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Disability and Social Inclusion Seminars

Each year the School of Health Sciences at City, University of London, runs a series of events and seminars which provide a platform for academics, practitioners and service users to discuss developments on best practice, and help promote social inclusion for disabled people and others at risk of social exclusion, through research, teaching and consultancy.

Previous topics have included: welfare at work, disability services in an age of austerity, challenges for the third sector, insurance and social inclusion.

These events are free to attend but registration is essential.

All seminars commence at 1pm and finish at 2.15pm. Please contact Doria Pilling for any queries or more information: D.S.Pilling@city.ac.uk

Upcoming Seminars

Check back here for details of future seminars.

Past seminars

Jobs and social protection for disabled people, their carers and their communities in the 2020s

Key trends in adult social care

  • Speaker: Simon Bottery. Senior Fellow, Social Care, King’s Fund
  • January 16th 2020

Lived experience expertise in research, challenges and ways to overcome them in a mental health context

  • Speaker: Dr Dan Robotham, Deputy Director Research, McPin Foundation
  • November 7th, 2019

Games as a pathway to digital skills adoption for reluctant older citizens


Harnessing employers

  • Speaker: Paulette Cohen, Director Diversity and Inclusion, Barclays
  • June 27th, 2019

Making transport in London more accessible for disabled people

  • Speaker: Anne McMeel, TFL Board member
  • June 6th, 2019

The impact of housing problems on mental health

  • Speaker: Thomas Weeks, Research Officer, Shelter
  • May 16th, 2019

What works well in improving employment support for disabled people

  • Speakers: Clare Gray, Disability Advocacy Adviser and Jenny La Rocque, National Employer Manager, Shaw Trust
  • March 14th, 2019

A Better Work Capability Assessment (WCA) is Possible: How to reform the WCA

Social care for working age and older disabled people

  • Speaker: Gary Robjent, Policy and Research Manager, Policy and Campaigns Leonard Cheshire Disability
  • December 13th 2018


Reducing loneliness and social isolation for people with mental health problems

  • Speaker: Dr Bryn Lloyd-Evans, Senior Lecturer and Senior Research Associate, Division of Psychiatry, Faculty of Brain Sciences, UCL
  • June 21th 2018
  • Slides

How organisations can provide more effective support for disabled people and those with health conditions to access and remain in work

  • Speaker: Rachel Suff, Public Policy Adviser, Employment Relations, CIPD
  • May 17th 2018
  • Slides

UK: still a world leader in disability equality?

  • Speaker: Tracey Lazard, CEO, London Inclusion
  • February 15th 2018
  • Slides

Technology and quality of life of older people

  • Speaker: Dr Jacqueline Damant, Research Officer, Personal Social Services Research Unit, London School of Economics
  • November 16th 2017
  • Slides


Reducing loneliness and social isolation for people with mental health problems

  • Dr Bryn Lloyd-Evans, Senior Lecturer and Senior Research Associate, Division of Psychiatry, Faculty of Brain Sciences, UCL
  • June 8th 2017
  • Slides

The costs of social care

  • Richard Humphries, Senior Fellow, Policy, the King's Find
  • April 13th 2017
  • Slides

The Government's Green Paper: Work, Health and Disability - halving the disability employment gap?

  • Richard Kramer, Deputy CEO and Director of Policy and Communications and Jasmine Basran, Policy Adviser, Welfare Benefits and Employment, Sense
  • March 9th 2017
  • Slides

The costs of traumatic brain injury

  • Michael Parsonage, Chief Economist, Centre for Mental Health
  • February 9th 2017
  • Slides

Better care and healthier life for people with learning disabilities

  • Jim Blair, Consultant Nurse, Great Ormond Street Hospital and Associate Professor Intellectual (Learning) Disabilities at Kingston University and St Georges’ University of London
  • January 12th 2017
  • Slides

Maximizing the use of new technologies for older people

  • David Sinclair, Director of the International Longevity Centre – UK
  • December 8th 2016
  • Slides

National evaluation of peer support for people with mental health difficulties


Introduction to Nesta's work on People-powered Health: Social Action and Peer Support

  • Johann Ejbye and Annette Holman, Nesta
  • Thursday June 16th 2016
  • Slides

Technology, older people and social inclusion

  • Professor Martin Knapp, Professor of Social Policy and Director of the Personal Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU), London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).
  • Thursday May 12th 2016
  • Slides

Will the Integration of Health and Social Care Solve the Problems of Provision of Long-Term Care?

  • Richard Humphries, Assistant Director of Policy, King's Fund
  • Thursday April 14th 2016
  • Slides

Driving Change in the Delivery of Mental Health Services

  • Paul Farmer, Chief Executive, Mind
  • Thursday March 10th 2016
  • Slides

Disabled People's Financial Histories: Uncovering The Disability Wealth-Penalty

  • Dr Abigail McKnight, Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion (CASE), London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)
  • Thursday February 11th 2016
  • Slides

Looking at Illness In a Very Different Way”: Psychiatrists’ Views of Mental Health Recovery

  • Dr Tom Shakespeare, Senior Lecturer, Norwich Medical School
  • Friday January 22nd 2016

The Meaning of Arts Participation for People with Mental Health Problems and Long Term Illness

  • Dr Frances Reynolds, Reader, Occupational Therapy, College of Health and Life Sciences, Brunel University
  • Thursday December 10th 2015
  • Slides

Technology and Empowerment for Disabled People

  • Robin Christopherson, Head of Digital Inclusion, AbilityNet
  • Thursday November 12th 2015
  • Links to apps and video clips referred to in Robin Christopherson’s presentation can be found listed under the SoundCloud audio below.

Technological Applications In Aphasia Therapy


Action on Hearing Loss: Final Report of the Commission on Hearing Loss

  • Paul Breckell, Chief Executive, Action on Hearing Loss
  • Tuesday July 7th 2015
  • Slides

Tackling Unemployment for Blind and Partially Sighted People

  • Alex Saunders, Employment Impact Officer, RNIB and Paul Lynch, Research Fellow, Visual Impairment Centre for Teaching and Research (VICTAR), School of Education, University of Birmingham
  • Tuesday June 16th 2015
  • Slides

Migrant Care Workers in the UK and Norway

  • Professor Karen Christensen, Department of Sociology, University of Bergen, Norway
  • Tuesday May 12th 2015
  • Slides

Problems and Solutions in Accessibility and Usability of ICT for Disabled People

  • Gill Whitney, Associate Professor Design for All Research Group School of Science & Technology, Middlesex University
  • Tuesday April 14th 2015
  • Slides

Invisibility of Patients with Learning Disabilities in Hospital

  • Dr. Irene Tuffrey-Wijne, Senior Research Fellow in Nursing at St George's, University of London and Kingston University
  • Tuesday March 10th 2015
  • Slides

The Capability Approach and Disability: Constraints on Disabled People's Participation

  • Dr. Tania Burchardt, Deputy Director, Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion (CASE) and Senior Lecturer, Department of Social Policy, LSE
  • Wednesday February 25th 2015
  • Slides

Are Telehealth and Telecare the Answer for Older People with Assisted Living Needs?

  • Dr. Joe Wherton, Research fellow, Centre for Primary Care and Public Health, Blizard Institute, Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry
  • Tuesday January 13th 2015
  • Slides

Evaluation of the Time to Change Campaign: Programme to Reduce Stigma and Discrimination against People with Mental Health Problems

  • Dr Claire Henderson, Clinical Senior Lecturer, Health Services and Population Research, Institute of Psychiatry, King's College, London
  • Tuesday December 9th 2014
  • Slides

Fit for Purpose: Reforming Employment Support for Disabled People and Those with Health Conditions

  • Tony Wilson, Policy Director, Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion
  • Thursday November 13th 2014
  • Slides

Self-management of Long-Term Conditions

  • Dr Hayley McBain, Research Fellow, School of Health Sciences, City University London
  • Tuesday October 14th 2014
  • Slides


The Thinkwell Website - Enablement Actions for Patients' and Public Understanding of Health Research

  • Amanda Burls, Professor Public Health, Division of Health Services Research and Management, City University London
  • Tuesday 15th July 2014
  • Slides

Quality of Life and Psychological Well-being in Long-Term Chronic Conditions

  • Lorna Rixon, Research Fellow, Division of Health Services Research and Management, City University London
  • Tuesday 1st July 2014

Future of Social Care

  • Richard Hawkes, Chief Executive Scope
  • Tuesday 13th May 2014
  • Slides

Overview of Research and Development of Assistive Technology in the UK

  • Aidan Parr, Senior Researcher, Foundation for Assistive Technology
  • Tuesday 11th March 2014
  • Slides

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Shared Decision Making and Social Inclusion for People with Mental Health Difficulties

  • Professor Shula Ramon, Anglia Ruskin and Hertfordshire Universities and Sarah Rae, service user trainer and researcher, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Partnership Foundation Trust
  • Tuesday 11th February 2014
  • Slides

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Sociology of Long-term Disabling Conditions

  • Sasha Scambler, Lecturer in Sociology, King's College, London
  • Tuesday 14th January 2014
  • Slides

'Mind Yourself' - Neurological Self-management

  • Paul Barrett, Brain Injury Researcher and Former Director of Irish Brain Injury Association, Brí.
  • Tuesday 10th December 2013
  • Slides

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The Value of Social Support in Accessing Education and Employment for People with Mental Health Problems

  • Jonathan Leach, Lecturer Open University and Chair of Tandem, a Mental Health Befriending Organisation In Oxford
  • Tuesday 19th November 2013
  • Slides

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Increasing Employment of People with Mental Health Problems

  • Miles Rinaldi, Head of Recovery and Social Inclusion at South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust
  • Tuesday 15th October 2013
  • Slides


Childhood Disability and Social Disadvantage

  • Colin Low, Lord Low of Dalston CBE, Vice President RNIB
  • Tuesday 16th July 2013
  • Room B307B
  • Transcript of presentation available here

The Effectiveness of Telehealth and Telecare: Psychological and Social Outcomes of the Whole System Demonstrator Project

  • Shashi Hirani, Senior Lecturer in Health Psychology, Health Services Research and Management Division, City University London
  • Tuesday 11th June 2013
  • Room AG11
  • Slides

Recovery, Personalisation and Personal Budgets

  • Vidhya Alakeson, Director of Research and Strategy, Resolution Foundation and Rachel Perkins, OBE, Freelance Consultant and Chair of Equality 2025
  • Tuesday 14th May 2013
  • Room AG03
  • Slides

Employment, Social Inclusion and People with Learning Difficulties

  • Lee Humber, Lecturer, Department of Clinical Health Care, Oxford Brookes University
  • Tuesday 9th April 2013
  • Room C300
  • Slides

Vocational Rehabilitation after Traumatic Head Injury

  • Dr Andy Tyerman, Consultant Clinical Neuropsychologist / Head of Service
  • Community Head Injury Service, Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust
  • Tuesday 12th February 2013
  • Convocation Suite
  • Slides

The Effects of Welfare Reform on Disabled People

  • Sue Royston, Social Policy Officer, Citizen's Advice Bureau
  • Tuesday January 15th 2013
  • Room A111
  • Slides

Working collaboratively with service users and carers on mental health nursing research

  • Alan Simpson, Professor of Collaborative Mental Health Nursing, City University London
  • Tuesday 11th December 2012
  • Slides

Hearing loss in the workplace

  • Laura Matthews, Senior Research and Policy Officer, Action on Hearing Loss
  • Tuesday 13th November 2012
  • Slides

TUC Policy on Disability Issues

  • Peter Purton, Disability and LGBT Officer, TUC
  • Tuesday 9th October 2012
  • Handouts