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Dr Sarah Vicary

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Professional biography

As an experienced practitioner and academic Sarah’s interests in social work with adults, especially mental health, is long standing. Qualifying in 1987 and still registered as a social worker (Matthews SW81040 ), Sarah’s practice roles have included frontline posts such as an Approved Social Worker under the Mental Health Act, 1983, the development, creation and management of an innovative multi-disciplinary mental health crisis service and service manager for inner city emergency mental health services.  Sarah worked for ten years as an Area Commissioner for the Government appointed body that oversees the operation of the Menatl Health Act, the Mental Health Act Commission. Moving into academic posts in early 2000, Sarah is now Associate Head of School, Nations, holding strategic and operational responsibility for academics based in all nations of the United Kingdom in health and social care, social work, nursing and other professional programmes.

Qualifications

  • PhD ​(University of Manchester)
  • MA Social Work (University of Nottingham)
  • BA Hons (History) University of Lancaster
  • Senior Fellow Higher Education Authority (HEA)
  • Practice Teacher Award (University of Keele)
  • Certificate of Qualification in Social Work, Central Council for the Education and Training of Social Workers       

External examining:

PQ Social Wok Manchester Metropolitan University

MSc Social Work Birmingham City University

BSc Hons Social Work University of Northumbria

Health Care Professions Council and College of Social Work Validation University of Chester

BA Hons Social Work Goldsmiths University, London External Examiner 

BA Hons Social Work Studies Duale Hochshule Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany Revalidation 

MA Social Work University of Central Lancashire External Examiner 

Editorial work

Guest editor of special edition:

           Vicary, S. Cree, V. and Manthorpe, J (2018) Social Work education: a local and

           global challenge Practice: Social Work in Action. Volume 30 Issue 4

Guest editor of special edition:

           Vicary, S. Copperman, J. and Higgs, A. (2018)

           Social work education through distance learning: challenges and opportunities.

            Social Work Education: the international journal Volume 37 Issue 6

Article reviewer for the following journals: Qualitative Social Work; British Journal Social Work; Journal of Social work; Journal of Mental Health; Journal of Social Work Education: the international journal.

Book proposal reviewer Policy Press and Routledge.

Inaugural editor of Social Work History Network Ebulletin, published biennially: https://www.kcl.ac.uk/scwru/swhn/bulletin/index

Member of the editorial board of the Journal Practice: Social Work in Action and reviewer               

Research Funding

Principal Investigator Mental Health Social Work in an integrated settingHealth Education North West £67,000

Bruising in older people: what do social workers need to know? Open University £1,500

Independent Reviewing officers and thresholds Open University £1,500

 

 

Research interests

Interested in the way in which practitioners understand and undertake professional mental health work, Sarah is widely published. Primarily concerned with a statutory role, Sarah’s doctoral study explored the role and experiences of Approved Mental Health Professionals(AMHP) particularly the impact, if any, of professional background on its accomplishment. Sarah is currently researching the experience of social workers as Approved Clinicians, a further reassigned role which came about following amendments to the same mental health legislation that intorduced the AMHP. Sarah is also interested in encouraging practitioners to undertake research and, with colleagues, runs an AMHP Research network. An inaugural conference was held in 2019 and a second is to take place in 2020; a special issue of a journal to be published in 2020 has been commisioned as a consequence.Sarah's research interests lie in mental health especially the fulfilmment of professional roles:

Sarah has a particular interest in qualitative research methodologies inclduing Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis and uses visual research methods to collate data.

Her other primary research interests lie in the history of social work. Sarah coordinates the Social Work History Network http://www.kcl.ac.uk/sspp/policy-institute/scwru/swhn/index.aspx and edits the e-bulletin.

Sarah has undertaken reserach into the awareness and training of social workers and nurses in bruising as a sign of non-accidental injury in older people and also on the impact on mental health social workers of integration.

ORCID 0000-0001-9070-2695

Follow me on Twitter @sao_sarah

Teaching interests

Sarah’s teaching  interests lie in mental health social work and social work law.

Impact and engagement

 

  • Sarah coordinates the Social Work History Network http://www.kcl.ac.uk/sspp/policy-institute/scwru/swhn/index.aspx and is joint covenor of the Europen Research Association Special Interest Group on the history of social work research and from which a book on the History of Settlements is to be published in 2020
  • Sarah was the academic advisor on the award nominated BBC documentary Psychosis and Me 
  • Sarah is joint convenor of European Social Work Research Assocition Special Interest Group on mental health which held its inaugural meeting in 2019
  • Sarah sits on the editorial board for Practice: Social Work in Action https://www.basw.co.uk/practice-social-work-in-action/ and has been guest editor for a special issue on the history of social work education. A second issue on practitioner research in mental health is due in 2020
  • Sarah sits on the Mental Health Policy, Practice and Education Group, British Association Social Workers
  • Sarah was appointed specialist social care advisor and vice chair for NICE guidance on transitions between hospital and community care and act a specialist advisor on Quality Advisory Committeee for the same: http://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/indevelopment/gid-scwave0711/documents

Sarah has delivered lectures at a number of international conferences for the European Conference on Social Work Research in Denmark, Belgium and Edinburgh and the International Association for Law and Mental Health in Vienna, Prague and Rome.

Research groups

NameTypeParent Unit
Social Work Research GroupResearch GroupFaculty of Health and Social Care

Publications

Research Informed Practice; Practice Informed Research [Editorial] (2020-09)
Vicary, Sarah; Stone, Kevin; Hemmington, Jill and Leah, Caroline
Practice: Social Work in Action, 32(4) (pp. 247-251)


“It's about how much we can do, and not how little we can get away with”: Coronavirus-related legislative changes for social care in the United Kingdom (2020)
Vicary, Sarah; Stone, Kevin; McCusker, Pearse; Davidson, Gavin and Spencer-Lane, Tim
International Journal of Law and Psychiatry ((Early Access))


‘Role Over’ or Roll Over? Dirty Work, Shift and Mental Health Act Assessments (2019-12)
Vicary, Sarah; Young, Alys and Hicks, Stephen
The British Journal of Social Work, 49(8) (pp. 2187-2206)


[Book review] Newly qualified social workers: A practice guide to the assessed and supported year in employment Steven Keen, Jonathan Parker, Keith Brown and Di Galpin (2019-03-01)
Vicary, Sarah
Journal of Social Work, 19(2) (pp. 304-305)


Picturing social work, puzzles and passion: exploring and developing transnational professional identities (2019)
Wiles, Fran and Vicary, Sarah
Social Work Education, 38(1) (pp. 47-62)


[Book Reviews] 'Critical issues in social work law' by Brammer & Boylan, and 'Mental health' by Hutchinson & Hickman (2019)
Vicary, Sarah
Journal of Social Work, 19(1) (pp. 163-165)


[Book review] Mental health law Brenda Hale (2019)
Vicary, Sarah
Journal of Social Work, 19(6) (pp. 833-835)


Ethical Approval and Being a Virtuous Social Work Researcher. The Experience of Multi-site Research in UK Health and Social Care: An Approved Mental Health Professional Case Study (2019)
Stone, Kevin; Vicary, Sarah; Scott, Charlotte and Buckland, Rosie
Ethics and Social Welfare ((Early Access))


[Editorial] Social Work Education - A Local and Global History (2018-09)
Vicary, Sarah; Cree, Viviene E. and Manthorpe, Jill
Practice, 30(4) (pp. 223-226)


Social work education through distance learning: the challenges and opportunities (2018-07)
Vicary, Sarah; Copperman, Jeanette and Higgs, Alison
Social Work Education; The International Journal, 37(6) (pp. 685-690)


Exploring the history of settlements (2018-05)
Vicary, Sarah; Gal, John and Koengeter, Stefan
Bulletin of the Social Work History Network, 5(1) (pp. 4-5)


A deliberative study into the impact of integration on mental health social work in England: merely a dialogue or activism? (2018-03-12)
Vicary, Sarah and Bailey, John
Journal of mental health training education and practice, 13(2) (pp. 77-89)


[Book Review] Critical and Creative Research Methodologies in Social Work by L Bryant (2017-08-28)
Vicary, Sarah
Qualitative Social Work, 16(5)


A reflective journal as learning process and contribution to quality and validity in interpretative phenomenological analysis (2017-07-01)
Vicary, Sarah; Young, Alys and Hicks, Stephen
Qualitative Social Work, 16(4) (pp. 550-565)


The future has a long history: the influence of the study of social work history on education and practice (2017-07)
Vicary, Sarah
Bulletin of the Social Work History Network, 4(1) (pp. 8-10)


[Book Review] Ethics and Law for Social Workers by Robert Johns (2017)
Matthews, Sarah
Journal of Social Work, 17(5)


[Book Review] Mental Health and Mental Capacity Law for Social Workers by Simon Godefroy (2017)
Matthews, Sarah
Journal of Social Work, 17(2)


[Book Review] Innovations in Social Work Research: Using Methods Creatively Louise Hardwick, Roger Smith and Aidan Worsley (eds) (2016)
Matthews, Sarah
British Journal of Social Work, 47(4) (pp. 1270-1271)


[Book Review] The Social Workers Guide to Children and Families Law 2nd edn., by Lynn Davies (2016)
Matthews, Sarah
Journal of Social Work, 16(1) (pp. 123-124)


Bruising in older adults: what do social workers need to know? (2015-12-14)
Matthews, Sarah A. O. and Reynolds, Janet
Journal of Adult Protection, 17(6) (pp. 351-359)


[Book Review] Making Good decisions: Law for Social Work Practice by Michael Preston-Shoot (2015)
Matthews, Sarah
Journal of Social Work, 15(4) (pp. 450-451)


[Book Review] Research Methods for Social Workers: A practice-based approach (2nd ed.) by Samuel S Faulkner and Cynthia A Faulkner (2015)
Matthews, Sarah
Journal of Social Work, 15(1)


[Book Review] Qualitative Research in Social Work, Anne E Fortune, William J Reid, and Robert L Miller (eds) (2015)
Matthews, Sarah
Journal of Social Work, 14(5) (pp. 549-550)


[Book Review] Social Work Law and Ethics by Jonathan Dickens (2014)
Matthews, Sarah
Journal of Social Work, 14(2) (pp. 219-220)


A note on 'image' methodology for social work qualitative research: socially inclusive reserach methods for service users (2011-09)
Matthews, Sarah
Social Work and Social Sciences Review, 15(3) (pp. 119-127)


The Approved Mental Health Professional Practice Handbook (2020-07-09)
Vicary, Sarah; Stone, Kevin and Spencer-lane, Tim
ISBN : 978-1-4473-5152-8 | Publisher : Policy Press | Published : Bristol


Underpinning themes, theories and research (2014-04-11)
Matthews, Sarah
In: Matthews, Sarah; O'Hare, Philip and Hemmington, Jill eds. Approved Mental Health Practice: Essential Themes for Students and Practitioners (pp. 7-22)
ISBN : 9781137000132 | Publisher : Palgrave Macmillan | Published : Basingstoke


Introduction (2014-03-31)
Matthews, S. and O'Hare, P.
In: Matthews, Sarah; O'Hare, Philip and Hemmington, Jill eds. Approved Mental Health Practice
Publisher : Palgrave Macmillan


Conclusion: Old Values, New Problems? (2014-03-31)
Hemmington, J.; O'Hare, P. and Matthews, S.
In: Matthews, Sarah; O'Hare, Philip and Hemmington, Jill eds. Approved Mental Health Practice
Publisher : Palgrave Macmillan


The changing role of social workers in developing contexts for mental health professionals (2011-09-03)
Matthews, Sarah
In: Seden, Janet; Matthews, Sarah; McCormick, Mick and Morgan, Alun eds. Professional Development in Social Work. Post-qualifying Social Work (pp. 83-89)
ISBN : 978-0-415-55335-3 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : Abingdon


The Liverpool Mental Health Crisis Service and its effectiveness’ (1999)
Matthews, Sarah
In: Tomlinson, Dylan Ronald and Allen, Kevin J. eds. Crisis Services and Hospital Crises
ISBN : 1840143894 | Publisher : Ashgate | Published : Farnham


The Settlement House Movement Revisited: A Transnational History (2020-12-16)
Gal, John; Köngeter, Stefan and Vicary, Sarah eds.
Research in Social Work
ISBN : 978-1-4473-5423-9 | Publisher : Policy Press | Published : Bristol


Approved Mental Health Practice: Essential Themes for Students and Practitioners (2014-04-11)
Matthews, Sarah; O'Hare, Philip and Hemmington, Jill eds.
ISBN : 9781137000132 | Publisher : Palgrave Macmillan | Published : Basingstoke


Professional Development in Social Work: Complex Issues in Practice (2010-09-03)
Seden, Janet; Matthews, Sarah; McCormick, Michael and Morgan, Alun eds.
Post-qualifying Social Work
ISBN : 978-0-415-55336-0 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : London


The Critical Practitioner in Social Work and Health Care (2008)
Fraser, Sandy and Matthews, Sarah eds.
ISBN : 978-1-4129-4840-1 | Publisher : SAGE Publications Ltd | Published : London


Role over or roll over? Dirty work, shift and Mental Health Act Assessments (2019-05)
Vicary, Sarah
In : Approved Mental Health Professional National Conference 2019 Research-Informed Practice Practice-Informed Research? (14 May 2019, Birmingham, United Kingdom)


“A stout pair of shoes and an umbrella” how much has the experience of mental health social work changed? (2019-03-26)
Vicary, Sarah
In : Researching the history of social work research (26 Mar 2019, University of Chester)


A critique of drawing as a research method for data generation in Qualitative Inquiry (2019)
Vicary, Sarah
In : ECQI 3rd European Congress of Qualitative Inquiry (13-15 Feb 2019, Edinburgh, United Kingdom)


Emotion management and the Approved Mental Health Professional (2017-11-14)
Vicary, Sarah
In : Contemporary Issues in Mental Health: A seminar series from SCWRU and MRC (14 Nov 2017, Kings College, London, UK)


Emotion management and the Approved Mental Health Professional: "pull" the active use of dissonance (2017-07)
Vicary, Sarah
In : XXXVth International Congress on Law and Mental Health (9-14 Jul 2017, Prague, Czech Republic)


Being a social worker: exploring and teaching about professional identities (2017-06)
Wiles, Fran and Vicary, Sarah
In : EASSW-UNAFORIS 2017 European Conference (27-29 Jun 2017, Paris, France)


Social work research and IPA: A contemporary study into approved mental health practice. “Pull”: the active use of dissonance (2017-05)
Vicary, Sarah
In : 1st International Conference on IPA (21-22 May 2017, Glasgow, UK)


Using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis in social work research: a current study (2017-04)
Vicary, Sarah; Young, Alys and Hicks, Stephen
In : European Conference for Social Work Research (19-21 Apr 2017, Aalborg University, Denmark)


Mental Health Social Work: its social, legal or psychiatric character? (2016-08)
Matthews, Sarah
In : 6th Conference on Sociology and Social Work (25-26 Aug 2016, Zwolle, Netherlands)


Emotion management in statutory social work (2016-05)
Vicary, Sarah
In : Social Work seminars, Department of Social Work and Interprofessional Education (25 May 2016, University of Chester)


Exploring the relationship between research and practice in mental health social work; narrowing the dialogue between research and practice (2016-04)
Vicary, Sarah
In : 6th European Conference for Social Work Research (30 Mar - 1 Apr 2016, Lisbon, Portugal)


Exploring the role and experience of Approved Mental Health Professionals (2016)
Vicary, Sarah
In : Inaugural UK Mental Disability Law Conference (30 Jun - 01 Jul 2016, Nottingham, UK)


Mental Health Social Work: the evidence? (2015-03-31)
Matthews, Sarah
In : Launch Mental Health Social Work Forum (31 Mar 2015)


Mental Health Social Work: its social, legal or psychiatric character? (2017-05)
Vicary, Sarah
Historical Association, Chester


The Feeling rule and approved mental health practice (2016-11)
Vicary, Sarah
London Consortium of Approved Mental Health


Mental health social work in [name] National Health Service Trust; a model for integrated care (2015-09)
Vicary, Sarah and Bailey, John
The Open University


Using Drawing to Generate Data: Exploring the Role and Experiences of Approved Mental Health Professionals (2014-02-17)
Matthews, Sarah
SAGE Publications, Ltd., London.