As an experienced practitioner and academic Sarah’s interests in social work with adults, especially mental health, is long standing. Qualifying in 1987 and still registered as a social worker (Matthews SW81040 ), Sarah’s practice roles have included frontline posts such as an Approved Social Worker under the Mental Health Act, 1983, the development, creation and management of an innovative multi-disciplinary mental health crisis service and service manager for inner city emergency mental health services. Sarah worked for ten years as an Area Commissioner for the Government appointed body that oversees the operation of the Menatl Health Act, the Mental Health Act Commission. Moving into academic posts in early 2000, Sarah is now Associate Head of School, Nations, holding strategic and operational responsibility for academics based in all nations of the United Kingdom in health and social care, social work, nursing and other professional programmes.
PQ Social Wok Manchester Metropolitan University
MSc Social Work Birmingham City University
BSc Hons Social Work University of Northumbria
Health Care Professions Council and College of Social Work Validation University of Chester
BA Hons Social Work Goldsmiths University, London External Examiner
BA Hons Social Work Studies Duale Hochshule Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany Revalidation
MA Social Work University of Central Lancashire External Examiner
Guest editor of special edition:
Vicary, S. Cree, V. and Manthorpe, J (2018) Social Work education: a local and
global challenge Practice: Social Work in Action. Volume 30 Issue 4
Guest editor of special edition:
Vicary, S. Copperman, J. and Higgs, A. (2018)
Social work education through distance learning: challenges and opportunities.
Social Work Education: the international journal Volume 37 Issue 6
Article reviewer for the following journals: Qualitative Social Work; British Journal Social Work; Journal of Social work; Journal of Mental Health; Journal of Social Work Education: the international journal.
Book proposal reviewer Policy Press and Routledge.
Inaugural editor of Social Work History Network Ebulletin, published biennially: https://www.kcl.ac.uk/scwru/swhn/bulletin/index
Member of the editorial board of the Journal Practice: Social Work in Action and reviewer
Principal Investigator Mental Health Social Work in an integrated setting Health Education North West £67,000
Bruising in older people: what do social workers need to know? Open University £1,500
Independent Reviewing officers and thresholds Open University £1,500
Interested in the way in which practitioners understand and undertake professional mental health work, Sarah is widely published. Primarily concerned with a statutory role, Sarah’s doctoral study explored the role and experiences of Approved Mental Health Professionals(AMHP) particularly the impact, if any, of professional background on its accomplishment. Sarah is currently researching the experience of social workers as Approved Clinicians, a further reassigned role which came about following amendments to the same mental health legislation that intorduced the AMHP. Sarah is also interested in encouraging practitioners to undertake research and, with colleagues, runs an AMHP Research network. An inaugural conference was held in 2019 and a second is to take place in 2020; a special issue of a journal to be published in 2020 has been commisioned as a consequence.Sarah's research interests lie in mental health especially the fulfilmment of professional roles:
Sarah has a particular interest in qualitative research methodologies inclduing Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis and uses visual research methods to collate data.
Her other primary research interests lie in the history of social work. Sarah coordinates the Social Work History Network http://www.kcl.ac.uk/sspp/policy-institute/scwru/swhn/index.aspx and edits the e-bulletin.
Sarah has undertaken reserach into the awareness and training of social workers and nurses in bruising as a sign of non-accidental injury in older people and also on the impact on mental health social workers of integration.
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Sarah’s teaching interests lie in mental health social work and social work law.
Sarah has delivered lectures at a number of international conferences for the European Conference on Social Work Research in Denmark, Belgium and Edinburgh and the International Association for Law and Mental Health in Vienna, Prague and Rome.
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