Areas of expertise
Jill has a background in working with homeless people, particularly those who are disenfranchised and excluded from service provision.
She graduated from Oxford Brookes University in 1996 with a Diploma in Social work and a BA Hons in Applied Social Science.
Jill went on to work in the field of mental health and worked in both voluntary and statutory sector agencies as a social worker, and became the lead practitioner for Dual Diagnosis in the Mental Health Care Trust. During this time she graduated with
a Masters degree in Mental Health and the Practice Teaching Award. In 2011 Jill completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Teaching in Higher Education.
She has spent much of her career supporting and educating students in the field.
Before starting her current role Jill went on to manage the award winning Elmore Team; an agency that works with people who have complex needs and who find it difficult to engage with services where she was involved with the day to day management of
a service along with developing pilot services that focused on prison in reach, sex working , antisocial behaviour, supporting young parents with complex needs and service user involvement and collaborated with partners such as Shelter and Revolving
Doors to influence government policy in these respects.
Membership of professional bodies
- Health and Care Professions Council - HCPC registration no; SW03059
- British Association of Social Workers
- Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (since 2014).
- External Examiner for Msc Social Work programme University of Bedfordshire (Nov 17 to present day).
- International Conference on Social Work, Paris (Psychological factors that are associated with resilience in social work students) 2017
- CRISOWO Professional Social Work and Sustainable Development in Africa, Rwanda 2018 (As before and Research to understand the experiences of black and minority ethnic social work students with the aim of improving the attainment of BME social
- Shelter Conference 2007 (Working with rough sleepers)
- Joint Social Work Education and Research conference, Canterbury 2018 (Psychological factors that are associated with resilience in social work students)
- University of Edinburgh May 2019 Joint Social Work Education International Committee presentation (Social work research in order to both understand and promote psychological wellbeing in service-users and social workers themselves in Burundi and
- Oxford City Council Housing conference 2009 – Delivering a service user involvement conference presentation.
- Oxford County Council Social Care conference 2018 (Working with Difficult to Engage Service Users) & 2019 (Vicarious Trauma).
- Brookes Teaching and Learning conference May 2019 (Psychological factors that are associated with resilience in social work students)