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Dr Peter Hall

Senior Lecturer in Social Work

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Dr Peter Hall

T: 01473 338534

Career Overview

Peter’s current role is that of Post Graduate Lead for Social Work. He is also module leader on the BA Social Work for Research Methods and Mental Health and contributes to a number of other courses within University of Suffolk in specialist areas of practice and with dissertations. Peter is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Social Sciences and Humanities at University of Suffolk.

Peter qualified as a social worker in 1986 (CQSW) at Bulmershe College, Reading. He also holds a BA from the Open University (1990), a MA from Brunel University (1995) an Approved Social Worker qualification (1989) and Practice teacher Award (1992) and a Doctor of Health Service Management (University of Essex 2015) which involved research into Mental Health Act assessments and the relationship between professional practice and legislation, with specific reference to alternatives to hospital admission (‘An Examination of Mental Health Act assessments and the use of Home Treatment’).

Peter had 30 years’ experience in practice as a social worker, team manager and consultant social worker in local authority and NHS social work, prior to becoming a lecturer. His teaching areas at University of Suffolk are research methods, social work with people with mental health issues, dissertation supervision and current directions in social work practice. He also has a particular interest in the social construction of ‘mental illness’ and in exploring the concept of co-production for people with mental health issues.

Academic qualifications

Doctor of Health Service Management (University of Essex), MA Public and Social Administration (Brunel University) CQSW in Social Work (Bulmershe College), BA Social Policy, (Open University).

External roles

Peter holds a number of external roles: in the past he has been a peer reviewer for the professional journal Practice and was the Chair of the British Association of Social Workers in 2004/05. He has been an External Advisor for Canterbury Christ Church University on their BA Social Work Studies programme (2016) and an advisor on the University of Central Lancashire PG Cert Mental Health programme.

Peter is currently an External Examiner for the BA in Social Work at the University of Leeds and the MA in Advanced Mental Health Practice at Bournemouth University. Peter has also undertaken consultancy work for Hertfordshire University and for Suffolk County Council’s Adult and Community Services on their Approved Mental Health Professionals (2008) conversion programme.

Peter is also a member of the Suffolk County Council Safeguarding Adults Board: Training and Development Sub-group.


Book and Journal reviews

Social Work and the Transformation of Adult Services: Perpetuating a Distorted Vision? (2015)

British Journal of Social Work first published online November 17, 0i:10.1093/bjsw/bcv107 Thompson, N. and Thompson, S. (2003)

Understanding Social Care: A guide to the underpinning knowledge requirements of S/NVQ Awards in Care at Level 4. Lyme Regis. Russell House Publishing Parker, J. and Bradley, G. (2004)

Social Work Practice: Assessment, Planning, Intervention and Review. Learning Matters Rankin, J. (2005)

Mental Health in the Mainstream. Institute for Public Policy Research TOPSS (2005)

‘Workforce Planning Toolkit' Topss England, Pavilion Publishing, Brighton LTD. Conference presentations July 2011

'An exploratory Grounded Theory study of decision making and outcomes for Key participants in Mental Health Act Assessments. Suffolk Research Colloquium, University Campus Suffolk. July 2012

Forthcoming publications:

Hall, P., Fookes, M. (forthcoming) "Relationship- based Practice and Mental Illness"

In Hollinrake, S., Heidi, D., Meada, J., (eds) Relationship-based Social Work with Adults

Critical Publishing

Professional membership: Registered with Health and Care Professions Council, British Association of Social Workers, 
Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (TBC Oct. 2016)