My Journey

I am a UK registered Social Worker and have been in practice since 2009, following the completion of the Social Work (BA Hons) Degree course at Bournemouth University.  I have continued my professional development by completing the ASYE Programme in 2014 and stage one Practice Educator award in 2017. I am now commencing stage two Practice Educator course in 2018, whilst assisting a NQSW as their ASYE Assessor. I have worked for Cheshire East Council Social Services since 2012, supporting adults and their families across various complex community care practice areas including; older person & mental health, safeguarding, learning and physical disabilities. Further to this, my social work knowledge and skills are used to contribute towards team development through my involvement with regular reflective peer group supervision.  

In September 2017, I began a 6 month part-time secondment role with the NWMSWTP as a Consultant (academic) Social Worker and was assigned the ASYE project. I was tasked to carryout a review of the ASYE programme across partner organisations. I value the opportunity to contribute towards social work education on this larger scale. The role involved networking with local ASYE leads and to gain a better understanding from the NQSW and employer’s perspective.

It took a couple of months to settle into the role and devise a plan that would enable me to meet the requirements of the project. I found the weekly transition between practice and project work to be challenging. However, I was able to adapt and complete the project within the allocated timescale. I was prepared for the geographical scale of the partnership and the challenges this may bring to the project; which was managed through applying a consistent approach for collecting data.

Throughout the project I’ve enhanced my knowledge for carrying out project work, through the use of on-line resources, other consultants, as well as the project co-ordinator. My work has lead to a number of key recommendations for future ASYE practice and I hope my contribution will be helpful to others.  

I’m happy to be returning to practice full time, but I look forward to hearing about further developments of the TP in the future.

Karina Fillingham - Consultant Academic Social Worker