Mr Simon Read

Mr Simon Read

Research Officer SCHE, Social Work

Telephone number

+44 (0) 1792

Email address


I'm a social scientist based across Swansea University's Swansea Centre for Health Economics and Department of Public Health, Policy, and Social Sciences. My research interests are varied and include cultural influences on personal attitudes and behaviours, as well as how these relate to issues of ageing and the healthcare setting. Recent projects and publications have focused on the introduction of new clinical pathways for the treatment of glaucoma, adherence to medication for those with dementia, social services, well-being and prevention, notions of a 'good' and 'bad' death, and the dignified care of older people in acute hospital wards and care homes.

Areas Of Expertise

  • Dignity and well-being
  • Healthcare / social services and research
  • Medication adherence
  • Qualitative research
  • Behavioural change
  • Ophthalmic research
  • Ageing and older people

Career Highlights

Teaching Interests

I have taught at undergraduate and masters level with a predominant focus on social research methods in the healthcare setting.


I'm currently working on a process evaluation on the implementation of the Social Services and Well-being Act (Wales). This work has involved qualitatively researching with service users and professionals on topics such as well-being, co-production and prevention. I am also currently evaluating the acceptability of a new ophthalmic care pathway for age-related macular degeneration. This followed several studies on glaucoma, medication adherence and dementia. Prior to my PhD, I was also closely involved with two large-scale studies exploring the dignity of older people in acute care wards and care homes.