Ms Josie Newton


I started working in the mental health field as a support worker in a residential care home over 24 years ago and after the successful completion of MSc in Social Work, worked in adult mental health for over 17 years. I have a particular passion in working with those affected by dual diagnosis i.e. mental health and substance misuse, but have also worked with adults with Learning Disabilities.   

I am an experienced Practice Educator (PE) and Practice Assessor (PA), and have supported, enabled and assessed Newly Qualified Social Workers (NQSW) on their ASYE programmes. I work as a sessional, practicing AMHP (Approved Mental Health Professional) in an Adults Emergency Duty Team (AEDT) once a month, working with the Mental Health Act (1983) and Mental Capacity Act (2005).

I worked as a Practice Consultant with Developing Together Social Work Teaching Partnership (TP) for 4 years, delivering workshops to PE's, On-Site Supervisors (OSS) and ASYE assessors, as well as providing Off-Site PE to students at Kingston. As a Sub-Regional Assessor (SRA) I supported and assessed social work apprentices at Kingston University for 3 years. I developed and co-delivered the ‘BLM: The Voice of Social Work' reflective discussion groups 3 years ago, which encourages social work practitioners focus on anti-racist practice, trauma-informed approaches, and working with an intersectional lens.    

I have now been BA social work course lead for nearly 1 year, having been Senior Lecturer within the Social Work Department for three years prior. I teach social work theory and skills application, critical analysis on BA course, mental health including the role of the AMHP across all programmes & PEPS. Seeing the development of social work students and trainees on post-qualifying programmes is a wonderful and exciting experience, and one I do not think I will grow tired of. 

Academic responsibilities

BA Social Work course lead / PE / PA / AMHP


  • UKPSF (Fellow)
  • MA (Professional Education & Training) MA (Advanced Social Work)
  • MSc Social Work
  • Approved Mental Health Professional (Advanced Mental Health Practice)
  • PG cert Practice Educator
  • BSc Psychology 2:2 with Hons