Personal profile

Approach to teaching

I joined the Social Work team as a lecturer in 2024.  I am a registered social worker, and a qualified Best Interests Assessor and Practice Educator.

I joined the university after 10 years frontline social work in adult services.  I have worked for ESCC and BHCC, in community teams, rehabilitation centres and most recently on the stroke ward in the Royal Sussex County Hospital.  Before qualifying as a social worker I worked for Citizens Advice.

My areas of interest and teaching specialisms are around dementia, multi-disciplinary work, mental capacity, Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards.

My approach as a lecturer and social worker is underpinned by taking a relationship-based approach and promoting reflective practice.

In addition to my role as a lecturer, I coordinate social worker student placements both the first placements in non-statutory settings (advocacy organisation, homeless charities, hospices, schools etc) and the second year placements with our local authority partners.

Research interests

With a group of colleagues, I have published a piece of practitioner research around perceptions of social work in an acute hospital setting.  I have been trained to be a facilitator for reflective practice groups and I am interested in research around the use of reflective models (across different disciplines), and the role of emotions in social work practice.

Education/Academic qualification

Master, Social Work, University of Brighton

Award Date: 1 Jul 2014

Master, English Literature, University of Sussex

Award Date: 1 Jul 2000

Bachelor, English Literature and Soviet Studies

Award Date: 1 Jul 1989

External positions

Social Worker, Brighton and Hove City Council


Social Worker, East Sussex County Council


Benefits Caseworker, National Association of Citizens Advice Bureaux



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