I am a qualified social worker and practice educator and worked in both local authority and voluntary sector organisations prior to becoming a lecturer at Kingston University in 1998. Starting as a generic neighbourhood social worker I have worked with adults, and with children and their families, later specialising in the field of drug and alcohol issues.
As a practice educator I ran a unit for student social workers within a voluntary sector drug service. I have continued my involvement in practice education as an off-site practice educator and as an assessor for trainee practice educators. Within the Department of Social Work and Social Care I previously took responsibility for managing the quality assurance of practice learning. In June 2014 I was seconded to a role as Faculty Lead for Practice Education for two years. I am currently Director of Practice Education for the School of Allied Health, Midwifery and Social Care with strategic overview of the practice education activities which are an essential part of the qualifying courses for the professions in the School.
I am a tutor and module leader within the Department of Social Work and Social Care teaching about reflection, critical analysis and the application of social work knowledge to practice.
I have a strong interest and commitment to interprofessional working and learning in practice and provide a social work perspective as a committee member of the National Association of Educators in Practice (NAEP). I am also a member of the Centre for the Advancement of Interprofessional Education (CAIPE).
I am also involved with the British Association of Social Workers (BASW) refresh of the Practice Educators Professional Standards (PEPS) as a member of the Professional Capabilities and Development Practice Policy and Education Group (PPEG).
I am studying for an Ed.D investigating Interprofessional Practice Learning.
Associate Professor/ Director of Practice Education for School of Allied Health, Midwifery and Social Care