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Jill Yates

Course Director - Practice Learning Social Work

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    Health and Social Care / Social Sciences

Jill Yates is Senior Lecturer and Director for Practice Learning Social Work in the School of Health and Social Care and is also a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy as well as an External Examiner for another university. She specialises in practice learning and practice education with interests in service user involvement and its application to developing innovative placements.

Jill manages the social work student placements and practice issues. She is an experienced Practice Educator and Assessor for various levels of post qualifying students. She is a qualified and registered social worker with many years of experience in local authority statutory children and family services.

Jill Yates teaches prequalifying students on the BA and MA social work programmes focusing on practice learning and preparation for placements.

She also teaches post qualified students on the MA in practice education. This includes the Role of the Practice Educator integrated with health students and the Practice Education Module stage 2 for social workers.

Jill has carried out two qualitative research projects focusing on practice education. The first, considering ‘Why practice educators do not fail students’ (unpublished). The second focusing on the student perspective:  ‘A learning and teaching tool: young people with a history of care as mentors to social work students placed in children and families placements’.

This is based on a collaborative project with a partner placement provider. Jill presented her research findings from the student perspective at JSWEC in 2013 and how to use the findings for teaching at the Practice Teachers Conference in 2014. She has also presented a paper on the project with students and young people at the National Joint Social Work and Education Conference in 2009. She is currently completing an evaluation of practice learning processes for a partner agency.

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  • Jill is a registered social worker with the HCPC.
  • She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
  • She is a member of the Committee for the National Organisation of Practice Teaching (NOPT).

As a member of the National Organisation for Practice Teachers Committee, Jill is involved in committee meetings and representing NOPT at events in London and the South. As well as attending committee meetings Jill is involved in the planning and implementation of the yearly NOPT Conference.

Jill is currently External Examiner for the social work programme for the University of West London and previously the Practice Educator Professional Standards Modules .As Director for Practice Learning at LSBU it is essential for Jill to be outward facing and represents the university at Social Work Education Network regularly and other events.

Jill has recently participated in planning group for Skills for Care developing the ‘Knowledge and Skills Statements for Practice Supervisors’. This is a government led agenda with the group leaders reporting to the Chief Social Worker for adults.