Biography

I have been a qualified Social Worker since 1995. I graduated from The University of Central England in 1995 having studied for the Diploma in Social Work.  In 2004, I studied at Staffordshire University and successfully completed a BA Honours degree in Social Work.  I have worked in a variety of Adult Social Care settings for Warwickshire County Council, Staffordshire County Council and the Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. I have experience of working with various service user groups including older people, younger people with physical disabilities, learning disabilities and mental health.  I have experience of working in community, hospital and intermediate care settings. I have been employed in a social work role for most of my career but have also had experience of the advanced practitioner role. 

I have been a Practice Educator since 2008 and have supported students from a variety of Universities throughout the Midlands. I was awarded a Graduate certificate in Practice education in 2009. As part of my role as Practice Educator, I also have experience of assessing and mentoring practice educators working towards their practice assessor award. I have experience of supporting newly qualified through the assessed year in employment. 

In 2017, I was employed with the North West Midlands Social Work Teaching Partnership.  I worked with students at both Keele and Staffordshire Universities supporting the Social work programmes at both BA and MA level. I contributed to various lectures and workshops, bringing practice experience to add value to the formal academic teaching.  I also worked with newly qualified and experienced practitioners in order to improve the education and training of Social Workers. While on secondment, I completed the Introduction to Teaching and Demonstrating course at keele University.   

MacLean, S and Baker, M. (2011).  The Social Work Pocket Guide to... Direct Observation. Kirwin MacLean Associates Ltd.   

I also contributed a short piece to the following:

MacLean, S and Harrison, R. (2009). Making the Most of Your Practice Learning Opportunities. Kirwin MacLean Associates Ltd.  

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