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Mr Rick Pearl

Profile summary

  • Regional Academic Staff
  • Staff Tutor
  • Faculty of Wellbeing, Education & Language Studies
  • School of Health, Wellbeing and Social Care
  • Regions & Nations (HWSC)
  • richard.pearl

Professional biography

I qualified as a Social Worker in 1998 and have worked continuously in Adult Services since then, first with Oxfordshire Social Services and since 2003 with the City and County of Swansea. I am an advocate of relationship-based Social Work and believe that the manner in which Social Workers practice is of vital importance to those with whom they are working.

I have worked with members of the Service User and Carer group attached to the Social Work Degree in Wales since joining the OU and in 2018 we published our first paper detailing our research into the effectiveness of Service User and Carer feedback for students studying on the Social Work Degree.

Research interests

Multi-disciplinary casework with adults who display extreme challenging behaviour and complex psychological issues.

Service user and carer feedback for Social Work students - how to enable people to say what they think and how to use this effectively.

Teaching interests

Social Work Practice Modules

Current Social Work Practice Assessor

Publications

Service user and carer feedback: simply pass/fail or a genuine learning tool? (2018)
Pearl, Richard; Williams, Helen Myfanwy; Williams, Lynn; Brown, Ken; Brown, Brenda; Hollington, Lee; Gruffydd, Mari; Jones, Roy; Yorke, Stephen and Statham, Gwyneth
Social Work Education, 37(5) (pp. 553-564)

News

OU student wins Care Apprentice Award

Heather always wanted to be a mental health nurse, having worked as a carer for a number of years. When she was given the chance by her employer to study for an Open University course in Health Care Practise, she grabbed the opportunity. Earlier this year, Heather was awarded the Care Apprentice Award at the National Care Awards, as Carers Week begins, she talks about her journey with The OU.

10th June 2019
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