School of Health Sciences and Social Work


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Dr John Crossland

  • Qualifications: DSW, MA, PGDip, PGCert, BA (Hons), Cert Rehab, FHEA
  • Role Title: Senior Lecturer
  • Address: James Watson West 2 King Richard 1st Road Portsmouth PO1 2FR
  • Telephone: 023 9284 2837
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  • Department: SHSSW
  • Faculty: Faculty of Science


I worked in both frontline and management positions in several local authority adult social care departments for over two decades, principally with disabled and older adults, before moving into an academic role whilst completing his professional doctorate in social work (DSW) at the University of Sussex (awarded 2012). I also hold an MA in Health and Social Policy (University of North London), a first degree in European Studies (University of Lancaster), professional qualifications in both management and specialist rehabilitation (visual impairment), and additional qualifications in counselling skills. I joined the University of Portsmouth in 2010 where my teaching focuses on adult social care policy and legislation, research informed practice, interprofessional and interagency collaboration, as well as adulthood and ageing in the context of human development and the lifecourse. I have since been awarded the Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education and am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. My professional and research interests focus on older people, sensory impairment as well as comparative adult social care policy, particularly in Germany. I speak fluent German and have extensive professional and academic contacts in Berlin. I am currently interested in how the specific health and social care needs of older people who identify as lesbian, gay or bisexual are being addressed.

Teaching Responsibilities

BSc Social Work

Unit coordinator: Social Work with Adults
Also teaching on Theory and Knowledge in Social Work; Life Course and Social Work; Safeguarding and Promoting Wellbeing; and Independent Research Project

MSc Social Work

Deputy Course Leader MSc Social Work
Teaching on Social Work Theory and Context; Evidence Based Practice; Social Work Nationally and Globally; and Policy Analysis


German social care policy and legislation; older people’s health and social care needs. Member of the PEOPPLE (Putting Evidence for Older People into Practice in Living Environments) project from 2010-2013. Currently taking part in an ESRC funded seminar series (Minding the Knowledge Gaps: Older Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans People.


Research profile

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