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Professor Janet McCray

Emeritus Professor of Social Care and Workforce Development and Associate Lecturer

Janet McCray


I am based in the Department of Childhood, Social Work and Social Care and I am responsible for ensuring the delivery of the Departmental Research strategy, having gained support from internal and external stakeholders.

A key part of my leadership in the University of Chichester has been the development and sustainment of team-based research and consultancy activity.

This has resulted in the winning of a number of key contracts with public sector clients (NHS and Local Authority) to deliver bespoke accredited leadership development, but also to support other research activity, research supervision and bidding.

My own published research such as resilience in practice (McCray, 2012,2014, 2016) and  collaborative workforce development studies,  ( 2017a 2017b ),  and the development of a conceptual framework for inter-professional leadership ( McCray, 2002 ) and its further rolling out and review ( McCray, 2004, 2006, 2009, 2012 ) provide a useful toolkit for practitioner evaluation and reflection on their own position as a leader of others and across professional disciplines

I lead by example for both students and staff as a researcher, and through working to ensure that my activity encompasses horizon scanning for new educational needs and opportunities in the health and social care workforce and has maximum value in three areas, income generation, teaching quality and research and scholarship outputs.

As Director of Studies and experienced supervisor, I am currently the Research degree Coordinator for Social Policy and Director of Studies and or first supervisor for 8 full and part time PhD students plus three pre-PhD proposals. All Doctoral Studies and proposals offer cutting edge links with the health and social care sector


Research Output


Joseph-Richard, P. and McCray, J. (2022) Evaluating leadership development in a changing world? Alternative models and approaches for healthcare organisations. Human Resource Development International. pp. 1-37. ISSN 1469-8374 10.1080/13678868.2022.2043085

McCray, J. and Joseph-Richard, P. (2021) Doctoral students’ well-being in United Kingdom business schools: A survey of personal experience and support mechanisms. The International Journal of Management Education, 19 (2). ISSN 14728117 10.1016/j.ijme.2021.100490

Warwick, R., McCray, J. and Palmer, A. (2021) Collaborative Autoethnography: Its Use and Revelations in Management and Leadership Research and Publishing. Journal of Autoethnography, 2 (4). pp. 380-395. ISSN 2637-5192 (In Press) 10.1525/joae.2021.2.4.380

McCray, J., Warwick, R., Palmer, A. and Thompson, T. (2020) Experiencing temporal patterns of action learning and the implications for leadership development. International Journal of Management Education, 19 (1). p. 100433. ISSN 1472-8117 10.1016/j.ijme.2020.100433

McCray, J., Warwick, R. and Palmer, A. (2018) Impressions of action and critical action learning: exploring the leadership development of senior doctors in an English healthcare organization. International Journal of Training and Development, 22 (1). pp. 69-85. ISSN 1360-3736 10.1111/ijtd.12119

Warwick, R., McCray, J. and Palmer, A. (2017) Action learning: ripples within and beyond the set. Leadership in Health Services, 30 (2). pp. 138-147. ISSN 1751-1879 10.1108/LHS-10-2016-0049

Warwick, R., McCray, J. and Board, D. (2017) Bourdieu’s habitus and field: implications on the practice and theory of critical action learning. Action Learning: Research and Practice, 14 (2). pp. 104-119. ISSN 1476-7341 10.1080/14767333.2017.1296409

McCray, J., Palmer, A. and Chmiel, N. (2016) Building Resilience in Health and Social Care Teams. Personnel Review, 45 (6). pp. 1132-1155. ISSN 0048-3486 10.1108/PR-04-2014-0095

McCray, J., Turner, H., Price, M., Hall, B. and Constable, G. (2014) Social care mentorship and employee engagement in the transformation of the social care workforce. Journal of Workplace Learning, 26 (3/4). pp. 267-280. ISSN 1366-5626 JWL-08-2013-0055.R2

McCray, J. and Palmer, A. (2014) Commissioning personalised care in the English adult social care sector: using action research as a framework to support leadership development. Social Care and Neurodisability, 5 (1). pp. 3-15. ISSN 2042-874X 10.1108/SCN-05-2013-0021

Collins, F. and McCray, J. (2012) Partnership working in the context of UK services for children. Journal of Interprofessional Care, 26 (2). pp. 134-140. ISSN 1469-9567 10.3109/13561820.2011.630111

Collins, F. and McCray, J. (2012) Relationships, learning and team working in UK services for children. Journal of Integrated Care, 20 (1). pp. 39-50. ISSN 1476-9018 10.1108/14769011211202283

McGregor, S. and McCray, J. (2011) What is patient and public involvement really like? British Journal of Cardiac Nursing, 6 (8). pp. 392-397. ISSN 1749-6403

McCray, J. and Ward, C. (2009) Social enterprise — A new challenge for nursing practice and collaborative partnerships. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 46 (2). pp. 151-153. ISSN 1873-491X 10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2008.06.001

McCray, J. and Palmer, A. (2009) Developing a work-based leadership programme in the UK social care sector. Journal of Workplace Learning, 21 (6). pp. 465-476. ISSN 1366-5626 10.1108/13665620910976748

Book Sections

McCray, J. (2011) Nursing practice in an interprofessional context. In: Foundations of Nursing Practice: Themes, Concepts and Frameworks (4th Edition). Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke. ISBN 9780230232747

McCray, J. (2011) Managing change in interprofessional teams. In: Managing Change in Health and Social Care Services. Pavillion, Hove, East Sussex. ISBN 9781841962825

Conference or Workshop Items

Warwick, R., McCray, J. and Palmer, A. (2016) Building sustainable yet unsettling inter-disciplinary research practices: paying attention to ourselves as researchers. In: British Academy of Management Conference, 5-8 Oct 2016, Newcastle.

McCray, J. (2010) Resilience in interprofessional teamwork. In: All Together Better Health, 6-9 April 2010, Novotel Sydney Manly Pacific, Australia. (Submitted)


McCray, J. (2009) Nursing and Multi-Professional Practice. Sage Publications, London. ISBN 9781412947275

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