Martin Webber

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Martin is a Registered Social Worker with experience of working with adults with mental health problems in a community mental health team and adults with a learning disability in supported living environments. He is currently a Reader in Social Work at the University of York where he is also Director of the International Centre for Mental Health Social Research and academic lead for Making Research Count (York). He collaborates with researchers in Australia, the US, India and Europe to design and evaluate social interventions for people with mental health problems which aim to improve social connectivity and well-being. He draws upon his research in his teaching with social work students and qualified practitioners undertaking post-qualifying awards. He is committed to improving the quality and rigour of social work research to produce better evidence to inform practitioners and improve outcomes for the people they work with. He is also passionate about ensuring that social work practice and research remain closely connected.

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Employment opportunities for all? Social enterprises and mental health

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Martin Webber considers a Canadian study about social enterprises and employment opportunities for people with mental health problems such as psychosis.

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‘Could do better’: collective user involvement in substance misuse and mental health services

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Martin Webber has a look at some Swedish research on user involvement through user advisory councils in mental health and substance misuse services.

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Improving shared decision making in mental health

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Martin Webber critiques a US study capturing service user views on shared decision making in mental health care and discusses possible implications for social work.

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QVC or CQC? How people make choices about social care

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Martin Webber takes on a systematic review about choice and decision-making in health and social care by people with disabilities and long term conditions and, among other things, finds relevant evidence for personalisation and inspection.

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Relationship training for children and family practitioners: does it work?

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Martin Webber looks at a rare social work randomised controlled trial (RCT) on relationship training for practitioners working with children and families and finds that even findings from a study using ‘gold standard’ research methodology have to be carefully examined for reliability.

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Quality of life and mental health: What questions should we ask?

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In his debut blog, Martin Webber, Reader in Social Work at the University of York, asks how we can meaningfully measure quality of life with and for people living with mental health problems.

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