Jeanette initially qualified as a community social worker, working mainly in the voluntary sector, this included working at Waterloo Action Centre in London an open door advice agency advising and supporting groups of local residents including the successful Coin Street Campaign. Jeanette went on to work in a local authority and then in East Anglian Regional Health Authority as a manager with responsibility for advising health authorities on service user and carer involvement. Jeanette set up Southwark Women and Mental Health Forum, a coalition of professionals and service users aiming to improve service provision locally and this led to Jeanette’s involvement in pioneering work on sexual assault within psychiatric settings locally and nationally. Jeanette was a founder member of the National Women and Mental Health Network which influenced the development of the first national DH policy on women and mental health – Mainstreaming Gender in 2003.
Since beginning an academic career Jeanette has developed a research profile on service user and carer involvement, mental health, gender issues, violence,and on interprofessional working. She also has an interest in attachment theory and its applications. Jeanette has taught and trained in universities on arange of social work and health programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate levels and also developed postqualifying interprofessional training across health and social work.
At the Open University Jeanette is chair of K216 a second level practice module on the social work programme.
Jeanette’s past and current profile nationally includes being
Social Work Advisor to the DH national Victims of Violence and Abuse Programme Research
Advisory group member ‘Connecting People’ mental health research project based at The Institute of Psychiatry, London
Family Work Intern, Families and Schools Together, Middlesex University
Member Guardian Newspaper Panel: ‘Social Work The Next Generation’ September 2009
Safeguarding Advisor to London Ambulance Service on the implementation of 'No Secrets'
Accredited Trainer with the Gender Training Initiative in Special Hospitals Department of Health/ University of Kent
Founder member and coordinating group member of the National Women and Mental Health Network, UK.
Lead evaluator, researching user views of Annex, an innovative Eating Disorders Unit based at the Pathfinder Trust Executive Member
Women’s Lead, Social Perspectives Network Social Perspectives Network lead organiser for National Women and Mental Health Study Day and editor of study day papers available at www.spn.org.uk
I am currently writing about women's mental health and have an interest in the co- production of narratives between activists, service users and professionals. I hve been awarded a small development grant from the OU to scope interest in setting up a publicly facing digital archive which documents feminist activism on women's mental health in the second wave feminist movement. A REport from the initial workshop to scope interest in creating the archive is available.
I am currently teaching mainly within the social work programme . I am chair of K216 a second level practice course and was on the course production team for K313 a third level course on leadership and management within health and social care.
My teaching interests include interprofessional practice, mental health, gender and mental health, vigender and violence, attachment theory and user and carer involvement.
I have a particular interest in interprofessional training at undergraduate and post qualifying level.