20th June 2003

 

NEW SOCIAL WORK DEGREE TO BE LAUNCHED

 

A new degree in Social Work is to be launched at the KC Stadium next week.

 

From September 2003 the Hull School of Health and Social Care – part of the University of Lincoln – will be offering a new qualifying degree in social work.

 

The new BSc (Hons) course will replace the BA (Hons) Social Work degree and the Diploma in Social Work which the university currently offers.

 

The BScSW has been designed to meet the new requirements of the Department of Health, the General Social Care Council (GSCC) and the Training Organisation for Personal Social Services (TOPSS England).

 

The most important differences are: longer work placements for students, more emphasis on preparation for practice, greater service user participation, more directed learning and more emphasis on the use of research in practice.

 

Almost 100 social work professionals and practice teachers are expected to attend the one-day launch event at the KC stadium on Friday 27th June (9.30am to 4.30pm).

 

The event will feature workshops, talks by Fiona Waddington from the GSCC and Don Blackburn, Head of Social Work at the University of Lincoln, and a presentation by Birmingham-based theatre group Eyewitness.

 

“Our new degree has been designed to meet the new requirements of the Department of Health, the GSCC and TOPSS England,” said event organiser Barbara Cobbold.

 

“We have also taken the opportunity to revise and rewrite the curriculum of the degree, keeping what has proven to work well and introducing new elements such as units on mental health, service user participation and professional processes.”

 

The Hull School of Health and Social Care is to move from Cottingham Road to George Street over the summer.

 

For more information about Social Work at the Hull School of Health and Social Care contact Barbara Cobbold on 01482 463086.

 

For more information about this press release contact:

Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

University of Lincoln (tel: 01522 886042)                 email: jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk