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David Neal

Lecturer in Social Work

David Neal is a lecturer in Social Work, currently employed as a Team Manager in the Academy of Social Work in Plymouth City Council’s Children Services. He provides visiting lectures and practice education to a broad range of qualifying Social Work programmes and delivers Bournemouth Universities Practice Education Qualification in the far South West peninsula region. His particular interest lies in therapeutic social work and how busy social workers can find opportunities to apply therapeutic models and methods to promote meaningful and sustained change for families. His research interests are in the field of practice education.

Following a career in the Royal Navy, David qualified as a Social Worker in 2002, working for the Royal Navy’s own dedicated social work service. He subsequently moved to the University of Plymouth, where he lectured for 8 years prior to returning to a front-line educational role. He is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education.

Research and Recent Publications

Neal, D. & Regan, A., (2016) Observations of student practice: What difference does observer qualification make? in Bellinger, A, & Ford, D. (Eds.) (2016) Practice Placement in Social Work: Innovative approaches for effective teaching and learning, Bristol, Policy Press.

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