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  9.30 – 10.00                                  REGISTRATION

10.00 – 10.15                Co-Chairs’ welcome and Housekeeping

10.15 – 11.15                Keynote Speaker OMAR MOHAMED

                                       Final year student & Director of Research Project

                                      A Social Europe is Possible! The new generation of social

                                    Workers will spearhead the change

11.15 – 11.30                               Coffee Break

11.30 – 12.30                           AM WORKSHOP

 1. Sue Hollinrake:   Retired Associate Professor University of Suffolk                                                Improving teaching on anti-racism finding from two research projects at the University of Suffolk

 2. Hellmuth Weich: Senior Lecturer Northumbria University

Cultural humanity and working across cultures: Experiences and lessons from First & Second generation Immigrants from Southern Africa

 3. Dr Yuet Wah Yeung: Associate Professor University ofHertfordshire

Initiating Difficult Conversations in Practice Education

 4. Tricia Gbingie: Independent

A Focus on Fees (for Independent PEs) and the Support BASW can offer

 5. Sarah Brown: Senior Lecturer/ Head of Social Work University of Kent

Commissioned by BASW,PEPS Reviewing and Evidencing Standards 1. Creating a resource bank with ideas from practice re domains and values and ways of generating evidence

12.30 – 1.30                           LUNCH

 1.30  – 2.30                     Keynote Speaker Social Work England

                                         Social Work England on practice education

2.30 – 2.45                                      Tea

2.45 – 3.45                            PM WORKSHOPS

1. Sue Hollinrake: Retired Associate Professor University of Suffolk

Improving teaching on anti-racism finding from two research projects at the University of Suffolk

2. Hellmuth Weich: Senior Lecturer Northumbria University

Cultural humanity and working across cultures: Experiences and lessons from First & second generation Immigrants from Southern Africa

 3. Annie Coppel: Field Team NICE

Social Work and the NICE Guidance – working Together

 4. Hilda Chehore: Social Worker and Founder of UKSWA and Pathways of Hope

Inclusion and Diversity

 5. Sarah Brown: Senior Lecturer/ Head of Social Work University of Kent

Commissioned by BASW,PEPS Reviewing and Evidencing Standards 2. Reviewing the Domains

3.45 – 4.00                           Plenary

4.00pm                                END ofDAY 

Thank you for being with us today we hope that you have enjoyed the day and hopefully learned something new.

Safe journey home.

From the NoPT Committee.  

Due to current circumstances our programme is subject to change

Have you completed the latest BASW QAPL Review survey yet?



We are really pleased to be able to confirm that our 2022 Conference will go ahead IN PERSON on Tuesday July 12th 2022 at Sheffield Hallam university. The fee will be £100 and will include a keynote address, a morning workshop, lunch, an afternoon workshop and a plenary address, as well as access to relevant provider stalls, information from the NOPT Committee and of course lots and lots of those PE networking opportunities which we have all missed so much!
Booking details will be released early in May via this website, our Facebook page and our Twitter account, so watch those spaces! We really look forward to seeing you again soon.

Updates from NICE

New consultation on NICE adults with complex needs and social work interventions guideline

NICE has published draft guidance on adults with complex needs and social work interventions. This guideline aims to promote ways for social work professionals, other care staff and people with complex needs to work together to make decisions about care and support, including:

  • principles of social work for adults with complex needs
  • working with individuals or families
  • helping people to connect with their communities
  • the role of social workers in multidisciplinary teams.

The consultation on the draft recommendations is now open and the closing date is Thursday 16 December 2021. You can comment on the draft recommendations when you register your organisation as a stakeholder

New student videos: How can NICE guidance support evidence informed social work practice?

This series of 4 videos has been developed for social work students and educators, but are also relevant for any social worker wanting to know about evidence informed practice across both children’s and adults social care settings. 

This video outlines what is meant by evidence and why it is important for social workers.

This video explains what NICE does and how to use the NICE website, including recordings of live screen demonstrations.

This video outlines NICE resources which could be helpful for social work practice and for CPD.

This video explains how to find the primary evidence which informs NICE recommendations and how to find research questions prioritised by guideline committees.

The NICE generic email address, in case any students or Practice Educators are willing to share a short quote about how they may have used the student videos, is Feedback is very welcome. Please say you saw the videos on the NOPT website.

AGM Zoom Link now available

Please email to obtain the link for our AGM on Nov 4th 1.00 – 2.30pm

2021 AGM Details released

Our 2021 AGM will be held on 4th November 2021 from 13:00 via Teams. The calling notice is below. If you would like to attend, please email and we will send you a link closer to the time.

Call for abstracts: International Practice Teaching Conference  

13th-14th October 2021

‘Recovery, Restoration, Reconstruction, Renewal?

An online event

Call for abstracts

The Covid-19 pandemic has changed everything. Its after-effects will endure for years. At this conference we will share our experiences of Practice Education for health and social care professionals and consider the future of teaching and learning – for practice and in practice – in a very different and uncertain world. There will be selected live sessions, pre-recorded presentations and live Q&A, interactive workshops with breakout sessions.

We invite submissions of abstracts for Oral Presentations, Interactive Workshops, Poster Presentations and Roundtable Discussions.

Conference Themes

1) Adapting to a disrupted world? What worked or did not work?
2) The shift to online and blended teaching strategies. What were the challenges, what was successful and what will be retained for the future?
3) Approaches to the return to normality and the future – what need we restore, reconstruct? How can we plan for the future?
4) Interprofessional learning. What partnerships and collaborations emerged?
5) The impact on International Approaches to practice education.
6) The professional and personal impact of the pandemic on students and teachers.

For further information go to the conference website at

Registration  – Online Registration is now open at

Deadline for submission of abstracts is 20th August 2021 Please email any enquiries to

NOPT Webinar 3 – link to You Tube Recording

Here is the latest You Tube Link –

And the presentation slides:

We hope you enjoyed our 3 PE focused webinars. If you have suggestions for other training options we can support, please email us

NOPT Webinar 2 – slides and link to You Tube recording now available.

Here is the You Tube link

Practice Educators Asked to Support Anti Racist Activity in March

A group of social workers who attended a Tavistock Policy Seminar called ‘Whiteness – A problem for our time’ have agreed to lead an Anti Racist Activity Initiative. The seminar provoked a Twitter discussion about white privilege and white fragility and a will to take some Direct Action to combat racism. An open call was put out on Twitter for any social workers who wished to join and this call is now extended to all Social Workers, including Students and Practice Educators.

There is a Day of Action on March 19th, a webinar on March 9th and an opportunity to raise awareness with employers, universities and other relevant agencies. Full details can be found here.

Latest PE News from Whiting & Birch

February update: Free access, free seminars and calls for papers

Free access: Decision-making in practice learning and education

This extended issue of the Journal of Practice Teaching and Learning will interest you if you are involved in the difficult task of assessing whether students are ready to practice competently and safely. It will be on open access until 15th February. To read the articles visit:

International Practice Teaching Conference returns in 2021

Pleased to announce that the 13th International Practice Teaching Conference will take place on 13th and 14th October 2021. The conference will be online. 

Though we cannot meet face to face, we intend that this will still be an inspiring opportunity to learn, communicate new ideas, and make new contacts. We hope to welcome old friends as well as those who join us for the first time.

More details follow soon. Email to be kept informed.

Free Zoom Seminars on writing and review for the Journal of Practice Teaching and Learning

Did you missed our three seminars on writing and reviewing for the Journal last year? We will be running more events in 2021, and in the meantime the presentation is available to view here:

Reminder: International Calls for Papers

Working with HIV today

The Journal of Practice Teaching and Learning invites abstracts from around the world for a special international issue on Work with HIV Today. The full call is available for download here.
Abstracts (up to 300 words) should be submitted by 28th February 2021 to

The special issue will be edited by Dr Tam Cane of the University of Sussex (

Special Issue: Groupwork in Latin America. Guest Editors: Andrés Arias Astray, Thilo Boeck & Bibiana Travi

Groupwork invites contributions for this special issue to be published in December 2021. The full call for papers in English, Spanish and Portuguese is available here:

Please submit your abstract to Jane McLaughlin, Editorial Support, ( 28th February 2021.

First PE Webinar now online

Here is the link to our first PE Webinar, hosted by Siobhan MacLean. Values and ethics. New ways of working in practice education. First broadcast on Friday 8th January 2021.

NOPT commissions great CPD opportunity for Practice Educators

The NOPT Committee are very excited to be able to announce three great FREE CPD webinars which we have commissioned from three of the most well-known and respected Social Worker Educators in practice today.

Following on from the highly successful Social Work Student Connect CPD programme, which many of our students have been involved in and found enormously helpful and motivating, NOPT has worked with Siobhan McLean and her colleagues Jo Finch and Prospera Tedam, to produce a similar set of THREE webinars, but this time aimed at Practice Educators. The dates are set and registration is now open, so we hope as many NOPT members as possible will take the opportunity to sign up. All webinars are ‘lunch and learn’ opportunities, recognising the importance of being able to access relevant CPD during the working day.

Although he webinars will be open to all PEs, NOPT members are getting the news first to allow them to get booked on early, as we expect a big take up.

Webinar One – Friday January 8th, 12 noon –
New ways of working in practice education: values and ethics as a practice educator

Led by Siobhan Maclean with input from both Prospera Tedam and Jo Finch: Register here

Webinar Two – Thursday February 25th 12 noon
Anti-oppressive practice education: contemporary barriers and enablers

Led by Prospera Tedam with input from both Jo Finch and Siobhan Maclean: Register here

Webinar Three – Thursday March 25th 12 noon.
Working with struggling students in practice learning environments

Led by Jo Finch with input from Prospera Tedam and Siobhan Maclean: Register here

We look forward to joining at you in these sessions, which we know will be very well received within our PE community.

From the AGM

Our AGM was held on Thursday November 12th 2020 and the following documents were ratified:

An amended Constitution

An amended Code of Practice

A revised Learning from Feedback & Complaints Policy

The 20-21 Committee was confirmed and the Co-Chairs gave their annual report

And the date for next year’s NOPT Conference was confirmed as Tuesday July 13th. If possible this will be held at Sheffield Hallam University. If face to face conference is still not possible, we are exploring options for a virtual conference.

Your AGM Invite

Notice is hereby given of the

Annual General Meeting Of The National Organisation for Practice Teaching

The AGM will be held at 11.30 a.m. on Thursday 12th November 2020

The AGM will be online via Zoom

A link to the Zoom Meeting will be sent out to any member who responds to this invitation by emailing Copies of all relevant paperwork have been emailed out to all members, If you have not received yours, please let us know.

AGM Going online – Hold the Date!

Our AGM for 2020 will be held online on Thursday 12th November from 11.30am. Please hold the date – the formal invite and paperwork will be sent out to members shortly. We are happy to receive motions via our email address

Latest from Whiting and Birch

Free Zoom Seminar
      Reviewing for the Journal of Practice Teaching and Learning

23rd September 2020, 16:00-17:00hrs BST

This hour-long webinar will cover the essential elements of reviewing for the Journal of Practice Teaching & Learning  both the reviewing of articles and the writing of book reviews. We will offer practical guidance for those new to reviewing, but we hope that more seasoned reviewers will also find the seminar helpful.  Booking opens on 21st August. Places are limited. To book, go to

Share your experiences of workplace learning and practice placements  during the COVID-19 crisis

In the Journal of Practice Teaching and Learning Volume 17(1), Prospera Tedam wrote about her experiences in organising practice placements during the current pandemic ( We would be interested to hear about your experiences at this time. If you would like to discuss submitting your experiences for publication in the Journal, contact Prospera (

Latest issues of Journals now online

Social Work & Social Sciences Review Volume 21(2)

‘Family support across Europe’

guest edited by Nick Frost, Nevanka Zegarac, and David Herrera-Pastor

Journal of Practice Teaching and Learning 17(1)

Journal of Practice Teaching and Learning 17(2)

Groupwork 28(3)

Groupwork 29(1)

Please email if you are a subscriber who has not received any of the above journals or who cannot get online access.

Groupwork Student Essay Prize

The next Groupwork Student Essay Competition is now open. Closing date for entries is 31st March 2021. The full call for essays is now available here

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Whiting & Birch are a UK-based publishing house specialising in the human sciences. Find out more at


The new date is Tuesday July 13th 2021 and the expected venue will still be Sheffield Hallam University, so hold the date and look out for further updates later in the year!

Excellent New Webinar Series

Social Work Student Connect with Siobhan MacLean are producing a series of free webinars to help explore theory to practice. Register here for the next one

and follow them on Facebook and/or Twitter for future updates

COVID-19 Pandemic Practice Educator Professional Standards (PEPS) guidance update

BASW and the PEPS Working Group have just issued the attached guidance for Practice Educators and Practice Educator Learners

Coronavirus Update

We have received queries regarding the current situation with placements and the corona virus. We would suggest that Practice Educators confer with the placement provider and the student’s university for advice regarding matters of self-isolation, undertaking direct observations and supervision under these conditions. We are sure the HEIs will be establishing protocols in line with the guidance from Social Work England to ensure students in placement are not disadvantaged and that Practice Educators are supported to complete their role under these unusual circumstances.
BASW are currently wanting to hear members’ queries and experiences during the corona virus pandemic and we would encourage members to share these via the BASW website.

NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) Social Work Engagement Meeting 

The NICE team has created a power point presentation for students to make them aware of NICE, it’s resources and how it can support their learning. Charlotte Goulding has asked colleagues to look at the presentation (files below) and to consider how they could be used with students and to provide her with some feedback on the slides. Attached includes power point presentation and feedback sheet.
Please send feedback to by the end of March. Many thanks.

Your AGM Invite

Notice is hereby given of the

Annual General Meeting


The National Organisation for Practice Teaching

The AGM will be held at 12 noon on

Monday 18th November 2019

Room G03 Education Building (R19 on map attached)

University of Birmingham

B15 2TT

·       An agenda and minutes of the last meeting held on 8th November 2018 have been sent to all members. Spare copies will be available on the day.

·       A nomination form for new committee members and a form to introduce a Motion to the AGM have also been sent out. Please note there are deadlines for submission. Please ensure you have the permission of any person you choose to nominate. Please contact us via if, as a member, you have not received these items.

·       Voting will be by show of hands during the AGM.

Here is a link to a Campus Map of Birmingham University, showing the location of the building we are in and parking options. Please note parking can be a challenge, so please allow enough time to find a space. Travel by train is also an option – use University Station from Birmingham New Street.

New PEPS now live

The new PEPS have now been finalised and are active with immediate effect. Please ensure that all Practice Educators, Academic, Learning and Development staff and students are aware.

Conference presentations now available #NOPT19

Full programme and Presenter Bios – #NOPT19

Mark Doel is a registered social worker and Professor Emeritus, Sheffield Hallam University. Dr Doel has twenty years’ social work practice with communities, specialising in groupwork. He has experience as a social work teacher and trainer, practice educator, head of school of social work, a writer (21 books published plus many scholarly articles), academic researcher, external examiner and project director. He leads training workshops in groupwork and practice education. Mark has a long association with NOPT. He has extensive experience in eastern Europe and is Honorary Professor at Tbilisi State University, Georgia as well as out-going Vice-President of the International Association for Social Work with Groups (IASWG)

Social Work in 40 Objects –
teaching and learning in the language of things

In this presentation Mark Doel will consider the potential for the social work curriculum to be built around Objects. Could an Object-based curriculum help to integrate the class-based and practice-based curricula? If an Object-based curriculum transcends language, can it help overcome national and linguistic barriers to internationalise the social work curriculum?

Mark built a web-based experimental project called Social Work in 40 Objects to see if it was possible to tell the story of social work via artefacts. To date, almost 150 people with varying relationships to social work have ‘donated’ to this Virtual Exhibition of Social Work, which is still collecting objects ( – telling the story of how the Object connects them to social work. Mark will suggest that a collection of objects and their stories creates a deeper impression of social work, for example as a contested profession, than traditional texts and definitions. The stronger the attachment between object, person and profession, the more charged becomes the object.

Mark will further our understanding of the relevance of material culture theory to social work.

For more:

Doel, M. (2019) ‘Displaying social work through objects’, British Journal of Social

     Work, [doi: 10.1093/bjsw/bcy086].

Doel, M. (ed) (2017) Social Work in 42 Objects (and more), Lichfield: Kirwin Maclean

Doel, M. (2016) Rights and Wrongs in Social Work: Ethical and practice dilemmas, London: Palgrave.

Fiona Stansfield. I qualified as a Social Worker in 2003 and as a Practice Teacher in 2009.  My frontline practice was mainly working with adults and older adults and I became a full-time practice teacher working for local authorities between 2009 and 2016 and had the pleasure of working with a significant number of social work students as they undertook their social work placements in social work teams.  I was an assessor for the practice teaching qualification in Scotland and supported and trained a number of practice teachers and link workers.  In 2016, I moved into Higher Education and my current position is Manager of Practice Learning at the University of Strathclyde Glasgow for the BA and MSW Social Work degrees.  I am the current Chair of ScOPT, the Scottish Organisation for Practice Teaching, having held this role for 2 year and have been a committee member and trustee for 4 years.

I qualified as a Social Worker in 2003 and as a Practice Teacher in 2009.  My frontline practice was mainly working with adults and older adults and I became a full-time practice teacher working for local authorities between 2009 and 2016 and had the pleasure of working with a significant number of social work students as they undertook their social work placements in social work teams.  I was an assessor for the practice teaching qualification in Scotland and supported and trained a number of practice teachers and link workers.  In 2016, I moved into Higher Education and my current position is Manager of Practice Learning at the University of Strathclyde Glasgow for the BA and MSW Social Work degrees.  I am the current Chair of ScOPT, the Scottish Organisation for Practice Teaching, having held this role for 2 year and have been a committee member and trustee for 4 years.

Debbie Greaves is a social worker with 22 years’ experience.  She qualified in Australia and has worked as a social worker in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland, predominantly within family and childcare settings both in the voluntary and statutory sectors.  She has also lived and worked in Japan where she taught English as a foreign language.

Debbie qualified as a Practice Teacher in 2005 and has taught dozens of students from 8 UK institutions at undergraduate and Masters level. She is also an experienced Practice Assessor for the Northern Ireland Practice Teaching Training Programme for which her assessor reports have been recognised as exemplars by the external examiner.  Debbie has taught for many years on the NIPTTP on issues relating to power, anti-oppressive practice and values and more recently, developed and delivered a podcast for the Programme focusing on ‘Practice Teaching in the Digital Age’.  She also teaches on the ‘preparation for practice learning’ module in Northern Ireland and is an experienced assessor for both undergraduate Social Work courses and post-qualifying Masters Level courses. 

Debbie has an interest in digital safeguarding (e-safety) issues and completed her Masters in Applied Social Studies with particular focus on parenting in the digital age. Her systematic literature review explored on the issue of ‘sharenting’ (when parents share on social media about their children) from a rights’ perspective. The outworking of this includes a booklet aimed at parents to encourage them to make informed decisions about sharing online, as well as a lunchtime seminar for the Northern Ireland Social Care Council and Blog for Parentkind (links below).  

Debbie trained as a CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre) Ambassador in 2012 and delivers training on ‘e-safety’ issues. She is particularly interested in how digital technologies have impacted our lives and also how they have affected the way we practice social work. Debbie continues to work full-time as a senior social worker, practice teacher and practice assessor in Northern Ireland.

Debbie’s workshop entitled, “Practice Teaching in a Digital Age” will focus on:

  • Awareness of the impact of our online lives on our practice teaching role
  • How can we encourage students to consider the impact of their online behaviour (digital footprint)
  • How we can help students develop digital literacy and critical thinking skills and expand their understanding of how we all (including our service users) live on and offline
  • How online communities and networks influence how service users may access support and the implications of such for traditional 9 to 5 services.

Tom Wilks is a Lecturer in Social Work at the University of Winchester.  He worked for many years as a social worker and service manager primarily in mental health and in drug and alcohol services.  His academic interests are in social work ethics, service user involvement in social work education, theory and practice in social work, and advocacy.  He is the author of Advocacy and Social Work Practice.

Dr Jo Finch is Reader in Social Work & Deputy Director of the Centre of Social Work Research at the University of East London.  Jo is also Programme Director of the Professional Doctorate in Social Work. Formerly a children and family’s social worker and play therapist, Jo has been a social work educator for over 17 years, and has previously led a number of qualifying programmes. Jo has long-standing research interest in issues around suitability for social work practice and has published widely on the topic of assessing students in placements. Jo is the author or “Working with Struggling Students on Placement: A Practical Guide” (2017, Policy Press) and is co-author of “SHARE: A New Model of Social Work” (2018, Kirwan Maclean Associates).  Jo has also published on the issue of social work and radicalisation.  

Booking Now Open for NOPT 2019

Please book using this link – details of venue, directions etc here . We will be using rooms in the St Andrew’s and St Michael’s buildings.

Look forward to seeing you all there!

Hold The Date! NOPT 2019 Conference Info Now Available

Initial information is as follows:

National Organisation for Practice Teaching England Conference

Tuesday 25th June 2019 10am-4pm

University of Portsmouth

BASW’s update of changes following PEPs refresh

Workshops including : Preparing students for the digital age, Practice Education in the context of agency Practice Modules, Working with students with additional needs, Working with students undertaking distance learning

Day Delegate Fee £85 (including lunch & refreshments)

To book look out for email in your In-box week beginning 22nd April 2019 with booking link

PEPS Refresh Consultation Now Live

BASW have today (8th March) launched the national consultation for the PEPs (Practice Education Professional Standards) refresh. NOPT has been part of the national steering committee on this project and we are really keen to see what everybody thinks about it.

The consultation is open until April 8th, so don’t leave it too late! And watch this space for some exciting news about the launch of the new PEPs later this year.

More Great Offers from Neil Thompson

Well-known social work author, Neil Thompson, is a strong supporter of practice education. His first ever book was about practice learning and that has now evolved into The Learning from Practice Manual. As he did with The Social Worker’s Practice Manual, he has kindly made it available to NOPT members at a generous 25% discount. Please see the attached flyer for details of the book and how to order. There is also a short (less than two minutes) video at: Neil is also still offering a 25% discount to our members for The Social Worker’s Practice Manual and his online learning courses and tutorial group. If you have any queries about any of this, Neil is happy for you to contact him at:


Neil Thompson, well known social work academic and great supporter of Practice Education has contacted us to offer all NOPT members 25% discount on his latest book ‘The Social Worker’s Practice Manual’. Details of how to obtain the discount are in this link Neil Thompson Special Offer 

We are grateful to Neil for his kind offer and hope many of our members will take up this opportunity. More about the book can be found on Neil’s website.

In addition, Neil is offering NOPT members 25% discount on some of the courses he offers (details in the same link above), including the following:

▲ Time and Workload Management ▲ Dealing with Stress ▲ Managing Stress (a follow-up course specifically for managers) ▲ Emotional Competence: Developing
Emotional Intelligence and Resilience ▲ Handling Aggression ▲ Risk Assessmentand Management ▲ Outcome-focused Practice ▲ Safeguarding Children from
Abuse ▲ Getting Started with Reflective Practice ▲ Developing a Reflective Practice Culture ▲ Equality, Diversity and Inclusion ▲ Managing Equality, Diversity and
Inclusion (a more advanced follow-up) ▲ The Equality Act 2010 ▲ How to Be Happy ▲ How to Be Liked ▲ Facing Death … Enriching Life ▲ Learning to Learn

All in all a great offer for our members!


12th International Conference on Practice Teaching and Field Education

Programme now available

The next in the series of our popular and highly valued conferences is in Oxford, 10th-11th September 2018.

The overall theme for the conference is

‘Innovation in Practice Learning and Field Education’

The conference is for professionals in any area of health, social work, or social care.

Conference themes

• The use of innovative technology in practice learning

• Tools and models for practice teaching and field education

• New perspectives in adult learning

• Research on practice learning and field education

• Inter-professional practice learning

•  International approaches

Workshops and presentations

We offer over 50 workshops and presentations. More details of the conference programme available here.


Our four inspiring keynote speakers are all leaders in their fields, whether health, social work or social care. More details here.

Booking your place

Book your place here.

We look forward to seeing you in Oxford in September!

Follow us on Twitter: @pracedu18

The 12th International Conference on Practice Teaching

and Field Education in Health and Social Work

St John’s College, Oxford, UK,

September 10th – 11th 2018

Programme and presentation enquiries:


NOPT Conference

Tuesday 26th June 2018

University of Worcester

  Keynote Speakers:

  • Professor Aidan Worsley, UCLAN

  • Becki Meakin, ‘Shaping Our Lives’

There will also be the opportunity to attend two workshops in the course of the day

Workshops will include:

  • Solution Focused Skills for Practice Education

  • Update on PEPS /PCF Reviews

  • Using the SHARE model in practice education

  • Supporting struggling students to “fail” better

  • Changing practice education roles in the Teaching Partnerships

  • How social work students develop professional judgement skills in placement.

  • Service user involvement in placement assessment

 Further workshops to be confirmed


Stands: Kirwin Maclean, Critical Publishing, David Whiting and a range of other stands will be available on the day.


Registration:         9.30am to 10.00am  in Main Reception, Edward Elgar Building, St Johns Campus, Worcester University

Conference Opens: 10.00am     Finishes: 4.00pm


Day Delegate Fee:     £80.00 (including lunch and refreshments).


To book for the NOPT Conference, please follow the link below:

We look forward to seeing you on 26th June 2018

The NOPT Committee

Downloadable flyer 2018 NOPT Conference Flyer



In February 2018 BASW released the first draft of the PCF refresh. Have a look at the proposals and join the consultation here


BASW (June 2017) are currently undertaking a survey on Practice Educator Professional standards (PEPS) that everyone is welcome to fill in. You can access this survey directly on the BASW website or via the following web link

The link is ​


The 2017 NOPT Conference was held at the

University of Huddersfield on 4th July 2017


See the Conference Resources page of the website for copies of

the presentations that many of the keynote speakers

and workshop presenters have kindly agreed to share.

 Keynote speakers:  

  • Siobhan McLean. Author, Independent Trainer, Consultant and Practice Educator: “Journeys in Practice Learning: A creative model for placements and beyond”
  • Mark Baldwin, SWAN: “Social Work Practice & Social Work Education: crisis, what crisis?”
  • Cheryl Wall , Skills for Care “Changes in Practice Education and Assessment”


.         Direct work with students

·         Anti-racist practice in workplace education

·         Review of the PCF

·         Review of PEPS

·         The PE toolkit

·         Developing student recording skills in electronic systems






The 2016 NOPT Conference was held on Thursday 7th July

at the University of Wolverhampton

Some workshop presenters have kindly given their permission for their Powerpoint presentations to be shared – see below. Other presentations may also subsequently be added to the NOPT website as these are received.


Keynote speakers:

There will also be the opportunity to attend 2 workshops during the course of the day

Workshops will include:

  • Partners in practice: practice educator and academic tutor perspectives on working together to support student learning on the Frontline programme. Alison Domakin, Principal Lecturer in Social Work, Tilda Goldberg Centre for Social Work and Social Care, University of Bedfordshire and Liz Curry, Consultant Social Worker, Salford  NOPT2016 FRONTLINE

  • Political activism and the social work placement – Gurnam Singh, Principal Lecturer in Social Work, Coventry University NOPT GS 2016

  • Are we educating for the wrong profession? Findings from a field study on how shame and pride are being used to refashion social workers into a new type of professional – Matthew Gibson, Lecturer, University of Birmingham

  • Experiences of black students in practice placements – Salford University Practice Learning Team

  • Assessing values and ethics: the impact of personal and cultural beliefs – Hellmuth Weich, Senior Lecturer, University of Northumbria at Newcastle

  • What you see is what you get, or is it? Improving the quality and consistency of the assessment of Direct Observations of Practice. Mary Keating, Project Manager- Social Work Regulated Professional Workforce, Skills for Care Mary Keating 2016 NOPT final 


Stands: Kirwin MacLean, Critical Publishing, Sage and a range of other stands will be available on the day.

Registration: 9.30am to 10am                 Start: 10am                 Finish:  4pm                             

Day Delegate Fee:  £75.00 (including lunch and refreshments). If you wish to attend the 2016 NOPT Conference, please access further details and book your delegate place using the following link:


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NOTICE FOR ALL PRACTICE EDUCATORS – HCPC request for practice educator feedback on the Standards of Proficiency for social workers in England (SOPs)

NOPT has agreed to help circulate the HCPC request for practice educators to become involved in offering feedback from a practice educator perspective, on the current HCPC Standards of Proficiency (SOPs) for social workers in England via an online survey, that opened  for feedback on the 14th September 2015.

The HCPC will be launching a full public consultation in April 2016 about the SOPs, but at present the HCPC is engaging in an initial review stage where it is seeking to gain feedback from groups of people already familiar in working with the existing standards (specifically practice educators), with the intention of the HCPC then using this feedback to draft an updated version of the SOPS to send out for public consultation in April 2016.

This is therefore a really key opportunity for all practice educators (so please feel free to circulate this information to any PEs that you know) to be able to feedback comments directly to the HCPC as to whether the current SOPs are felt to be sufficient to assess social work students against, in terms of ensuring that social work students will be ‘safe and effective’ practitioners at qualifying level.

For those of you who would like to complete the HCPC survey, the link is provided below. It is an online survey that takes about 10 -20 minutes and consists of five questions which are broadly as follows;

  1. Are the current standards of proficiency set at a sufficient standard for safe and effective practice;
  2. Are any additional standards needed to ensure social work students can operate safely and effectively;
  3. Are there any standards that need rewording or removing;
  4. Are there any comments about the language currently used in the existing standards;
  5. Any other comments.

There is an ‘other’ comments section text box provided at the end of each question so you can also expand your views in more detail.

The last date for completing the survey is 23rd October 2015, so please circulate this email through your PE networks as soon as you can.

A copy of the link to the survey is available below.

The link to the HCPC survey:


NOPT have issued a combined response to the change in the Education Support Grant with reference to the Narey and Croisdale-Appleby reports on Social Work Education. See attached file. 2014NOPT response to ESG Narey and Croisdale-Appleby

NOPT have issued a response to the Croisdale-Appleby review of Social Work Education. See the attached file. 2014 NOPT CroisdaleAppleby response

Thank you to everyone who responded to our Consultation on the implementation of the Practice Educator Professional Standards for Social Work (PEPS). The Summary Report is now available on the NOPT website on the ‘Practice Educator Professional Standards Consultation’ page.

See our NOPT Conference Resources page if you wish to access some of the Powerpoint presentations from previous NOPT Conferences.