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Simon Hammond

Lecturer in Education


His main work focuses on young people's use of digital technologies.



Simon Hammond is Lecturer in Education in the School of Education and Lifelong Learning at UEA. His main work focuses on young people from vulnerable or marginalised backgrounds and their use of technology – and the support that they need to develop digital resilience to online risks and harm. He is also examining the use of technology to share stories about people’s lives so that young people can learn about themselves and others in ways they feel more readily engaged with. He has produced a guide book on this subject called Digital Life Story Work – Using Technology to Help Young People Make Sense of their Experiences and he has used this guide to deliver consulting and training programmes for professional care works on using digital methods to make a difference. Simon’s other interest including the notion of “the global self” and addressing digital access and skills among older people and digital resilience in later life.

Simon’s early career was in health and social care. He has worked on largescale dementia treatment programmes and with young people in care homes. His PhD explored mental health among young people in care homes and access to mobile phones and other technology.

Areas of Expertise

Digital ResilienceSocial PsychologyMental HealthUse of TechnologyPsychology


University of East Anglia

Ph.D., Social Psychology


Nottingham Trent University

M.Sc., Psychology


University of Northampton

B.A., Psychology with Sports Studies


Media Appearances

'Social media can make life better for young people in care'

DNA India  online


"Young people in care face harder, faster and steeper transitions into adulthood with fewer resources than their peers," said Dr Simon Hammond, from the University of East Anglia."Placement instability often leads to young people feeling abandoned and isolated at points in their lives when they are at their most vulnerable," he said.

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How social media can make life better for young people in care

The Conversation  online


When young people are “looked after” by the state, they can live in a variety of care placements including children’s homes, foster parents or with friends or birth family relatives. These young people are known to be especially vulnerable to poor mental health. Many share too much with people who may do them harm – and too little with carers who are trying to help.

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Research reveals ‘accentism’ is causing people to drop their regional accents

Eastern Daily Press  online


Norwich psychologist Simon Hammond of the University of East Anglia, said discrimination on grounds of someone’s accent was linked to many social judgements about class and education.

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England needed to cope better with stress, says UEA sports psychologist

Eastern Daily Press  online


Dr Simon Hammond, a research fellow at the University of East Anglia (UEA), said Roy Hodgson’s side may have been knocked out early as they saw the tournament as a risk for failure, rather than an opportunity for success. “When we think about stress it can be very powerful and potentially a force for good but it can also inhibit performance,” he said.

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The Independent  online


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Event Appearances

Development of a Digital Life Story Work platform

NSPCC - 2018  

An introduction to Digital Life Story Work

NSPCC - 2017  

International Translational Care Research

International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics - 2017  

Caring for people with hip fracture and cognitive impairments: qualitative findings from the PERFECTED Research Programme

European Geriatric Medicine International Congress - 2016  

Using technology in work with young people

ESRC Seminar Series - 2015  


Making body work sequences visible: an ethnographic study of acute orthopaedic hospital wards | Sociology of Health & Illness


Within health and social care, academic attention is increasingly paid to understanding the nature and centrality of body work. Relatively little is known about how and where body work specifically fits into the wider work relations that produce it in healthcare settings.

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Study protocol: ASCRIBED: the impact of Acute SystematiC inflammation upon cerebRospinal fluId and blood BiomarkErs of brain inflammation and injury in dementia: a study in acute hip fracture patients | BMC Neurology


Hip fracture represents a substantial acute inflammatory trauma, which may constitute a significant insult to the degenerating brain. Research suggests that an injury of this kind can affect memory and thinking in the future but it is unclear whether, and how, inflammatory trauma injures the brain.

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Social Media, Social Capital and Adolescents Living in State Care: A Multi-Perspective and Multi-Method Qualitative Study | The British Journal of Social Work


Social media applications are used daily by billions to communicate. Adolescents living in state care are no different, yet the potential implications of their social media use are. Despite the global use of social media and evidence highlighting their role in social capital cultivation, how adolescents living in state care make use of social media remains unknown, with discussions tending to focus exclusively on risk.

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PERFECTED enhanced recovery care versus standard acute care for patients admitted to acute settings with hip fracture identified as experiencing confusion | Trials


Health and social care provision for an ageing population is a global priority. Provision for those with dementia and hip fracture has specific and growing importance. Older people who break their hip are recognised as exceptionally vulnerable to experiencing confusion (including but not exclusively, dementia and/or delirium and/or cognitive impairment(s)) before, during or after acute admissions.

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Freedom of Information Act: scalpel or just a sharp knife? | Journal of Medical Ethics


The concluding statement of the Burns Commission, established to evaluate whether changes are needed to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), ruled no major legislative changes were required.

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Life story work for children and young people with care experience: A scoping review | Developmental Child Welfare


Simon Hammond, Julie Young, Claire Duddy

This scoping review was undertaken to provide an overview of peer-reviewed empirical evidence concerning the undertaking of Life Story Work (LSW) with children and young people with care experience (CYPCE). Our search identified 1,336 potentially relevant publications. Of these, 24 empirical studies met our inclusion criteria and examined a wide range of practices in different countries. Using a thematic approach, key findings and characteristics related to current conceptualizations of LSW are explored and knowledge gaps identified. Our review shows that predominantly small-scale qualitative studies have been undertaken. These studies typically reported participants’ experiences and perspectives on pre-existing LSW practices (17 articles), or evaluations of innovative practices (7 articles). However, both lacked efficacy data. We identified numerous LSW practices that were consistently identified as providing “high-quality” experiences: young person-led approaches; consistent support to access and process personal information, including chronological facts, reasons for care entry and beyond; the use of artifacts; and assistance/training for carers supporting LSW. The included studies also identified practices that undermined LSW: rushed, incomplete accounts, using insensitive language that failed to include different voices from a young person’s past. The discussion appraises the findings through a critical lens and concludes that LSW is a clear priority for all and represents an intervention that has potential to help the unaddressed mental health needs of CYPCE. Unfortunately, without better evidence on how this intervention works best, for whom, over what period, and at what cost, practice cannot move forward. This paper challenges all stakeholders to realize this potential.

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