Professor Peter Oakes

Job Title and Responsibilities

Professor of Clinical Psychology and Programme Director for the Staffordshire Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy)

About Me

An HCPC registered clinical psychologist, I have worked in a range of clinical and academic roles since qualifying in 1985. My focus has always been the well-being of people with intellectual disabilities, their families and the people who support them. Before coming to Staffs I worked as a lead consultant clinical psychologist in Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Trust.

This followed a time as Programme Director for the Clinical Psychology Programme at the University of Hull. I have also worked for several voluntary and independent organisations. More widely I have been involved in the development and support of the World Health Organisation’s work to implement the UN Declaration on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities with a particular interest in deinstitutionalisation.


HCPC registered practitioner psychologist


BA (hons) Psychology

Dip Clin Psy

D. Psy

Professional Memberships and Activities

Chartered Psychologist
Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society

Enterprise and Commercial Activities

Numerous consultation roles for services for people with intellectual disabilities

Research Interests

I am interested in keeping people safe in services that are intended to care for people but can so easily end up abusing people. This is connected to the need to establish a firm ethical base for practice in all service settings. Much of my research has involved community based approaches and the evaluation of services and interventions through a programme of evaluative research based with colleagues at the Centre for Applied Research and Evaluation (CARE) at the University of Hull.

Selected Publications

(Past 5 years)

Book Chapters

Oakes, P. (2016) Identification, Assessment and Classification of Learning Disability. In Gates, B and Barr, O. (eds). The Oxford Handbook of Intellectual Disability Nursing: 2nd ed

Research Papers

Oakes, P. (2012) Assessment of learning disability: a history. Learning Disability Practice 15:1 12-16
Oakes, P. (2012) Crash: What went wrong at Winterbourne View? Guest Editorial. Journal of Intellectual Disabilities 16: 155-162
Wright B. and Oakes P. (2012) Does socio-emotional developmental delay masquerade as autism in some deaf children? International Journal on Mental Health and Deafness, 2(1), 45-51.
Batten, G., Oakes, P. and Alexander, T. (2013) Factors Associated With Social Interactions between Deaf Children and their Hearing Peers: A Systematic Literature Review. The Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education; doi: 10.1093/deafed/ent052
Oakes, P. (2014) Magic Trees on Common Ground: reflections on a brief trip to Kampala, Uganda in October 2012. Clinical Psychology Forum 258 – June 2014: 7073

 Marsland, D., Oakes, P. and White, C. (2015) "Abuse in care? A research project to identify early indicators of concern in residential and nursing homes for older people", The Journal of Adult Protection, 17; 2, pp.111 – 125

Marsland, D., Oakes, P., & Bright, N. (2015). It can still happen here: systemic risk factors that may contribute to the continued abuse of people with intellectual disabilities. Tizard Learning Disability Review, 20(3), 134–146.* 
Hall, J, Kasujja, R and Oakes, P (2015) Clinical Supervision for clinical psychology students in Uganda: An initial qualitative exploration. International Journal of Mental Health Systems, 9:24 
Oakes, P. Murphy, G.; Giraud-Saunders, A.; and Akinshegun, N. (2016),"The realistic evaluation of an adapted thinking skills programme", Journal of Intellectual Disabilities and Offending Behaviour, Vol. 7 Issue 1 pp. 14 – 24
Oakes, P.; Wolverson, E. and Cowell, C. (in press). What’s Love Got to do with it? Clinical Psychology Forum.

Current Teaching


Professional Doctorate in Clinical Psychology – Joint Module leader for Leadership, Organisational and Systemic Influence

Ethics and Practice


Professor Peter Oakes
School of Life Sciences and Education
Science Centre
Leek Road
t: 01782 294000