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Dr Matthew Birks

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  • Central Academic Staff
  • Lecturer in Nursing
  • Faculty of Wellbeing, Education & Language Studies
  • School of Health, Wellbeing and Social Care
  • Nursing
  • matthew.birks

Professional biography

I qualified as a mental health nurse in 1991 after working as a health care assistant in a nursing home. On becoming a nurse I worked in a variety of residential, community and day hospital settings including a year spent as a charge nurse in a secure hospital. Since 2002 I have worked in a variety of colleges and universities but keep clinically current as a psychotherapist. I completed an OU Degree in Social Sciences in the 90s then went on to complete a Masters in Education, Cert Ed and Doctorate in Education at local centres. I have qualifiecations in CBT, DBT and BFT.


Jenny Simpson

Learning from people: the training method bringing service users and social workers together

Jenny Simpson, Head of Social Work (England), as well as students and staff at the OU are involved in an exciting development in relation to social work education. Mend the Gap is a model for the effective involvement of people who are at the receiving end of services, together with those who provide professional support. Read more about Mend the Gap here

18th April 2018
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