Kate Baxter

Dr Kate Baxter
Senior Research Fellow, NIHR SSCR Senior Fellow
  • kate.baxter@york.ac.uk
  • +44 (0)1904 321966
  • Social Policy Research Unit, University of York, Heslington, York YO10 5DD

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Since joining SPRU in 2005, Kate’s research has centred on social care for adults and older people, home care, personal budgets and, more recently, self-funders. Previously, Kate worked in the Centre for Primary Care Research at the University of Manchester before moving to Bristol University in 1995 where she spent 10 years as researcher and lecturer in the Departments of Social Medicine and Primary Care. She worked on a variety of projects concentrating on primary care commissioning and evaluations of primary care interventions. She completed her PhD about Primary Care Trusts as commissioners of secondary care services in 2004.


  • BA, University of Essex
  • MSc, University of York
  • PhD, LSE

Current / recently completed research

Finding and funding social care: a qualitative study of the experiences of self-fundersSeptember 2019 - February 2021

The purpose of this project is to understand self-funders' experiences of finding and funding social care, and create an online resource of peer experiences.

DETERMIND: Determinants of quality of life, care and costs, and consequences of inequalities in people with dementia and their family carersJanuary 2019 - December 2023

DETERMIND is designed to address critical, fundamental, and as yet unanswered questions about inequalities, outcomes and costs following diagnosis with dementia.

Independent financial advice about funding social care in later life – a project exploring evidence and practiceNovember 2016 – December 2017

This study explored existing research and current practice regarding independent financial advice about funding social care in older age.

Evaluation of Integrated Personal Commissioning (IPC)October 2016 - April 2019

The Department of Health has commissioned a summative evaluation of the Integrated Personal Commissioning (IPC) programme. The evaluation aims to identify key lessons about the effectiveness of IPC schemes.

Pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions for non-respiratory sleep disturbances in children with neurodevelopmental disorders: a systematic reviewFebruary 2016 - January 2017

Many children with neurodisabilities experience sleep problems: this project is reviewing existing evidence on the effectiveness of the different ways sleep difficulties may be managed.

The SIgN project: self-funders and information needsFebruary 2015 - October 2016

This project will produce a short film and leaflet to help people looking for care and support as they get older.

External roles

  • Reviewer - NIHR School of Social Care Research proposals