Research in Mental Health, Health and Social Care

Accelerating Research

The purpose of Research in Mental Health, Health and Social Care (MH2aSC) is to provide a focus and to accelerate research in mental health, mental well-being and transformation and innovation practice.

The Mental Health, Health and Social Care (MH2aSC) sits within the College of Social Science and the School of Health and Social Care at the University of Lincoln. MH2aSC has a focus on Mental Health; Health and Social care with primary interests in Research, Education and Development.

MH2aSC has evolved to encompass a broader range of research activity that involves social care and adult health, particularly cancer care through a partnership with Macmillan.

For more information please see below, or visit our Research blog page and Twitter

What are we doing?

MH2aSC has evolved from the Centre for Clinical and Academic Workforce Innovation (CCAWI) and subsequently the Mental Health Research, Education and Development group (MHRED).

The original group was set up by Professors Tony Butterworth and Ian Baguley and Dr Christine Jackson in 2005, and is now co-ordinated by Dr Ros Kane and Dr Ian McGonagle.

The aim of the group is to be an expert resource to Government policy strategists, health, social and education economies to create and drive innovation in health and social care settings.

Why is it important?

Key themes include Mental Health & Health and Social Care integration; Values Based Practice; Workforce Development and Service Innovation and Improvement.

Our current work streams include:

Cancer care: we work closely with Macmillan and the local health economy to investigate the care of cancer patients following completion of their treatment.

Workforce development: we are involved in the development of new Clinical Academic Careers of Nurses, Midwives and Allied Health Professionals for the regional health economy.

Conscientious Objection: we are exploring the impact of the emotional labour of health and social care and its relationship to professional and personal conscience.

The Lawn Hospital: A historical project examining the archives of the Lawn asylum/hospital in Lincoln. The practice conducted in this important institution has much to tell us on mental health practice then and now.

How are we different?

We have a well developed network of international and national collaborators and offer PhD supervision. We also support the development of clinical academics and other early career researchers.

MH2aSC staff have a strong track record in leading and co-producing initiatives that have a direct and positive impact on services provided in the UK and internationally.

Our Values: We believe, and deliver an approach which reflects the principles of Values Based Practice (VBP):
We promote clinical/ practice skills which are values driven
We promote effective relationship skills for individuals and teams
We promote the essential link between Evidence Based Practice and values

Partnership and collaboration: MH2aSC has an established network of national and international collaborations and these partnerships drive our work..



Academic Staff


Dr Ros Kane

Principal Lecturer

Dr Ian McGonagle

Principal Lecturer

Rob Goemans

Senior Lecturer

Dr Paul Turner

Senior Lecturer

Dr Milika Matiti

Senior Lecturer

Dr Maria Joyce

Senior Lecturer

Dr Valeria Carroll

Senior Lecturer

David Nelson

Research Assistant 

Ma2SC - Latest Outputs 

Inter-professional practice and education in health and social care

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Inclusive culture a condition for the development of education

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Inclusive education in the UK: current developments, perspectives and practice realities

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Feedback for learning: facilitating a dialogue with students regarding their assessment performance

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Life course perspective on domestic abuse

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Emotional intelligence and barriers to communication

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The particularities of the features combinations of a 'modal' psychology student

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Evaluation of demand in a rural English hospital emergency department

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Combining methods to research an emergency department: a case study

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The efficacy of the enterprise culture in the English NHS

This article examines the role and appropriateness of different research paradigms in exploring whether the enterprise culture (the NHS poli...