Katrina Forsyth

Katrina Forsyth


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I work as a Research Fellow within Social Care and Society, collaborating with the Offender Health Research Network. My research focuses on older prisoners and the social care needs of those in the criminal justice system more broadly. 

I am also a Senior Fellow of the National Instutute for Health Research (NIHR) School of Social Care Research.

I am Co-Principle investigator on two NIHR studies. One involves supporting the Ministry of Justice to develop a national strategy for older adults in the criminal justice system; the second focusses on Women's Social Care needs in Prison (WoSCiP).

In addition, I am PI for a study examining Social Care on release from prison and am a co-investigator on a project examining lower level social care needs in prison. 

Research interests

My research focusses on six key areas:

1. Older adults' health and social care needs in prison

2. Social care models in prison

3. Women's social care needs in prison

4. Involving 'experts by experience' in prison research

5. Implementing interventions in prison using realist methods

6. Qualitative research methods

7. Complex intervention evaluation



I am currently teaching  qualitative research methods on the Research Design Module, within Nursing Midwifery and Social Work.


I have experience of supervising students completing their dissertations as part of the Masters in Public Health. I also have experience of teaching qualitative research methods and on the MSc in dementia studies.

 I am currently supervising two doctoral students:

Selina Shaw, Doctoral student in Clinical Psychology, University of Manchester, Older adults’ experience of research and service development involvement  

Niyal Yusuf, PhD student, University of Manchester, inequalities in Manchester: an evaluation of the Manchester Marmot and Poverty strategy. 




Memberships of committees and professional bodies

Social Care and Society Management group

Senior Fellow, NIHR School of Social Care Research 

Methods and Research in Service Settings (MARSS) group member

Prison Peer Support Social Care Research Steering Committee member

British Sociological Association member

The effectiveness of the Older prisoner Health and Social Care Assessment and Plan: A Randomised Controlled Trial Steering Group and Project Management Group member

Both sides of the fence: using action research to improve end of life care for prisoners Project Advisory Group member


Methodological knowledge

Realist Synthesis

Realist evaluation

Research in prison 

Qualitative research methods

Evaluation research

RCTs in prison


 PhD - Older adults health and social care needs in prison 

Research Methods (MSc)

Sociology BA (Hons)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

External positions

Senior Fellow, School of Social Care Research , National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR)

30 Jun 2030 → …

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Healthier Futures


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