Sally Lee completed her Post-Doctoral Research in 2016, exploring social work practice, physical disability and sexual well-being. She has a commitment to participatory methods and a focus on often marginalised populations. In recent years, she has been primarily involved in investigating the experience of financial abuse and the impact on health and well-being. She has co-ordinated a number of research projects linked to financial scams. She also has expertise in the development of creative game-based learning tools for professionals and to engage diverse audiences, such as board and card games.
Lee-Ann Fenge is Professor of Social Care and Director of the Centre for Seldom Heard Voices at Bournemouth University. Lee-Ann is a Registered Social Worker and is committed to advancing the professional evidence base of health and social care practitioners. She leads social care research in the faculty and is an experienced qualitative researcher with expertise in using creative participatory and arts based methods to engage the voice of seldom heard groups, and is passionate about working in partnership with those who use health and social care services to create new knowledge to inform practice. She has worked with older LGBT citizens, young people with disabilities, and homeless people. Lee-Ann has also led and developed research concerning workforce development and service evaluation, and more recently into those at risk of financial scams. She is currently working on a Higher Education Innovation Fund project exploring the use of gamification to develop understanding of the risks posed by financial scams for older people and practitioners.
Mike is a Registered Social Worker and Mental Nurse with over 25 year’s experience. His current interests are mental capacity and mental health legislation. Mike is Programme Lead for the Mental Capacity Act programme and teaches on both pre- and post-qualifying social work programmes. Mike has provided MCA training to a significant number of professionals across the south of England, south Wales, London and East Anglia and the midlands. Mike qualified as an Approved Social Worker/Approved Mental Health Professional and managed a Community Mental Health Team before becoming lead for the MCA and Mental Health Act for his local authority and local health trust. He undertook an LLM degree in 2008, as well as the BU MCA programme, qualifying as a BIA under the DoLS. Mike writes extensively in textbooks and academic journals and recently co-edited ‘Demystifying Mental Capacity’ by Sage in 2020. Mike has written a range of publications designed for professionals and the public, available from the NCPQSW Website.
Emily Rosenorn-Lanng is Research Project Officer for the National Centre of Post-Qualifying Social Work and is currently working towards her PhD. She joined Bournemouth University in 2006 and has been involved in a variety of research across a range of sectors. Emily supports the research team with a particular focus on quantitative methods, Game based-learning and creating impact through design. Emily undertakes bespoke impact evaluations, working closely in partnership with organisations and authorities, empirically demonstrating and validating impact. Emily has lead on the development on the digital aspects of the mental capacity toolkit and along with Stevie has developed designed and developed the visual image of the toolkit.
Stevie Corbin-Clarke has a degree in Primary Education in 2017 and joined NCPQSW upon graduating. She has an interest in qualitative research methods, with a wide range of experience carrying out semi-structured interviews and focus groups with vulnerable groups and regarding sensitive issues; she was recently lead on a project funded by National Voices, which involved develop narrative stories of those at risk of digital exclusion from accessing healthcare and exploring practical ways to combat this. Stevie also looks after our website and social media accounts and would like to encourage you all to follow us on Twitter at @ResearchPQSW to keep up with all our latest research and activities.
Deb is a retired Speech and Language Therapist who managed the Dorset Community Speech and Language Therapy Service for Adults from 1997 to 2019. Deb completed a Doctor of Professional Practice at Bournemouth University in 2017 and has had a career long interest in enabling people to have their voices heard.
Karen Grimshaw is an independent Nurse Consultant for Older People, with over 30 years’ clinical experience in healthcare of elderly services. She is a Registered Nurse and Registered Nurse teacher. She has worked clinically across health and social care sectors, in community, hospitals and care home settings. Karen has held several senior nursing roles and has served on NHS boards as executive and non-executive nurse, in various organisations; she has been the Safeguarding adult and Mental Capacity Act lead for both provider and commissioning NHS organisations. She currently works part-time, clinically as a registered nurse in local hospitals, and also on a freelance basis as a clinical expert witness. Whilst developing these resources, Karen was a visiting Fellow of Bournemouth University, working with the National Centre for Post-qualifying Social Work and Professional Practice.
Dr Anna Volkmer is a senior speech and language therapist at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, UCLH. She is also a Senior Research Fellow and Lecturer in the department of Language and Cognition at University College London. Dr Volkmer specialises in working with people with dementia, particularly Alzheimer’s disease and Fronto-temporal dementias. She leads research developing novel interventions for people with dementia and their families and is interested in research on decision making and mental capacity in clinical practice. She was a committee member on the NICE guideline on decision making and mental capacity (2018), a co-author on the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapy guidance on the same topic and author of two books on the role of speech and language therapist in decision making and mental capacity (Volkmer, 2015; Volkmer and Jones, 2018 https://www.jr-press.co.uk/).
Alex Ruck Keene is an experienced barrister, writer and educator. His practice at 39 Essex Chambers is focused on mental capacity and mental health law, providing specialist advice and representation, as well as delivering expert training for front line professionals. He writes extensively in the field, editing and contributing to leading textbooks and (amongst many other publications) the 39 Essex Chambers Mental Capacity Law Report. He is the creator of: http://www.mentalcapacitylawandpolicy.org.uk/, providing resources and expert commentary on many difficult MCA issues. Alex is a Wellcome Research Fellow and Visiting Professor at King’s College London, a Visiting Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London and a Research Affiliate at the Essex Autonomy Project, University of Essex. He spent 2016 on secondment to the Law Commission as a consultant to their Mental Capacity and Deprivation of Liberty Project and throughout 2018 was legal adviser to the Independent Review of the Mental Health Act 1983.
Tim Farmer is a multi-award-winning author and expert witness specialising in the assessment of mental capacity and financial vulnerability. He is a registered mental health nurse and has over 25 years experience of working with adults and young adults experiencing reduced capacity and cognition. He is a member of the National Mental Capacity Forum’s leadership team as well as a subject matter expert for the PFS Vulnerability Task Force.
As well as being a co-founder and Clinical Director at Comentis Ltd, he regularly trains legal, health and financial professionals in the assessment of mental capacity and is also a regular keynote speaker.
Susan Smith is a carer for her son, who has additional learning needs and lives within supported living. She also cared for her 93-year-old mother until recently, who has dementia. She has been a member of the PIER partnership since its inception and enjoys being involved in it immensely.
Alexandra Sims (Sandie) has been a Registered Nurse for over 30 years and has worked in Dorset in secondary care and primary care as a district nurse during this time. She has been a Quality Assurance Manager for 10 years.
She took up the role of Best Interests Assessor and Mental Capacity Act Advisor with the Dorset Mental Capacity Act team in 2017, providing advice and guidance to practitioners across health and social care and the independent sector in respect of the practical implementation of the Mental Capacity Act.
Rachelle Rowe is an experienced Social Worker with a demonstrated history of working in mental health across NHS, Local Government. AMHP and BIA. She is an alumni of Bournemouth University and has since developed into an experienced trainer, manager and practitioner.
Rachel is an experienced Social Worker; she has worked in Adult Social Care for over 20 years and completed her BSc in Social Work in 2008 and has since worked for the Local Authority. Rachel completed the Post Qualifying Award in Consolidation for Specialist Practice in Mental Health in 2011 and completed her Best Interest Assessor training in 2016. Rachel’s current role is an Advanced Practitioner in the Mental Capacity Act Team for Dorset Council, Rachel has a passion and enthusiasm for the Mental Capacity Act and its implementation. Alongside her role Rachel is currently undertaking her Practice Educator training working with Social Work students.
Stefan Brown is a Senior Lecturer in Social Work at Royal Holloway University where he leads the MSc in Social Work. His PhD research is focused on Mental Capacity decision making and Young Onset dementia. Stefan’s teaching covers a range of topics including mental health social work, mental capacity practice and contemporary social policy.