Sue qualified as a Social Worker in 1993 and moved into management in 1996. Her background is in Children and Families work and she has worked in a range of settings which include a variety of Local Authority Teams including Assessment, Family Support Team, Early Help, MASH, and Commissioning; a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service; a British school overseas and a University.
Many of her roles have involved the training and development of a multi-agency workforce. She was one of the first Primary Mental Health Workers appointed in the country where as well as providing training and consultation for local professionals she also developed a Tier 2 Early Intervention Service and co-created local multi-agency allocation groups which enabled co-working across agencies and for families to be supported by the most appropriate service(s) in the area. She later managed both this and the Tier 3 Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service.
As a Commissioning Manager she held responsibility for introducing the Common Assessment Framework into the area which involved the creation and delivery of a large-scale training programme delivered across the County. She also supported the development and delivery of the ‘Every Child Matters’ work strands within the Local Authority. This led on to her having responsibility for the creation of a revised Thresholds document for the Authority and the training and delivery of this across partner organisations.
She has also managed a number of Early Help services and led on the Targeted Mental Health in Schools project (TAMHS). She is passionate about both early intervention and integrated working approaches and used her negotiation and project management skills to co-develop a MASH which she then went on to manage.
Her most recent post has been as a Senior Lecturer in Social Work and the Course Co-ordinator of the post qualifying MA in Applied Social Work Practice at the University of Bedfordshire. Her teaching portfolio has encompassed all aspects of Leadership and Management and Children and Families work and her areas of particular interest are in Supervision, Coaching and Mentoring, and working with managers to critically reflect on their practice and develop their potential. She also delivers a unit which focuses on students completing a Service Improvement Project and regularly supervises Dissertation students.
MSc (Econ.) Applied Social Studies /Diploma in Social Work – registered with Social Work England
Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (PTLLS)
Certificate in the Teaching of English as a Foreign Language
NVQ Level 5 in Management
Solution Focused Working
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)