I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy [HEA]. I am also a lecturer in social work, specialising in psychosocial perspectives on the qualifying programmes. Alongside this, I am also the unit lead on the Assessed & Supported Year in Employment (ASYE) and Developing Professional & Specialist Practice (DPSP) on the CPD programmes. Furthermore, I hold the role of Admissions Tutor for the BA and MA programmes.
I am currently undertaking my PhD which is exploring social worker’s experiences of shame about poor mental health at work.
I bring a nurturing and person-centred approach to teaching. I engage students by bringing in examples from my 15+ years of practice as a social worker. I employ a variety of teaching strategies including discussions, reflective activities, case studies, roleplays, quizzes, and videos.
I qualified as a social worker from Bournemouth University in 2007. I began my social work career in the Older Person’s Mental Health Team. I later joined the Learning Disability Team where I qualified as a practice educator and a best interests assessor (BIA). After a few years, I was invited to help set up the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) Team.
I was the only full-time BIA for a few years before the team expanded. During this time I qualified as an Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP). I managed the DoLS team for a while and ran regular workshops throughout the year which focused on various aspects of DoLS and the Mental Capacity Act.
Research and Recent Publications
- Case Study Design
- CPD during the ASYE year
- Andy became a full-time lecturer at BU in 2021, but he still undertakes DoLS assessments as an independent BIA in his spare time.
- He also teaches social care courses and creative writing courses with Skills & Learning.