Dr Jan Healey

Research Associate Dr Jan Healey
Research Associate
  • Janice.healey@york.ac.uk
  • Social Policy Research Unit, Church Lane Building, University of York, Heslington, York YO10 5ZF

My interest in research in social care stems from a career spanning twenty years in occupational therapy, working mainly in adult social care. My first OT post in the NHS, was followed by a move into social care working with older people and adults with physical, cognitive and complex conditions experiencing difficulties carrying out basic activities of daily living at home.

In the latter years of my OT career, as an OT manager, I worked with multiple local authorities implementing projects focussing on improving care support packages funded by local authorities. It was this work that motivated my enthusiasm for research about homecare. In 2022, I completed a PhD (Loughborough University) conducting research about local authority commissioned home care support for older adults in England, applying a Human Factors Ergonomics perspective to understand the factors
that influence care quality.

In September, I joined the University of York as a research associate investigating the feasibility and acceptability of a minimum dataset for people using homecare services.


  • PhD (Loughborough University)
  • MSc Human Factors Ergonomics in Health and Community Care (Loughborough)
  • MSc Professional Health Studies (York)
  • BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy (York)


Current / recently completed research

Developing a minimum dataset for homecare: The DACHA DOM study September 2022 – September 2023 - new project.