Miss Anna Hodges

Research project: Implementing Supported Decision Making in Mental Health Systems and Practice


I have a particular interest in the way in which mental health laws and mental capacity laws are used within practice with vulnerable adults with mental health diagnoses. My research is centred around trying to establish how supported-decision making tools and resources such as Independent Mental Health Advocates, advance decision documents and accessible/easy-read materials, can be used more readily by social work practitioners.

  • Research degree: PhD
  • Title of project: Implementing Supported Decision Making in Mental Health Systems and Practice
  • Research supervisor: Dr Simon Abbott
  • Other research supervisor: Professor Rick Hood


Throughout the last two years, I have worked as a qualified social worker within both children and adults' settings. During the last year I have worked exclusively with vulnerable adults with severe and enduring mental health probems.

Prior to gaining my social work qualification I worked with vulnerable people - mainly those with mental health issues - in a variety of a different roles including as a youth worker and a NEET prevention worker. 

I currently work within the emergency department of a hospital supporting and advocating for patients with mental health issues in order to aid safe discharge back into the community.

I am a SWE registered social worker.

Areas of research interest

  • Mental health
  • Mental capacity & legal capacity
  • Substituted decision-making
  • Supported decision-making
  • Social work law


  • MA in Social Work, University of Worcester
  • BA (Hons) in Philosophy, Religion & Ethics, University of Birmingham

Funding or awards received

  • Centre for Applied Health & Social Care Research PhD Studentship - fully funded by Kingston University