Mick McCormick is Academic Lead - Enhanced Employability and Career Progression (EECP) programme - providing academic leadership and expertise to this programme - delivering and embedding the culture change needed to increase the number of students achieving positive personal and career development outcomes.
A Senior Lecturer in Social Work at the Open University, Mick began practising 1986, Mick has worked mainly in the field of adult care – predominantly mental health, learning disability and substance misuse. Following nearly 20 years as a social work practitioner and manager, he joined The OU in 2004.
Mick has provided expert academic input into two, one hour OU/BBC programmes on mental health - 'Sectioned' and 'Mental: a history of the madhouse', and more recently (2018) into the award winning ‘Addicted Parents: Last Chance to Keep my Children’.
Mick is external examiner for the University of Bath and University of Hertfordshire.
Research interests in Employabilty and Career Progression, social work education, mental health & substance misuse.
Recent reseach undertaken:
OfS funded research and resource development - Social Work Apprenticeships - Promoting diversity in the social work workforce through the degree apprenticeship (2018 - 2019)
PBPL-CETL funded project - working in collaboration with Charles Sturt University looking at 'Sustainable Professional Practice' - a cross cultural interrogation of social work practice settings.
PBPL -CETL funded project - exploring and evaluating the first six months of post-qualified practice in social work http://oro.open.ac.uk/23098/
Collaborating with Dr Jonathan Leach - investigating different perspectives, ideas and approaches to mental health and distress that exist in society: http://www.open.ac.uk/openlearn/body-mind/health/health-studies/mental-healthcare-services-survey-the-results
Seden, J., Matthews, S., McCormick, M. and Morgan, A. (2010) Professional Development in Social Work: Complex Issues in Practice. Abingon: Routledge. http://oro.open.ac.uk/20913/
Reynolds, J., Muston, R., Heller, T., Leach J., McCormick, M. Wallcraft, J. and Walsh, M (2009) Mental Health Still Matters. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. http://oro.open.ac.uk/11175/
CHAPTERS IN BOOKS:
‘Reflections on values and ethics in social work practice’ in Seden, J., Matthews, S., McCormick, M. and Morgan, A (2010) Professional Development in Social Work – Complex issues in practice. Abingdon: Routledge. ISBN: 9780415553353 &978041555360. http://oro.open.ac.uk/28374/
‘Policies and practice with ‘vulnerable’ adults’ in Seden, J., Matthews, S., McCormick, M. and Morgan, A (2010) Professional Development in Social Work – Complex issues in practice. Abingdon: Routledge. ISBN: 9780415553353 &978041555360. http://oro.open.ac.uk/28375/
‘Caring for yourself, being managed and professional development’ in Seden, J., Matthews, S., McCormick, M. and Morgan, A (2010) Professional Development in Social Work – Complex issues in practice. Abingdon: Routledge. ISBN: 9780415553353 &978041555360. http://oro.open.ac.uk/28376/
‘Support is the key’. CICRA – The Insider, Spring 2017, Crohn’s in Childhood Research Association, Sutton.
Guest Editor – SW@OU:
‘Legislation in mental health practice’ Academic, Platform, 14 May 2010. http://www.open.ac.uk/platform/blogs/academic/use-legislation-detain-people
‘Having a choice: mental health services’ OpenLearn, 7 January 2011. http://www.open.ac.uk/openlearn/body-mind/health/health-studies/having-choice-mental-health-services
BBC Three Counties Radio – 17th May 2010 – ‘Mental – A History of the Madhouse’
BBC Radio Leeds – 17th May 2010 - ‘Mental – A History of the Madhouse’
Employabilty, Career Progression, Lifelong learning, Mental Health, Dual Diagnosis, Learning Disability, Adult Care.