Dr Diane Seddon

BA PhD Wales 

Name
Dr Diane Seddon
Position
Reader and Social Care Research Lead, Wales Centre for Ageing and Dementia Research
Email
d.seddon@bangor.ac.uk
Phone
01248 388 220
Location
Room 206, Ogwen

Overview

Diane has taken a leading role in the development of a successful social care research programme, which has attracted significant research grant monies from a wide range of funding bodies, including the Department of Health, Welsh Government, National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and the ESRC. Her research interests include carers, assessment and care management, the health and social care interface and the social care workforce.

With a strong commitment to and established track record of completing policy relevant research, Diane has advised on national policy development, including as a Specialist Advisor on domiciliary care to the Welsh Affairs Select Committee, House of Commons. She has also led reviews of national policy implementation, including the evaluation of the National Carers Strategies in England for the Department of Health and in Wales for the Welsh Government, as well as the Pan-Wales evaluation of assessment and care management arrangements for people with complex care needs.

As the Social Care Research Lead for the Wales Centre for Ageing and Dementia Research, Diane is involved in a number of collaborative studies with academic and practice partners. This includes work with Mencap Cymru looking at the experiences of people with learning disabilities following the Social Services and Wellbeing Act, with a particular focus on safeguarding. She is also working with colleagues in Healthcare Sciences at Bangor to evaluate the impact of a joint social care and NHS initiative to promote social participation and patient activation for older people in North Wales.

Research

As Principle Investigator

Everyday lives: exploring the experiences of people with a learning disability in the early stages of the new Social Services and Wellbeing Act (2014) Wales. KESS European funding, secured in collaboration with Mencap Cymru (2016/2019; £48,537).

Independent Domestic Violence Advisors in North Wales – Assessing implementation and impact. Tender funded by Wrexham Community Safety Partnership on behalf of the North Wales Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Forum. £9,834

Carer Support Project. Tender funded by Gwent consortia 2011/2012. £48,416.

Adult survivors and their families: current needs and service responses. National Institute for Social Care and Health Research. 2010/ 2011. £123,711.

Unified Assessment in Wales: older people with complex needs and their families. WORD. 2008/2010. £168,178.

Unified Assessment – Policy Implementation and Practice. Funded via AWARD Core Contract. 01/07-10/07.

The modernisation of social care services: A study of the effectiveness of the National Strategy for Carers in meeting carer needs. Modernising Adult Social Care Research Programme, Department of Health. 2003/06. £331,570.

A study of the effects of the Carers Strategy in Wales on the needs of carers and the services that they receive. WORD. 2002/08, £347,260.

An analysis of the Carers Special Grant Scheme and consultation processes used for the Carers Special Grant. WORD. 2002/03. £46,646.

Carers in employment: Towards an integrated system of support. WORD. 2001/03. £99,593.

Supporting parent carers in paid employment: A qualitative study. WORD. 2001. £9,726.

A Study of Young Carers in Wales. WORD. 2000/01. £25,224.

Entry to long-term care: Developing a proactive response to carers of older people. National Lottery Charities Board, 1999/2001. £96,330.

As Co-Investigator

Wales Centre for Ageing and Dementia Research, Health and Care Research Wales (Welsh Government) 2015/2018; £1.8 million.

Evaluating the impact of a joint social care and NHS initiative to promote social participation and patient activation for older people in North Wales, Health and Care Research Wales (Welsh Government) 2016/2018; £240,481.

Data linkage in Social Care - piloting innovative methods to link anonymised health and social care data, Health and Care Research Wales (Welsh Government) 2013/2016; £151,079.

Leisure and social activities after stroke - devising and evaluating a peer led intervention for people affected by stroke, Health and Care Research Wales (Welsh Government) 2013/2016; £138,622.

Improving skills and care standards in the clinical support workforce. National Institute for Health Research. 2013/2015. £120,000.

Effective Interventions for Carers in the Twenty First Century: Developing the Evidence Base. ESRC Seminar Series. £15,299.

Wales Dementias and Neurological Diseases Registered Research Group. National Institute for Social Care and Health Research. 2010/15. £583,763.

Promoting Excellence in All Care Homes. Department of Health. 2009/11. £473,000.

Carers for people with mental health problems: needs assessment to service provision. Big Lottery Fund. 2005/10, £297,591.

Dementia and Neurodegenerative Diseases Research Network for Wales. WORD. 2005/08. £239,467.

Scoping study to determine the feasibility of an Older People and Ageing Research Network. WORD. 2005. £20,000.

Scoping study to determine the feasibility of a Wales Dementia Research Network. WORD. 2005. £19,665.

Meeting the needs of children and young people: a multi-sectoral perspective. Conwy Social Services Department. 2003. £31,501.

Promoting the health and wellbeing of disadvantaged groups in Wales. WORD. 2002. £19,826.

Evaluation of a joint health and social services community reablement scheme: user and carer perspectives. WORD. 2001. £9,803.

Publications

Peer reviewed papers

Rycroft-Malone, J., Burton, C., Williams, L., Edwards, S., Fisher, D., Hall, B., McCormack, B., Nutley, S., Seddon, D. and Williams, R. (2016) Improving skills and care standards in the support workforce for older people: a realist synthesis of workforce development interventions. Health Services and Delivery Research Volume: 4 Issue: 12.

Williams, L., Rycroft-Malone, J., Burton, C., Edwards, S., Fisher, D., Hall, B., McCormack, B., Nutley, S., Seddon, D., and Williams, R. (2016) Improving Skills and Care Standards in the Support Workforce for Older People. British Medical Journal Open. BMJ Open 2016; 6:e011964; doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2016-011964.

Seddon, D. and Robinson, C. (2015) Carer assessment: continuing tensions and dilemmas for social care practice. Journal of Health and Social care in the Community, 23 (1):14-22, Special Edition.

Krayer, A., Seddon, D., Robinson, C. and Gwylim, H. (2015) Unfolding lives: the influence of childhood sexual abuse on the self from adult narrative perspectives. Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, 24 (2): 135-151.

Rycroft-Malone, J., Burton, C., Hall, B., McCormack, B., Nutley, S., Seddon, D. and Williams, L. (2014) Improving skills and care standards in the support workforce for older people: a realist review. British Medical Journal Open, (4): 1-7.

Seddon, D., Krayer, A., Robinson, C., Woods, B. and Tommis, Y. (2013) Care coordination: translating policy into practice for older people, Journal of Quality in Ageing and Older Adults, 14 (2): 81 – 92.

Gray, B., Robinson, C., Seddon, D. and Roberts, A. (2011) Patterns of Exclusion of Carers for People with Mental Health Problems- The Perspectives of Professionals. Journal of Social Work Practice. Published on-line 12th February 2011, pages 1-18.

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

Seddon, D., Robinson, C., Tommis, Y., Woods, B., Perry, J. and Russell, I. (2010) A study of the Carers Strategy 2000: Supporting Carers in Wales, British Journal of Social Work, 40 (5): 1470-1487.

Seddon, D. and Harper, G. (2009) What works well in community care? Supporting older people in their own homes and community networks, Journal of Quality in Ageing and Older Adults, 10 (4):8-17.

Tommis, Y., Robinson, C.A., Seddon, D., Woods, B. Perry, J. and Russell, I. (2009) Carers with chronic conditions: Who cares? Chronic Illness, 155-164.

Gray, B., Robinson, C., Seddon, D. and Roberts, A. (2008) Invisible Children: Young Carers of Parents with Mental Health Problems, Child and Adolescent Mental Health, 13 (4):169-172.

Gray, B., Robinson, C., Seddon, D. and 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., and Seddon, D. (2008) 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 (2):125-132.

Seddon, D., Robinson, C.A., Reeves, C., Tommis, Y., Woods, B. and Russell, I. (2007) In their own right: Translating the policy of carer assessment into practice, British Journal of Social Work, 37 (8): 1335-1352.

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.

Leeson, S.C., Edmondson, R.J., Heatley, M., Rollason, T., Reynolds K., Seddon, D., Whitaker, R. and Kehoe, S. (2006) Guidelines for Gynaecological Cancer – an Audit of Current Network Documents in England and Wales, International Journal of Gynaecology and Oncology, 16: 470-47.

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

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

Seddon, D., Jones, K. and Boyle, M. (2002) Committed to caring: carer experiences following the admission of a relative into nursing or residential care, Journal of Quality in Ageing in Older Adults, 3 (3): 16-26.

Wenger, G.C., Scott, A. and Seddon, D. (2002) The experience of caring for older people with dementia in a rural area: Using services, Journal of Ageing and Mental Health, 6 (1): 30-38.

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

Books

Woods, B., Keady, J. and Seddon, D. (2008) Involving Families in Care Homes: A relationship-centred approach to dementia care. London, Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Book chapters

Seddon, D. and Robinson, C. (2005) Carers and Caregiving in the Context of Intermediate and Continuing Care, in Roe, B. and Beech, R. (Eds.) Intermediate and Continuing Care: Policy and Practice. Oxford, Blackwells.

Seddon, D. (1999) ‘Negotiating Caregiving and Employment’, in S. Cox and J. Keady (Eds.) Younger People with Dementia: Planning, Practice and Development. (Chapter Ten). London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Activities

Module Coordinator Postgraduate:

  • SXW 4109 The Research Process (MA Social Work)
  • SXP 4028 Policy, Research and Evaluation (with Anne Krayer)

Module Coordinator Undergraduate:

  • SXU 3010 Dissertation
  • SXU 2010 Dissertation Preparation

Other activities:

Bangor University:

  • Examinations Officer, School of Social Sciences

  • Member, School of Social Sciences Research Ethics Committee
  • Member, Bangor University Ethics Committee
  • Member, Bangor University Security Sensitive Research Group

External:

  • Social Care Research Lead, Wales Centre for Ageing and Dementia Research
  • Advisory Board Member, All-Wales School for Social Care Research
  • Panel Member, Scientific Board for Social Care Research Awards, Health and Care Research Wales (Welsh Government)
  • Panel Member, Social Care Fellowship Awards, Health and Care Research Wales (Welsh Government)