I completed my social work training and Masters in Social Work at Manchester Metropolitan University.
I have over 30 years experience of working in social work both as a practitioner and for the last 17 years as an academic in social work. I have experience of working in the Probation Service and for a Greater Manchester local authority as a Service Manager in mental health.
In moving to Manchester Metropolitan University, I am delighted to be leading a highly qualified and experienced team who are committed to social work education and to improving the lives of the most vulnerable people in our society.
I have extensive experience of working in partnership with employers regionally and nationally and undertakes consultancy to support organisational change within large public sector organisations. My academic interest focuses upon inter-professional working and the integration of health and social care services. I have been involved in working with government and local employers to achieve strategic changes to improve access to services for individuals, families and communities.
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