Past Events


International evidence on the impact of budget cuts on long-term care systems
Monday 22 June 2015
Time: 10:00 16:00
Venue: The Shaw Library, 6 Floor, Old Building, London School of Economics and Political Science
Speakers: Tim Muir (OECD) Gerald Wistow (PSSRU), David Bell (University of Stirling), Josh Wiener (RTI International), Heinz Rothgang & Lorraine Frisina-Doetter (Bremen University, Germany), Pieter Bakx (Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands), Agnieszka Sowa (CASE, Poland), Giovanni Lamura (INRCA, Italy), Lennarth Johansson (Stockholm University, Sweden)

The financial crisis has led many countries to reign in public expenditure, sometimes with very significant implications for public services. This event explored how different countries have managed the impact of the global recession on their long-term care systems, for instance in terms of changes in the targeting of publicly-funded long-term care services across the population, in the prioritisation of different types of care, and in funding arrangements for services. The seminar brought together experts from the UK, US, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Netherlands, Poland and the OECD, and is funded by an award from the LSE HEIF5 Knowledge Exchange Fund.


SSCR event - Research showcase: Loneliness, prevention and wellbeing
Friday 17 April 2015
Time: 10:00 - 16:00
Venue: LSE

This research showcase – jointly hosted by the NIHR School for Social Care Research (SSCR) and the Campaign to End Loneliness - focused on research into loneliness, social isolation, wellbeing and prevention. This event was an opportunity for delegates to:

  • Hear about research findings focusing on loneliness, isolation, prevention and wellbeing across the life-course
  • Improve understanding of wellbeing and loneliness, and take away ideas about how to make positive changes, for example to social care commissioning or service provision
  • Network with colleagues working in similar areas
  • Identify and discuss some of the gaps in the current research base on loneliness and isolation.


NIHR School for Social Care Research Annual Conference
24 March 2015
Time: 09:45 - 16:30
Venue: New Academic Building, London School of Economics

The NIHR School for Social Care Research's Annual Conference brought together researchers, policy-makers, managers, commissioners, providers, people who use services, carers and practitioners, among others and provide an opportunity to hear about emerging evidence from across SSCR’s commissioned studies and implications for adult social care practice. The Conference featured contributions from experts and practice colleagues in the adult social care field, and brought together presentations on findings from across our funded studies, and their implications for practice.


PSSRU Literary Festival Discussion: Perceptions of Madness: understanding mental illness through art, literature and drama
Wednesday 25 February 2015
Time: 17:00 - 18:30
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building
Speakers included: Dr Sarah Carr, Paul Farmer, Nathan Filer, Dr John McGowan
Chair: Professor Martin Knapp

The video of the discussion at this event can be viewed here.

How mental illness is portrayed in art, literature and on TV can have a positive or negative effect on how the public perceives mental ill health. Representations of people with mental health problems can range from the mad psychotic criminal to people within their daily lives dealing with depression, schizophrenia or bipolar disorder.  This panel discussion explored how such presentations of mental illness can affect public understanding of mental ill health with insights from research and personal experiences.

Sarah Carr (@SchrebersSister) has a background as a senior research and policy analyst in mental health and social care, with a focus on service user participation, personalisation and equality issues. Following a successful career with the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE), Sarah founded an independent mental health and social care knowledge consultancy. She is an Honorary Senior Lecturer at Institute for Applied Social Science at the University of Birmingham, a Visiting Fellow of the Centre for Government and Charity Management at London South Bank University and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. A trustee of the National Survivor and User Network (NSUN) and a member of the editorial board of the journal Disability and Society, Sarah has a particular interest in mental health issues and is a long term user of services.

Paul Farmer (@paulfarmermind) has been Chief Executive of Mind, the leading mental health charity working in England and Wales, since May 2006. Paul is Chair of the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations (ACEVO), the leading voice of the UK’s charity and social enterprise sector. Paul is also a trustee at Lloyds Bank Foundation which invests in charities supporting people to break out of disadvantage at critical points in their lives. He is also Chair of the NHS England Mental Health Patient Safety Board. Paul received an honorary Doctorate of Science from the University of East London and was chosen as most admired charity Chief Executive in the Third Sector Most Admired Charities Awards 2013. 

Nathan Filer (@nathanfiler) is the author of The Shock of the Fall, winner of the Costa Book of the Year (2013), the Betty Trask Prize (2014), and Popular Fiction Book of the Year at the National Book Awards (2014). It has been translated into twenty-seven languages. He worked as a mental health nurse for many years and in 2014 was named as a Nursing Times’ Nursing Leader for “influencing the way the public thinks about mental illness”. He lectures in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University.

John McGowan is Clinical Psychologist. Following many years working in acute mental health wards in the NHS, he is now works on the Clinical Psychology Training scheme at the Salomons Centre for Applied Psychology in Kent. As well as conducting research into self-harm and suicide, he is currently editing a new British Psychological Society Report on Depression. He has written for The Guardian, the Health Service Journal and blogs regularly at Discursive of Tunbridge Wells.  He will be speaking on 'Psychos, Cuckoo's Nests and Silver Linings: Madness in the Movies'.

Martin Knapp is Director of PSSRU and a Professor of Social Policy at LSE. He is also Director of the NIHR School for Social Care Research. 

The Personal Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU) is one of the leading social care research groups, not just in the UK, but internationally. The LSE branch of PSSRU (@PSSRU_LSE) sits within LSE Health and Social Care (@LSEHSC) in the Department of Social Policy (@LSESocialPolicy).

This event formed part of the LSE Space for Thought Literary Festival 2015, which took place from Monday 23 - Saturday 28 February 2015, with the theme 'Foundations'.


STAR: using visual economic models to engage stakeholders to increase value in the NHS: LSE Works: LSE Health and Social Care public lecture
Date: Thursday 5 February 2015
Time: 6.30-8pm
Venue: Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House
Speakers:  Dr Mara Airoldi, Professor Gwyn Bevan
Respondent: Siân Williams
Chair: Sir Muir Gray

Mara Airoldi (@MaraAiroldi) is a Departmental Lecturer in Economics and Public Policy a Researcher at the Blavatnik School of Government at Oxford University. Mara has contributed to the development of STAR, a socio-technical approach to resource allocation and applied this in working with healthcare organisations in England, Italy, Ontario and with the Global Fund to fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria. 

Gwyn Bevan is Professor of Policy Analysis at LSE. He has been a Director at the Commission for Health Improvement and is a member of England’s Advisory Committee on Resource Allocation to the Secretary of State for Health.

Siân Williams has programme-managed IMPRESS since 2007 and has had the opportunity to test implementation of its recommendations as part of the London Respiratory Team and more recently the London Respiratory Network. She has an NHS management background,  a public health degree and also manages the International Primary Care Respiratory Group.  

Muir Gray (@muirgray) is a consultant in public health in the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust and Director of Better Value Healthcare.

LSE Works is a series of public lectures, that will showcase some of the latest research by LSE's academic departments and research centres. In each session, LSE academics will present key research findings, demonstrating where appropriate the implications of their studies for public policy. A list of all the LSE Works lectures can be viewed at LSE Works.