Professor Peter Beresford

School of Health and Social Care
Professor Peter Beresford
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Journal articles (132)

Rose, D., Carr, S. and Beresford, P., (2018). ‘Widening cross-disciplinary research for mental health’: what is missing from the Research Councils UK mental health agenda?. Disability and Society. 33 (3), 476-481

Russo, J., Beresford, P. and O'Hagan, M., (2018). Commentary on: Happell, B. & Scholz, B (2018). Doing what we can, but knowing our place: Being an ally to promote consumer leadership in mental health. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing , 27, 440-447. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing. 27 (6), 1877-1878

Russo, J. and Beresford, P., (2017). Scenarios for the future of mental health care: whose interests, whose perspectives, whose future?. The Lancet Psychiatry. 4 (3), 189-190

Askheim, OP., Beresford, P. and Heule, C., (2017). Mend the gap – strategies for user involvement in social work education. Social Work Education. 36 (2), 128-140

Slasberg, C. and Beresford, P., (2017). Strengths-based practice: social care’s latest Elixir or the next false dawn?. Disability and Society. 32 (2), 269-273

Slasberg, C. and Beresford, P., (2017). The need to bring an end to the era of eligibility policies for a person-centred, financially sustainable future. Disability and Society. 32 (8), 1263-1268

Beresford, P., (2016). Presenting welfare reform: poverty porn, telling sad stories or achieving change?. Disability & Society. 31 (3), 421-425

Beresford, P. and Russo, J., (2016). Supporting the sustainability of Mad Studies and preventing its co-option. Disability & Society. 31 (2), 1-5

Beresford, P., (2016). From psycho-politics to mad studies: learning from the legacy of Peter Sedgwick. Critical and Radical Social Work. 4 (3), 343-355

Slasberg, C. and Beresford, P., (2016). The eligibility question – the real source of depersonalisation?. Disability and Society. 31 (7), 969-973

Slasberg, C. and Beresford, P., (2016). The false narrative about personal budgets in England: smoke and mirrors?. Disability and Society. 31 (8), 1132-1137

Beresford, P., (2015). From 'recovery' to reclaiming madness. Clinical Psychology Forum. 2015 (268), 16-20

Slasberg, C. and Beresford, P., (2015). Building on the original strengths of direct payments to create a better future for social care. Disability & Society. 30 (3), 479-483

McWade, B., Milton, D. and Beresford, P., (2015). Mad studies and neurodiversity: a dialogue. Disability & Society. 30 (2), 305-309

Russo, J. and Beresford, P., (2015). Between exclusion and colonisation: seeking a place for mad people’s knowledge in academia. Disability & Society. 30 (1), 153-157

Borg, M., Johnson, TA., Bryant, W., Beresford, P. and Karlsson, B., (2015). Flerstemt forskningssamarbeid innen psykisk helse: erfaringer fra Storbritannia og Norge. Tidsskrift for Psykisk Helsearbeid. 12 (1), 61-70

Slasberg, C., Beresford, P. and Schofield, P., (2015). Further lessons from the continuing failure of the national strategy to deliver personal budgets and personalisation. Research Policy and Planning. 31 (1), 43-53

Slasberg, C., Watson, N., Beresford, P. and Schofield, P., (2014). Personalization of health care in England: have the wrong lessons been drawn from the personal health budget pilots?. Journal of Health Services Research & Policy. 19 (3), 183-188

Slasberg, C. and Beresford, P., (2014). Government guidance for the Care Act: undermining ambitions for change?. Disability & Society. 29 (10), 1677-1682

Fleming, J., Beresford, P., Bewley, C., Croft, S., Branfield, F., Postle, K. and Turner, M., (2014). Working together – innovative collaboration in social care research. Qualitative Social Work: Research and Practice. 13 (5), 706-722

Beresford, P., (2014). Mad studies is an idea that is new to the UK, but one that offers fresh hope of improving the lives of people experiencing distress, argues Professor Peter Beresford. Mental health today (Brighton, England), 7-

Beresford, P., (2014). Guest editorial. Social Work and Social Sciences Review. 17 (3), 3-5

Boxall, K. and Beresford, P., (2013). Service user research in social work and disability studies in the United Kingdom. Disability & Society. 28 (5), 587-600

Slasberg, C., Beresford, P. and Schofield, P., (2012). Can personal budgets really deliver better outcome for all at no cost? Reviewing the evidence, costs and quality. Disability & Society. 27 (7), 1029-1034

Beresford, P., (2012). Ignored or just forgotten?. Journal of Integrated Care. 20 (4), 202-204

Beresford, P. and Boxall, K., (2012). Service Users, Social Work Education and Knowledge for Social Work Practice. Social Work Education. 31 (2), 155-167

Barber, R., Beresford, P., Boote, J., Cooper, C. and Faulkner, A., (2011). Evaluating the impact of service user involvement on research: a prospective case study. International Journal of Consumer Studies. 35 (6), 609-615

Cotterell, P., Harlow, G., Morris, C., Beresford, P., Hanley, B., Sargeant, A., Sitzia, J. and Staley, K., (2011). Service user involvement in cancer care: the impact on service users. Health Expectations. 14 (2), 159-169

Staniszewska, S., Adebajo, A., Barber, R., Beresford, P., Brady, L-M., Brett, J., Elliott, J., Evans, D., Haywood, KL., Jones, D., Mockford, C., Nettle, M., Rose, D. and Williamson, T., (2011). Developing the evidence base of patient and public involvement in health and social care research: the case for measuring impact. International Journal of Consumer Studies. 35 (6), 628-632

Beresford, P., (2010). A college up for grabs. Community Care (1806), 6-

Bryant, W., Vacher, G., Beresford, P. and McKay, E., (2010). The modernisation of mental health day services: participatory action research exploring social networking. Mental Health Review Journal. 15 (3), 11-21

Beresford, P., (2010). The Future of Social Care: Change, Retrenchment or Sustainability?. Journal of Integrated Care. 18 (4), 2-3

Beresford, P., (2010). Football parallels with social work. Community Care (1826), 12-

Beresford, P., (2010). Care system's last days. Community Care (1816), 6-

Beresford, P., (2010). Peter Townsend, disability, Fabianism and self‐organisation – an enduring difficulty. An obituary. Disability & Society. 25 (2), 253-258

Beresford, P., (2010). Public partnerships, governance and user involvement: a service user perspective. International Journal of Consumer Studies. 34 (5), 495-502

Beresford, P., (2009). Personalisation and housing: a service user view. Housing, Care and Support. 12 (4), 11-12

Huxley, P., Evans, S., Beresford, P., Davidson, B. and King, S., (2009). The Principles and Provisions of Relationships. Journal of Social Work. 9 (1), 99-117

Beresford, P., (2009). Will politics kill debate?. Community Care (1797), 6-

Smith, E., Donovan, S., Beresford, P., Manthorpe, J., Brearley, S., Sitzia, J. and Ross, F., (2009). Getting ready for user involvement in a systematic review. Health Expectations. 12 (2), 197-208

Beresford, P., (2009). Personal Health Budgets for the UK NHS. The Patient: Patient-Centered Outcomes Research. 2 (2), 69-72

Beresford, P., (2009). Expert advice.. Mental health today (Brighton, England), 10-11

Beresford, P., (2009). Stop pulling the wool over our eyes. Learning Disability Today. 9 (9), 13-

Boxall, K., Dowson, S. and Beresford, P., (2009). Selling individual budgets, choice and control: local and global influences on UK social care policy for people with learning difficulties. Policy & Politics. 37 (4), 499-515

Beresford, P., (2008). Service users: Individualised involvement or collective action?. A Life in the Day. 12 (4), 13-15

Beresford, P., (2008). Time to get Real about Personalisation. Journal of Integrated Care. 16 (2), 2-4

Beresford, P., (2008). Start the debate now!. Community Care (1709), 6-

Smith, E., Ross, F., Donovan, S., Manthorpe, J., Brearley, S., Sitzia, J. and Beresford, P., (2008). Service user involvement in nursing, midwifery and health visiting research: A review of evidence and practice. International Journal of Nursing Studies. 45 (2), 298-315

Beresford, P., Croft, S. and Adshead, L., (2008). Is specialist palliative care social work being neglected?. European Journal of Palliative Care. 15 (1), 22-25

Beresford, P., (2008). Time to go.. Mental health today (Brighton, England), 19-20

Beresford, P., (2008). Where's the endorsement?. Community Care (1716), 6-

Beresford, P., Croft, S. and Adshead, L., (2008). 'We Don't See Her as a Social Worker': A Service User Case Study of the Importance of the Social Worker's Relationship and Humanity. British Journal of Social Work. 38 (7), 1388-1407

Beresford, P., (2008). End the funding turf war. Community Care (1726), 6-

Postle, K., Beresford, P. and Hardy, S., (2008). Assessing research and involving people using health and social care services: addressing the tensions. Evidence & Policy: A Journal of Research, Debate and Practice. 4 (3), 251-262

Beresford, P., (2008). All Quiet on the Western Front, E. M. Remarque (translated by A. W. Wheen), London and New York, Little Brown and Company, 1995 (reprinted). British Journal of Social Work. 38 (4), 827-828

Beresford, P., (2007). User involvement, research and health inequalities: developing new directions. Health & Social Care in the Community. 15 (4), 306-312

Beresford, P., (2007). Nothing about us without us. Community Care (1690), 16-

Beresford, P., (2007). Dig deep for chief execs!. Community Care (1703), 6-

Beresford, P., (2007). The role of service user research in generating knowledge-based health and social care: from conflict to contribution. Evidence & Policy: A Journal of Research, Debate and Practice. 3 (3), 329-341

Beresford, P., (2007). Hope for social care in big brother furore. Community Care (1658), 18-

Beresford, P., (2007). Service users do not want care navigators. Community Care (1668), 18-

Beresford, P., (2007). Service user wishlist goes back to basics. Community Care (1655), 18-

Beresford, P., (2007). Long ago, but not far away. Community Care (1681), 8-

Beresford, P. and Coughlan, J., (2007). Platt gives service users a key role [1]. Community Care (1673), 12-

Beresford, P., (2007). Emotions hinder inquiry. Community Care (1674), 6-

Beresford, P., (2007). Our voice on big brother. Community Care (1678), 6-

Beresford, P. and Hasler, F., (2007). No conflict over local involvement [2]. Community Care (1680), 14-

Beresford, P., (2007). Disability rights and wrongs. DISABILITY & SOCIETY. 22 (2), 217-224

Beresford, P., (2006). The White Paper and Prospects for Social Care: A Personal View. Journal of Integrated Care. 14 (3), 3-7

Glasby, J. and Beresford, P., (2006). Commentary and Issues : Who knows best? Evidence-based practice and the service user contribution. Critical Social Policy. 26 (1), 268-284

Beresford, P., (2006). Wiltshire user cuts [5]. Community Care (1634), 25-

Beresford, P., (2006). User groups are more than mom and apple pie. Community Care (1641), 20-

Beresford, P., (2006). Big brother: Abuse by any other name?. Community Care (1633), 20-

Beresford, P. and Branfield, F., (2006). Developing inclusive partnerships: user-defined outcomes, networking and knowledge − a case study. Health and Social Care in the Community. 14 (5), 436-444

Beresford, P., (2006). Workforce change is a question of trust. Community Care (1649), 20-

Hitchon, G., Westra, A., Beales, A. and Beresford, P., (2006). Putting users in control.. Mental health today (Brighton, England), 16-18

Beresford, P., (2006). Book Review: Poverty. Sociology. 40 (5), 976-977

Beresford, P., (2005). The Changing Role of Professor: Including Everyone's Knowledge and Experience. Mental Health Review Journal. 10 (2), 3-6

Beresford, P., (2005). Social work and a social model of madness and distress. Social Work and Social Sciences Review. 12 (2), 59-73

Beresford *, P., (2005). ‘Service user’: regressive or liberatory terminology?. Disability & Society. 20 (4), 469-477

Beresford, P., (2005). Where would we be without the pharmaceutical industry? A service user's view. Psychiatric Bulletin. 29 (03), 86-87

Postle, K. and Beresford, P., (2005). Capacity Building and the Reconception of Political Participation: A Role for Social Care Workers?. British Journal of Social Work. 37 (1), 143-158

Beresford, P., (2005). Redistributing profit and loss: the new economics of the market and social welfare. Critical Social Policy. 25 (4), 464-482

Beresford, P., (2005). Developing the theoretical basis for service user/survivor-led research and equal involvement in research. Epidemiologia e Psichiatria Sociale. 14 (01), 4-9

Beresford, P., (2004). Service Users and Practitioners Reunited: The Key Component for Social Work Reform. British Journal of Social Work. 34 (1), 53-68

Beresford, P., (2004). Where's the evidence?. Mental health today (Brighton, England), 31-34

BERESFORD, P., (2004). Reframing the nurse's role through a social model approach: a rights-based approach to workers' development. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing. 11 (3), 365-368

Beresford, P., (2002). Editorial. A Life in the Day. 6 (2), 2-3

Beresford, P., (2002). User Involvement: Time to get Serious. Journal of Integrated Care. 10 (3), 3-4

Beresford, P., Harrison, C. and Wilson, A., (2002). Mental health service users and disability: implications for future strategies. Policy & Politics. 30 (3), 387-396

Beresford, P., (2002). Thinking about 'mental health': Towards a social model. Journal of Mental Health. 11 (6), 581-584

Beresford, P. and Wilson, A., (2002). Genes Spell Danger: Mental health service users/survivors, bioethics and control. Disability & Society. 17 (5), 541-553

Beresford, P., (2001). Evidence‐Based Care: Developing the Discussion. Journal of Integrated Care. 9 (6), 3-6

Beresford, P., Brough, P. and Turner, M., (2001). Where Do You Stand with Service Users?. Journal of Social Work. 1 (1), 119-120

Beresford, P. and Croft, S., (2001). Service Users’ Knowledges and the Social Construction of Social Work. Journal of Social Work. 1 (3), 295-316

Hoban, M. and Beresford, P., (2001). Regenerating regeneration. Community Development Journal. 36 (4), 312-320

Beresford, P., (2001). Service users, social policy and the future of welfare. Critical Social Policy. 21 (4), 494-512

Beresford, P., (2001). Cheshire: The biography of Leonard Cheshire, VC, OM. DISABILITY & SOCIETY. 16 (3), 456-457

Beresford, P., (2001). Service Users. British Journal of Social Work. 31 (4), 629-630

Beresford, P., (2000). Service Users and Community Care: New Roles, New Knowledges, New Forms of Involvement?. Journal of Integrated Care. 8 (6), 20-23

Beresford, P. and Holden, C., (2000). We Have Choices: Globalisation and welfare user movements. Disability & Society. 15 (7), 973-989

Beresford, P., (2000). Service users' knowledges and social work theory: conflict or collaboration?. British Journal of Social Work. 30 (4), 489-503

Wilson, A., (2000). 'Anti-oppressive practice': emancipation or appropriation?. British Journal of Social Work. 30 (5), 553-573

Beresford, P., (2000). Welfare, exclusion and political agency. JOURNAL OF SOCIAL POLICY. 29, 518-519

Beresford, P., (2000). From Psychiatric Patient to Citizen: overcoming discrimination and social exclusion. JOURNAL OF SOCIAL POLICY. 29, 518-519

Beresford, P., (2000). Unequal partners: user groups and community care. DISABILITY & SOCIETY. 15 (3), 540-542

Beresford, P., (2000). What Have Madness and Psychiatric System Survivors Got to Do with Disability and Disability Studies?. Disability & Society. 15 (1), 167-172

BERESFORD, P. and EVANS, C., (1999). Research Note: Research and Empowerment. British Journal of Social Work. 29 (5), 671-677

Beresford, P., (1998). Shared care in childhood asthma - can it work?. Pediatric Research. 44 (3), 419-

Beresford, P. and Green, D., (1996). Income and wealth. Critical Social Policy. 16 (46), 95-109

BERESFORD, P., (1996). Poverty and Disabled People: Challenging dominant debates and policies. Disability & Society. 11 (4), 553-568

Beresford, P. and Croft, S., (1996). Reply to: 'A response to Beresford & Croft "It's Our Problem Too"' by Peter Golding. Critical Social Policy. 16 (48), 109-115

Beresford, P. and Croft, S., (1995). It's our problem too ! Challenging the exclusion of poor people from poverty discourse. Critical Social Policy. 15 (44-45), 75-95

Beresford, P. and Campbell, J., (1994). Disabled People, Service Users, User Involvement and Representation. Disability & Society. 9 (3), 315-325

Croft, S. and Beresford, P., (1992). The politics of participation. Critical Social Policy. 12 (35), 20-44

Croft, S. and Beresford, P., (1989). User-involvement, citizenship and social policy. Critical Social Policy. 9 (26), 5-18

Croft, S. and Beresford, P., (1988). Being On The Receiving End: lessons for community development and user involvement. Community Development Journal. 23 (4), 273-279

Croft, S. and Beresford, P., (1988). A third approach to city regeneration?. Town & Country Planning. 57 (3), 82-84

Croft, S. and Beresford, P., (1986). Cumberlege--cracks in the community.. Nursing times. 82 (26), 20-

Beresford, P. and Croft, S., (1983). Welfare pluralism: the new face of Fabianism. Critical Social Policy. 3 (9), 19-39


Beresford, P. and Beresford, S., (1980). Public participation and local politics ( Wandsworth, UK).. Town & Country Planning. 1980, 412-414

BERESFORD, P., (1980). YOUNG HOMELESS. NEW SOCIETY. 53 (920), 34-34

Beresford, P., (1979). Shirley Otto and Jim Orford, Not Quite Like Home: Small Hostels for Alcoholics and Others, John Wiley and Sons, Chichester, 1978. xi+218 pp. £7.95.. Journal of Social Policy. 8 (01), 117-117






Beresford, P., (1976). Letter: the homeless person and the psychiatric services.. British Journal of Psychiatry. 129, 286-287


Beresford, P., (1975). Reception centres: An index of social service inadequacy. British Journal of Social Work. 5 (2), 175-192

Books (2)

Beresford, P., (2016). All our welfare: Towards participatory social policy. 9781447320685

Beresford, P., Fleming, J., Glynn, M., Bewley, C., Croft, S., Branfield, F. and Postle, K., (2011). Supporting people: Towards a person-centred approach. 9781847427816

Book chapters (26)

Beresford, P., (2018). A basic income and the democratisation of social policy. In: It’s Basic Income: The global debate. Editors: Downes, A. and Lansley, S., . Policy Press at the University of Bristol. 103- 108. 978-1-4473-4391-2

Beresford, P., (2017). A participatory approach to services and support. In: Participation in Health and Welfare Services: Professional Concepts and Lived Experience. Editors: Eide, AH., Josephsson, S. and Vik, K., . Taylor and Francis (Routledge). 66- 78. 9781315628554

Beresford, P., (2015). The context for a social model of alcohol use. In: Women and Alcohol: Social Perspectives. 17- 29. 9781447318910

Beresford, P., (2015). Distress and disability: Not you, not me, but us?. In: Madness, Distress and the Politics of Disablement. 245- 259. 9781447314592

Bolt, D., (2015). Disability, Avoidance and the Academy. In: Disability, Avoidance and the Academy: Challenging Resistance. Routledge. 89- 98. 9781317511083

Taylor, J., Barrett, G., Forrest, V., Beresford, P. and Meakin, B., (2015). You're Not In The Picture: Service users, research, involvement and change. In: Innovations In Social Work Research Using methods creatively. Editors: Hardwick, L., Smith, R. and Worsley, A., . Jessica Kingsley Publishers. 334- 344

Beresford, P., (2015). Upelnomocniajaca Wiedza Na Rzecz Upelnomocniajacej Pracy Socjalnej. In: Empowerment w pracy socjalnej: praktyka i badania partycypacyjne. Editors: Gulczynska, A. and Granosik, M., . Centrum Rozwoju Zasobow Ludzkich. 27- 39. 9788379513017

Beresford, P., (2014). Advancing the positives of personalisation /person-centred support: A multi-perspective view. In: Debates in Personalisation. 153- 166. 9781447313434

Beresford, P. and Menzies, R., (2014). Developing partnerships to resist psychiatry within academia. In: Psychiatry disrupted: Theorizing resistance and crafting the (r)evolution. 77- 95. 9780773590304

Beresford, P., (2013). Personalisation. In: Critical and Radical Debates in Social Work. 69. 9781447317357

Beresford, P., (2013). Personalisation: From solution to problem?. In: Critical and Radical Debates in Social Work. 73- 98. 9781447317357

Beresford, P., (2013). Once more on personalisation. In: Critical and Radical Debates in Social Work. 144- 148. 9781447317357

Beresford, P., (2012). Service-User Involvement. In: The SAGE Handbook of Social Work. SAGE Publications Ltd. 693- 706. 9781849207515

Lodder, M., (2012). Foreword. In: Forever The New Tattoo. Editors: Klanten, R., . Die Gestalten Verlag. 184- 187. 3899554426. 9783899554427

Croft, S. and Beresford, P., (2011). The politics of participation. In: The Community Development Reader: History, Themes and Issues. 20- 44. 9781447308881

Beresford, P., (2011). Radical social work and service users: A crucial connection. In: Radical Social Work Today: Social Work at the Crossroads. 95- 114. 9781847428196

Beresford, P., (2010). Service users and social policy: Developing different discussions, challenging dominant discourses. In: Social Policy Review 22: Analysis and Debate in Social Policy, 2010. 227- 252. 9781847427137

Beresford, P., (2009). Control. In: Handbook of Service User Involvement in Mental Health Research. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. 181- 197. 9780470997956

Beresford, P., (2009). Differentiated consumers? A differentiated view from a service user perspective. In: The Consumer in Public Services: Choice, Values and Difference. 197- 218. 9781847421821

Eadie, T., (2007). Professional Development in the Workplace. In: Social Work: A Companion to Learning. SAGE Publications Ltd. 201- 214. 9781446247167

McLeod, E., Bywaters, P., Beresford, P., Croft, S. and Drakeford, M., (2007). A new agenda for social work: Tackling inequalities in physical health. In: Challenging Health Inequalities: From Acheson to 'Choosing Health'. 213- 232. 9781847422538

Barton, L., (2006). Overcoming Disabling Barriers. In: Overcoming Disabling Barriers: 18 Years of Disability and Society. Routledge. 181- 192. 0415378753

(2006). Choosing Methods in Mental Health Research. In: Choosing Methods in Mental Health Research: Mental Health Research from Theory to Practice. Routledge. 213- 222. 0203966007. 9781583918449

Postle, K. and Beresford, P., (2006). Making connections: Supporting new forms of engagement by marginalised groups. In: Cash and Care: Policy Challenges in the Welfare State. 219- 233. 9781847421661

Beresford, P., (2005). Service-user involvement in evaluation and research: Issues, dilemmas and destinations. In: The Politics of Evaluation: Participation and Policy Implementation. 77- 86. 9781847421210

Burgess, H., (2004). Effective Learning and Teaching in Social Policy and Social Work. In: Effective Learning and Teaching in Social Policy and Social Work. Routledge. 27- 40. 0203415892

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