Dr Christine Atkins


Prior to moving into social work education I worked for many years in statutory social services as a practitioner and manager in both Children's and Adult services. In 2005 I established my  own training business as a Practice Teacher and Assessor alongside working as a research assistant. I was also appointed as a senior lecturer working mainly on the MSW and postqualifying programmes at Kingston University. My key areas of interest are developing the practice skills of not only pre but also post qualifyng social workers with an emphasis on critically reflective practice and interprofessional working. I retired from my post as Senior Lecturer  in August 2015  to focus on the completion of my PhD. Having succesfully completed this, I  returned to work as an Hourly Paid Lecturer (HPL) at Kingston where I play a key role in the BA admission process.The aim is to ensure that the selection, interviewing and decision making is fair and equitable to all applicants recognising diversity and special needs. I also work as a tutor and support other lecturers as required. Outside of my Kingston role I work as  a volunteer for the Queen Elizabeth Foundation.

Academic responsibilities

Senior Lecturer and Admissions


  • 1973-B.A (Hons) Social Studies, University of East Anglia
  • 1976-Certificate of Qualification in Social Work (CQSW), University of Warwick
  • 1976-M.A Applied Social Studies, University of Warwick 1976
  • 2005-M.A. Professional Education and Training (PETHS), Kingston University 2005
  • 2005-Advanced Award in Social Work Kingston University
  • 2018-Ph D, ‘Perceptions of Professional Identity and Interprofessional Working in Children's services' Kingston University

Teaching and learning

 I support other lecturers as required but currently do not have any specific teaching roles. When I was a full time member of staff I was module leader for MSW  Developing Skills for Practice and Law and Social policy. I was also a module leader for several Post Qualifiying modules including  PQ1, Mentoring, and  Advanced Social Work Practice in Adult care.  


 I have been involved in a number of research projects.

 Complementary Therapies Study for St Christopher's Hospice. FInal Report May 2006  

 Dr Lorna  Bell  and Mrs Christine Atkins

The child, the family and the GP: tensions and conflicts of interest for GPs in safeguarding children May 2006-October 2008 Final report February 2010

 Mark Ashworth Christine Atkins Ann Gallagher Hialry Tompsett, Paul Wainwright

FIndings from a Delphi exercise regarding conflicts of interests, general practitioners and safeguarding children: 'Listen carefully, judge slowly' 2010

  • Ann Gallagher,Paul Wainwright Hilary Tompsett Christine Atkins

The use of vignettes within a Delphi exercise: A useful approach in empirical ethics? 2010

  • Paul Wainwright ,Ann Gallagher, Hilary Tompsett, Christine Atkins

'Evaluation of the Pilot GP Training Programme on Carers' 2010

Ray Jones, Ann Mackenzie, Nan  Greenwood, Christine Atkins and  Ruth Habibi 

PhD 'Perceptions of Professional Identity and Interprofessional Working in Children's Services' 2018 Christine Atkins