Becky joined the Centre for Care in June 2022 as a Research Associate, working closely with Professor Sue Yeandle. Her role is to ensure that our research makes a difference to care policy, using our evidence to respond to parliamentary inquiries and government consultations across the four nations of the UK. This will include working closely with the team to gather evidence on critical and emerging issues in care, as well as synthesising the grey and academic literature and engaging with our partners in the care sector.
Becky is new to academia, having previously worked for a variety of local government, NHS and voluntary sector organisations. Most recently, she worked in service improvement in inpatient CAMHS (Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services) for the South Yorkshire Provider Collaborative, which is hosted by Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust. She was part of a small team which set up the Provider Collaborative, including developing the new clinical model. She led on a service review of local inpatient provision for children and young people with learning disabilities and a mental health need, as part of the ‘Homes not hospitals’ agenda.
Other roles include working on a Macmillan-funded transformation programme in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets on personalised, joined-up care for people with cancer; developing the local authority’s response to shielding residents during the pandemic; patient and public engagement for a Cancer Alliance; as well as extensive experience in public involvement in research, working with people with a range of long term conditions including MS, dementia and cancer.
She has an MSc in African Studies and a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Oxford. She also studied a postgraduate module on ‘Engaging Publics in Health Research’ at King’s College London.
- The gendered division of care work, and how care is valued in society.
- The relationships between caring, physical and mental health, and financial wellbeing.
- State policy on care provision and welfare reforms.
- The impact of working conditions on care workers’ wellbeing and the quality of provision.
- The integration and personalisation agendas in health and social care.
Becky tweets as @BeckyDriscoll1