Rebecca Hutten, BA Hons, MA (Cantab), MA (Bradford)

School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR)
University of Sheffield
Regent Court, 30 Regent Street
Sheffield S1 4DARebecca Hutten

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My initial training was as a social anthropologist, and social policy scientist. I began my career working in the voluntary sector and subsequently worked for 16 years within central government as a policy scientist. From 2007-2015, I have been Research Fellow in ScHARR, with the HSR Mental Health Group. I am currently completing my doctoral research on workforce development within primary care mental health services.

Research Interests

My PhD thesis is a psycho-social ethnographic study of the experience of trainees within the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme in the NHS, entitled ‘professional identity and practice in the new psychotherapy workforce.’

I am interested in all aspects of the ‘psy’ professions, psychological therapy services, and strategies for improving public mental health.

I have particular interests in:

  • Group and individual psychoanalytic psychotherapy
  • Sociology and psychoanalysis of organizations
  • Practice-based learning in mental health
  • Democratic professionalism and user/ peer engagement
  • Ethics and politics of care
  • Psychosocial studies applied to healthcare settings

Professional activities

I am a founder member of the Association for Psychosocial Studies (APS). I am also an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Key publications

  1. Hutten, R., Parry, G., Ricketts, T., & Cooke, J. (2015) Squaring the circle: a priority-setting method for evidence-based service development, reconciling research with multiple stakeholder views. BMC Health Services Research. 15 (1), 320. Retrieved from:
  2. 2. Chambers, E., Cook, S., Thake, A., Kilgarriff-Foster, A., Shaw, S., Hutten, R., Parry, G., Ricketts, T (2015)., The self-management of longer-term depression: learning from the patient, a qualitative study. BMC Psychiatry. 15 (1), 172. Retrieved from:
  3. Tosh, J., Kearns, B., Brennan, A., Parry, G., Ricketts, T., Saxon, D., Kilgarriff-Foster, A., Thake, A., Chambers, E., Hutten, R. (2013). Innovation in health economic modelling of service improvements for longer-term depression: demonstration in a local health community. BMC health services research, 13, 150. doi:10.1186/1472-6963-13-150
  4. Mukuria, C., Brazier, J., Barkham, M., Connell, J., Hardy, G., Hutten, R., Saxon, D., Dent-Brown, K., and Parry, G. (2013). Cost-effectiveness of an Improving Access to Psychological Therapies service.. Br J Psychiatry. doi:10.1192/bjp.bp.111.107888
  5. Parry, G., Barkham, M., Brazier, J., Dent-Brown, K., Hardy, G., Kendrick, T., Rick, J., Chambers, E., Chan, T., Connell, J., Hutten, R., de Lusignan, S., Mukuria, C., Saxon, D., Bower, P. and Lovell, K. An evaluation of a new service model Improving Access to Psychological Therapies. Final report. NIHR Service Delivery and Organisation programme; 2010.
  6. Hutten, R., & Parry, G. (2011). Scoping Study for proposed National Life Stories Project: An Oral History of Talking Therapies in the UK. London: The British Library.
  7. Rick J., Hutten R., Chambers E., Connell J., Hardy G., and Parry G. Implementing IAPT: lessons from the demonstration sites. Interim Report. NIHR Service Delivery and Organisation programme, School of Health and Related Research, University of Sheffield; 2010.

Conference papers

  1. Hutten, R. (2012, July 16). Dilemmas of the trainee psychological therapist. In Social Policy in an Unequal World: Joint Annual Conference of the East Asian Social Policy Research Network (EASP) and the United Kingdom Social Policy Association (SPA). University of York.
  2. Hutten, R. (2012, June 26). Translating knowledge in to performance: some specific dilemmas for IAPT trainees. In British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapists, 40th Annual Conference. University of Leeds.
  3. Hutten, R. (2012, April 11). Professional Identity and Practice in the New Psychotherapy Workforce. In Sociology in an Age of Austerity: British Sociological Association Annual Conference. University of Leeds.
  4. Hutten, R. (2010, August 26). Patient Experience of the IAPT initiative: from health service evaluation to psycho-social research. In Qualitative Research in Mental Health 3 Conference. University of Nottingham.