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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 Masters and BA Social Work, as well as 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 staff, promoting relationship based practice and expanding the use of social pedagogy in social work.
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 focused on promoting the role of front line social work practitioners, while providing professional leadership at a strategic organisational level and influencing decisions around practice, and workforce development.
I have Masters Degree and Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Mental Health Practice, Bachelor of Arts in Pedagogy and a Diploma in Social Work. I am also 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 (compassion fatigue) in early social work career and I recently commenced studying towards Doctor of Education (EdD) with Kingston University.