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I am a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Social Work and Social Care with particular responsibilities for teaching and learning in the areas of adult social care, mental health, social work theory and applied social work practice. I currently lead modules on MSW and BA Social Work, Working with Children & Young People: Social Pedagogy and teach on Best Interest Assessor and Safeguarding Adults at Risk Post Qualifying Programmes. I am passionate about social work values and ethics with the focus on professional integrity and a humanist approach to practice. I am interested in developing professional expertise and capability among newly qualified social workers, promoting relationship-based and trauma-informed approaches, while paying attention to the importance of practitioners' wellbeing.
I am a Social Work England registered social worker with 20 years practice experience. I practiced at an advanced practitioner level in various roles (AMHP/BIA/Safeguarding Adults Manager). I also supervised and assessed Newly Qualified Social Workers (NQSWs) on Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE) programmes. In my last local government position as a Principal Social Worker, I supported the role of social workers, while providing professional leadership at a strategic organisational level, influencing decisions around workforce development and quality of practice.
I have a master's degree and postgraduate diploma in Advanced Mental Health Practice, BA in Pedagogy and a Diploma in Social Work. I am a founding member of the Social Pedagogy Professional Association (SPPA), a member of the British Association of Social Workers (BASW) and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA). My research interests include secondary trauma in early social work career, and I currently study towards Doctor of Education (EdD) with Kingston University. I am a peer and book reviewer with the British Journal of Social Work.
SADRAS (Student Academic Development Research Associate Scheme) Project Leadership experience:
The Inter-disciplinary Learning Project focused on a small-scale research study designed and completed jointly with colleagues from the School of Nursing and student researchers as part of the project team. The project received favourable opinion on Ethics and was conducted between November 2019-June 2020, it was finalised earlier due to the Covid 19 pandemic outbreak. Information from this study provided an interesting insight into the inter-professional communication between students from different professional courses, supporting development of other inter-disciplinary teaching activities offered to students in helping professions across the Schools and Faculty.
Publication of the article based on the study will be available shortly via the Journal of Practice Teaching and Learning.