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Mrs Kate Blake-Holmes is a 1st Year PhD Student and Associate Tutor in the School of Social Work.

Academic Career

In 2003 she was awarded a BSc Honours Degree in Social Work from the University of Plymouth and in 2013 a MA Mental Health from the University of East Anglia.

Kate joined the UEA in 2014 under a university-funded studentship to pursue research, which will reflect her professional specialism in Mental Health.

Professional Practice

Qualifying as a social worker in 2003, Kate worked with Children with Disabilities for 3 years. In 2006 she moved to work within the field of Mental Health.  In the 8 years in this position, Kate worked as a senior social worker with in both community and acute teams, qualifying as a Best Interest Assessor (MCA 2005), and an Approved Mental Health Professional (MHA 2007).

Kate continues to be a registered Social Worker under the HCPC and practice as an Approved Mental Health Professional for the Local Authority.


Kate’s research interests developed through her professional interest and experience of working within the field of Mental Health.

Using a Qualitative methodology, the goal of this research is to explore how adults, who grew up with parents with a mental illness, make sense of their childhood and family narrative.  By reflecting on these experiences, themes and processes may emerge, from which lessons could be learnt in how to support such children and families in a more effective manner.


Kate delivers a range of teaching with a focus on Mental Health Issues to BA, MA and AMHP Students

  • Mental Capacity Act 2005
  • Mental Health Act 1989 (as amended 2007)
  • Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards
  • Alternatives to Hospital – the least restrictive approach
  • Social Network and use of the 3rd Sector
  • Personality Disorder – current understanding and approaches
  • Managing Risk - Suicide and Self Harm