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Dr Simon Abbott


I am a member of the Psychological and Cognitive Conditions Research Group in the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education at Kingston University and St. George's University of London. My research interests involve social care perspectives on mental health and mental capacity policy and 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) use the law in practice. This involved an in-depth qualitative study, across three different London boroughs. My research interests include using mixed methods approaches and involving citizens in research. 

I am  a registered social worker and Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP). My career has involved practice in community mental health teams; specialist community services for people experiencing psychosis; and as a forensic social worker, working with mentally disordered offenders in regional secure services and in the community. 

Academic responsibilities

Senior Lecturer


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

Teaching and learning


I am a member of the Psychological and Cognitive Conditions Research Group in the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education. My research interests involve mental health and wellbeing, social work and social care. 


Number of items: 4.


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)

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