Phil O'Hare

Phil O'Hare

Senior Lecturer

School of Social Work, Care and Community

Harrington Building, HA342

+44 (0) 1772 89 3414

Phil has worked in a variety of social care and social work roles between 1985 and 2003 usually in the area of mental health and wellbeing. He has worked across voluntary and statutory sector including Hackney Social Services and Liverpool City Council. Phil moved to UCLan in January 2003.

Full Profile


M.Phil Social Work, Social Policy and Law at Liverpool John Moores University;
ASW (inc. Mental Health Award) at Liverpool John Moores University
CQSW at Birmingham University
BSc (Hons) 2ii Mathematics at University of Salford

Phil has worked in a variety of social work and social care roles between 1985 and 2003 including, support worker for disabled adults, day centre worker and homeless outreach worker. He worked for Hackney Social Services as a care worker with disabled adults and as deputy manager in a residential therapeutic community in London.

Phil qualified as a social worker in 1991 and was employed by Liverpool City Council on a Short Term Assessment Team and then as an ASW in a Mental Health Social Work Team 1994-2003.

He has also worked for a number of years for both Salford and Liverpool John Moore’s University as a personal tutor on a variety of social work courses. He was a practice teacher for several years.

Teaching Activities

Philip Teaches across BA and MA Social work programmes and other social care degree. Previously programme lead for the MA social work 2004-09

Philip is the UCLan programme lead for the Thinkahead Mental Health Social Work programme in partnership with York University.

External Activities 

Higher Education Academy SD2 qualified.

External examiner: Open University (year 1 module on social work programme) and Queens University (various social work modules); previously Kings College London (MSc Mental Health Social Work with Children and Adults)


July 2015, Vienna, Austria: International Association of Law and Mental Health: “Comparison of the use of mental health and mental capacity law across jurisdictions in the UK and Ireland”

July 2013, Amsterdam, Netherlands: “The Future Role of the Nearest Relative in United Kingdom

March 2012, 2nd European Conference For Social Work Research, Basel, Switzerland:
Mental Health Law and Policy: a comparison of Social Work Practice in England, Northern Ireland and Scotland


Matthews, S., O’Hare, P. and Hemmington, J. Eds (2014) Approved Mental Health Practice: Essential themes for students and Practitioners. Basingstoke: Palgrave

O’Hare, P., Davidson, G., Campbell, J. and Maas-Lowitt, M. (2013) “Mental health law: a comparison of social work practice across three jurisdictions”, Journal of Mental Training Education and Practice; Vol. 8, No. 4, 2013, p. 196-207.

Worsley, A, Stanley, N., O’Hare, P., Keeler, A., Hollowell, C. and Cooper, L. (2009) “Great expectations: the growing divide between students and social work educators”; Social Work Education: Volume 28, Issue 8 December 2009, pages 828 – 84.


Centre for CPD: Phil is currently the academic director of the Centre for CPD and is coordinating a range of credit and non-credit bearing CPD provision within the School.

International Coordinator: Phil is responsible for all student and staff mobility within the school including: ISEP, ERASMUS+ and travel bursary. Phil is also working on developing links with partner HEI’s in Toronto, Beijing and other global partners.

Thinkahead: Phil is the UCLan programme lead for Thinkahead Mental Health Social Work course in partnership with York university

Research Activities 

Current research includes: Shared Decision Making across UK; new edition of the AMHP book and Internationalisation of the Social Work curriculum.