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Dr Julie Lawrence
Dr Julie Lawrence
postal addressFloor 6 Room C609 , Allerton Building, Salford .
email addressj.lawrence@salford.ac.uk
telephone0161 295 6983
Key Memberships
From April 2010 to September 2010.
Member of School: School of Health & Society
From September 2011 to present.
From April 2010 to September 2011.
Full Member of Research Centre: Centre for Social Justice Research
From April 2010 to August 2015.
Profile Summary

Julie is a registered Social Worker and a lecturer in Social Work. She is currently the Programme Leader for the MSc in Applied Social Work Practice (CPD) programme for registered social workers, linked to partner agencies across Manchester and the Greater Manchester conurbations.     

Her research and teaching interests lie primarily within CPD.This includes, ASYE and ASYE External Regional Moderation Chair, Consolidation of Practice, Professional Leadership & Supervision and Adults Safeguarding. She also contributes towards Research modules across the school. 

She is a member of the British Association of Social Workers and The International Federation of Social Workers.

Julie began her career with an interest in criminal law, working within the Probation Service and court liaison services for a number of years. She supported young people and adults with learning disabilities who became involved with the criminal justice system and social services. To develop her career, she acquired a post as a social worker based within statutory social services for young people and adults over a 20 year period.  Her posts have included: magistrates court officer, social worker (with probation training), transition co-ordinator, practice educator, team manager and policy advisor (young people in transition) for a local authority in the Northwest of England.

Her research interests and practice experiences are linked to:

  • young people with disabilities in transition to adults' services
  • managing dual diagnosis in practice: mental health & learning disabilities
  • health & social care integration across the adults sector workforce
  • safeguarding vulnerable adults & self-neglect
  • homelessness & vulnerable adults
  • multi-disciplinary /inter-professional working between allied professional groups
  • social work supervision: resilience & emotional intelligence
  • social work and leadership
  • palliative care & the social work role

 

  • Julie has been commissioned and completed various research projects, working in liaison with colleagues and a variety of agencies.

These have included: 

  • 2019 Big Life Group: Multi-modality Practitioner Development Project
  • 2019-21 (SHUSU) An Evaluation of the Help Through Crisis Support (Salford CAB & Community Partners) 
  • 2017-18 University of Swansea: Professional Staff Training & Development
  • 2017 (SHUSU) Understanding Independent Living Customers & Trafford Housin Trust: an valuation 
  • 2016-14 A Life of their wn: a project involving seven adults in transition from a rural to an urban location in Greater Manchester
  • 2013 Older Gay Men's Helth, George House Trust
  • 20010-9 Strengthening employer engagement in the learning, development and delivery of social work education
  • 2010-2007  Making Research Count Coordinator, Greater Manchester

 Julie would be interested to hear from colleagues in social work and related disciplines who  wish to pursue collaborative research projects.   

Key Qualifications
1987
1990
1997
2019
1990
2017
The overall aim of the qualitative research study (phenomenology) was to explore one central theme: the contribution of social work within a multi-disciplinary context. The study was based within a contemporary Learning Disabilities Service in England. Julie interviewed a number of social workers and allied health professionals who worked within a multidisciplinary context. A number of parents and people with learning disabilities have also made contributions to inform the outcomes from the research.
Key Publications
Refereed Journal Articles
Book Sections
Magazine Articles
Poster Presentations
Reports for External Bodies
Reviews
Key Presence
Conference Presentations
2019
Sep

This research is funded via the Big Lottery Community Fund. It is a national initiative, which supports similar projects across the UK. 

The presentation shared the research findings from the two year phase of a fi... more >>.

2018
May

This seminar discussed the progress which has been made in relation to the inclusion of service users within Adults Safeguarding Boards. It covers the extent to which 'making safeguarding personal' has progressed... more >>.

2018
Apr

The aim of this presentation is to discuss an important feature of this study, which embraced the creative use of two research methods which complemented each other in order to establish informative results and implications for... more >>.

2017
Oct

Julie's presentation highlighted the importance of the role of social workers within the complex arena of adult safeguarding. She outlined the current issues which are important to social workers, such as inter-disciplinar... more >>.

2017
May

This presentation will discuss outcomes from a recent PhD study (2017) about the importance of the integration issue and the impact upon social work in particular. It will outline how professionals from different disc... more >>.

2017
Apr

This presentation will discuss the outcomes from an (empirical) qualitative research study, which explored one central theme: the contribution of social work (adults) located within a multi-disciplinary team (MDT) in England.more >>.

2016
Mar

Julie presented the outcomes from empirical research undertaken during 2014-15. She worked in partnership with a local statutory authority to enable seven (n=7) vulnerable adults to move from a rural location to an urban locati... more >>.

2015
Aug

Julie presented her research about social workers, their identities and working across boundaries of practice, linked to Wenger's work (1998) - Communities of Practice about how professionals from different disciplines can work... more >>.

2014
Apr

 Julie presented a conference paper which is related to her on-going PhD research. She has completed research during 2012 about the needs of carers who support someone with a learning disability. This is also linked t... more >>.

2013
Mar

Julie presented her research about how social workers and health professionals work in collaboration, when delivering multi-disciplinary practice to individuals with intellectual disabilities.

&... more >>.

Consultancy Roles
2019
Jun

Julie is the North West project lead for the implementation of the Adult Supervisor Pathway. She will be giving a presentation to the regional Social work group, on behalf of Skills for Care 

2018
Dec

Invited to attend a Research Seminar in Oslo with the purpose of developing international writing partnerships

2018
Jun

Julie has been selected by Skills for Care to be a member of the Design and Development Group on a UK national basis, to implement a suitable CPD pathway for social work supervisors.

Role on-going.

2015
Jun

Julie undertook an advisory role in supporting a final level student based within the BSc (Hons) Integrated Practice in Learning Disabilities Nursing and Social Work programme. 

The student was presenting her work ... more >>.

Honours and Awards
2016
Jun

This award was presented to the BSc (Hons) Integrated Practice (LD nursing & social work) programme team. Julie was a team member from April 2010 until August 2016

2016
Mar

Julie was awarded a staff mobility grant from the British Council. She continues to develop collaoborative relationships with Finnish colleaugues.  

2013
Jun

 This award was presented to Julie as her abstract was judged to be the best conference abstract submitted by a final year PhD student.  

Invited Papers and Lectures
2015
Jun

Julie presented the findings from her PhD thesis. She discussed how professionals from different disciplines can work effectively together. She utilised the social learning theory Communities of Practice (1998) and Learning in ... more >>.

2015
Mar

A workshop which encompassed a number of publications arising from a PhD study about the role of social work within a multi-disicplinary team. This was inclusive of an academic poster, and the findings and outcomes from the res... more >>.

Memberships of External Bodies
2016
Sep

Julie is the HEI representative for the external moderation role in relation to the Skills for Care (ASYE) social work programmes across the Northwest of England 

Other Evidence of External Esteem
2014
Jul

 Julie's PhD research study was selected to be presented at the International Conference. This was in connection with Carers of people who had intellectual disabilities. 

 


 

Other Research Activity
2019
Mar

Julie has completed a peer review concerning the Family Support arrangements for children and adults who have intellectual disabilities in Ireland. 

2015
May

Julie reviewed a research article which explored and problematize carers' accounts of prioritizing work tasks in relation to care values, organizational conditions, and the dominant cultural storyline of eldercare.

2015
Mar

Julie has recently completed a peer review of a research study, based in Hong Kong. The study was concerned about the support offered to parents (within a Chinese culture) whose children were born (or acquired an intellectual d... more >>.