Vanessa Baxter

Senior Research Officer
School of Health and Social Care
 Vanessa Baxter



Vanessa is a Senior Research Officer with extensive experience of research and evaluation within industry and the public sector. Vanessa has been a Certified Member of the Market Research Society since 1994. Vanessa undertook a wide variety of projects for both Adult and Children’s Social Care and Public Health while working for Essex County Council for nearly 20 years. She now leads on external collaborative research and service evaluations as part of her role within the Health and Care Research Service at the University of Essex. Recent projects have included: evaluations of three recurrent care services, two edge of care services and a Community of Practice for recurrent care practitioners; a review of good practice in primary and secondary care for people living with dementia; a review of learning from the development of different models of integrated care services; and a review of lessons learnt while redesigning children's centres.


  • BA (Hons) 2:1 in European Studies (French and Spanish) University of Bath, (1986)

  • Certified Member of the Market Research Society The Market Research Society,


University of Essex

  • Senior Researcher, Health & Social Care, University of Essex (5/11/2018 - present)

Research and professional activities

Research interests

Health and social care evaluation

Vanessa leads on external collaborative research and service evaluations for a range of public sector organsations including local authorities, NHS health Trusts and charities

Key words: healthcare


Journal articles (2)

Ioakimidis, V., O’Connell, L., Baxter, V., Chard, K., Speed, E. and White, G., (2022). Challenge and opportunity: Making sense of the ‘first lockdown’ experience of families with young children and health and social care practitioners in Southend-on-Sea (the United Kingdom). International Social Work. 65 (3), 406-420

Cox, P., McPherson, S., Mason, C., Ryan, M. and Baxter, V., (2020). Reducing Recurrent Care Proceedings: Building a Local Evidence Base in England. Societies. 10 (4), 88-88

Reports and Papers (1)

O'Connell, L., Baxter, V., Ioakimidis, V. and Speed, E., The impact of COVID-19 on families and services in Southend

Grants and funding


Thomas Thomas Films KTP Application (The Wayback) - Dec 2021 deadline

Innovate UK (formerly Technology Strategy Board)

Evaluation Essex County Council Children and Families Multi-Disciplinary Team pilot

Essex County Council


Evaluation: Tendring District Council's Wellbeing Hubs

Tendring District Council

Evaluation of the 99 by 19 project in Southend

Focal Point Gallery

Exploring opportunities for innovation and impact in improving outcomes for children and families. Mid and South Essex Health Care Partnership (MSEHCP)


Evaluation of Dance Network Associations Dance on Prescription Programme

Dance Network Association

Evaluation of the Tendring Health & Care Academy Programme

North East Essex Clinical Commissioning Group


Independent evaluation of Strengthening Families Service, Salford

Strengthening Families Service

Evaluation of the YMCA project in Southend: 'Our Voice, Our Passions, Our Future'

Southend YMCA

EVALUATION: Qualitative evaluation of the Thurrock health information app for parents TEDDI

Thurrock Council

Proposal for Evaluation of Community Music project

Community Music Ltd

Evaluation of Communities 360 Dementia Friendly Projects


Proposal to Evaluate the 'Step Together' Service run by Venus Charity, Sefton, Merseyside (Year 3 - Oct 2019 to Sept 2020; Year 4 - Oct 2020 to Sept 2021)

Venus Charity

Literature Review and Critical Analysis of Children�s Centre Services, Reorganisations and Re-provisions


PHE Reproductive Health, Sexual Health and HIV Innovation Fund 2019-20

The Dartington Hall Trust


Evaluation of HomeStart Essex peer researcher project on perinatal information, advice and guidance pathways

Home-Start Essex

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