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NOPT Conference Resources

The 2017 NOPT Conference will be held at the

University of Huddersfield on Tuesday 4th July

University of Huddersfield 

Harold Wilson Building

Queensgate, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, HD1 3DH


Keynote speakers:  


  • Siobhan McLean. Author, Independent Trainer, Consultant and Practice Educator: “The Learning Journey”

  • Mark Baldwin, SWAN: “Social Work Practice & Social Work Education: crisis, what crisis?”

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


Workshops will include:  


.         Direct work with students

·         Anti-racist practice in workplace education

·         Review of the PCF

·         Review of PEPS

·         The PE toolkit

·         Relationship based practice

·         Developing student recording skills in electronic systems

·         How social work students develop professional judgement skills whilst in placement.


Further workshops to be confirmed 


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).

To book for the 2017 NOPT Conference, please follow the link below: 

We look forward to seeing you on the 4th July

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


The page below contains information about the keynote speakers and workshops presented at NOPT Conferences from 2010 to 2014. Some of the speakers and workshop presenters agreed to make their presentations freely available on the NOPT website. You can access these below, by clicking on the relevant link, where available.

2014 NOPT Conference    

 Title of Conference:  Relationships Matter

Keynote speaker:


Professor Aidan Worsley, Executive Dean of the College of Business, Law and Social Sciences, University of Central Lancashire


What’s going on? The political context of social work education   NOPT AW Presentation October 14 


Keynote speaker:


Dr Pamela Trevithick, Visiting Professor in Social Work, Buckinghamshire; University and Project manager for GAPS (a membership organisation set up to promote relationship-based approaches, and psychodynamic and systemic thinking in social work


Humanising Managerialism: reclaiming emotional reasoning, intuition, the relationship, and knowledge and skills in social work 


 1-NOPT managerialism 29 slides FINAL 


Trevithick Knowledge & Skills Practice Framework v43 SENT Trevithick LEXICON of 80 skills 2014 v23 SENT




Assessing values and ethics: the impact of personal and cultural beliefs

Hellmuth Weich, Senior Lecturer, De Montfort University


The importance of the concept ‘use of self’ and its importance in relationship-based practice

Dr Pamela Trevithick, Visiting Professor in Social Work, Buckinghamshire University and Project manager for GAPS (a membership organisation set up to promote relationship-based approaches, and psychodynamic and systemic thinking in social work

2-NOPT Use of self+RBP 28 slides SENT 


She’s perfect – a good social worker. I can ask for help at any time.’ Listening to the voices of young people in developing quality social work placements

Su McCaughan and Helen Scholar, University of Salford


NOPT 14 Listening to the voices of young people final (1)


Practice Educator Experiences of Holistic Assessment and the PCF

Pam Field, Senior Lecturer in Social Work and Work-based Learning Team Lead, University of Central Lancashire; Cathie Jasper, Senior Lecturer in Social Work (with responsibility for Practice Learning), Manchester Metropolitan University


Practice Educator experiences of holistic assessment using the PCF NOPT Oct 2014



Social Work and Social Media

Anne Quinney, Senior Lecturer, Social Work, Bournemouth University




  • 2013 NOPT Conference 

Keynote speakers:

  • Hilary Burgess, Visiting Fellow, School for Policy Studies University of Bristol, Academic Associate, Higher Education Academy, Senior Academic Advisor, SWEPE (Social Work Education Project in England) – The Practice Educator’s role in holistic assessment of the Professional Capabilities Framework: using professional judgement to enhance the quality of practice  PCF_Holistic Asst_HB_NOPT_July2013
  • Dr Jo Finch, Senior Lecturer in Social Work, University of East London – Failing to see the Road Signs?- On the road with new regulation but can it guarantee we take the right road with struggling or failing students JFNOPT 2013 2
  • The College of Social Work – Update on Social Work Education


  1. ‘I love MANDELA’: The man, the model and social work practice supervision – Mrs Prospera Tedam, Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader in Social Work, University of Northampton PTNOPTConferenceFinal   
  2. Providing Mentor Support for Practice Educators in Training – an exploration of different approaches used by the Bournemouth University Practice Educator Programme – Fiona McKinnon, Independent Consultant and Practice Educator, Seaspace Consultancy and Sarah Williams, Bournemouth University 2013Providing mentor support for practice educators in training
  3. Building Bridges – Developing Reflective Practice with Learning Practitioners – Alison Paris, Director of Professional Practice Development, IASS, University of Birmingham                        
  4. Using Narrative Practice to develop struggling social work students  – Matthew Gibson, Teaching Fellow, Birmingham University
  5. Practice Educator report writing and the PCF -  Cathy Lloyd and Christine Simm, Ruskin College, Oxford   NOPT holistic assessment
  6. The Assessed and Supported Year of Employment: BASW survey findings and discussion  – BASW              

2012 NOPT Conference

Keynote speakers:


2011 NOPT Conference



  • Professional Capabilities Framework – consultation/discussion with practice educators about the place of practice education/educators in the career level framework – feedback to be used to help develop the PCF on behalf of the Social Work Reform Board – Trish Kearney (SCIE)
  • Is social work education life changing? A workshop that explores the impact of social work education on the person themselves – Mel Hughes
  • Emotional impact of working with students with difficulties (Practice Educator perspective) - Gill Brown, Joanna Collis and Lindsey Shakoori
  • Private, Voluntary and Independent Sector Placements: Gold or Dross? – Jo Tulloch
  • Helping Students to Develop Critical Thinking Skills – Dr Neil Thompson (Independent trainer, consultant and author)
  • Protecting and Developing the Emotional Resilience of Trainee and Newly Qualified Social Workers - Louise Grant

2010 NOPT Conference 

Keynote Speakers: