Trish is a qualified nurse, social worker, manager and educator and is a Senior Teaching Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Trish joined Middlesex in 2008 and has been involved in social work education since 2003, following a long career in practice where she has worked in generic social work, adoption and fostering, mental health, disability, sensory support, asylum seekers and older people's services. In her last 10 years in a Local Authority, Trish held various management posts including the management of supported housing for older people and as workforce development manager.
Trish has continued her management practice since being in Higher Education, having held various roles in the Third Sector on a voluntary basis – for example as chair of Age Concern Greenwich, and as a management coach and mentor and service user trainer for Advocacy Plus. She was a Trustee for Ageing and Education (AEA) from 2009-2014 and co-founder and co-chair of the Social Work and Sexuality, International Community of Practice, co-founder and co-ordinator (2004-2013).Trish is a graduate of Middlesex University (BA Social Science; MA Deviancy and Social Policy). Her doctoral studies were in Education and examined the lifelong learning of older people using social care, which aimed to bring together educational gerontology with social work and social care. She also has several postgraduate awards in management, learning and teaching and advanced social work. She has authored, co-authored and edited 13 textbooks in areas such as leadership, management, sexuality, anti-discriminatory and anti-oppressive practice, ethics and interprofessional practice and educational gerontology. She has authored several papers and research reports specialising in pedagogy, adult social care and LGBT issues in social work.
Trish's specialist research interests are in cross-disciplinary support for improving the quality of care for older people and intersectionality and equality issues in social work. She has a particular interest in engaging with the arts to promote user involvement and co-production and has pioneered some pedagogic methods to take this forward.
Trish's expertise lies mainly in interprofessional learning within professional health and social care practice. She has more than 12 years' experience of teaching in higher education, specialising in social work and leadership and management. She has developed and led a number of programmes such as Best Interest Assessment, adult safeguarding. Within the local authority, she has developed many workforce development schemes to promote cross-disciplinary learning.
Trish was programme leader of Interprofessional Leadership of the Public and Community Services, including its distance learning mode (2010-2015). She was Director of Social Work programmes (2011 – 2013) including undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing professional development.
Trish has a keen interest in social media in learning and teaching and has piloted innovative assessment using digital media and arts.
She currently teaches research methods and supervises a range of postgraduate and doctoral students. Trish welcomes doctoral students from any of the above areas of interests and is currently focusing on international and national research scholarship.
She is the lead for social work research at Middlesex.
Comic Relief Care Home Challenge Fund, Improving the quality of support to LGBTQI older people in care homes: A community training and peer audit scheme. June 2015. Principle Investigator, Trish Hafford-Letchfield, with Anchor Housing, Paul Willis, Paul Simpson, Kathy Almack, Value £19,396
Alcohol Research UK 'Use of IBA and the role of training: Case study: IBA delivery with social work (and social care) clients: An exploratory study. May 2015, Professor Betsy Thom, Trish Hafford-Letchfield, Claudia Megele, Value £9k
Saracens Football Club Evaluating the effectiveness of outreach to people living with Dementia by improving personal health and fitness through a community based project awarded May 2015 Rhonda Cohen, Trish Hafford-Letchfield and London Borough of Barnet Value £5k
Department of Health, Research into the experience of Disabled staff within the NHS workforce, Professor Peter Ryan, Mike McDonald, Trish Hafford-Letchfield, Linda Bell, Mike Puninakis, Sarah Carr, Project Value £36k, Jan – May 2015
International mobility Award, British Academy, Trish Hafford-Letchfield and Ephrat Huss, 10/2013-11/2014, £7815, Role: Principle Investigator 'The use of visual imagery in social work supervision'. Outputs http://theartsandprofessionaleducation.com
Rainbow_HAS, European Funded DAPHNE Peter Ryan (PI for Middlesex), Trish Hafford-Letchfield, Christine Cocker, Sarah Carr, with 7 European research centres located in 5 European countries (Italy, Spain, Belgium, the Netherlands, Bulgaria and the UK) 2012-2015, Euro £34, Role: Research Fellow 'An investigation into family discourse around homophobic and transphobic bullying in schools'. Outputs: http://rainbowhas.eu/
Mental Health, Social Work and Interprofessional Learning Small Grants, Trish Hafford-Letchfield, Pat Cartney, Nicky Lambert, 2012-13 £5000 Principal Investigator 'Exploring the Community through co-productive film making': Developing digital pedagogies in social work'.
Mental Health, Social Work and Interprofessional Learning Small Grants, Trish Hafford-Letchfield, Soiban O'Farrell-Pierce, £3000, 2012-13 Project Leader 'Developing Professional Legal Advocacy through partnership'
Mental Health, Social Work and Integrative Medicine Small Grants, Trish Hafford-Letchfield, Nicky Lambert, Hafiz Khan, £3650, 2013-14, Principle Investigator, 'Going solo: Exploring the intimate and broader relationships of older single women without children and the implications for their support needs in later life'.
Mental Health, Social Work and Integrative Medicine Small Grants, Carmel Clancy, Trish Hafford-Letchfield, £7591, 2013-14, Research Fellow, 'Development of a Global Classroom in Addictions'
Mental Health, Social Work and Integrative Medicine Small Grants, Trish Hafford-Letchfield, Bernadette Thomas, 2013-14 £6900 'Co-Project Leader 'Engaging in the public health agenda and building community capacity: Student social workers as community partners in FAST, an evidence based parenting programme'.
Mental Health, Social Work and Integrative Medicine Small Grants, Trish Hafford-Letchfield, Nicky Lambert, 2014-15, £3500, Principle Investigator, 'Going solo: Exploring the intimate and broader relationships of older single women without children and the implications for their support needs in later life'. Phase 2.
Mental Health, Social Work and Integrative Medicine Small Grants, Trish Hafford-Letchfield, Agnes Higgins (Ireland), Paul Willis (Wales), Richard Ward (Scotland), Soiban O'Neill (N.Ireland), 2014-15, £1200, Principle Investigator, 'Providing services for older Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual-Identifying (LGB) people in care environments: Building research capacity for a UK and Ireland.'
Mental Health, Social Work and Integrative Medicine Small Grants, Trish Hafford-Letchfield, Kate Leonard, Wendy Couchman, 2014-15, £1200, Principle Investigator, 'The impact of the arts in social work education, systematic review'.
Peter Ryan , Mike Edwards , Trish Hafford-Letchfield , Linda Bell , Sarah Carr , Mike Puniskis , Sue Hannah Sid Jeeva. Research on the experience of disabled staff within the NHS Workforce: A joint report between Middlesex University and the University of Bedfordshire submitted to the Department of Health June 2015.
Hafford-Letchfield, T. Lavender, P. (2014) 'Exploring learning in later life': A report of the external evaluation of Learning for the Fourth Age (L4A) SPECs project, Leicester 2012-2013.
Chard, A., Abbott,, P., Radley, M., Hafford-Letchfield, T., Hawkins, P., Pinnock, M. (2013) Social Work Associate Practice Programme: A Children's Improvement Board Reference Document. London, Local Government Association in Association with the ADCS and Solace.http://www.local.gov.uk/safeguarding-children/-/journal_content/56/10180/4073620/ARTICLE
Hafford-Letchfield, T. (2009) A study of the learning experiences and learning opportunities of older people using social care services in Leicestershire. Commissioned by Leicestershire County Council, Adult Services
Hafford-Letchfield, T (November 2005) Report of the evaluation of the Health and Social Care Cadet Scheme. Unpublished report presented to the Greenwich PCT and LA Health and Social Care Project Management Group.
Hafford-Letchfield, T., Higgins, M (2005) Mentoring for Success; a study of the effectiveness of work based mentoring to support students on an employment based undergraduate social work programme. Unpublished report presented to stakeholders and employers in South East London.
Willis, Paul and Almack, Katharine and Hafford-Letchfield, Trish and Simpson, Paul and Billings, Barbara and Mall, Naresh (2018) Turning the co-production corner: methodological reflections from an action research project to promote LGBT inclusion in care homes for older people. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (IJERPH), 15 (4). ISSN 1660-4601
Hafford-Letchfield, Trish and Gleeson, Helen and Mohammed, Rahaman (2018) Vulnerable adults in the privately rented sector in England: a snapshot of current practice issues. Practice: Social Work in Action . pp. 1-20. ISSN 0950-3153 (Published online first)
Dunk-West, Priscilla and Hafford-Letchfield, Trish , eds. (2018) Sexuality, sexual and gender identities and intimacy research in social work and social care: a lifecourse epistemology. Routledge, London. ISBN 9781138225879
Hafford-Letchfield, Trish and Englebrecht, Lambert (2018) Contemporary practices in social work supervision: time for new paradigms? European Journal of Social Work, 21 (3). pp. 329-332. ISSN 1369-1457
Hafford-Letchfield, Trish and Thom, Betsy and Herring, Rachel (2017) Community based care for older people with alcohol-related harm: findings from a consultation workshop with practitioners in social work and social care. Project Report. Alcohol Research UK, London.
February - September 2015, Health Education North Central and East London Health Education North Central and East London (HE NCEL) Project Lead: Embedding person-centred care across the undergraduate nursing and midwifery curricula through the use of digital stories, Trish Hafford-Letchfield (Project Lead) with Asanka Dayananda. Project Value £50k
2014 London, Local Government Association in Association with the Association of Directors of Childrens Services and Solace Local Government Association, Authored report, Chard, A., Abbott,, P., Radley, M., Hafford-Letchfield, T., Hawkins, P., Pinnock, M. (2013) Social Work Associate Practice Programme: A Children's Improvement Board Reference Document.. http://www.local.gov.uk/safeguarding-children/-/journal_content/56/10180/4073620/ARTICLE Value £9k
2012 - current Care Quality Commission, WBL Accreditation of National Induction Programme and Portfolio Development Workshops
2012 - current London Borough of Barnet, Children's Services, WBL Accreditation of Advanced Social Work Practitioner Programme, Independent Chair
2009 - 2013 Best Interest Assessor Training programme. Development and accreditation of nationally recognised programme, re-validation (2013) and regular provision of tailor made modules.
Knowledge Transfer Partnerships, Fergus Lyons (PI), Holy Cross Care Trust, Ian Vickers, Mary Hartog, CEEDR, Trish Hafford-Letchfield, 2009-12, £77,329, Role: Academic Support 'Franchising of social enterprise and care pathways in mental health'.
Skills for Care, Management Development Fund. Wendy Couchman, Trish Hafford-Letchfield, Kate Leonard. 2008-2009 £52k, Role: Research Fellow, Building capacity in management development for social work.
Skills for Care, Service User Development Fund, Wendy Couchman, Trish Hafford-Letchfield, Kate Leonard, 2008 - 2009 £10k. Developing learning materials using approaches from Arts and Humanities. Role: Research Fellow.
Trish is an experienced editor and has edited a number of special editions of journals such as Quality in Ageing on 'LGBT inclusive accommodation and support' (2016); Social Work Education on the 'Arts in Social Work Education' (2012); Social Work & Social Sciences Review on 'Leadership and Management' (2011; 2010); Practice, Social Work in Action on Gender and Sexuality in Social Work (2009). She is series editor for Essential Skills for Managing Care with Jessica Kingsley. Trish served on the board of Social Work Education: The International Journal, (2009-2014) and the Journal of Social Care and Neuro-Disability (2009-13) as reviews editor.
Trish has written for a range of audiences particularly practice including digital and commissioned distance learning materials. She regularly presents at national and international conferences.
Selected outputs and publications
Hafford-Letchfield, T. (2016 –forthcoming) Learning in Later Life: Challenges for Social Work and Social Care. Surrey, Ashgate.
Hafford-Letchfield, T., Lambley, S., Spolander, G., Daly, N., Cocker, C., (2014) Inclusive Leadership: managing to make a difference in social work and social care. Bristol, Policy Press, pp201, ISBN 9781447300250
Bell, L., Hafford-Letchfield, T. (2015) (Eds) Ethic, Values and Social Work Practice. London, Routledge, ISBN 9780335245291
Cocker C and Hafford-Letchfield, T. (2014) (Eds) Rethinking anti-discriminatory practice and anti-oppressive theories for social work practice, Basingstoke, Palgrave. pp263 ISBN 9781137023971
Lawler, J., Hafford-Letchfield, T. (2013) (Eds) Perspectives on Management and Leadership in Social Work; Sussex, Whiting and Birch. ISBN 9781861770882
Gallop, L., Hafford-Letchfield, T. (2012) How to become a Better Manager in Social Work and Social Care: Essential Skills for Managing Care.London, Jessica Kingsley.pp.240 ISBN 9781849052061
Quinney, A., Hafford-Letchfield T. (2012) Interprofessional Social Work: Effective Collaborative Approaches, London, Learning Matters at Sage.pp.191 ISBN 9781844453795
Dunk-West, P., Hafford-Letchfield, T. (2011) (Eds) Sexuality and Sexual Identities in Social Work, Research and Reflections from Women in the Field. Ashgate Press, pp.200. ISBN 9780754678823
Hafford-Letchfield, T. (2010) Social Care Management: Strategy and Business Planning.London: Jessica Kingsley, pp.239. ISBN 978184310986
Hafford-Letchfield, T (2009) (2nd edition) Management and Organisations in Social Work, Learning Matters Ltd: Exeter, pp.172 ISBN 9781844452163
Hafford-Letchfield, T., Chick, N.F., Leonard, K and Begum, N (2008) Leadership and Management in Social Care. Thousand Islands, New Delhi, London: Sage.pp.220 ISBN 9781412929615 – Also translated into Polish in 2015.
Hafford-Letchfield, T (2007) Practicing Quality: Quality Assurance and Performance Management in Social Care, Learning Matters Ltd: Exeter, pp.151 ISBN 9781844450848
Hafford-Letchfield, T (2006) Management and Organisations in Social Work, Learning Matters Ltd: Exeter, pp.154.
Chapters in edited books:
Hafford-Letchfield, T. (2015) 'Power', in L. Bell and T Hafford-Letchfield, Ethics, Values and Social Work Practice, London, Routledge. ISBN 9780335245291
Hafford-Letchfield, T., Dillon, J., (2015) 'Ethics and Values within the Social Work Continuum', in L. Bell and T Hafford-Letchfield, Ethics, Values and Social Work, Practice, London, Routledge. ISBN 9780335245291
Hafford-Letchfield, T. (2013) 'Social Work, Class and Later Life' in M. Formosa and P.Higgs (eds) Social Class in Later Life:Power, Identity and Lifestyle, Bristol, Policy Press. ISBN 9781447300588
Lawler, J., Hafford-Letchfield, T. (2013) 'Reshaping Leadership and Management' in J.Lawler and T. Hafford-Letchfield (Eds) Perspectives on Management and Leadership in Social Work; Sussex, Whiting and Birch. pp207 ISBN 9781861770882
Hafford-Letchfield, T. (2011) Women and sexuality in care organisations: negotiating boundaries within a gendered cultural script inDunk-West, P., Hafford-Letchfield, T. (Eds) Sexuality and Sexual Identities in Social Work, Reflections from Women in the Field. Ashgate Press, pp11-30, ISBN 9780754678823
Hafford-Letchfield, T. (2009) Management and Leadership: from Strategy to Service Delivery in Judy McKimm and Kay Phillips (Eds) Transforming Integrated Practice: Leadership and Management. Exeter: Learning Matters. ISBN 9781844452040
Refereed articles in Academic Journals:
Hafford-Letchfield, T.(2014) Critical educational gerontology: what has it got to offer social work with older people? European Journal of Social Work, 17(3), pp.433-446. ISSN 1369-1457
Couchman, W., Hafford-Letchfield, T., Leonard, K. (2014) 'The practice educator as museum guide, art therapist or exhibition curator: a cross disciplinary analysis of art-based learning'. Journal of Practice Teaching & Learning..12(3) pp 79-92 ISSN 1759-5150
Hafford-Letchfield, T., Harper, W. (2014) 'State of the Arts: Using Literary Works to Explore and Learn about Theories and Models of Leadership', Social Work Education: The International Journal, 33 (2) 209-223. ISSN 0261-5479
Leonard, K., Hafford-Letchfield, T., Couchman, W. (2013) "We're all going Bali" – Utilising Gamelan as an educational resource for leadership and team work in Post Qualifying Education in Health and Social Care". British Journal of Social Work 43 (1): 173-190. ISSN 0045-3102
Hafford-Letchfield, T. (2012) Funny things happen at the Grange: Introducing comedy activities in day services to older people with dementia. Dementia: International Journal of Social Research and Practice. 12 (6) pp 840-852 ISSN 1471-3012
Hafford-Letchfield, T., Bourn, D. (2011)'How Am I Doing?': Advancing Management Skills Through the Use of a Multi-source Feedback Tool to Enhance Work-based Learning on a Post-qualifying Post-graduate Leadership and Management Programme', Social Work Education, The International Journal 30(5), pp.497-511 ISSN 0261-5479
Bourn, D., Hafford-Letchfield, T. (2011) 'Professional supervision in conditions of uncertainty'.The International Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change Management, 10(9),p.41-56. ISSN 1447-9524
Hafford-Letchfield, T. (2011) Grey matter really matters: A study of the learning opportunities and learning experiences of older people using social care services. International Journal of Education and Ageing, 2 (1) pp. 8-23. ISSN 2044-5458
Hafford-Letchfield, T. (2010) The age of opportunity? Revisiting assumptions about the lifelong learning needs of older people using social care services. British Journal of Social Work, 40(2), pp.496-512. ISSN 0045-3102
Hafford-Letchfield, T. (2010) A glimpse of the truth: evaluating 'debate' and 'role play' as pedagogical tools for learning about sexuality issues on a law and ethics module.Social Work Education, The International Journal 29(3), pp.244-258. . ISSN 0261-5479
Hafford-Letchfield, T., Couchman, W., Webster, M., Avery, P. (2010) A Drama Project About Older People's Intimacy and Sexuality. Educational Gerontology, 36 (7) pp.1-18. ISSN 0360-1277
Cocker, C., Hafford-Letchfield, T (2010) Critical Commentary: Out and Proud? Social Work's relationship with Lesbian and Gay Equality.British Journal of Social Work, 40(6), pp.1996-2008. ISSN 0045-3102
Chalfont, G., Hafford-Letchfield, T. (2010)'Leadership from the bottom up: Reinventing dementia care in residential and nursing home settings'. Social Work & Social Sciences Review, 14 (1), pp.27-46. ISSN 0953-5225
Hafford-Letchfield, T (2008) What's love got to do with it? : Developing supportive practices for the expression of sexuality, sexual identity and the intimacy needs of older people. Journal of Care Services Management, 2 (4), pp 389-405
Hafford-Letchfield, T., Nelson, A. (2008) Closeness equals pathology: working with issues of sexual desire and intimacy within substance misuse. Diversity in Health and Social Care.5 (3), pp.215-24. ISSN 1743-1913
Hafford-Letchfield, T and Spatcher, P (2007) Getting to know you: Social work students experiences of direct work with children in education settings, Social Work Education, 26 (3), April, p.311-317. ISSN 0261-5479 ISSN 0261-5479
Hafford-Letchfield, T (2007) Factors affecting student retention on a social work degree in a university in the South-East of England. Learning in Health and Social Care, 6 (3), pp 170-84. ISSN 1473-6853
Hafford-Letchfield, T. and Chick, N. F (2006) Talking across purposes: The benefits of an inter-agency mentoring scheme for managers working in health and social care settings in the UK, Work Based Learning in Primary Care, 4: 13-24. ISSN 1740-3715
Hafford-Letchfield, T. and Chick, N. F (2006) Succession planning: developing management potential in a social services department. (Research paper) Diversity in Health and Social Care.3 (3), pp.191-203 ISSN 1759-1422
Other refereed articles
Hafford-Letchfield, T. (2015) Guide to using narratives in assessments of older people. Community Care Inform Adults.
Hafford-Letchfield, T. (2014) Social work with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered older people. Community Care Inform Adults.
Hafford-Letchfield, T.(2011) Managing not qualified staff: A web-based practice guide for 'Managing Practice' Community Care Inform. January 2011. www.communitycareinform.co.uk
Hafford-Letchfield, T. (2011) Managing students and novices: A web-based practice guide for 'Managing Practice' Community Care Inform www.communitycareinform.co.uk
Hafford-Letchfield, T. (2008) Module 4: Advanced Management Skills, Distance Learning Materials, MSc Professional Leadership and Management, University of Leicester School of Social Work,
Hafford-Letchfield, T. (2007), Unit Three: Management Tasks and Tools, (Module: Leadership and Management in a Changing World). MSc Professional Leadership and Management, Distance Learning Materials, University of Leicester School of Social Work.