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Dr Marie Diggins

Marie is a registered social worker. After qualifying in 1986 Marie worked for the London Borough of Lewisham and South London and Maudsley Mental Health Trust between 1987 and 2002. During this period Marie held a variety of positions starting as a generic social worker, then as a specialist mental health worker and between 1996 to 2002 as a mental health integrated services manager.

In 2002 Marie joined the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) as a practice development manager progressing to senior practice development manager in 2007. Marie made a particular contribution to SCIE's mental health strategy and resources. These include 'Think child, think parent, think family: a guide to parental mental health and child welfare work.' which was published in 2009 and has continued to be of relevance for both health and social care policy and practice development. Whilst at SCIE Marie initiated her PhD 'What works: Researching success in parental mental health and child welfare work' which she completed in 2014. Her work on this topic this has received national and international recognition.

Marie led the development of SCIE's regional profile. She was involved with SCIE's digital production since it's inception in 2007 and is experienced in the development of content for eLearning, film and other digital products. Prior to leaving SCIE in 2014 Marie contributed to 'Integration step by step,' SCIE's digital resource to support integrated working.