Rita Haworth

Rita Haworth

Senior Lecturer in Social Policy

Office Times

Open door Wed 13.00 -15.00 pm

Appointments at other times please e mail.


Rita holds a first class BA (Hons) degree in community studies and an MA(Economics) social policy with distinction for research from the University of Manchester. Previously Rita has worked for the probation service, been an Executive member of The Social Policy Association and most recently A Director/Trustee of Healthwatch. Rita is module leader for Introduction to Social Policy 2 (Level 4), Joint module leader for Health, Wellbeing and Social Policy (Level 4) and Health and Social Care Policy (Level 6). She is also the module leader and coordinator for the Community Placement and Dissertations at Level 6. Rita is currently a member of The Dementia Design Institute for Research. Rita’s main academic interests are the history of social policy, health policy, older people and gender issues. Rita has undertaken research in the areas of widening participation, personal development planning and public and patient participation in decision making in local health care planning. Her recent research activities have concluded with the delivery of a number of national and international conference papers and publications in journals such as the British Medical Journal and the journal of dementia care.


Rita is the module leader for the following modules: 

MSc Social policy community placement/work based project

BSc Social policy dissertation

BSc Social policy community placement

BSc Introduction to social policy

2 Joint module leader with Karen Kinghorn for

BSc Health wellbeing and social policy

BSc Health and social care.

Research Interests

User engagement in health and social care.

Gender issues.

Older people.

Mental health and dementia services.

Qualifications and Memberships

MA (Econs) Social Policy. Distinction for research.

BA (Hons) first class Community studies.


Promoting good design , The Journal of Dementia Care, 22 (1) , p. 18.Burke, ME, Collier, EH, Haworth-Lomax, R and Yates-Bolton, NJ 2014,

Haworth, R. (2011). 'Patient choice and participation in decision making is not always that straightforward.' British Medical Journal (BMJ) . This is the latest version of this item.

Haworth-Lomax, R (2013). 'Older people' in: An introduction to social policy , Sage publications limited, London, pp. 100-112.

Haworth, R and Melling, B 2009, Breaking down the barriers. To what extent are service users collaborating in decision making processes within the NHS? A review of policy implementation and outcomes, in: Dilemmas for Human Services (13th International Research Conference), 10 September 2009, The University of Stafford.

Haworth, R & Melling, B 2008, From Rhetoric to reality: A review of New Labour's proposals for greater public participation in local health service planning., in: 'International inter professional practice conference.', The University of Salford, Greater Manchester, England. Conference details: International inter professional practice conference.