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School of Health and Society

Rita Haworth

Senior Lecturer in Social Policy


Previously Rita has worked for the probation service and been an Executive member of The Social Policy Association and a Director/Trustee of Healthwatch.


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

Teaching interests

  • social policy 
  • health policy
  • social care policy
  • user engagement
  • gender issues

Research Interests

Rita is currently a member of The Dementia 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.

Qualifications and Memberships

  •  BA (Hons) degree in community studies
  •  MA(Economics) social policy with distinction for research from the University of Manchester.


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 2011, 'Patient choice and participation in decision making is not always that straightforward.' British Medical Journal (BMJ) . 

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

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

Ahmed, A, Wilding, MA, Haworth-Lomax, R and McCaughan, S 2017, Promoting diversity and inclusiveness in dementia services in Salford , Project Report, University of Salford.  

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