|2013||Approved Clinician approval. Subsequent membership of the DHSC’s Midlands & East, plus South of England Mental Health Act Approvals Panels.|
|2011||MA in Advanced Social Work (Mental Health & Practice Education), the Advanced Award in Social Work and the Higher Specialist Award in Social Work.
|2009||Higher Specialist Award in Practice Education.|
|2007||Advanced Award in Social Work (under the previous PQ framework).|
|2003||Post Qualifying Award in Social Work.|
|1998||Mental Health Social Work Award. Initial ASW (AMHP) approval.|
|1997||Youth and Community Worker’s Certificate.|
|1990 – 1994||BSc. Honours (2:1) in Applied Social Science and Social Work, with the Certificate of Qualification in Social Work.|
|1989||CAC/AEB Combined Certificates in Counselling.|
|1987||Further and Adult Education Teacher’s Certificate.|
|1984||5 GCE ‘O’ Levels, including Mathematics and English Language.|
- Working with service-users who: have treatment resistant conditions, are difficult to engage, have personality disorders, are mentally disordered offenders and/or misuse substances.
- Reviewing ‘out of area’ service-users, reporting to commissioners and senior managers about: treatment and care to date, risks management considerations and discharge planning concerns.
- Evaluating and making detailed recommendations about the functioning of Crisis Resolution and Home Treatment teams, alongside the overall development of acute mental health services.
- Consultation and training re: Section 136 MHA, Community Treatment Orders and Mental Health Tribunals.
- Supervising/mentoring multi-disciplinary staff, including AMHPs & Approved Clinician candidates.
1997 to 2020 Senior Social Worker, AMHP and Approved Clinician, for NCC and NSFT.
1.5.2015 to 26.1.2020: hospital social work team role, post NSFT ‘special measures’ & TUPE transfer.
Approved Clinician practice was kept up to date by: regular participation in MDT meetings, multi-agency risk management reviews & DHSC MHA Approvals Panel meetings; training and conferences.
This role has also embedded a clear understanding of inter-agency responsibilities, viz the Care Act.
1.10.2013 to 30.4.2015: involvement in an innovative Approved Clinician pilot for CTO service-users, underpinned by evidence from seminal research papers and national guidance. The focus included:
- Fostering a change in organisational culture towards employing [non-medical] Approved Clinicians, whilst significantly reducing bed occupancy levels through reduced re-admissions.
- In addition to building a strong business case, highly effective clinical outcomes were achieved. Using a naturalistic comparison – retrospectively and prospectively, for 18 month periods – KPIs demonstrated: zero serious untoward incidents and A&E attendance; harm minimisation and significant reductions in substance misuse; reduced medical input and agreeing clear pathways for discharging service-users from compulsory care, with improved levels of insight pro-term.
- The final report provided a detailed rationale, including very positive feedback from service-users, staff and hospital managers. It was discontinued when NSFT entered ‘special measures.’
A very good reputation was also been built viz facilitating high quality treatment and care, including:
- Undertaking circa 900 MHA assessments and developing an ASW (AMHP) Practice Manual.
- Supplying detailed but concise psycho-social histories, tribunal and funding reports.
- Embedding a court diversion scheme, for mentally disordered offenders in north Norfolk.
- Making discrete recommendations re: Section 136 MHA, post-completion of MA research paper.
|1996 – 1997||Part-time Youth Worker, for Norfolk County Council.
Reason for leaving: to pursue ASW (AMHP) training and the need to be on-call.
|1995 – 1997||Community Resource Manager, for Suffolk Social Services.
Significant staffing and carer’s resistance were sensitively managed, towards meeting the commissioners requirements for a more flexible and pro-active service, for service-users with learning disabilities and co-morbid mental health problems. Simultaneously, a warm and enabling environment facilitated discreet support, towards addressing educational and employment needs within the community.
Reason for leaving: to fulfil a career ambition of becoming an ASW (AMHP).
|1993 – 1995||Specialist Social Worker, for Essex Social Services.
Complex assessments were undertaken – and sophisticated discharge care packages were devised – for people with multiple physical/learning disabilities and mental health needs. Regular reports were provided for four neighbouring commissioning authorities.
Reason for leaving: career progression.
|1988 – 1994||Various locum posts, for Reliance Social Care, in London.
Work in the following specialisms widened my knowledge, skills and experiential base: older people’s mental health services; adolescent services; learning disability services; homeless and/or misused substance services.
Reason for leaving: moved to Norfolk, post qualification.
|1988 – 1990||Unqualified Mental Health Social Worker, for Hammersmith and Fulham SSD.
This innovative community mental health project sought to engage disenfranchised service-users, who were frequently excluded from mainstream services and/or had been forensically assessed. I devised and gained a council grant to successfully manage an innovative Sports Club and the Food Co-op; these groups successfully challenged negative stereotypes and improved the local community relations per se.
Reason for leaving: commencement of social work training.
|1987 – 1988||Locum Residential Social Worker, for Haringey Social Services Department.
Within a 20 bedded mental health unit, whilst providing flexible outreach support.
Reason for leaving: career progression and a fixed term contract.
|1986 – 1987||Assistant Job Club Leader / Prison Liaison Officer with NACRO.
The second Job Club in the country was jointly established with a colleague, offering a highly successful employment and accommodation rehabilitation service for young offenders. A significant number had co-morbid mental health problems.
Reason for leaving: career progression.
|1985 – 1986||In/Out-Patient at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital.
The experience of having been involved in a near-fatal RTA was ultimately beneficial, towards appreciating some of the trials and tribulations service-users regularly experience, when undertaking extensive rehabilitation programmes.
|1984 – 1985||Voluntary Youth Worker at Lawshall Village Youth Club, in Suffolk.
This youth club was established with a Senior Probation Officer. A small motocross track was developed and a weekly disco was provided, as a means of meaningfully occupy my peers, whilst subtly addressing social education and social inclusion issues.
My wife and I are committed to continuous professional development and utilising evidence-based practice to develop services in a safe, sound and supportive manner. I have a dry sense of humour and a pragmatic attitude, which helps to sensitively manage change. I enjoy scuba, speaking Spanish, relaxing holidays and photography. I am registered disabled, with some muscular/skeletal problems.