Dr Lee Quinney

Head of Social Work and Care

Email address: L.Quinney@wlv.ac.uk Phone number: 01902 322225 Location: Wolverhampton Faculty: Faculty of Education Health and Wellbeing School/Institute: Institute of Community and Society Areas of expertise: Working across health and social care ; Personality discorder and forensic mental health service; Community Resilience


Past Career Journey Key Highlights (some ongoing):

  • Manager of a large academic subject team
  • Vice Chair of the All Wales Social Care Research Collaboration
  • Secretary/Treasurer of the Social Work Education Committee UK
  • QAA external reference group member
  • Periodic reviewer and degree validation panel member for other universities
  • University central Academic Board/Committee member
  • University Faculty Board Member
  • Panel member on a serious case review
  • External examiner for two social work degree courses
  • Editorial board member: International Journal of Social Work Education
  • Reviewer for two academic journals
  • Fourteen years working in the mental health sector
  • Ten years as a qualified social work practitioner -primarily with adults
  • Experienced practice teacher/assessor/lecturer
  • Experienced postgraduate research supervisor (MA/PhD/Prof Doc)
  • Team supervision and leadership in practice and education
  • University course director/award leader, lecturer, and module leader
  • Experienced course/ curriculum developer
  • Qualified, experienced and registered social work practitioner
  • Foundation trained in group analysis
  • Qualified teacher in higher education        
  • Experienced programme and project manager
  • Qualified Best Interests Assessor (Mental Capacity Act 2005)
  • Qualified Mental Health (SW) Assessor (Mental Health Act 1983)
  • Experience of writing and gaining bids/business
  • Manager of faculty online learning contracts
  • Budget holder for staff training and development
  • Project Manager for a £20 million health and social care project
  • Developer and course leader of MA Social Care Management
  • Course leader for BA Social Work and MA Social Work Studies
  • Developed Graduate/Postgraduate Certificate ASYE
  • Lead developer for a BIA course
  • Trained online university tutor and curriculum developer
  • Experienced emergency access homelessness worker
  • Experienced group therapy worker
  • Experienced nursing assistance (primarily mental health)
  • Experienced social worker (primarily forensic mental health)
  • Experienced bid writer for enterprise and research

Membership of professional bodies

Registered with Health and Care Professions Council (Pending), September 2013

Registered with Care Council for Wales, current/ongoing


Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, since 2012


Reviewer for the International Journal of Social Work Education and Practice in Action

Editorial Board Member and Annual Authors Prize coordinator - International Journal of Social Work Education

Member of the organising committee for JUCSWEC international social work conference


Biographic Narrative Interpretive Method Birkbeck (UoL)                              (2015)

Bayesian Analysis/Statistics                      University College London             (2014)

Online Tutoring Module                            University of Wolverhampton          (2014)

Best Interests Assessor Training               Bournemouth University                (2012)

PhD in Social Sciences                              Cardiff University                         (2011)

PgCert in HE (Professional Practice)           University of Glamorgan               (2011)

Prince2 Project Management                      University of Glamorgan               (2007)

Practice Teacher Award                            UWIC                                          (2007)

Post-Qualifying Award in Social Work        Swansea University                       (2003)

Mental Health Social Work Award             Swansea University                        (2002)

MA-in Social Work (DipSW 1999)              Cardiff University                          (2000)

Foundation Course in Group Analysis        Institute of Group Analysis             (1997)

Pre-Diploma in Counselling Skills & Theory Sussex University                         (1996)

BSc in Psychology                                    Stirling University                         (1993)


Publications in progress/ review


Quinney, L. 2016 (In review) Rutter, L. and Brown, K. (2016) Critical thinking and professional judgement in social work, London: SAGE, British Journal of Social Work

Quinney, L. 2016 (In review). Consultant Social Work: A contextual analysis Practice: Social Work in Action

Quinney, L. 2015 (Near completion) Consultant Social Work and the Expert Health and Social Care Professional: Revisiting themes and theories that help us make sense.

Quinney, L. 2015. (Near completion) Revolving Doors, Risk Identities and Disorderedly Masculinities on Probation.

Quinney, L. 2015. (Ongoing) Social Work and Probation Professional Reflections on Personality Disorder and Practice.


Selected Publications

Quinney, L and Fowler, P. 2012. Facilitating Shared Learning between Carers, Service Users and Social Work Students, Social Work Education.

Quinney, L. 2012. Returning to Social Work Practice: A Literature Review and Comparative Analysis between Professions, Practice: Social Work in Action, 24(5), p329-339

Quinney, L. 2012. Community resilience in the wake of horrific social events, Journal of Safer Communities, 11(2), p90-95

Quinney, L. 2011. Tackling loneliness to avert a downward spiral, Community Care, 4 Feb 2011[Online], Available at: www. community Care.co.uk/articles/ 2011/ 02/04

Quinney, L. 2010. Social workers should not fear change but embrace it, Western Mail, 1 Nov 2010, pp. 22-23. 

Quinney, L. 2010. Housing-related support and the needs of mentally disordered offenders, Housing, Care and Support, 13(2), pp. 14-19.

Reissman, C. and Quinney, L. 2005. Narrative in Social Work: A Critical Review, Qualitative Social Work, 4(4), pp. 391-412.

Quinney, L. 2002. Dangerous People with a Severe Personality Disorder: Issues relating to diagnosis, risk assessment and service development reflecting clients needs, Practice: A Journal of the British Association of Social Workers, 14(3), pp. 59-70.

Quinney, L. 2002. This weeks diary, Community Care, 10 Oct 2002. (no page available)

Quinney, L 1997. Diversional Group Therapy: A study of effectiveness, Nursing Standard, 11(47), pp.  34-37.


Book reviews

Quinney, L. 2016 (In Press)  [Book Review] Trotter, C. 2015, Working with Involuntary Clients: A guide to good practice,( 3rd Ed), London: Routledge, British Journal of Social Work

Quinney, L 2015 [Book Review] Adult Social Care, Social Work Education (An International Journal).

Quinney, L. 2014 [Book Review] Stather, J. 2013, Secure Accommodation Handbook, Bristol: Family Law, Jordan Publishing Limited, Social Work Education (An International Journal)

Quinney, L., 2012 [Book Review] Kindred, M. 2011, A practical Guide to Working with Reluctant Clients in Health and Social Care, EuroVista: Probation and Criminal Justice, 2(2), p115-116.

Quinney, L. 2011. [Book Review] Shaw, I., Briar-Lawson, K., Orme, J. and Ruckdeschel, R. 2010. The SAGE Handbook of Social Work Research, in British Journal of Social Work, 41(2), pp. 399-401.

Quinney, L. 2009. [Book Review] Eshun, S. and Gurung, R. 2009. Culture and Mental Health: Sociocultural Influences- Theory and Practice, in British Journal of Social Work, 39(8), pp. 1631-1633.


Reports and Monographs

Quinney, L. 2013. Involving Service Users and Carers in the Degree in Social Work

Care Council Funding Scheme - Final Report 2012-13.

Quinney, L and Fowler, P. 2012. Facilitating Shared Learning between Carers, Service Users and Social Work Students @ Glamorgan (interim report), CELT, University of Glamorgan. (Grant: £10,000)

Quinney, L. 2012. Returning to Social Work Practice: A Literature Review (final report), Care Council for Wales. (Grant: £3,000)

Quinney, L. 2007. Wales Directory of Mental Health Supported Housing (Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan), Bridgend: South Wales Forensic Psychiatric Service.

Quinney, L. 2007. Mental Health Supported Housing Mapping and Pilot Survey Study: South East, West, and Mid-Wales Regions, Bridgend: South Wales Forensic Psychiatric Service.

Quinney, L. 2007. An exploration of mental health social work practice and practice education in Iceland, Bridgend: Bridgend County Council Social Services/South Wales Forensic Psychiatric Service.


Expert Review and Advisor in Reports

Magill, J., Yeates. V. and Longley, M. 2010. Review of ‘in safe hands’: a review of the Welsh Assembly Government’s guidance on the protection of vulnerable adults in Wales,  Pontypridd: Welsh Institute for Health and Social Care/ University of Glamorgan.

Partial review unpublished. 2013 eBook entitled: Jack the Writer: A Verbal & Visual Analysis of the Ripper Correspondence, at benthamscience.org


Conference Presentations

Oral presentations/seminars/workshops


Invited Presentations


  • Quinney, L. (2014) Care, commissioning & collaboration: One shared future from different paths, or fights for a similar, Gov.Uk conference on the Care Act, London. (Vocal presentation)
  • Quinney, L (2012) The Social Location of Personality Disorder: Where Next? Qualitative Mental Health Research International Conference (Nottingham University)

(vocal presentation)

  • Quinney, L (2010) Social Locations Personality Disorder: Relevance for Social Work Practice, Joint Social Work Education International Conference (JSWEC) )(University of Bedfordshire)

(vocal presentation)

  • Quinney, L. (2005) Personality Disorder and Social Work, Working with Mentally Disordered Offenders, International clinical conference, Cardiff University/South Wales Forensic Psychiatric Service (poster presentation)


Previous professional experience


Date From

Date To

Principal Lecturer/ Head of Social Work and Social Care

University of Wolverhampton


Senior Lecturer in Social Work

University of Wolverhampton


Senior Lecturer in Social Work (full time)


Occasional Lectures (trainee psychiatrists, social workers and nurses)


Locum social worker (older persons/ Sensory and physical impairment/ continuing health care)


Project manager (strategic health and social services)

Senior Social Work Practitioner /Approved Social Worker (ASW) (regional NHS medium secure  forensic psychiatric service)


Senior Practitioner- South Wales NHS Regional Forensic Mental Health Service


Senior Practitioner/Senior Social Worker/ASW (community mental health/neuropsychiatry/community forensic mental health services)

Occasional locum social care worker (homeless hostels/child care  homes)


Bank psychiatric nursing assistant (across all ages/many service areas)


Group Therapy Worker (acute inpatient psychiatric unit)

Telephone counselling


Voluntary work (MIND/Family social services team/ Probation Service

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Further information

QAA reference group member- Access to HE

Past attendance at HCPC review panel of Standards for Education and training

Past attendance at Department of Health Chief Social Workers Advisory Group