SCIE 10th anniversary

Jim Mansell

Jim Mansell's person-centred approached chimes with SCIE’s own values and we are delighted to acknowledge his outstanding contribution to knowledge in social care.

Allan Bowman, Chair, SCIE

SCIE Knowledge Award 2011

SCIE is committed to improving the quality and use of knowledge in social care. To mark our anniversary, we decided to present an award to someone who has made an outstanding contribution to knowledge in social care. SCIE staff nominated award candidates and the SCIE Board selected the winner – Professor Jim Mansell.

Jim Mansell is Emeritus Professor of Learning Disability in the Tizard Centre at the University of Kent and Professor in the School of Social Work and Social Policy at La Trobe University, Melbourne. He is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society, a chartered psychologist and a social science academic. In 1971, he established a student charity in Cardiff and set up a group home for young people with severe learning disabilities formerly living in long-stay hospital.

In 1983 he moved to Kent where he founded and then directed the Tizard Centre for many years, leading a large programme of research, consultancy and teaching in intellectual disability and community care. He has been a consultant, teacher and adviser to governmental and non-governmental organisations in Britain, the US, Australia and Europe.

He is a Trustee of the charity United Response, a Senior Fellow of the NIHR School for Social Care Research and has been a Commissioner for Social Care Inspection, a member of HM Government’s Learning Disability Task Force and of the Independent Inquiry into Access to Healthcare for People with Learning Disabilities. His publications include the books ‘Active support’ (2012), ‘Deinstitutionalisation and community living’ (1996), ‘Severe learning disability and challenging behaviour’ (1993) and ‘Developing staffed housing for people with mental handicaps’ (1987).

Read Jim Mansell’s acceptance speech delivered by Dr Julie Beadle-Brown (PDF).