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University appoints new Head of Social Work

03 September 2007

Dr Adrian Adams has been appointed as the new Head of the Department of Social Work, Community and Mental Health at Canterbury Christ Church University.

Dr Adrian Adams Dr Adrian Adams.

Dr Adams, from Canterbury, will provide strategic management and academic leadership for the department’s work; and will support the government’s drive to develop and enhance primary care and provide support to people in their local communities.

Dr Adams will also ensure that the department provides high quality education for professionals; and a research and development facility for health and social care organisations and agencies, regionally and nationally. 

Dr Adams said: “Social work plays an important role in supporting and enabling people in the community.  It ensures that vulnerable and disadvantaged individuals and families receive support and are empowered to make informed decisions and play an active part in society. My new role at the University will involve ensuring that students, on completion of their studies, are fit for practice as competent professionals working within the developing health and social care workforce.”

Dr Adams will also ensure that the department continues to work closely with other University departments in particular  Nursing and Applied Clinical Studies; Allied Health Professions, and Health, Wellbeing and the Family; as well as NHS Trusts, statutory and non-statutory social care agencies, and Skills For Care – a government sponsored organisation to promote the new workforce in social care

Notes to Editor

If you would like an interview with or photograph of Dr Adrian Adams, please contact Canterbury Christ Church University’s External Relations Assistant, Laura Jones, on 01227 782826.

Dr Adrian Adams

Dr Adrian Adams worked as a Social Worker for the London Borough of Haringey between 1975 and 1985.  He was appointed as Joint Training Co-ordinator for the Boroughs of Barking, Havering and Brentwood between 1985 and 1987, and became a Lecturer of Bromley College in 1987.  In 1989, he was appointed as a Social Work Education Advisor before becoming Manager of Professional Training for Kent Social Services between 1991 and 1993.  In 1993, he was appointed Senior Lecturer and then Principal Lecturer of Social Work at Canterbury Christ Church University, before his recent appointment as Head of the Department of Social Work, Community and Mental Health.

Department of Social Work, Community and Mental Health

The Department of Social Work, Community and Mental Health includes: the community nursing, the mental health team, and the social work department.  The professional links between these areas provide the opportunity to work more closely together across a range programmes.  These include:

Social Work
• BA Social Work (inter-professional learning programme);
• Kent Approved Practice Teacher Award
• Professional Competence Award
• Child Care Award
• MSc Interprofessional Health and Social Care
• MA Social Work

Community Nursing
• Post Graduate Diploma and BSc (Hons) Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting and School Nursing);
• Post Graduate Diploma and BSc (Hons) Community Specialist Practice (Community Mental Health Nursing, District Nursing, General Practice Nursing, and Community Children’s Nursing);
• Extended Independent and Supplementary Prescribing for Nurses and Midwives.

Mental Health and Learning Disabilities
• BSc Nursing Studies (Mental Health Nursing);
• Postgraduate Leadership and Management;
• Post-registration qualifications (IPL);
• Master of Research;
• Individual MPhil / PhD

Press Contacts

Claire Robinson, Media Relations Officer,
Canterbury Christ Church University
01227 782391,

Laura Jones, External Relations Assistant,
Canterbury Christ Church University,
01227 782826,

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