Paul Clarkson

Paul Clarkson, PhD, MSc, BA (Hons), CQSW, FHEA


Personal profile


Paul is a specialist social care academic and researcher and Deputy Director, Social Care and Society.  He leads on research capacity development in social care through: management and supervision of staff; ensuring grant funding; and strategic planning and managment.  

Paul's research portfolio has included: service evaluation for adults with serious and longstanding mental health problems; older people and long-term care; psychological and social care services for military veterans; cost-effectiveness analyses (with a particular focus on social care); policy evaluations; preference elicitation studies; dementia home support; preventative assessment in adults and older people.

Paul works actively with user and carers groups in public participation and in particular evidencing new and inovative ways to promote public involvement and engagement in research.  He is part of the Greater Manchester Public Community Involvement and Engagement Forum, and organisations supporting recruitment of participants to research studies.  Paul is Social Care Specialty Lead for the Greater Manchester NIHR Clinical Research Network with a role to develop support for recruitment to social care research studies. and a member of the Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) Greater Manchester, Healthy Ageing Co-Investigator team. 

For Teaching & Learning:

  • Dissertation supervisor and examiner for MA Social Work students and developing research-informed teaching.
  • Teaching: Development of Social Welfare Services in Social Political & Organisational Contexts of Social Work (SOWK 60662), MA Social Work.
  • PhD supervisor and examiner for students at Manchester and other universities.
  • Tutor for Years 1 and 2 Personal Excellence Path (PEP) MBChB students.
  • Divisional PGR Advisor/Tutor, Division of Nursing Midwifery and Social Work


Paul graduated from the University of Central Lancashire in 1989 with a First Class Honours degree in Applied Social Science and worked in social care, and as a psychiatric and medical social worker, including statutory work and assessment of cases of deliberate self harm of patients attending Accident & Emergency departments. He has held research appointments previously at the Institute of Psychiatry, London and St James's Hospital, Leeds and holds an MSc in Psychiatric Social Work and a PhD in Community Medicine (Psychiatry) 

Paul is an active collaborator; with university researchers internationally, local authority and health staff and third-sector organisations.  Paul's current work is in the use of social care routine data, digital assessments and solutions for social care organisations, integrated data (between social care and the NHS), dementia support, improving social care research capacity and supervising post-graduate students in social care research.  He is a specialist senior social care research advisor for the NIHR Research Support Service and its national Specialist Centre for Social Care.


Research interests

Analysis of routinely collected data; home support and community initiatives for dementia; measurement of outcomes and well-being in dementia, particularly utility measurement for economic evaluation; evaluating integrated care; measurement of risk, frailty and social vulnerability in older people; cost-effectiveness analysis, with particular reference to social care; evaluating inovative public participation and involvement initatives.

My collaborations

Professor Catherine Robinson, Director Social Care and Society, University of Manchester

Sight & Mind CIC (Cecilia Toole, CEO), Merseyside  

Professor Paul McCrone, University of Greenwich, London

Professor Will Dixon, Chair in Digital Epidemiology, University of Manchester

Made by Mortals CIC, Ashton, Greater Manchester

Professor Ian Philp, Age Care Technologies

Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust


Memberships of committees and professional bodies

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Chair, Research Sub-Group, Social Care Innovators, Institute of Health and Social Care Management 

Member (social care) Mental Health Implementation Network Advisory Board, ARC South London (June 2022 – present).

Review Panel Member, NIHR Pre-doctoral Local Authority Fellowship (PLAF) scheme.

Member, National Skills for Care Adult Social Care Workforce Strategy Academic and Research Panel (January 2024 - present).

Member of Expert Advisory Group (Social Care Economics Scoping Review), National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)/York Health Economics Consortium (December 2016 – May 2017)

Research Partner, Age Care Technologies International ACT Assessment: ACT-ICOPE International Research Network (; Professor Ian Philp, CEO. Winner of the 2021 Healthy Ageing Innovation Prize of the United Nations World Summit for the Information Society (WSIS). 

Honorary member, Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing (MICRA)

Member, DEMON Network: an international network applying data science to dementia and dementia trials (DEMON | DEMON Network (


Methodological knowledge

Multivariate and multivariable statistical models, including relative weights metrics; measures of agreement; cost-effectiveness evaluation; cost-utility measurement; data envelopment analysis; performance measurement techniques; policy analysis.


  • PhD Community Medicine (Psychiatry), University of Manchester 2007
  • MSc Psychiatric Social Work, University of Manchester  1995
  • BA (Hons) Applied Social Science, First Class, University of Central Lancashire  1989
  • Certificate of Qualification in Social Work, University of Central Lancashire  1989

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 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

External positions

External Examiner PhD, Southern Cross University

26 Jun 2024 → …

Social Care Specialty Lead, Clinical Research Network Greater Manchester

1 Feb 2022 → …

External Examiner MSc Global Aging, The University of Stirling

10 Sept 2020 → …

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Digital Futures
  • Christabel Pankhurst Institute
  • Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing


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