I qualified as a social worker in 1980 and started my career at the Royal London Hospital where I worked alongside various consultants for 4 years, getting a good foundation in working within the health service. I then worked in a variety of Children and Families jobs, both in London and then in Norfolk, including again in a health setting at the NNUH until 1996. My next job was at City College Norwich where I taught social work and social care courses for 4 years, gaining my PGCE 16+ while I was there.
In 2000 I returned to practice first as an Independent Chair for Child Protection and then moving to lead one of the Children’s Centres in Norwich, which I did for 7 years. During this time I gained my L7 Exec. Diploma in Management. In 2012 I took early retirement and then took up my present post in 2013. I specialise in interprofessional practice and act as the link between NSC and the Centre for Interprofessional Practice.
As well as formal teaching jobs both at UEA currently and at City College I have done a considerable amount of training and facilitating of groups and courses for qualified staff. I have also taught for the Open University. My specialist areas are
- Multi-agency/Interprofessional working
- Social work and social care practice
- Working with Children and their families
- Child Protection
- End of life issues
External Activities and Indicators of Esteem
- As well as my career I have always been involved in the voluntary sector. My longest involvement has been with the Muscular Dystrophy, a medical charity, where I was a trustee for 14 years.
- I have also worked with Tower Hamlets Community Health Council, various local groups working with older people and children and I am currently a lay rep on the NHS National Commissioning Board for specialist medical equipment.