Dr Simon Abbott

About

My teaching and research interests incorporate a social perspective on mental health and mental capacity policy for professional practice.

This focuses on social perspectives and rights-based approaches to mental health and mental capacity practice, such as recovery-oriented practice and Supported Decision-Making (SDM). This aims to extend understandings to improve interventions, services and policy with marginalised high need groups. I am interested in co-producing research with citizens and other partners as a critical component in developing professional practice.

My doctoral research was undertaken at the Centre for Social Work Innovation and Research, University of Sussex. My doctoral thesis involved a hermeneutic phenomenological study on how social work Approved Mental Health Professionals (AMHPs) experience compulsory mental health decision-making in practice. This involved an in-depth qualitative study, across three different London boroughs. 

I am  a registered social worker, active in practice as an Advanced Social Worker and Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP) in South London. My career includes a 20-year commitment to the mental health field of social work practice.

Academic responsibilities

Senior Lecturer. Course Leader Master of Social Work and Post Graduate Diploma in Social Work.

Qualifications

  • Doctorate in Social Work, University of Sussex.
  • Masters of Applied Social Studies.
  • LL.B (Hons)
  • Diploma in Social Work

Teaching and learning

Qualifications and expertise

  • Reviewer British Journal of Social Work.
  • Reviewer National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Policy Research Programme.
  • European Social Work Research Association.
  • Senior Fellow Higher Education Academy (SFHEA).
  • Advanced Mental Health Social Worker
  • Approved Mental Health Professional
  • Doctor of Social Work

Undergraduate courses taught

Postgraduate courses taught

Research

Grants and Projects

2020-21

  • Kingston University & St George's University of London, £10,000. This will fund a study to explore the contextual factors driving demand and provision of adult social care and mental health services in England. I will be working on this project over the next 12 months with colleagues, Allie Goldacre and Dr Rick Hood. The study builds on the department's growing expertise in secondary data analysis and the application of systems ideas to social care.
  • Kingston University QR Strategic Priorities Funds for policy research projects, £8,500. This study engages policy-makers with evidence on implementation of the new Approved Mental Capacity Professional (AMCP) role under the Mental Capacity (Amendment) Act 2019. The study will involve people with lived experience of social care in all aspects of the research, connecting policy and evidence to the experience of service users.
  • Co-Investigator, What Works Centre for Children's Social Care, Improving the quality of decision-making and risk assessment in children's social care: a brief evidence review.
  • Co-Investigator, What Works Centre for Children's Social Care, Improving the chances of successful reunification for children who return home from care: a brief evidence review.

  • Member of the Centre for Applied Health and Social Care Research, Kingston University & St George's University of London.

  • RISE 2020: Research Leadership Academy, Kingston University & St George's University of London.

Research student supervision

Publications

Number of items: 9.

Article

Hood, Rick, Goldacre, Allie, Abbott, Simon and Jones, Ray (2022) Patterns of demand and provision in English adult social care services. The British Journal of Social Work, bcac011. ISSN (print) 0045-3102 (Epub Ahead of Print)

Abbott, Simon (2021) Decision making by practitioners in the social professions involved in compulsory admission to mental health hospital : a scoping review. The British Journal of Social Work, bcab164. ISSN (print) 0045-3102 (Epub Ahead of Print)

Abbott, Simon (2021) A study exploring how social work AMHPs experience assessment under mental health law : implications for human rights-oriented social work practice. British Journal of Social Work, ISSN (print) 0045-3102 (Epub Ahead of Print)

Hood, Rick, Brent, Maria, Abbott, Simon and Sartori, Daniele (2019) A study of practitioner–service user relationships in social work. The British Journal of Social Work, 49(3), pp. 787-805. ISSN (print) 0045-3102

Book Section

Abbott, Simon (2020) Navigating practice at the interface between mental health and social care law. In: Braye, Suzy and Preston-Shoot, Michael, (eds.) The Care Act 2014 : wellbeing in practice. London, U.K. : Learning Matters. pp. 113-128. (Transforming Social Work Practice) ISBN 9781526446879

Conference or Workshop Item

Abbott, Simon (2018) Using the law in mental health social work practice in a changing national and global context : challenges and opportunities offered by a therapeutic jurisprudence lens. In: 8th European Conference for Social Work Research : Social Work in Transition : Challenges for Social Work Research in a Changing Local and Global World; 19 - 21 Apr 2018, Edinburgh, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Abbott, Simon (2017) Using the law in social work AMHP practice to navigate coercion and care. In: 7th European Conference for Social Work Research : Challenges in Social Work Research – Conflicts, Barriers and Possibilities in relation to Social Work; 19 - 21 Apr 2017, Aalborg, Denmark. (Unpublished)

Monograph

Hood, Rick, Abbott, Simon, Coughlan, Barry, Nilsson, David, Duschinsky, Robbie, Parker, Pamela and Mannes, Julia (2022) Improving the quality of decision making and risk assessment in children’s social care : a rapid evidence review. (Project Report) What Works Centre for Children's Social Care. 65 p.

Hood, Rick, Abbott, Simon, Nilsson, David, Baginsky, Mary, Dimond, Claire and (2022) Improving the chances of successful reunification for children who return home from care : a rapid evidence review. (Project Report) What Works Centre for Children's Social Care. 74 p.

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Business, knowledge transfer and international

Professional practice, knowledge exchange and impact

Active in practice, as an Advanced Social Worker and Approved Mental Health Professional in South London.

Peer reviewer: British Journal of Social Work, European Journal of Social Work.

Evidence Reviewer: National Institute of Health Research (NIHR).

Mental Health Advisor, National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) Guidelines Committee: Advocacy services for adults with health and social care needs. 

Approved Mental Health Professional National Research Conference 2021

A study exploring how social work AMHPs experience assessment under mental health law: Implications for social work policy and practice.

The paper has subsequently been published in The British Journal of Social Work: See under publications.

European Social Work Research Association: European Social Work Research Conference (ESWRC):

Abbott, Simon (2018) Using the law in mental health social work practice in a changing national and global context : challenges and opportunities offered by a therapeutic jurisprudence lens. In: 8th European Conference for Social Work Research : Social Work in Transition : Challenges for Social Work Research in a Changing Local and Global World; 19 - 21 Apr 2018, Edinburgh, U.K.. 

Abbott, Simon (2017) Using the law in social work AMHP practice to navigate coercion and care. In: 7th European Conference for Social Work Research : Challenges in Social Work Research – Conflicts, Barriers and Possibilities in relation to Social Work; 19 - 21 Apr 2017, Aalborg, Denmark.

Leadership and management

Course Leader, Masters of Social Work and Post Graduate Diploma in Social Work.

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