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Dr Mel Hughes

  • Principal Academic
  • Royal London House R404, Christchurch Road, Bournemouth, BH1 3LT
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Biography

Mel is Principal Academic in social work; Academic lead for the PIER (Public Involvement in Education and Research) partnership; and Deputy lead for the Research Centre for Seldom Heard Voices. Her main research interests relate to public involvement in health and social work education and research. In 2018-19, Mel edited and co-authored the text book: Statutory social work interventions: the lived experience.

Research

Principal investigator: Parents Story Project: Gaining insight into parental substance use

Principal investigator: evidencing the impact of service user involvement in professional health and social work programmes

Gaining insight into what works to minimise loneliness and isolation. A participatory action research project in collaboration with the Poole Wellbeing Collaborative

Developing standards of care in residential homes: A participatory Action Research project in collaboration with The Patient Association

The impact of service user and carer involvement on students' subsequent social work practice: a follow up study

Principal Investigator. Gaining insight into the lived experience of older male carers (over the age of 85)

Principal Investigator. Exploring the relationship between rough sleepers and primary care services

Favourites

Journal Articles

Books

  • Hughes, M., 2019. A Guide to Statutory Social Work Interventions The Lived Experience. Palgrave.
  • Morley, D.A., 2018. Enhancing Employability in Higher Education through Work Based Learning. Springer.
  • Fenge, L.-A., Howe, K., Hughes, M. and Thomas, G., 2014. The Social Work Portfolio A Guide for Students. McGraw-Hill Education (UK).

Reports

Theses

  • Hughes, M., 2012. Is social work education life changing?: a unitary appreciative inquiry into the impact of social work education on a person's beliefs, values and behaviour. PhD Thesis. Bournemouth University, School of Health and Social Care.

PhD Students

  • Debbee Houghton. Using midwives perspectives to unravel medicine management in contemporary practice
  • Debbee Houghton
  • Matt Taylor
  • Albert Heta. Imagining New Futures: Engaging Young People Through Participatory Arts in Post-Conflict Kosovo
  • Helen Ribchester. a study into the perceptions and engagement in reflective practice of occupational therapists in India.
  • Charlotte Clayton. Models of maternity care for women with low socioeconomic status, living socially complex lives: What works, for whom, and in what circumstances
  • Matt Simpson. Exploring decision making in the Approved Mental Health Professional role

Profile of Teaching PG

  • First substantive placement
  • Final substantive placement
  • Social work dissertation (supervisor)
  • Graduate Certificate in Practice Education (Enabling learners)
  • Msc Clinical Research (Public Involvement in Research unit lead)

Profile of Teaching UG

  • First substantive placement
  • Final substantive placement
  • BA social work: Learning from the lived experience unit

Grants

  • Patient voice (Community fund (Healthwatch Dorset), 04 Feb 2019). In Progress
  • Older carers story project (Dorset Community Fund, 19 Nov 2017). Completed
  • Film creation to embed public involvement in education (BU Centre for Excellence in Learning (CEL), 06 Feb 2017). Completed
  • The power of narrative and stories in enabling learning for professional practice (Higher Education Academy, 16 Apr 2013). Completed

Internal Responsibilities

  • Academic lead for BU PIER partnership, BU Public involvement in Education and Research (PIER) partnership. <a href="http://www.bournemouth.ac.uk/pier" class="iconRight" target="blank">http://www.bournemouth.ac.uk/pier<i class="fa fa-external-link"></i></a>
  • Deputy Lead of Research Centre for Seldom Heard Voices, Research Centre for Seldom Heard Voices
  • Programme lead for BA and MA Social work, BA and MA social work

Conference Presentations

  • Humanisation Conference 2018, Humanising social work practice. Reflections on writing a book with service users and carers. A Guide to Statutory Social Work Interventions: The lived experience., 20 Jun 2018, Bournemouth
  • SocNet European Social work education conference, SocNet International Social work Education Conference. Bournemouth University,16-18 April 2018 Embedding the lived experience into Social work Education: the BU model., 16 Apr 2018, UK
  • INVOLVE conference 2018, Building on a partnership’s experiences from coordinating involvement in health and social care education to developing user-led research: lessons learnt, 28 Nov 2017, London
  • Humanisation Conference 2017, The older male carers research project, 28 Jun 2017, Bournemouth, UK
  • Joint Social Work Education Conference: Celebrating that which unifies us, Unitary appreciative inquiry – research method, therapeutic intervention and innovative pedagogy., 13 Jul 2016, Milton Keynes
  • Challenges and best practice in co-production, Taking a life of its own: reflections on co-production with a theatre company and film makers’, 18 May 2016, Sheffield University
  • Service user and carer coordinators in HE, Sharing good practice, 28 Oct 2015, Bournemouth
  • Gaining insght into parental substance use, The Parents Story Project: Unitary appreciative inquiry, 29 Apr 2015, Bournemouth

Qualifications

  • MA in Social Work (Edinburgh University, 1997)
  • Practice Educator award in Social work practice education (BU, 2005)
  • Doctorate in Professional Practice in Social Work Education (Bournemouth University, 2012)

Honours

  • Senior Fellow (HEA, 2015)
  • Shine overall winner for ‘Hearing the Patient Voice in Education and Training’ (HEA Wessex, 2015)
  • Finalist (shortlisted) The David Watson International Award for community partnerships (The David Watson International Award for community partnerships, 2017)
  • Finalist of Unsung Hero category (Bournemouth University VC Award, 2017)
  • Special Recognition Carers Award for the Older Carers Research study (Bournemouth Echo Carers Awards, 2018)

Memberships

  • HCPC, Member,
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