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Anne Patterson

Research Fellow, Faculty of Social Sciences

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Expertise Summary

I am an experienced researcher with a portfolio which largely includes research in adult social care. My PhD in Social Sciences focused on adults with learning disabilities and so I am particularly experienced in research on sensitive issues and with potentially vulnerable groups. Recently I was the lead researcher on a project looking at abuse and poor practice in residential care and support-living services. This afforded the opportunity to explore the perspectives and experiences of both those receiving and those providing services. I have since broadened my interest to aspects of health as well a social care, in particular looking at the provision of palliative and end of life care. I have experience of using both qualitative and quantitative research methodologies; conducting focus groups with 'vulnerable' adults and carers; undertaking one-to-one interviews and focus groups with health and social care staff; as well as generating and analysing survey data. My ongoing research interests include exploring health and social care experiences and needs in the lives of potentially vulnerable and/or marginalized groups and examining any potential inequalities therein.

Teaching Summary

Whilst currently my working life is dedicated to research, I have lectured and tutored on topics within Organisational Behaviour and Systems Design, Social Psychology and Qualitative Research Methods… read more

Research Summary

My current role involves research on the NIHR-funded project:

Forced marriage of adults with learning disabilities - developing knowledge, policy and practice to keep people safe

It has previously been established that some people with learning disabilities are forced to marry (Clawson, 2011, UK Forced Marriage Unit statistics 2010-2014). People with learning disabilities may or may not have capacity to consent to marriage and they may be more at risk of being tricked or coerced into marriage than people without learning disabilities (HM Government, 2014). The consequences of forced marriage can include physical, financial and sexual abuse and emotional harm. In some cases, both the person with the learning disability and their spouse are victims and experience abuse from extended family members. The above study will develop new understandings of the issues surrounding forced marriage by examining data held by the UK Government's Forced Marriage Unit and by interviewing people with learning disabilities, their families and community/faith leaders about the issue. Findings will contribute to the development of practice framework/tools for professionals assessing capacity to consent to marriage; a resource detailing a number of case studies and a video for faith/community leaders and families which will improve understanding of the consequences for both families and the person forced into marriage.

Selected Publications

Conference Papers

ALMACK, K, PATTERSON, A., & MAKITA, M. (2015) "Friends, Families and Kinship: Proximity and Intimacy in the Support Networks of LGBT Elders" presented at Queer Kinship and Relationships International Conference 2015, 8th-10th June 2015, Poland.

ALMACK, K., PATTERSON, A. and MAKITA, M. (2015) "Navigating Personal Networks: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans Older People's Networks Of Support Towards The End Of Life" presented and published in Irish Ageing Studies Review Vol6, Issue 1, 2015 IAGG-ER 8th Congress Dublin 2015, Unlocking the Demographic Dividend, The International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics European Region Congress, 23rd-26th April 2015, Dublin, Ireland.

ALMACK, K., PATTERSON,A., SEYMOUR, J., MAKITA M. (2015) ""I have no wish to be at the tender mercies of a homophobic carer/service": exploring end of life experiences and care needs in the lives of older lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans (LGBT) people" RCN Annual International Nursing Research Conference and Exhibition, Monday 20 - Wednesday 22 April 2015, Nottingham, UK.

PATTERSON, A. (2015) "Collecting and Working with data in End of Life Care" Invited Speaker at 4th Annual Cancer and End of Life Care Symposium: "Whose business is quality end of life care?" May 2015 (Jointly sponsored by Macmillan and West Norfolk Clinical Commissioning Group)

PATTERSON, A & FYSON, R (2014) "Is it abuse or poor practice? How making this distinction impacts on risk and vulnerability for people with learning difficulties" presented at International Symposium and Broadcast, "Safeguarding Vulnerable Children and Adults; Risk and Vulnerability" 19-20th May 2014 Bucks New University, High Wycombe, UK

PATTERSON, A and FYSON, R (2014) "Best practice in safeguarding adults with learning disabilities" Invited speaker at National Institute for Health Research - School for Social Care Research Safeguarding Seminar, London School of Economics 3rd March 2014

PATTERSON, A. MAKITA, M AND ALMACK, K (2014)"The Last Outing - exploring end of life experiences and care needs in the lives of older lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans (LGBT) people" presented at 43rd British Society of Gerontology conference, 1-3 September 2014, University of Southampton, UK.

FYSON, R. AND PATTERSON, A., 2012. "The policy-practice interface in adult safeguarding: voices from the frontline of residential services" In: Social Policy Association conference, University of York, UK.

PATTERSON, A. AND FYSON, R., 2012. ""I was just gobsmacked": Care-workers' constructions of 'shock' and 'disbelief' at BBC Panorama's "Undercover Care: The Abuse Exposed" programme" In: Discourse, Communication & Conversation conference, Loughborough University, UK.

FYSON, R. AND PATTERSON, A., 2012. "Best Practice in Safeguarding Adults with Learning Disabilities: Emergent Findings" In: NIHR-School for Social Care Research seminar, London School of Economics, UK.

FYSON, R. AND PATTERSON, A, 2011. "Is it abuse or 'just' poor practice? Best practice in residential care and supported living services for adults with learning disabilities" In: 5th National Social Work Continuing Professional Development Conference, Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London, UK.

PATTERSON, A., 2010. "Honey, I shrunk the kids!": the positioning of Terms of Endearment relative to 'problematic' actions." In: 3rd International Conference on Conversation Analysis, University of Mannheim, Germany.

CROMBY, J. AND PATTERSON, A., 2009. "Drugs, Cycling and 'bloody makin' a racket': A discursive study of emotional responses to crime and ASB in a deprived inner-city area" In: The British Psychological Society Social Psychology Section conference, University of Sheffield, UK.

PATTERSON, A., 2008. "'Had we better say cheerio then love?': The discursive construction of 'reluctance' and 'caring' in family phone calls involving a young adult with a learning disability" In: Language, Culture and Mind III Theme: Social Life and Meaning Construction University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark.

PATTERSON, A., 2007. "Creating Order from Disorder - A study of Interaction and Learning Disability" In: Social Sciences Postgraduate Conference, Loughborough University, UK.

PATTERSON, A., 2007. "Every time we say goodbye: caring and closing in phone calls with young adults with learning difficulties" In: 10th International Pragmatic Conference, University Of Goteborg, Sweden.

PATTERSON, A. AND POTTER J., 2006. "Caring Closing: the provision of accounts in, and the collaborative construction of, pre-closings in telephone conversations with a young adult with learning difficulties." Presented at the International Conference for Conversation Analysis, University of Helsinki, Finland.

Posters

Johnston B., Patterson A., Wilson E., Bird L., Almack K., Hardy B & Seymour J. (2015) "Realist Evaluation of a UK Specialist Care at Home Innovation" presented at 14th World Congress of the European Association for Palliative Care. 8-10 May 2015, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Patterson, A., Makita, M. and Almack, K. "Respecting 'Significant Others'; End of Life Care and Quality of Dying for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGBT) people" (2014) Presented at 8th World Congress of the European Association for Palliative care. 5-7 June 2015 Lleida, Spain.

Patterson, A., Makita, M. and Almack, K. (2013) ""I have no wish to be at the tender mercies of a homophobic carer/service": exploring end of life experiences and care needs in the lives of older lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans (LGBT) people", presented at National Cancer Research Institute Cancer Conference, 3-6 November 2013, Liverpool, UK.

Whilst currently my working life is dedicated to research, I have lectured and tutored on topics within Organisational Behaviour and Systems Design, Social Psychology and Qualitative Research Methods and I enjoy occasional opportunities to engage in such activities on an ongoing basis.

I have recently supervised Masters student dissertations on topics including; care-workers' experiences of supporting people with learning disabilities with daily health care, prison-officers experiences of healthcare delivery in prison settings, end-of-life care provision in prisons, health-visitor support for vulnerable families and student nurses' experiences of end of life care education.

Past Research

Previous research projects include:

  • Safeguarding people with learning disabilities in residential care and supported living services. Is it abuse or 'just' poor practice? (Funded by NIHR - School for Social Care Research)
  • The Last Outing: exploring end of life experiences and care needs in the lives of older lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people. (Funded by Marie Curie)
  • Service evaluation of Macmillan Specialist Care at Home Service. (Funded by Macmillan Cancer Support)

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