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Growing Older - Planning Ahead

The Team

Our team comprises researchers with a wealth of experience of qualitative research with a focus on people with learning disabilities and their carers, health services research, health inequalities, intervention evaluation, inclusive research methods, resource development, social work practice, carers and self-advocates.

Principal investigators


  • Dr. Liz Tilley (Senior lecturer, The Open University)
  • Professor Irene Tuffrey-Wijne (Professor of Intellectual Disability and Palliative Care, Kingston University)
  • Professor Chris Hatton (Professor of Social Care, Manchester Metropolitan University)
  • Dr. Mary Larkin (Senior Lecturer, The Open University)
  • Dr. Melanie Chapman (Research Fellow, Manchester Metropolitan University)
  • Dr. Jitka Vseteckova (Senior Lecturer, The Open University)
  • Dr. Daniel Docherty (Lay Contributor, Future Directions)
  • Dr.Godfred Boahen (Policy and Research Officer, British Association of Social Workers)
  • Ms Angeli Vaid (Advocate, Oxfordshire Family Support Network)
  • Ms Pam Bebbington (Lay Contributor, My Life My Choice)

Project coordinator