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Jez has a background in law and social work. He qualified as a social worker in 1991. He has practiced in the fields of substance misuse, mental health, homelessness and learning disability. Since coming to the University in 2000 he has specialised in practice near research using participatory and community engagement methodologies.
He teaches on the BA Social Work, MA Social Work and BA Community and Social Care programmes.
Since coming to the University in 2000, Jez has specialised in practice near research using participatory and community engagement methodologies. He has managed programmes of work with a range of so called 'hard to reach' communities including:
Such programmes have taken place in a number of different domains including substance misuse, mental health, the prevention of violent extremism, regeneration and the reduction of health and social inequalities.
Key national partners have included the Care Quality Commission, the People’s Health Trust, the Home Office, the Department of Health, Victim Support, MENCAP, the General Medical Council and Kidney Research UK. Regional and local partners have included, among others, the Greater London Authority, Hackney Metropolitan Council, Trafford Metropolitan Council, LGBT Foundation, NHS Leeds and Lancashire Care Foundation Trust.
Buffin, Jez, Lawrence, Evan Jean and Mirza, Selman (2018) An Evaluation of the You Matter Radicalisation Awareness Programme. Technical Report. UNSPECIFIED. (Unpublished)
Buffin, Jez and Reeves, Matthew (2018) An Evaluation of the Challenge through Sport Initiative. Documentation. UNSPECIFIED. (Unpublished)
Buffin, Jez, Little, Robert Matthew, Jain, Neerja and Warrens, Anthony N. (2015) A Peer Outreach Initiative to Increase the Registration of Minorities as Organ Donors. Clinical Kidney Journal .
Buffin, Jez (2014) The Benefits of the Community Sports Initiative: An evaluation of a 6 month pilot programme to enhance recovery among problematic drug and alcohol users. Project Report. University of Central Lancashire, Lancashire.
Member of NICE Community Engagement Programme Development Group (2007-2008)
Chair of Young Persons Task Group, Manchester Drug Action Team (1998 - 2000)
Jez has led on a number of practice near research projects using participatory and community engagement methodologies to engage 'hard to reach' communities in research programmes in difficult or taboo subject areas. Such programmes have included two large scale national community engagement programmes on behalf of the the Department of Health, one in the field of substance misuse and one as part of Delivering Race Equality in Mental Health Care.
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