Working with complexity



Commissioned by the Department of Health and in partnership with colleagues in Universities of Keele, Birmingham and Kent, this project will produce a learning tool to promote gerontological social work in the UK, focused on complex issues associated with increasing frailty and escalating care and support needs in late life. It draws on research to develop social work practitioners’ understanding of how complex and intersecting factors may lead to crises in late life and awareness of the evidence base for effective social work interventions. The tool is available at

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