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Ms Janet Bardsley

I worked as a social worker, manager, and in service commissioning and development with people with learning disabilities in the Birmingham and Cornwall for nearly 20 years. My particular interest was in the development of day services, and working with models of Social Firms and Co-operatives as alternatives to traditional Day Centre provision. In 2005 I moved to teaching the Plymouth University Social Work programme from an FE college base in the far South West. During this time I was able to work with a

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Professional biography

 

I worked as a social worker, manager, and in service commissioning and development with people with learning disabilities in the Birmingham and Cornwall for nearly 20 years. My particular interest was in the development of day services, and working with models of Social Firms and Co-operatives as alternatives to traditional Day Centre provision. In 2005 I moved to teaching the Plymouth University Social Work programme from an FE college base in the far South West. During this time I was able to work with a group of older people, and also a group of people with learning disabilities to develop participatory approaches to researching local services with social work students.

 Although I had worked as an AL and Programme Tutor for the social work programme for the OU for some time, I joined the Social Work Department at Walton Hall in 2009 as a social work lecturer. Since this time I have been involved in Module production and now Co-chair  K319 “Adulthood, ageing and the life course”, where I have been primarily concerned with writing the policy elements of the course. I Co–chair the first year practice course for social work “Foundations for Social Work”.  My other role is as Open Media Fellow for Faculty provoding a link with the Open Media Unit where joint projects with the BBC are developed as well as the Open Educational resources on Open Learn, I am a member of the Social History of Learning Disabilities Group within the OU

                                    

 

Research interests

Services to people with severe learning disabilities

 Participatory and inclusive approaches to research

 Multi agency collaboration

 Dealing with complexity in adult social care,  particularly with respect to safeguarding and capacity.

 Developing writing skills outside an academic environment

Previous awards

 July 2006/07               CETL CPD Award                  Inclusive research with people  with LD and social work students

June 2006-08              Development Award              Survey of students with SLD Cornwall College leaving FE college

July 2007/08                CETL Continuity award           Social work student learning of service user perspectives

Presentations

March 2007                 Cornwall Disability research network/ Cornwall College       

                                     “Experiences of inclusive research with Social work students and people with learning disabilities

April 2007                    Developmental Delay Research and Education Group/ Dartington Joint presentation with members of research group

                                    “Experiences of inclusive research with Social work students and people with learning disabilities

June 2008                   VC Conference on Teaching and Learning/ University of Plymouth

                                     “Teaching social work students about uncertainty, using inclusive research groups with older people”.

 Publications

 CornwallCounty Council (Feb 2008)Serious Care Review for JK

 ESCalate/ CETL (2009) Contribution to group publication  “Putting the I into Identity and other stories” eds R Turner,  J Hughes and T Brown

Mason, M. , Bardsley, J., Mann J., Turner, R. 2010 “Research and teaching HE in anFE College. Chalk and cheese?”  Practice & Evidence of the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning

Bardsley J., “ Why Collaborate?”  in “Adulthood, Ageing and the Lifecourse” ( 2011) eds Katz J, Peace S, Spurr. Bristol Policy Press

 

 

Current projects

Personal Histories Project for poeple with Learning Disabilities in Cornwall

The role of independent consultants in the delivery of practice education in social work.

 

Teaching interests

Social work

 Social Policy, including safeguarding

 Multi agency collaboration

 Learning disabilities

Assessment of calibre of entrants to social work education and impact on widening participation

 

Research Activity

Research groups

NameTypeParent Unit
Learning Disability History Research GroupGroupFaculty of Health and Social Care
Social Work Research GroupResearch GroupFaculty of Health and Social Care

 

Externally funded projects

Learning Disability, Challenging Behaviour and Social Work: A Literature Review

RoleStart dateEnd dateFunding source
Co-investigator01/Mar/201422/Oct/2014TCSW The College of Social Work
The project is a literature review for The College of Social Work, covering research evidence on best practice in learning disability, challenging behaviour, and social work. This project arises from the commitment of The College of Social Work to support the action programme agreed between the Department of Health and a range of professional bodies in the aftermath of the abuse at Winterbourne View, revealed in a TV documentary. Its aim is to produce guidance on good practice for social workers who support people with learning difficulties who display challenging behaviour. The objective of the literature review is primarily to inform the thinking of the College bodies – the project steering group and the Professional Assembly – who will be deciding what form the good practice guidance will take. The College wants to ensure that the advice is based on good evidence where that exists. It may also contribute directly to the development of curriculum guidance or other support materials. The final report can be found here: http://www.tcsw.org.uk/standard-2col-rhm-blog.aspx?id=8589948460

Publications

Taking advantage of dissonance: a CPD framework (2017)
Simpson, Jennifer Evyonne; Bardsley, Janet; Haider, Sharif; Bayley, Kenneth; Brown, Gill; Harrington-Vail, Amanda and Dale-Emberton, Ann
Journal of Children's Services, 12(1) (pp. 1-15)
Addressing the needs of the children’s integrated workforce: A method for developing collaborative practice through joint learning (2017)
Harrington-Vail, Amanda; Simpson, Jenny; Haider, Sharif; Bardsley, Janet; Brown, Gill; Bayley, Kenneth and Dale-Emberton, Ann
Journal of Playwork Practice, 3(2) (pp. 107-124)
The changing face of parent advocacy: a long view (2017)
Walmsley, Jan; Tilley, Liz; Dumbleton, Sue and Bardsley, Janet
Disability & Society ((Early Access))
Developing a CPD Framework in a time of organisational cultural conflict (2016-04)
Simpson, J.; Bayley, K.; Haider, S.; Bardsley, J.; Brown, G.; Dale-Emberton, A. and Harrington-Vail, A.
Organisational Studies and Innovation Review, 2(2) (pp. 64-70)
An evaluation of key working for families of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (2015)
Mengoni, Silvana; Bardsley, Janet and Oates, John
British Journal of Special Education, 42(4) (pp. 355-373)
Taking advantage of dissonance: the development of a CPD model for a children’s integrated service (2016-07-31)
Simpson, Jenny; Marsh, Glynis; Haider, Sharif; Bardsley, Janet; Bayley, Kenneth; Brown, Gill; Harrington-Vail, Amanda and Dale-Emberton, Ann
In : European Business and Management Conference (7-10 July 2016, Brighton, England)
Developing a CPD Framework in a time of organizational cultural conflict (2016-04-15)
Simpson , Jenny ; Bardsley, Janet; Bayley, Kenneth; Haider, Sharif; Brown, Gill; Dale-Emberton, Ann and Harrington-Vail, Amanda
In : MBAcademy International Business Conference (15-17 April 2016, Brunel University, London )
Developing a model of CPD for a children’s integrated workforce (2015-11)
Simpson, Jenny; Bardsley, Janet; Bayley, Kenneth and Haider, Sharif
In : National Children and Adult Services Conference (14-16 October 2015, Bournemouth)
Gathering perspectives on CPD (2015-07-17)
Simpson, Jenny; Haider, Sharif; Bardsley, Janet and Bayley, Kenneth
In : JSWEC 2015 (15-17 July 2015, Open University, Milton Keynes)
Developing Key Working (2014)
Mengoni, Silvana; Oates, John and Bardsley, Janet
Council for Disabled Children, London.

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