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Dr Sarah Vicary

Profile summary

  • Regional Academic Staff
  • Staff Tutor (Leeds Office)
  • Faculty of Wellbeing, Education & Language Studies
  • School of Health, Wellbeing and Social Care
  • Regions & Nations (HWSC)
  • sarah.vicary

Professional biography

I am a Senior Lecturer and Senior Fellow, Higher Education Authority. I have been a qualified social worker since graduating with an Masters in Social Work. My PhD explored the role and experiences of Approved Mental Health Professionals.

I am registered with the Health Care Professions Council 

Currently I lead the social work degree for The Open University in the North West of England and in Yorkshire and am the social work lead for the Student Support Team and, until recently, Co-qualifications lead, social work. I have worked extensively in Adult Social Services, primarily within mental health, practising as a frontline social worker, an Approved Social Worker under the Mental Health Act 1983, a development and training officer and for six years a senior manager in an inner city multi disciplinary emergency mental health setting. I was for a number of years an Area Commissioner for the Mental Health Act Commission.

I was elected to sit on the Mental Health Faculty of the College of Social Work, now the Mental Health Practice Policy and Education Group, British Association of Social Workers.  I sat on the Advisory Board for the British Library Social Welfare portal and appointed as a specialist committee member for the NICE Quality Advisory Committee Guidleine on transition for Mental Health Hospital to Community, for which I was also social care topic advisor. 

I coordinate the Social Work History Network and publish widely on mental health social work

Follow me on Twitter @sao_sarah

 

 

Research interests

My doctoral study with the University of Manchester explored the role and experiences of the Approved Mental Health Professionals; a designation laid down under Section 13 (1A) and (2) of the Mental Health Act 1983, England and Wales, as amended by Mental Health Act 2007, England and Wales. This research explored the role and experiences of a reconfigured statutory designation from the viewpoint of those undertaking it and in the context of two major policy changes which the designation encapsulates; the first is the reform of mental health legislation in England and Wales, the second is the introduction of‘new ways of working in mental health. Using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis, this research explored the impact on the role and the experienceof thos who accomplish it. A visual research method, an adpatation of rich pictures was also used to collate data.

Other research interests lie in the history of social work. I coordinate the Social Work History Network http://www.kcl.ac.uk/sspp/policy-institute/scwru/swhn/index.aspx and edit a biennial e-bulletin.I have 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.

 

Teaching interests

My teaching interests lie in mental health social work and social work law.

Impact and engagement

 

I have delivered lectures at a number of international conferences for the European Conference on Social Work Research and the International Association for Law and Mental Health.

Research Activity

Research groups

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

Publications

[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)
A deliberative study into the impact of integration on mental health social work in England: merely a dialogue or activism? (2017)
Vicary, Sarah and Bailey, John
Journal of mental health training education and practice ((In Press))
[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? (2015-11)
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)
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
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
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.