Gillian Parker

Professor Gillian Parker
Emeritus Professor of Social Policy Research

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Gillian has a first degree in Psychology and a PhD in Social Policy. She has been a researcher since she graduated, working in the third sector and at the Universities of Birmingham, Oxford, York, Leicester and Nottingham. She was appointed to a Chair at Leicester in 1993 and established a new research unit there. From 2001-2005, Gillian was Programme Director of the NIHR R&D Programme on Service Delivery and Organisation and from 2002-2004, Head of the Policy Research Programme, Department of Health. She returned to York in 2005 and was director of SPRU until 2014.

NIHR Evidence Synthesis Centre


  • BA, University of Liverpool
  • PhD, University of Birmingham

Current / recently completed research

Specialist nursing support for unpaid carers of people with dementiaNovember 2015 - July 2017

This project is evaluating a specialist support service for the carers of people with dementia.

Disability, care and participation: secondary analysis of the Life Opportunities Survey and the 2009/10 Survey of Carers in HouseholdsMarch 2015 - August 2016

This project is reanalysing data from three national surveys of caring and of impairment and disability.

The MoRE project: models of reablement evaluation: a mixed methods evaluation of a complex interventionOctober 2014 - July 2017

This mixed-methods study aims to evaluate the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of different ways of providing reablement in England.

NIHR Evidence Synthesis CentreMarch 2014 - February 2017

The Centre appraises and synthesises evidence on effectiveness, cost effectiveness, patient experience, service delivery, implementation, resource use and equity to inform the organisation and delivery of health services.

External roles

  • Member - Department of Health Evaluation Reference Group for Integrated Care and Support  
  • Member  Steering Committee, NIHR funded project 'Acute Hospital Care for Frail Older People', University of Newcastle 
  • Member - tide - together in dementia everyday (carers of people with dementia)  
  • Member - Grant Review Panel, Multiple Sclerosis Society 
  • Chair - Study Steering Committee, NIHR research project on Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment, University of Oxford 
  • Member - Steering Committee, NIHR research project LoTS-2-Care (Improving Longer Term Stroke Care), University of Leeds
  • Editorial Board Member - Health and Social Care in the Community  

PhD supervision

The role of social workers in continuity of care for people with severe and enduring mental health problems