, C.A., Snooks, H., Philipp, R., Thorne, P and Walpole, G (2007) A study to determine the level of occupational health activity in Wales, Report to Welsh Assembly Government .

Porter, A.,Peconi, J., Evans, A. ,Seddon, D. ,Robinson, C.A. , Perry, J. , Windle, G. and Harper, G. (2007) Strategy for Older People in Wales: Interim Review.  Report to Welsh Assembly Government.

Paisley, C., Krayer, A. and Robinson, C.A. (2007) Food and Fitness Grant Scheme: Evaluation Report. Report to Welsh Assembly Government, Health Promotion Division.

Robinson, C.A. and Perry, J (2009) Wrexham Local Health Board’s  Inequalities in Health Project (Caia Park) Independent Review.  Report to Wrexham Local Health Board.

Linck, P., Robinson, C.A, Edwards, R., Napier, B. and Russell, I. (2003) An evaluation of telemedicine activity.  Report to North West Wales NHS Trust. 

Robinson, C.A., Reeves, C. and Seddon, D. (2003) The emotional and mental health needs of children and young people with hearing loss.  Report to the Royal National Institute for the Deaf (RNID).

Seddon, D., Robinson, C.A, Jones, K., Bowen, S. and Boyle, M. (2003) Carers and Employment: Towards an integrated system of support.  Final Report to the Wales Office of Research and Development for Health and Social care.

Williams, L, Parry-Jones, B, Robinson, C A, Wenger, G C and Apsitis, Y (2003) Recruitment and retention of home care workers in Wales.  Final Report to the Wales Office of Research and Development for Health and Social Care.

Hill, J., Robinson, C.A. Soulsby, J., Roberts, S. and Seddon, D. (2002) Evaluation of a joint health and social services reablement scheme: user and carer perspectives. Final Report to the Wales Office of Research and Development for Health and Social Care.

Linck, P., Elliston, P., Robinson, C.A., Miles, L., Parry-Jones, B. and Williams, M. (2002) Researching and developing the collaborative working capabilities of Local Health Groups in Wales.  Final Report to the Wales Office of Research and Development for Health and Social Care. 

Robinson, C.A., Seddon, D., Hill, J., Parsonage, R., Soulsby, J., Wenger, G.C. Webb, V. and White, N. (2001) Assessment and Care Management: The needs of older people with a sensory impairment.  Final Report to the Wales Office of Research and Development for Health and Social Care.

Robinson, C.A., Soulsby, J., Windle, G., Seddon, D. and Roberts, S. (2001) Neath Port Talbot Community Reablement Scheme.  Report to Neath Port Talbot Local Health Group.

Seddon, D., Jones, K., Hill, J. and Robinson, C.A. (2001) A study of young carers in Wales: Policy and practice issues.  Final Report to the Wales Office of Research and Development for Health and Social Care.

Parry-Jones, B., Robinson, C.A. and Lowies, P. (2001) The Monitoring and Evaluation of Domiciliary Social Care in Wales: Part 2. Final Report. Wales Office of Research and Development for Health and Social Care.

Parry-Jones, B., Robinson, C.A. and Soulsby, J. (2000) The Monitoring and Evaluation of Domiciliary Social Care in Wales, Part 1. Final report to the Wales Office of Research and Development for Health and Social Care, Centre for Social Policy Research and Development, University of Wales Bangor.

Parry-Jones, B., Robinson, C.A. and Soulsby, J. (2001) The Monitoring and Evaluation of Domiciliary Social Care in Wales: Part 1. Final report to the Wales Office of Research and Development for Health and Social Care

Parry-Jones, B., Robinson, C.A., Ramcharan, P. and Grant, G. (1998) Assessment and Care Management in Wales: Summary Report. Centre for Social Policy Research and Development, University of Wales Bangor.

Parry-Jones, B., Robinson, C.A., Ramcharan, P. and Grant, G. (1998) The Practitioners’ Voice: Assessment and Care Management in Wales.  Final report to the Wales Office of Research and Development for Health and Social Care, Centre for Social Policy Research and Development, University of Wales Bangor.

Research Students

  • Kayley Taylor - Exploring the financial and well-being benefits of a third sector hospital to home befriending scheme
  • Elizabeth Heyworth - Social care in rural wales
  • Sumaya Farawen  - Women and crime in Libya
  • Jo Caulfield – Student’s sense of belonging
  • Anne Collis – Public consultation and policy development

Recently Completed PhD/Masters Theses (supervisor or thesis committee)

  • Judith Burns  (School of Social Sciences) End of life care in dementia
  • Llinos Jehu (School of Social Sciences) Public sector multi-agency partnerships
  • Izzadin Rasool (School of Social Sciences) Factors in attempted female suicide in the Kurdistan Region – Iraq
  • Wulf Livingstone (School of Social Sciences)  “Not from a Book” - The acquisition of knowledge about alcohol by social workers and its use in practice
  • Sahdia Parveen (School of Psychology) The effect of ethnicity and family values upon willingness to provide care and patient-carer quality of life.  Wales Office of Research and Development studentship
  • Karina Williams (School of Psychology) Assessing the feasibility of implementing a willingness to care questionnaire: A pilot study. ESRC studentship.
  • Anne Cody (School of Healthcare Sciences) The knowledge and practice of health visitors in North Wales: Child Neglect.

Other activities

Conference presentations

Rob Poole and Catherine A Robinson. ‘Problem drinking is not the problem: influencing drinking culture’. Tobacco and Alcohol Learning From Each Other Action ASH Wales/Alcohol Concern Wales International Conference, Cardiff, 12/10/11

Catherine Robinson, Rob Poole, Gary Slegg, Sue Ruben and John Bailey: Alcohol Involved Death Pilot Study. Welsh Assembly Government Ministry of Social Justice, Best Practice in Substance Misuse Annual Conference, Newport, South Wales. 11/2/10

Robinson, C.A. and Seddon, D (2007) “Unified Assessment: from policy to practice” Communities of Practice Conference in collaboration with National Leadership and Innovation Agency, Llandrindod Wells.

Robinson, C.A. (2007) “Young carers for people with mental health problems” Children and Young People Research Network Annual Conference, Cardiff

Robinson, C.A. (2006) “Evaluation of the Carers Strategy” Keynote address, National Conference Crossroads Caring for Carers, 15th November,Coventry.

Seddon, D, Tommis Y and Robinson, C.A. (2006) “Meeting carer need: the effectiveness of the National Strategy for Carers in supporting carers for people with dementia” Alzheimer Europe Conference, Paris.

Tommis, Y, Seddon D, and Robinson, C.A. (2006) Supporting carers for people with dementia in rural settings.British Society of Gerontology Conference, Bangor.

Seddon, D. and Robinson, C.A. (2005) “In their own right: assessing the needs of carers for people with dementia” Alzheimer Europe, Ireland, June.

Robinson, C.A. and Parry-Jones, B. (2001) "Assessment and care management in community care" Wales Office of Research and Development for Health and Social Care/Welsh Local Government Association Conference, Cardiff.

Seddon, D. and Robinson, C.A. (2000) “Carers of elderly people with dementia: assessment and the Carers Act”The Gerontological Society of America 53rd Annual Scientific Meeting Program, Washington DC, 17-21 November.

Robinson, C.A. (2000) "Hospital discharge planning and implementation: perceptions of older people and practitioners" 52nd Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, San Francisco, California, USA, November.

Selected examples of Committee Membership

Committee Membership

  • Social Care Wales/Health and Care Wales Strategy Group 2016-
  • Health and Care Research Wales Social Care Research Delivery Board 2016-
  • National Centre for Mental Health (NCMH) Board Member 2015-
  • Service User and Carer Partnership Committee Member and Academic Lead 2016-
  • Academic Board BCUHB Mental Health and Learning Disabilities CPG Member 2014-
  • Chair Social Work MA Operational Steering Group 2012-2015
  • Chair Method and Research in Service Settings 2012-
  • Bangor University Ethics Committee 2012-2015
  • Bangor University Appeals Committee 2012-2015
  • National Task and Finish Group for Serious and Untoward Incidents in Mental Health 2012-