email@example.com | 01484 473256
I joined the University of Huddersfield as a Lecturer/Practitioner in mental health social work in 2017. My working hours are split between the university and my practice as an Approved Mental Health AMHP in Kirklees. I have worked in the area of mental health for over 10 years. After gaining my Masters Degree in social work in 2008, I have worked as a qualified social worker in mental health teams in the north of England. This has included working in an Assertive Outreach Team which specialised in working with people with complex mental health needs, who had not engaged with mainstream mental health services. This role allowed me to specialise in engagement as well as psycho-social interventions for working with people who experience psychosis. I am a Practice Educator and have supported a number of social work students to successfully complete their final practice placements. I am also qualified as an Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP) with specialist training and responsibilities for carrying out duties under the Mental Health Act 1983 (amended 2007). AMHPs are responsible for coordinating assessments and making applications to detain people under the Mental Health Act.
I am interested in mental health social work, especially topics including psychosis and engagement. I am also interested in the professional practice of AMHPs and how they discharge their responsibilities.
I am module leader for two post-graduate modules on the post-qualifying social work programme: Mental Capacity & Mental Disorder and Best Interest Assessor. These modules focus on the Mental Health Act 1983 (amended 2007) and the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and the context in which these Acts are applied and how they relate to a wider safeguarding agenda. In addition, I teach and contribute to other aspects of the social work education programme, specialising in the subject of mental health. I am also academic tutor for a number of students enrolled on the social work programme.