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Hilary Tompsett

Head of Social Work, Faculty of Health and Social Care Sciences

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Hilary has been a lecturer at Kingston University since 1991 and Head of the School of Social Work since 1997. She is a qualified and registered social worker with experience over a period of 16 years as a practitioner and manager, and has worked with children and families, people with mental health problems and older people.

Her research and teaching interests are in interprofessional practice, learning and teaching (with reference to child care and older people), child care policy, decision making,  and power and authority in professional practice. She is currently the Principal Investigator for a Department for Children, Schools and Families and Department of Health funded project on conflicts of interest for GPs when safeguarding children, and has been an invited speaker to seminars and conferences in Japan, Finland, Russia and South Korea on social care for older people.

In January 2009 Hilary was elected Chair of the Joint University Council Social Work Education Committee (JUC SWEC), whose remit is to represent social work education nationally, having been since 2004, Chair of the Learning and Teaching Committee. She is currently also Chair of the Surrey and Sussex Social Work Education Group, and, since May 2010, Vice-Chair of the General Social Care Council (GSCC).

September 2008, an appointed Council member to the General Social Care Council. She has contributed to a number of national strategic government working parties in the field of social work.  

The profession of social work is currently in the spotlight and is undergoing significant scrutiny and potential change in response to a national drive to improve quality standards of practice and education. As such, Hilary and her team find themselves called upon with increasing regularity to comment on social work news and developments of the day.


Most recently Hilary has presented evidence to the House of Commons Select Committee (June 2009) on social work training for professionals working with children and families, met with Baroness Delyth Morgan, Minister for Children, Schools and Families, and represented universities offering social work education on the Key Partners Group to the government set up Social Work Taskforce.


Year gained Subject
2005 Registered Social Worker (General Social Care Council).
1979 Oxford University M.A.
1976 Exeter University B.Phil Social Work.
1976 Central Council for Education and Training in Social Work / Exeter University, Certificate of Qualification in Social Work.
1973 Oxford University B.A. English (Hons).

Career Highlights

Year Position held
2008 Appointed Council Member of the General Social Care Council, England.
2005-2007 Appointed external assessor, All Wales Child Care Award Programme.
2005 - Appointed external examiner to University of (Luton) Bedfordhsire MA in social work.
2005 Member of the QAA Subject Review Team, University of Bolton.
2002/3 Member of the QAA Subject Review Team, Wigan & Leigh HE in FE.
2002-2004 External Assessor for York and Regions Child Care Award.
2001 Approved as QAA Subject Review (Social Work and Social Policy).
2000 - 2004 Chair, South East England Child Care Award (SEECCA) Partnership Assessment Board.
1999 - Approved external assessor for Child Care Award by GSCC (General Social Care Council).
1998 - 2008 Executive Board member, Surrey and Sussex Post Qualifying Conbsortium (SSPQC).
1998 - 2008 Chair, Assessment Board, Surrey and Sussex Post Qualifying Consortium (SSPQC).
1997- Acting and from 1998 Head of School, School of Social Work, Kingston University.
1996 - 2000 Chief External Examiner for undergraduate courses for the School of Applied Social Studies, University College Chichester, West Sussex.
1991-1997 Senior lecturer, Principal Lecturer, School of Social Work, Kingston University.
1990 Team Leader (job share), Child Care Team, Kingston Social Services.
1988-1990 Social worker, Child Care Team, Kingston Social Services.
1982-1983 Social Worker (job share), Renal Unit, Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital.
1979-1981 Team Leader/Senior Social Worker, (job share), Exe Vale Psychiatric Hospital, Exeter, Devon.
1976- 1979 Social Worker, Exe Vale Psychiatric Hospital, Exeter, Devon.
1974-1976 Social Work Trainee, GP Practice, Devon Probation Service , Hampshire Social Services Children's Assessment Centre, Devon Social Services Long Term Children's Team.
1973-1974 Social Work Assistant, Cowley Road Geriatric Hospital, Oxford.


Published work - research papers and books :

Tompsett, H (2008) The Child, the Family and the GP: Themes and Issues from research into Tensions and Conflicts of Interest in Safeguarding Children, Invited Presentation, RCGP Primary Care Child Safeguarding  Forurm Conference, 6th December  2008

Tompsett, H (2008) The big issues: policies and perspectives - what the  future holds, Keynote presentation: Practice Learning in Contemporary Social Work, Surrey and Sussex, Practice Learning Qualifying Training Network, East Grinstead, Surrey, 11th November 2008

Tompsett, H (2008) The Child, the Family and the GP: Tensions and Conflicts of Interest in Safeguarding Children, Plenary Presentation, School of Social Work Conference Kingston University, 7th November  2008

Tompsett, H (2008) Social Care in the UK for older people: the present situation , Keynote  Presentation. Academic Seminar, 5th Anniversary Gwangjin Senior Welfare Centre, Seoul,   
South Korea 24th October 2008

Tompsett, H (2008) Social Work and Social Care in the UK: a  brief overview Presentation to
                staff/students at Ewah University. Seoul, South Korea, 22nd October 2008..

Tompsett, H (2006) Care Management and Assessment of Older People Presentation to Pomor State University, School of Social Work, Russia, British Council Visit,  March 2006

Tompsett, H (2005) Changes in Social Work and Social Care for Older People in the UK- fragmentation or marginalization?  Welfare and Health of Ageing People in the North - International Workshop Conference at Kemi-Tornio Polytechnic, Finland, October 2005

Tompsett, H (1999), Care Management for Older People, Invited Lecture Tour/Seminar Presentation : for British Consulate/British Trade International in Japan,  Sendai, Yokohama, Osaka and Kitakyushi Nov -Dec 1999

 Tompsett H, (2005) A Question of Principle- What makes a Social Worker a Social Worker? Professional Social Work Journal, Birmingham : BASW, December 2005

Tompsett H (2001). Changing systems in Health and Social Care for Older People in Japan: Observations and Implications for Interprofessional Working. Journal of Interprofessional Care vol 15, no 3,: 215-221

Tompsett H (2001)  Interpreting and Using Subject Benchmark Information in Social Work : A Practitioner Account, (Commissioned Paper for Learning and Teaching Support Network) Southampton:LTSN

Tompsett H &Vernon S  (2000) Nursing and its interface with Social Work in Blackwell Encyclopaedia of
Social Work ed Davies M, Oxford: Blackwell.

Lindsay, J & Tompsett, H (1999)  Workforce Planning in Approved Practice Learning Agencies for                Practice                 Teaching in London and South East Region  CCETSW

Lindsay, J & Tompsett, H (1998) Careers of Practice Teachers.  CCETSW

Conference Highlights

Hilary is a seasoned conference speaker both nationally and internationally.

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