On Monday 1 August the Department of Health and Social Care will be relaunched as the Department of Social Work. It will focus on providing high quality postgraduate and post-qualifying social work education, and new courses include the MSc in Advanced Practice and Professional Doctorate.
The department has also appointed a new academic, Dr Tony Evans, who will take up post as Professor of Social Work in January 2012. His research interests in the areas of professional discretion and the use of knowledge in social work practice will complement and build on the department’s existing work. The current research being undertaken by staff primarily focuses on social work education, practice and service delivery, including decision-making; race, ethnicity and mental health services; and the teaching of cultural competence.
Anna Gupta, head of the Department of Social Work, said: “This is an exciting move forward for the department and will see us offering courses that fully prepare students for careers in social work and continue to support their professional development. It reflects the current focus of the department and provides a strong direction for future research.”
The department has close partnerships with a large number of statutory and voluntary agencies, including the majority of the London boroughs, and child care agencies such as the NSPCC and Barnardo's. The Department of Social Work is now looking to further develop existing partnerships with employer agencies in order to support the provision of effective social work services.
Posted on Thursday 28th July 2011