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I am the Course Lead for the PG Diploma in Social Work - Step UP- and Senior Lecturer in the Department of Social Work and Social Care. I am also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and work closely with the Developing Together Teaching Partnership, working with our partner agencies to develop social work education and social work practice across the local region.
I am a registered social worker and qualified in social work at the University of Nottingham 1997. Throughout my career I have worked in children and families social work and managed social work teams in child protection and court proceedings. Alongside this I have supported students on their placement and assessed newly qualified social workers in their Assessed and Supported Year in Practice. I am passionate about supporting students to develop their knowledge and skills in working with families using strengths based approaches and relationship based practice.
My role in the department includes teaching across all the social work programmes, BA, MSW and BA Apprenticeship with a focus on social work theory and models of practice and critical analysis. I also teach on Post Qualifying courses on Management in Social Work Practice and Restoring Social Work Practice, for those social workers who are wanting to return to practice.
I have research interests in the use of assessment tools in social work practice and the role of team culture plays in both practice culture and retaining social workers in organisations. I continue to work closely with social workers in practice through the Teaching Partnership, creating an early career development plan to support social workers in their career journey.
Senior Lecturer in Social Work