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Podcast- Social Care in the UK’s Four Nations with Catherine Needham and Patrick Hall

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About this episode

This episode looks into Catherine’s and Patrick’s recent book entitled “Social Care in the UK’s Four Nations: Between Two Paradigms”. Focusing on England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland, the book examines the differences in care systems.

Catherine and Patrick identify care crises and discuss how policymakers in the four UK nations employ various mechanisms aiming to achieve common goals and resolutions.

The episode provides context and valuable insights into the challenges and goals of social care reform in the UK’s four nations, emphasising the need for a comprehensive and sustainable approach.

“Social Care in the UK’s Four Nations: Between Two Paradigms” is available to buy here:

Chapters 4, ‘The mechanisms of social care reform’, and 7, ‘The limits of social care reform’, are available to read Open Access on Bristol University Press Digital.


Catherine and Patrick will be speaking about the book at an event on 8th November 2023 at the University of Birmingham. Please contact Carla Cureton to register your attendance

About our guests

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Professor Catherine Needham

Catherine Needham is Professor of Public Policy and Public Management at the Health Services Management Centre, University of Birmingham.  Her research focuses on adult social care, including personalisation, co-production, personal budgets and care markets. She has published a wide range of articles, chapters and books for academic and practitioner audiences.  Catherine led the Care in the Four Nations work package within the ESRC Sustainable Care team. She is now leading research on care systems as part of the ESRC Centre for Care and is also a member of IMPACT, the UK centre for evidence implementation in adult social care. She tweets as @DrCNeedham.

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Patrick Hall

Patrick Hall is a social care policy researcher, currently undertaking an ESRC-funded PhD at the University of Birmingham on care commissioning. He was the main researcher on the Care in the Four Nations work package within the ESRC Sustainable Care team. Prior to that he contributed to the European Commission’s 2018 peer review of Germany’s latest long-term care reforms. Patrick is a former Fellow of the King’s Fund, where he co-authored two key publications on social care for older people. Before the King’s Fund, he worked with the Department of Health and Social Care, local authorities and NHS organisations on the implementation of the Care Act 2014.

The CARE MATTERS Podcast is produced by Dan Williamson at the Centre for Care.

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