Staff Profile

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Dr Janet Melville-Wiseman

Principal Lecturer

School: School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work

Campus: Canterbury Main Campus

Tel: 01227 922116

Profile summary

I worked for many years in child safeguarding and then mental health social work practice and management before leaving practice for an academic career in 2001. This has included time working at the Tizard Centre (where I undertook my PhD in Mental Health) and the Personal Social Services Research Unit at the University of Kent.  Since 2005 I have worked in the Social Work Team at CCCU where I have taught on mental health law, research methods, ethics and governance and personal and professional boundaries.  More recently I have developed teaching methods around the interface between religion and spirituality and sexuality.  I am currently Principal Lecturer and Faculty Director of PhD Studies.

Research and knowledge exchange

 My research interests focus on personal and professional boundaries; gender, mental health and relational risk and need; regulation of care; and practitioner transferable skills for social work research. I am particularly interested in the role and usefulness of case study as a method in social worker search. I convene the Extended Research Module for the MA in Social Work and have a small group of research supervisees. I also supervise PhD and EdD students.

Recent RKE projects include:  

2010 Kent and Medway Social Work Education Group/Skills for Care - A feasibility study into shared practice learning opportunities for social work students in Kent and Medway (Skills for Care funding)

2011 ESRC funded Researcher Development Initiative (RDI-4) - Placement with MRC funded project evaluating the impact of service user involvement in health and social care research (PiiAF) - PenCLAHRC (Penninsular Medical School Exeter - Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care)

Melville-Wiseman, J., (2013) Professional sexual abuse in mental health services – capturing practitioner views of a contemporary corruption of care. Social Work and Social Sciences Review 5(3) 26-43 DOI: 10.1921/095352212X655320

Melville-Wiseman, J., (2013) Profiles and institutional context of doctors who sexually abuse their patients or colleagues Interpersonal Violence Interventions - Social and Cultural Perspectives. International Conference, August 28 - 30th 2013, University of Jyväskylä, Finland

Teaching and subject expertise

I have recently been elected Vice Chair of the Joint Univerity Council for the Applied Social Sciences (JUC) and remain as Chair of the JUC Social Work Education Committee (JUCSWEC) www.juc.ac.uk.  We work closely with the Department for Education and Department of Health and Social Care in England and the relevent bodies in the other countries of the UK. We represent the majority of universities who deliver social work education in the UK through the work of our Learning and Teaching, Research, International and Scotland Committees.  We hold the largest annual national and international social work education and research conference in the UK (JSWEC) which was hosted here at CCCU in 2018.  This year the conference will be hosted by Cardiff University and held virtually https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/conferences/jswec-conference-2021 

In the last year JUCSWEC has worked closely with Social Work England (SWE) to ensure social work education providers and students received guidance and support from our professional regulator to manage the impact of COVID.  I am a member of the SWE Education and Training Advisory Group and a Professional Associate for them.

I am also an expert panel member for the Health Research Authority Social Care Research Ethics Committee (SOCREC) which is a committee flagged as an 'Appropriate Body' to review research involving people who may lack capacity to consent to participation. 

External activities

Melville-Wiseman, J., (2009) Case Study as a Method in Social Work Research. Joint Universities Council Social Work Education Conference (JSWEC) University of Hertfordshire. July 2009 

Melville-Wiseman, J., (2010) Pathologies or Apologies?  Effective responses to professional sexual abuse in mental health services. Personal and Public Lives Conference. University of Huddersfield 7-9 September 2010

Melville-Wiseman, J., (2011) Teaching Through The Tension – An Approach To Resolving Schism In The Classroom.  ‘Beyond Belief: Exploring the Impact of Religion and Belief on Professional Practice’ Conference, University of Bradford, 7 to 9 September 2011

Melville-Wiseman, J., (2011) Pathologies or apologies?  The usefulness of Luke 17:3 as a model for responding to professional sexual abuse of vulnerable adults in the mental health system.  ‘Beyond Belief: Exploring the Impact of Religion and Belief on Professional Practice’, University of Bradford, 7 - 9 September 2011

Melville-Wiseman, J., (2011) Professional sexual abuse in mental health services – capturing practitioner views of a contemporary corruption of care. Middlesex University Researcher Development Initiative – (RDI-4), Final Conference.

Melville-Wiseman, J., (2012) Mental health law in the UK and the professional sexual abuse of women.  Gender Equality and the Law 4th International Conference.  Eastern Mediterranean University, Famagusta, Northern Cyprus. 2nd – 5th October 2012

Melville-Wiseman, J., (2013) Profiles and institutional context of doctors who sexually abuse their patients or colleagues Interpersonal Violence Interventions - Social and Cultural Perspectives. International Conference, August 28 - 30th 2013, University of Jyväskylä, Finland

Invited conference presentations

Melville-Wiseman, J., (2010) Developing an understanding of effective social worker retention. Care Matters Partnership Conference on the Recruitment and Retention of Social Workers. London. June 2010. 

Melville-Wiseman, J., (2011) Contextualizing Untoward Child Death: Media Representation and Evidence-Based Practice in the UK.  La protection de l’enfance en Europe Conference. IRTS Nord-Pas de Calais May 2011

Publications and research outputs

Journal papers

Melville-Wiseman, J., (2013) Professional sexual abuse in mental health services – capturing practitioner views of a contemporary corruption of care. Social Work and Social Sciences Review 5(3) 26-43 DOI: 10.1921/095352212X655320

 

Melville-Wiseman, J.  (2013) Teaching through the tension – resolving religious and sexuality based schism in social work education. International Social Work 56 (3) 290 – 309

 

Chapters in edited books

Wiseman, J. (2009) Reflection as a facilitator of safe professional practice.  In Elliott, P. (Ed.) Infection control: a practical approach to psychosocial issues. Oxford: Radcliffe.

 

Melville-Wiseman, J., (2012) Taking relationships into account in mental health services.  In Koubel, G., and Bungay, H., (Eds) Rights, Risks and Responsibilities – interprofessional perspectives. Palgrave: Basingstoke

 

Research reports

Cecil, B., Liggins, C., Melville-Wiseman, J., Skoura-Kirk, E. & Harris, H. (2010) A feasibility study into shared practice learning opportunities for social work students in Kent and Medway.  Skills for Care South East Region.

 

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