Mary Seacole Research Centre (MSRC)
Promoting Equality and Diversity in Health, Social Care and Educational Research The Mary Seacole Research Centre
brings together inter-disciplinary researchers with interests in diversity research in health and social care. Our understanding of diversity includes attention to ethnic and cultural dimensions, mental health, learning and physical disabilities, lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans health and social inequalities, spirituality and gender as well as multi-agency working and education for culturally competent practice.
Working collaboratively with colleagues across the university, nationally and internationally, there are two main strands which characterise our work: ethnicity in health and social care and Lesbian, Gay Bisexual and Trans health inequalities.
Particular research themes include
- The delivery of culturally sensitive and appropriate care in a multi-ethnic society,
- Employment opportunities and career development of black and minority ethnic staff, and
- Specific diversity/ minority ethnic health and social care needs.
We conduct research in
- Ethnicity and health
- Mental Health, Disability and ethnicity
- Health care perspectives – What works for users and carers and a culturally competent workforce
- Social work’s role in tackling LGBT health inequalities,
- Health and human rights
- The social determinants of health
- Cancer and LGBT people
- Public and patient involvement in research.
Collaborative working with health and welfare agencies and community groups is a priority, to ensure active dissemination and implementation of research findings in practice and we are active in international networks to promote equality in health and care.
Current Research Projects Include:
- Public Health England funded BME MSM Health Project Evaluation.
- Improving the Cancer Journey for LGBT people
International studies suggest that LGB people have higher risks and increased prevalence of some cancers in comparison to the general population. The UK Cancer Patient Experience Survey (2011/12, 2013) suggested they had less positive experiences in secondary care services mainly relating to the respect and dignity with which they were treated. Due to the lack of formal support groups and targeted health information, LGB people may have also a poorer post-diagnosis experience and lower quality of life with cancer. Few international studies have considered the cancer care needs of trans people. Click here for the full report.
Mary Seacole Research Centre
Director: Professor Julie Fish
T: +44 (0) 116 257 7750