2011 - Present - PhD Student, Aston University
Exploring Older People’s Experiences of Choice in Social Care:This project examines choice and decision making by older people in social care and encompasses aspects of public policy, sociology and psychology. The increase in choice in social care, which has arisen through changes to public policy, has led to the concept of the consumer being extended to the user of public services who controls decisions concerning their own care.
Older people who do not ‘choose’ to consume public services may view their role differently. Research has shown that older people prefer fewer options when faced with choices than do younger people. Analytical models of decision making have been developed in healthcare, identifying distinct stages of information exchange, deliberation and selection of appropriate action, but there is little discussion of the process in the context of social care.