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Dr. Cate Bell, Head of Research, Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Wednesday 6 December, 5.00-6.00pm
Academic Building 2.01, Bishop Otter Campus, Chichester, PO19 6PE

For midwifery practitioners, the concept of excellence could be considered central to the ethos of quality midwifery care however, while midwives are being asked to aspire to ‘a standard of excellence’, the meaning of ‘excellence’ for both women and midwifery practitioners had not been defined.

The focus of this study was to understand excellence at a personal level, what makes some midwives ‘stand out’ and what it means to ‘be’ an excellent midwife, from a service users perspective.

Dr Cate Bell currently works as Head of Research for the Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust After qualifying as a nurse in the 1980’s and a midwife in 1990 Cate has worked in a variety of midwifery roles across hospital and community practice and within higher education, including specialist roles involving practice education, infant feeding, quality, audit and change management within the NHS.

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Professor Graham Stokes, Global Director of Dementia Care, Bupa

​Dementia: Are there reasons to be positive if we think and act differently?

Wednesday 7th February 2018, 4.00- 5.00pm
Will Turner Room, Music Block, Bishop Otter Campus, Chichester, PO19 6PE

Please join us as Professor Graham Stokes discusses dementia and how, despite the remorseless growth in numbers of people affected; the unsustainable health economic cost and no pharmacological breakthrough, there may indeed be reasons to be positive if we think and act differently in our approach to dementia care.

Professor Graham Stokes has over 25 years of experience in specialist dementia care and is an internationally recognised authority on dementia care practice and policy. He is Global Director of Dementia Care at Bupa, and holds a number of academic posts. 

Prior to this, he was a senior consultant clinical psychologist at South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust in the UK where he was Head of Psychology Services for Older Adults and Adults with Neurodegenerative Diseases. He has written a number of books and papers on dementia and person-centred care.

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Past expert seminars and events

Children Facing Death or Bereavement 
Friday 20th October
Bognor Regis Campus

This day is designed for all those working with a child who is facing a life threatening illness or who has been bereaved. It will include some latest research in these areas as well as serving as a forum for people to network ,combine knowledge and expertise and learn from each other about the services  and support systems that are available.

Keynote speakers will talk about a variety of topics such as bereavement support for children, sudden and unexpected death in childhood, and community support for a family where a child is facing the end of their life.

There will be a choice of workshops ranging from children's spirituality, working with the police in cases of sudden or unexpected death, and the role of death and bereavement in children's literature. 

Some of the speakers include:

Sacha Richardson Director of Winston's Wish
Rosie Mather Lead  Trainer South East England Child Bereavement UK
James Cooper Chaplin St Wilfrids Hospice
Annette Lawrance Owen Lead Nurse for West Sussex for Sudden and Unexpected  Child Death 
Phil Portway Counsellor Snowdrop Trust

Dr Paul Joseph -Senior Lecturer in Human Resource Management, Southampton Solent University

"Have we overestimated the impact of Leadership Development programmes?"

Wednesday 17 May 2017 4pm-5pm 

New Academic Building, 1.03 Bishop Otter Campus, Chichester. 


The Eligibility Question – the Real Source of Depersonalisation?

Disability & Society     ISSN: 0968-7599 (Print) 1360-0508 

Online copy of The Eligibility Society

Building on the Original Strengths of Direct Payments to Create a Better Future for Social Care

Disability & Society, 2015                

Online copy of Building on the Original Strengths of Direct Payments to Create a Better Future for Social Care

3. The false narrative about personal budgets in England: smoke and mirrors?

Disability & Society     ISSN: 0968-7599 (Print) 1360-0508

Online copy of The false narrative about personal budgets in England: smoke and mirrors

Colin Slasberg, Social Care Consultant
"From state control to consumerism and back again
Can we learn the lessons from 50 years of failure and false dawns to create a sustainable future for social care?"

Dr Bridget Ng’andu, Ruskin College, Oxford.

“Stories from the Calais Jungle”

Bridget qualified as a social worker in 1995 in Gaborone, Botswana, where she worked in a Human Rights Centre and later a School on issues such as HIV/AIDS. In 2000, she completed a Master’s degree in Social Work (MSW) and explored Volunteering and HIV/AIDS in Western Australia, for her dissertation.   In 2006, Bridget completed a PhD dissertation, focusing on Social Policy and HIV/AIDS in Botswana, from Curtin University in Australia. Bridget moved to the UK in 2003, to work as social worker in Children and Families in Hampshire and other local authorities in the South East.  Bridget joined Ruskin College in 2010 and teaches across the degree programme and the Access Course.   Her teaching is informed by her experience from Southern Africa, Australia and working with students from a diverse background.   Bridget is also a member of the Anti-Racist Social Work Education Group (ARSWEG), the Social Work Action Network (SWAN) and the European Social Work Research Association’s (ESWRA) Special Interest Group on Migration.   

In June 2016, the Social Work Action Network, called on social workers to show solidarity with Migrants, not just in Europe but across the world.   Working with Bec Buss, we set-up a volunteer group of Oxfordshire County Council Practitioners and students from Ruskin College, working with children and families in Calais.  Bridget now volunteers with Social Workers Without Borders (SWWB), and we are delighted to announce she is coming to Chichester to share her experiences and stories from the Jungle in Calais.

Professor Mekada J. Graham, California State University DH, Los Angeles
Wednesday 6th April 2016 4.00 – 5.00pm
Cloisters, Bishop Otter Campus

Researching Student Narratives: life stories, reflective practice, critical race studies and social justice work.

Mekada J. Graham is Professor and Chair of California State University Dominguez Hills Social Work Department (within the College of Health, Human Services and Nursing) Los Angeles, California. 

Her current research project, which forms the basis for her presentation, employs narrative approaches underpinned by critical social work practice to student reflections, experiences and journey through social work education. 

Her research interests span broad areas of contemporary issues on equality and social justice with focus on ethnicities, ‘race’, gender, migration and childhood studies in social work education.

Mekada is an active researcher and has published widely in the UK and USA including a special issue on migration and social work with Charlotte Williams in the British Journal of Social Work (2014). 

Two new books, Reflective Thinking, Lessons from Student Narratives and Social Work in a Diverse Society, co-authored with Charlotte Williams, are due to be published later this year.

Social justice orientations form the bedrock of social work practice; its intersections are contextualized across local as well as national boundaries.

Taking a postmodern approach, Professor Graham’s presentation employs narrative inquiry with social work students to explore a blend of critical reflection, personal accounts, lived experiences and identities as learning stories to uncover how these elements shape their motivations and practice.

These narratives bring together a patchwork of experiences, feelings and emotions revealing a more complete view of student journeys through social work education and into professional practice.

This presentation is based on my book to be published this year ‘Reflective thinking in Social Work – Lessons from Student Narratives’ and includes audio contributions from students participating in this project.

Attendance at this presentation is free. 

Anyone interested in attending should contact Karen Brooks at to register their interest.