National Centre for Post Qualifying Social Work

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The National Centre for Post-Qualifying Social Work and Professional Practice (the National Centre)  at Bournemouth University is dedicated to improving the lives of vulnerable people by enhancing professional health and social care practice.

The National Centre specialises in providing high quality education, continuing professional development (CPD) and training for professionals within Health and Social Care.

Post-qualifying social work education is centred on a commitment, passion and dedication to develop professional practice, the enhancement of which is crucially focused on challenge and creative resolve, encompassing sound professional values, reasoning and judgement.

The department currently works in partnership with over one third of local authorities in England.  The flexible delivery model means we come to you to deliver education and training designed to make a positive contribution to practice. By improving the quality of social work practice the Centre and its staff make a vital contribution to society and vulnerable people in particular.

We are also commissioned by a range of organisations to develop materials and toolkits for use by professionals and the public

To find out more visit the National Centre for Post Qualifying Social Work website.

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Twitter: @ResearchPQSW

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  • Professor Keith Brown
    Director of the National Centre for Post-Qualifying Social Work
  • Professor Lee-Ann Fenge
    Director of the Centre of Seldom Heard Voices, Marginalisation and Societal Integration/Research Lead for the NCPQSW
  • Jenny Bigmore
    Programme Lead – Children and Families
  • Kate Howe
    Senior Lecturer – Social Work
  • Mike Lyne
    Senior Lecturer –  Mental Health Social Work
  • Jo Parker
    Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader for MA Advanced Mental Health Practice (AMHP)
  • Dr Lynne Rutter
    Senior Lecturer
  • Sarah Williams
    Senior Lecturer
  • Melanie Forsyth-Smith
    Lecturer and Course Leader
  • Dr Sally Lee
  • Emily Rosenorn-Lanng
    Research Projects Officer
  • Stevie Corbin-Clarke
    Research Assistant
  • Abbie Rees
    Programme Support Team Leader 
  • Sandra Adye
    Business Support Manager
  • Caroline Jones
    Centre Administrator
  • Rebecca Triggs
    Programme Support Officer
  • Katie Huey
    Programme Support Officer
  • Alison Kazem Malaki
    Programme Support Officer
  • Charlene Parrish
    Programme Support Administrator

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    The Centre for Qualitative Research (CQR), a long-standing resource for research practice and postgraduate learning at BU, has recently undergone a ‘refit’ of its web pages.  Content from the old... »


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