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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.
Senior Lecturer and Admissions
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
The use of vignettes within a Delphi exercise: A useful approach in empirical ethics? 2010
'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