Ms Kate Lees

Senior Lecturer in Social Work

Email address: Phone number: 01902 32 3593 Location: Wolverhampton City Campus Faculty: Faculty of Education Health and Wellbeing School/Institute: Institute of Public Health, Social work and care Areas of expertise: Social Work


I practised as a social worker for 16 years across a range of adult services and in a variety of settings.  I have taught at the University for over 10 years, specialising in law and practice in social work with adults.


Research interests

  • Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (Schedule A1 of the Mental Capacity Act 2007)
  • Mental Capacity Act 2007

Membership of professional bodies

  • Registered Social Worker with HCPC
  • Regional Practice Teaching Centre, University of the West of England
  • Practice Teachers Award, 2003
  • West Midlands Training Consortium, Mental Health Social Work Award, 1997
  • University of Sheffield, Certificate of Qualification in Social Work, 1988




Date attained

MA in Education (Higher Education), University of Wolverhampton

Post-Graduate Diploma in Applied Social Studies, University of Sheffield

BA (Hons.) in English, Newnham College, Cambridge




Previous professional experience

Senior Social Worker in mental health services in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, Worcestershire County Council



  • Initially, this was a “provider”, setting up a Resource Centre for people with severe and enduring mental health problems.  I “acted up” as Centre Manger for five months in 1997/98.
  • When the purchaser/provider split ended I took on Care Management work, and acted as an Approved Social Worker from 1999 onwards.  A multi-disciplinary Community Mental Health Team was formed in 2001.

Senior Social Worker on the Team for Older People in Redditch, Worcestershire County Council.



  • Casework with older people.

Social Worker then Senior Social Worker on South Birmingham Physical Disabilities Team, Birmingham City Council. 



  • Casework with adults with physical disabilities.




  • Worked as a full-time volunteer (paid living expenses) with a community development project in south-east London.