Department of Social & Policy Sciences

Emeritus Professor Nick Gould

Nick Gould

Emeritus Professor



Nick Gould, now Emeritus Professor, was the University of Bath’s first Professor of Social Work (2003-12), and twice served as Head of the Department of Social and Policy Sciences.

He holds degrees from the Universities of Oxford (MSc Applied Social Studies), Sussex (BA and MA Politics) and Bath (PhD).

Since qualifying as a social worker he has combined an academic career with maintaining involvement in front-line mental health practice. His research interests have included professional education, social informatics and evidence-based practice in mental health. For over ten years he worked with NICE and SCIE on the integration of social care perspectives within clinical practice guidelines. Currently he is collaborating with an international team to systematically review the effectiveness of psychodynamic interventions in the reduction of suicidal and self-harming behaviours.

He publishes extensively (see below) including in leading social work and mental health journals; his forthcoming book is a second, revised and updated edition of 'Mental Health Social Work in Context' (2016, Routledge).

From 2003-6 he was the National Institute for Mental Health England's Fellow in Social Care Research. He has undertaken a range of consultancy and research collaborations with governmental and non-governmental bodies and universities, both in the UK and overseas. He also continues to serve as a member of the Ministry of Justice’s Mental Health Tribunal.

He has held various visiting academic appointments overseas including visiting professorships in Hong Kong and Australia.

Research interests

  • Mental Health
  • Evidence-based practice: guideline development for social care
  • Professional learning



Gould, N., 2016. Mental Health Social Work In Context: second edition. Routledge.

Gould, N., 2010. Mental Health Social Work In Context. Routledge.

Tew, J., Gould, N., Abankwa, D., Barnes, H., Beresford, P., Carr, S., Copperman, J., Ramon, S., Rose, D., Sweeney, A. and Woodward, L., 2006. Values and methodologies for social research in mental health. Policy Press.

Room, G., Dencik, J., Gould, N., Kamm, R., Powell, P., Steyaert, J., Vidgen, R. and Winnett, A., 2005. The European Challenge:Innovation, Policy Learning and Social Cohesion in the New Knowledge Economy. Policy Press.

Gould, N. and Baldwin, M., eds., 2004. Social Work, Critical Reflection and the Learning Organisation. Ashgate Publishing.

Shaw, I. and Gould, N., 2001. Qualitative Research in Social Work: Context and Method. Sage Publications Ltd.

Gould, N. and Moultrie, K., eds., 1997. Effective Policy, Planning and Implementation: Information Management in Social Services. Ashgate.

Kerslake, A. and Gould, N., eds., 1996. Information Management in Social Services. Averbury.

Gould, N. and Taylor, I., eds., 1996. Reflective learning for social work: Research, theory and practice. Arena.

Book Sections

Gould, N., 2016. What can we do if we don't count? In: Fook, J., Collington, V., Ross, F., Ruch, G. and West, L., eds. Researching Critical Reflection. Abingdon, Oxon.: Routledge, pp. 65-76.

Gould, N. and Lochhead, T., 2014. Working with people with mental health problems. In: Webber, M., ed. Applying Research Evidence in Social Work Practice. London, U. K.: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 170-181.

Gould, N. and Martin, D., 2012. Mental health law and social work. In: Davies, M. B., ed. Social Work with Adults. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Gould, N., 2010. Research for mental health social work practice. In: Gilbert, P., Bates, P., Carr, S., Clark, M., Gould, N. and Slay, G., eds. Social Work and Mental Health: The Value of Everything. Lyme Regis: Russell House Publishing, pp. 123-130.

Shaw, I. and Gould, N., 2010. The social work context for qualitative research. In: Gray, M. and Webb, S. A., eds. International Social Work. London: Sage Publications. (Sage Library of Social Welfare)

Gould, N., 2008. Research. In: Davies, M., ed. The Blackwell Companion To Social Work. Blackwell, pp. 423-434.

Gould, N., 2006. Social inclusion as an agenda for mental health social work:Getting a whole life? In: International Perspectives on Welfare to Work Policy. Taylor & Francis, pp. 77-90.

Gould, N., 2005. International Trends in Mental Health Policy. In: Quin, S. and Redmond, B., eds. Health and Social Policy in Ireland. Dublin: University College Dublin Press.

Gould, N., 2004. Qualitative Research and Best Attainable Knowledge For Social Work. In: Lovelock, R., Lyons, K. and Powell, J., eds. Reflecting on Social Work: Discipline and Profession. Aldershot: Ashgate Publishing, pp. 130-144. (Contemporary Social Work Studies)

Gould, N., 2003. The Caring Professions and Information Technology – In Search of A Theory. In: Webb, S. and Harlow, E., eds. Caring Professions and New Information Technologies. London: Jessica Kingsley.

Gould, N., 2001. Familicide. In: Howarth, G. and Leaman, O., eds. Encyclopaedia of Death and Dying. London: Routledge.

Gould, N., 2000. Personal construct psychology and the transfer of learning. In: Cree, V. E. and Macaulay, C., eds. Transfer of Learning: Theory and Practice. London: Macmillian, pp. 77-91.

Gould, N., 1999. Qualitative Practice Evaluation. In: Shaw, I. and Lishman, J., eds. Evaluation and Social Work Practice. London: Sage.

Gould, N. and Wright, J., 1997. Adding up the sums: population-based planning for unitary local authorities. In: Gould, N. and Moultrie, K., eds. Effective Policy, Planning and Implementation: Information Management in Social Services. Aldershot: Ashgate, pp. 48-65.

Glastonbury, B. and Gould, N., 1996. United Kingdom. In: Stayaert, J., Rafferty, J. and Colombi, D., eds. Human Services and Information Technology - An International Perspective. Aldershot: Ashgate, pp. 219-234.

Gould, N., 1996. Community Care and Information Technology: science or reading the tea leaves? In: Steyaert, J., ed. Information Technology in Human Services, More Than Computers? Utrecht: NIZW.

Gould, N., 1996. Social Work and the Crisis of the Professions. In: Gould, N. and Taylor, I., eds. Reflective Learning for Social Work: Theory, Research and Practice. Aldershot: Arena.

Gould, N., 1996. Social Work, Information Technology and the Post-Fordist Welfare State. In: Glastonbury, B., ed. Dreams and Realities - Information Technology in the Human Services. Helsinki: Stakes.

Gould, N., 1996. Using Imagery in Social Work Education. In: Gould, N. and Taylor, I., eds. Reflective Learning for Social Work: Theory, Research and Practice. Aldershot: Arena.

Gould, N. and Kerslake, A., 1995. Making Use of the Information: Analysing the data. In: Looking After Children: the implementation guide. London: HMSO.


O'Leary, P., Easton, S. D. and Gould, N., 2017. The effect of child sexual abuse on men:towards a male sensitive measure. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 32 (3), pp. 423-445.

Kendall, T., Megnin-viggars, O., Gould, N., Taylor, C., Burt, L. R. and Baird, G., 2013. Management of autism in children and young people:Summary of NICE and SCIE guidance. BMJ, 347 (7923), f4865.

Pilling, S., Gould, N., Whittington, C., Taylor, C. and Scott, S., 2013. Recognition, intervention, and management of antisocial behaviour and conduct disorders in children and young people: summary of NICE-SCIE guidance. BMJ, 346 (7902), f1298.

Huxley, P., Baker, C., White, J., Madge, S., Onyett, S. and Gould, N., 2012. The social care component of multidisciplinarymental health teams: A review and national survey. Journal of Health Services Research and Policy, 17 (Supplement 2), pp. 23-29.

Maxwell, N., Scourfield, J., Gould, N. and Huxley, P., 2012. UK panel data on social work service users. British Journal of Social Work, 42 (1), pp. 165-184.

Gould, N., 2011. Guidelines across the health and social care divides: The example of the NICE-SCIE dementia guideline. International Review of Psychiatry, 23 (4), pp. 365-370.

O'Leary, P. and Gould, N., 2010. Exploring coping factors amongst men who were sexually abused in childhood. British Journal of Social Work, 40 (8), pp. 2669-2686.

Gould, N., 2010. Integrating qualitative evidence in practice guideline development: Meeting the challenge of evidence-based practice for social work. Qualitative Social Work, 9 (1), pp. 93-109.

Gould, N. and Butler, I., 2009. Reefer madness: seeking the links between evidence, policy and practice. Journal of Children's Services, 4 (4), pp. 2-5.

Gould, N. and O'Leary, P. J., 2009. Men who were sexually abused in childhood and subsequent suicidal ideation:community comparison, explanations and practice implications. British Journal of Social Work, 39 (5), pp. 950-968.

Steyaert, J. and Gould, N., 2009. Social work and the changing face of the digital divide. British Journal of Social Work, 39 (4), pp. 740-753.

Gould, N. and Kendall, T., 2007. Developing the NICE-SCIE guidelines for dementia care: the challenges of enhancing the evidence base for social and health care. The British Journal of Social Work, 37 (3), pp. 475-490.

Gould, N., Huxley, P. and Tew, J., 2007. Finding a direction for social research in mental health: Establishing priorities and developing capacity. Journal of Social Work, 7 (2), pp. 179-196.

Gould, N. and Richardson, J., 2006. Parent Training/Education Programmes in the Management of Children with Conduct Disorders: Developing an integrated evidence-based perspective for health and social care. Journal of Children's Services, 1 (4), pp. 47-60.

Gould, N., 2006. An Inclusive Approach To Knowledge for Mental Health Social Work Practice and Policy. British Journal of Social Work, 36 (1), pp. 109-125.

Gould, N., Gould, H. and Brewin, M., 2004. Using repertory grid technique with participants in parenting programmes - A pilot study. Practice, 16 (3), pp. 197-210.

Gould, N., 2001. Developing an approach to population needs assessment in social services. Social Work and Social Science Review, 9 (1), pp. 22-35.

Gould, N., 2000. Becoming a learning organisation: A social work example. Social Work Education: The International Journal, 19 (6), pp. 585-596.

Pugh, R. and Gould, N., 2000. Globalization, social work and social welfare. European Journal of Social Work, 3 (2), pp. 123-138.

Steyaert, J. and Gould, N., 1999. Social services, social work, and information management: Some european perspectives. European Journal of Social Work, 2 (2), pp. 165-175.

Gould, N., 1999. Developing a qualitative approach to the audit of inter-disciplinary child protection practice. Child Abuse Review, 8 (3), pp. 193-199.

Batchelor, J., Gould, N. and Wright, J., 1999. Family centres: A focus for the children in need debate. Child & Family Social Work, 4 (3), pp. 197-208.

Steyaert, J. and Gould, N., 1998. Social aspects of the information society. New Technology in Human Services, 11 (2), pp. 2-10.

Gould, N. and Harris, A., 1996. Student imagery of practice in social work and teacher education: A comparative research approach. The British Journal of Social Work, 26 (2), pp. 223-238.

Gould, N., 1995. Developing a decision support computer model for population needs assessment and resource allocation in community care. New Technology in the Human Services, 8 (1), pp. 10-13.

Gould, N., 1995. Developing effective monitoring for youth justice. ASLIB Social Sciences Information Group Journal, 13 (1), pp. 27-29.

Gould, N., 1995. Information technology in european social services. Social Work in Europe, 1 (3), pp. 27-28.

Gould, N. and Wright, J., 1995. Unlocking care management: Developing computer assisted learning materials for community care. New Technology in the Human Services, 8 (2), pp. 16-21.

Gould, N., 1994. Anti-racist social work: A framework for teaching and action. Issues in Social Work Education, 14 (1), pp. 2-17.

Gould, H. and Gould, N., 1994. Social work with stepfamilies and their children with cancer. Psycho-Oncology, 3 (2), pp. 121-127.

Gould, N., 1993. Cognitive change and learning from practice: A longitudinal study of social work students. Social Work Education: The International Journal, 12 (1), pp. 77-87.

Gould, N., 1991. An evaluation of repertory grid technique in social work education. Social Work Education: The International Journal, 10 (2), pp. 38-49.

Gould, N., 1991. Race and sentencing. Probation Journal, 38 (4), pp. 195-197.

Gould, N., 1990. Political critique of Kantian ethics: A contribution to the debate between Webb and McBeath, and Downie. The British Journal of Social Work, 20 (6), pp. 495-499.

Gould, N., 1989. Reflective learning for social work practice. Social Work Education: The International Journal, 8 (2), pp. 9-20.

Stenson, K. and Gould, N., 1986. A comment on "A framework for theory in social work" by Whittington and Holland. Issues in Social Work Education, 6 (1), pp. 41-46.


, 2013. Antisocial behaviour and conduct disorders in children and young people: recognition, intervention and management. NICE. (NICE clinical guidelines; 158)

, 2013. Autism: the management and support of children and young people on the autism spectrum. NICE. (NICE clinical guidelines; 170)

Huxley, P., Evans, S., Baker, C., White, J., Philpin, S., Onyett, S. and Gould, N., 2011. Integration of social care staff within community mental health teams. Final report. NIHR Service Delivery and Organisation programme. HMSO.

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