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  1. Tilda Goldberg:Lessons for Today from a Social Work Pioneer Chris Hemsley Social Worker and Donald Forrester Professor of Social Work Research The Tilda Goldberg Centre for Social Work and Social Care University of Bedfordshire

  2. Tilda Goldberg OBE

  3. ‘Progress, far from consisting in change, depends on retentiveness’ (Santayana, 1906 p.284)

  4. Tilda & Eva

  5. The Early Years • Staatliche Augusta Schule

  6. Arriving in the UK • Berlin University – psychology and economics – did not complete • 1933 – England – Dennington Park Road • Parents and sister Eva arrive some time later; Eva dies

  7. London School of Economics • 1933-35 LSE – Certificate in Social Science and Administration awarded 1.10.1935 • 1936 LSE – Certificate in Mental Health. Qualifies as a Psychiatric Social Worker

  8. Early Career • 1936-43 Hertfordshire Child Guidance Clinic • 1943-49 Regional Aftercare Officer in Newcastle: assessing needs of people discharged from military psychiatric hospitals • 1stresearch project – national description of all patients helped by regional officers • 1948-49 Assistant Programme Secretary, International Congress on Mental Health, London Aug 1948 • Mental Health Conference in US

  9. The Medical Research Council 1949-65 Researcher at MRC Social Medicine Research Unit under Jerry Morris

  10. Early Works Goldberg’s early works share 5 common themes: • Research traditions of social medicine to contribute to social welfare • Effective assessment, embedded within the social context. • Clearly-stated aims • Multiagency working • Time-limited interventions

  11. Theme 1 • A researcher who understands and uses the research traditions of social medicine to contribute to social welfare

  12. Theme 2 • Commitment to effective assessment, embedded within the social context

  13. Theme 3 • The need for clearly-stated aims

  14. Theme 4 • The value of multiagency working

  15. Theme 5 • Identifies the value of time-limited interventions

  16. The Social Medicine Research Unit

  17. Younghusband

  18. The National Institute of Social Work

  19. The Seebohm Report 1968

  20. NISWT Research Programme • Small scale experimental studies: the Helping the Aged RCT (Goldberg et al, 1970); Social Work in General Practice (Goldberg and Neill, 1972); task-centred casework studies (1973 to 1977) and studies into schizophrenia (1969-1974) • Medium scale attitude studies: the Consumer and Social Worker Studies in Southampton 1972-3 and 1974-6 • National studies of service patterns, including the workload studies (1968-71) and specifically the Northern Ireland Study (1972) • Action research: the development of the CRS (1972-1976)

  21. Small Scale Experimental Studies Helping the Aged (1970)

  22. Small Scale Experimental Studies Social Work in General Practice (1972)

  23. Small Scale Experimental Studies 1973 - 1977 Reid, W.J. and Shyne, A.W. (1969) Brief and Extended Casework. New York and London: Columbia University Press

  24. Medium Scale Attitude Studies Southampton Consumer & Worker studies, 1972 & 1975

  25. National Studies of Service Patterns • Northern Ireland Study (Walker et al, 1972)

  26. Action Research • Case Review System: • a practice tool • educational function • management tool • information system • research tool

  27. Kent Community Care Project

  28. Post NSWA

  29. Policy Studies Institute 1977 - 1982 • Ends and Means in Social Work Goldberg, E.M. and Warburton, R.W. (1979) • Problems, Tasks and Outcomes (1985) Goldberg, E.M., Gibbons, J. and Sinclair, I.A.C. • The effectiveness of social care for the elderly: an overview of recent and current evaluative research Goldberg, E.M. and Connelly, N. (1982)

  30. The Role of Research • Public accountability • The equitable distribution of resources • Impact on service users • Cost effectiveness • ‘A safeguard against fashion, and enthusiastic and uncritical belief in the ‘new’’ (Goldberg and Connelly, 1982 p.245)

  31. Tanza Road

  32. Ringshall

  33. ‘How to translate even freely accessible knowledge into policy and practice still remains one of the hardest nuts to crack’ (Goldberg and Connelly, 1982 p.258)

  34. Influence Others’ Research Goldberg’s Research Policy Practice

  35. Barriers 4 barriers to the uptake of research Walt (1994): • Politics • Scientific uncertainty • Timing • Communication

  36. Enablers Nutley et al (2007): • Good quality • Prestigious source • Aligns with specified needs • Supported or funded by policy-makers

  37. Legacy • 57 works • First UK Social Care RCT • Qualitative and quantitative research • The Tilda Goldberg Centre for Social Work and Social Care Research

  38. “Each age writes the history of the past anew with reference to the conditions uppermost in its own time." Frederick Jackson Turner • e.g. REF and Tilda’s financial legacy…