I joined the Social Work team at Hallam in 2013, following 30 years of employment in the social care field with Sheffield City Council.
My roles in social care included Social Worker, Reviewing Officer, Care Assistant, Day Service Worker, and Support Worker. I worked with both children and adults, in many different settings (day service, residential, assertive outreach and field work) and across different services (adult mental health, substance misuse, children with a disability, physical disability, older adults, and criminal justice settings). I was particularly interested in Substance Misuse and spent my final 14 years in practice in this field. I am currently a trustee with the Sheffield Alcohol Support Service.
I also have experience of working within agencies beyond the Local Authority. This has led to a belief and desire to understand and promote multi-agency, and multi-disciplinary working and good practice.
At Hallam I have developed my interest in values, ethics and anti-oppressive practice, and have been module lead on this element of the Social Work courses. I teach across a number of courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.
I have a history of promoting service user participation and have carried this thread into Hallam by focusing on the student experience and engagement. As an example of this I have organised, with students, a Year 3 Conference in recent years. This has enabled students to meet skilled practitioners from a wide area of social care settings, as well as allowing students to participate in organising and delivering the 'teaching'.
I am currently undertaking a Masters in Teaching course, due to completed in September 2017.
Specialist areas of interest
Values, AOP, Substance Misuse, Adult Mental Health, Disability