Professor Jennifer Beecham

Deputy Director of PSSRU at the University of Kent and Professor of Health and Social Care Economics

01227 823792 (Kent) and 020 7955 6087 (LSE)

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Research Interests

Jennifer Beecham is Professor of Health and Social Care Economics at the University of Kent and a Professorial Research Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She is Deputy Director of PSSRU at the University of Kent and leads two PSSRU Research Programmes: the Unit Costs programme, which generates the annual Unit Costs of Health and Social Care volumes; and the Services for Children and Young People programme. Professor Beecham also spent 13 years at the Centre for the Economics of Mental Health at the Institute of Psychiatry, London (now King's Health Economics).

Professor Beecham's research over the last 30 years has generally taken an economic perspective. As well as a wealth of experience in estimating and analysing unit costs, her research includes evaluations of services for adults with needs related to old age, mental health problems, intellectual disabilities and a range of conditions that cross ‘traditional' health and social care boundaries, such as eating disorders and disability. Over the last 15 years, Professor Beecham has also worked on economic studies of psychiatric, education, health care, and social care services for children and young people.

Professor Beecham's Google Scholar profile can be accessed here.

Jennifer Beecham's Publications

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A randomized controlled trial of family therapy and cognitive behavior guided self-care for adolescents with bulimia nervosa and related disorders (2007)

Schmidt U, Lee S, Beecham J, Perkins S, Treasure J, Yi I, Winn S, Robinson P, Murphy R, Keville S, Johnson-Sabine E, Jenkins M, Frost S, Dodge L, Berelowitz M, Eisler I

American Journal of Psychiatry 164, 4, 591-598

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The costs of key worker support for disabled children and their families (2007)

Beecham J, Sloper P, Greco V, Webb R

Child: Care, Health and Development 33, 5, 611-618

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Gaining satisfaction? An exploration of foster-carers' attitudes to payment (2007)

Kirton D, Beecham J, Ogilvie K

British Journal of Social Work 37, 7, 1205-1224

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Key worker services for disabled children: The views of parents (2007)

Greco V, Sloper P, Webb R, Beecham J

Children and Society 21, 3, 162-174

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Social services support and expenditure for children with autism (2007)

Bebbington A, Beecham J

Autism 11, 1, 43-61

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Resource use and service costs for ventilator-dependent children and young people in the UK (2006)

Noyes J, Godfrey C, Beecham J

Health and Social Care in the Community 14, 6, 508-522

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Foster carer training. Resources, payment and support (2006)

Ogilvie K, Kirton D, Beecham J

Adoption and Fostering 30, 3, 6-16

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Why costs vary in children's care services (2006)

Beecham J

Journal of Children's Services 1, 3, 50-62

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Key worker services for disabled children: the views of staff (2006)

Greco V, Sloper P, Webb R, Beecham J

Health and Social Care in the Community 14, 6, 445-452

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Key worker services for disabled children: what characteristics of service lead to better outcomes for children and families? (2006)

Sloper P, Greco V, Beecham J, Webb R

Child: Care, Health and Development 32, 2, 147-157

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Adoption by foster carers: a profile of interest and outcomes (2006)

Kirton D, Beecham J, Ogilvie K

Child and Family Social Work 11, 2, 139-146

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Young families under stress: assessing maternal and child well-being using a mixed methods approach (2006)

McAuley C, McCurry N, Knapp M, Beecham J, Sleed M

Child and Family Social Work 11, 1, 43-54

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Assessing services, supports and costs for young families under stress (2006)

Sleed M, Beecham J, Knapp M, McAuley C, McCurry N

Child: Care, Health and Development 32, 1, 101-110

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Effectiveness and costs of acute day hospital treatment as compared with conventional in-patient care: A randomised controlled trial (2006)

Priebe S, Jones G, McCabe R, Briscoe J, Wright D, Sleed M, Beecham J

British Journal of Psychiatry 188, 3, 243-249

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The costs and effectiveness of two psychosocial treatment programmes for personality disorder: a controlled study (2006)

Beecham J, Sleed M, Knapp M, Chiesa M, Drahorhad C

European Psychiatry 21, 2, 102-109

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Service use and costs of support 12 years after leaving hospital (2006)

Hallam A, Beecham J, Knapp M, Carpenter J, Cambridge P, Forrester-Jones R, Tate A, Coolen-Schrijner P, Wooff D

Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities 19, 4, 296-308

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The social networks of people with intellectual disability living in the community 12 years after resettlement from long-stay hospitals (2006)

Forrester-Jones R, Carpenter J, Coolen-Schrijner P, Cambridge P, Tate A, Beecham J, Hallam A, Knapp M, Wooff D

Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities 19, 4, 285-295

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The economic impact of chronic pain in adolescence: Methodological consideration and a preliminary costs-of-illness study (2005)

Sleed M, Eccleston C, Beecham J, Knapp M, Jordan A

Pain 119, 1-3, 183-190

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Access to mental health supports in England: crisis resolution teams and day services (2005)

Beecham J

International Journal of Law and Psychiatry 28, 5, 574-587

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The state of care management in learning disability and mental health services 12 years into community care (2005)

Cambridge P, Carpenter J, Forrester-Jones R, Tate A, Knapp M, Beecham J, Hallam A

British Journal of Social Work 35, 7, 1039-1062

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