Stuart Muirhead

Stuart Muirhead
Job title: Head of Programmes

Stuart leads the team in Iriss to deliver on the innovation, practice and change projects we carry out alongside the social care and support workforce. Please get in touch with him if you have any questions about the work we do, or you have any ideas about work we might be able to do together in the future.

He joined Iriss as a Project Manager in Evidence-informed Practice in March 2014. He has an academic grounding in the field of human geography. Following his PhD he worked within the Scottish Government and the University of Sheffield, as well as carrying out a number of fixed-term consultancy research roles. Within each of these, he enjoyed working across the boundaries of academic, policy and practitioner knowledges, seeking to link these worlds in meaningful and impactful ways.

In his time at Iriss he have been involved in projects across a wide range of interest areas, including:

  • Practitioner research
  • Supervision and leadership
  • Service user involvement in social work education
  • Hospital to home pathways for older people
  • Well-being and self-care
  • Impact and outcomes reporting

Across these projects Stuart has employed principles of coproduction to work with a wide range of partners, preferring to use asset and strengths-based ways of starting conversations. He is particularly interested in using dialogic approaches within teams and organisational groups to develop understanding, share knowledge and make changes to what they do.