Debbie Brown

Senior Lecturer

School of Social Work, Care and Community

Harrington Building, HA314

+44 (0) 1772 89 3832

From 1987 to 1993, Debbie worked for St Helens Social Services Department as a social worker for older people and disabled children and adults.

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From 1987 to 1993 Debbie worked for St Helens Social Services Department as a social worker for older people and disabled children and adults. She qualified as an Approved Social Worker in 1992 and took up a post in a newly formed Older Adults Mental Health team, where she worked until 2001. She was working as part of a multi-disciplinary team, including hospital and community health and social care services delivered to older people diagnosed with dementia conditions and other mental disorders. Her practice as a specialist social worker and ASW included promoting people’s capacity for decision making and positive risk taking, together with safeguarding vulnerable people.

Debbie became involved in teaching and learning in 1993 when she was part of a working group developing systems to implement the community care reforms; she also took on a practice teaching role for the first time in the same year.

She undertook the Practice Teacher’s Award in 1996 and also became more involved in delivering training on equality and diversity and care management/assessment to a range of students and staff groups. In 1999 she was seconded part-time to St Helens Training Section as a Practice Teacher/Practitioner and subsequently became Practice Learning Co-ordinator for St Helens in 2000.

In 2001 Debbie moved to a full-time post with Wigan Council Staff Development team, where she was responsible for the training and development needs of qualified social workers and other commissioning staff within Adult Social Services. My roles included that of ASW Co-ordinator and PQ Co-ordinator (Adults), working closely with local universities delivering these programmes. She was also responsible for co-ordinating and/or delivering training in relation to the implementation of the Single Assessment Process, Fair Access to Care Services, Safeguarding Adults procedures, outcome-focused assessments and care planning, Mental Capacity Act, Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards and personalisation.



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MA Gerontology, University of Salford, 2009

Post Qualifying Award in Social Work, Merseyside PQ Consortium, 2001

Practice Teacher’s Award, Merseyside Practice Teaching Consortium at Liverpool John Moores University, 1996

Approved Social Worker, North West Mental Health Partnership at University of Manchester, 1992

BA(Hons) Applied Social Studies & Certificate of Qualification in Social Work, Trent Polytechnic, Nottingham, 1987

Teaching Activities

Joint course leader for MA Social Work

Course leader for Post Qualifying Award in Specialist Social Work – Adults

Personal tutor for students on BA and MA Social Work.

Dissertation supervisor


Member of North West Regional Older Lesbian, Gay Men, Bisexual and Transgendered People's Network