Before university Nick had 10 years experience working in both Adult and Children’s Social Care services as a support worker and service manager. Prior to joining Sheffield, Nick studied Social Policy at the University of York where he was awarded a BA Honours 1st class with distinction and MRes in Social Policy awarded with distinction. His MRes dissertation examined the impact of marketisation and austerity on the Social Care workforce in England.
Nick’s PhD research is supervised by Prof. Sue Yeandle and Prof. Majella Kilkey working in collaboration with The Care Workers’ Charity with additional supervision from their CEO Karolina Gerlich. It seeks to understand the risks to wellbeing experienced by care workers before and during the Covid-19 pandemic using a mixed-methods approach to analyse applications to the charity’s financial support grants followed by interviews with care workers and stakeholders. It will explore how longstanding issues within social care manifested during the pandemic alongside wider policy debates regarding the role of the welfare state and social issues concerning intersectional inequalities relating to gender, ethnicity and migration.
The research is funded through the ESRC and WRDTP and Nick is extremely grateful to have been selected to undertake this important piece of work which he anticipates will not only provide in-depth documentation of care workers experiences during the pandemic but also build on existing evidence of the social and political determinants of risks to wellbeing which care workers face.