Dr Michele Raithby
Associate Professor
Public Health, Policy and Social Sciences
Telephone: (01792) 602163

Following a degree in Anthropology, I worked in a variety of educational, social care and research settings until qualifying as a social worker in 1986. After practicing generically in London, I specialised in adult care, then the regulation and inspection of residential care settings before undertaking further research and moving into social work education. From 1997 to 2008, I worked at Nottingham Trent University, and was Deputy Head of Department and programme leader for part-time and distance-learning social work undergraduate degrees.

I am currently completing a PhD at Royal Holloway University of London on older people and domiciliary care, and maintain other research interests in sexuality, e-learning and reflective practice in social work. I have published in the areas of social care and sexuality, evidence-based practice, and social work education. My current teaching interests on the Undergraduate and Masters Social Work Programmes at Swansea University include working with adults, values and ethics in social work, the application of evidence in social work practice, and developing inter-professional educational links.

Areas of Expertise

  • Sexuality and social care
  • Qualitative research
  • Realist research
  • Adult social care
  • Evidence-based practice
  • E-learning

Publications

  1. & ‘Everyday Advocates’ for Inclusive Care? Perspectives on Enhancing the Provision of Long-Term Care Services for Older Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Adults in Wales: Table 1. British Journal of Social Work, bcv143
  2. & A menu for learning: a World Café approach for user involvement and inter-professional learning on mental health. Social Work Education, 1-22.
  3. & Navigating Stormy Waters: consent, sexuality and dementia in care environments in Wales.. In S. Westwood & E. Price (Ed.), Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Individuals Living with Dementia: Theoretical, practical and rights-based perspectives.. Routledge.
  4. & Life in the pink Dragon's Den: Mental health services and social inclusion for LGBT people in Wales. In Julie Fish and Kate Karban (Ed.), Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans Health Inequalities. Policy Press.
  5. & Swimming upstream: the provision of inclusive care to older lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) adults in residential and nursing environments in Wales. Ageing and Society, 1-25.

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Teaching

  • ASQ102 Social Work Services in a Diverse Society: Ethics, Values and Anti-Discriminatory Practice

    This module provides an understanding of ethics and values applied to social work practice. Particular reference will be made to the social processes that lead to social exclusion in Wales and their impact on day-to-day life and service provision. It will also address the values and provision of social work services with particular reference to the concepts of stigma, empowerment, equalities and anti-oppressive practices and legislation. The historical evolution, philosophy and application of social work ethics, values and the Care Council for Wales Code of Practice for social care workers will be considered in relation to practice application with different groups. Emphasis will be placed on the development of the reflective and ethical practitioner.

  • ASQ105 Introduction to Social Work Law

    This is a core module for the BSc (Hons) Social Work programme. At an introductory level, this module provides an overview of the legal processes and frameworks that inform and guide social work practice in the UK and, more specifically, Wales. This includes an introduction to the meaning and classification of law, the legislative process, devolution and its implications for the administration of justice in Wales. It will also consider the court structure (civil and criminal) and the personnel of the law and their relationship with social workers. Finally, present laws dealing with equality and discrimination will be considered in the context of developing an anti-oppressive approach to practice. Students will be encouraged to begin to critically appraise the strengths and limitations of legal frameworks in terms of human rights implications and in relation to issues of equality.

  • ASQ204 Legal issues in Social Work and Social Care

    This module examines the legal frameworks that shape and regulate decision making in social care and social work. It considers how social workers can make use of law in a way that enables positive and socially just change, and examines the value of law from a variety of perspectives, including service users and professionals. The module covers a range of legal issues relating to social work and social care practice, including child welfare, youth justice and community care. Emphasis is given to the practical application of legal frameworks and human rights considerations to case scenarios. Particular attention is paid to how the Human Rights Act 1998 and anti-discrimination legislation informs practice.

  • ASQ302 Critical Practice in Adult Community Care

    This module considers policies, legislation, services and strategies in Wales that are relevant to the provision of care, safeguarding and support of the range of adults who are in receipt of health and social care services. Particular attention is given to partnership working and the processes of unified assessment, the development and commissioning of innovative service approaches and the opportunities and difficulties that the joint provision of social care, health, and other community services can provide.

  • SHHM34 Case Studies in Applied Social Research: Social Work

    The module examines key issues in research on social work and social care by presenting a series of case studies illustrating various research methods applied in these areas.

  • SW-M04 Ethics and Values in Social Work

    This module provides a critical understanding of ethics and values applied to social work practice. Particular reference will be made to the social processes that lead to social exclusion in Wales and their impact on day-to-day life and service provision. It also addresses the values and provision of social work services with particular reference to the concepts of stigma, empowerment, equalities and anti-oppressive practices and legislation. The historical evolution, philosophy and application of social work ethics, values and the Care Council for Wales Code of Practice for social care workers are considered in relation to practice application with different groups. Emphasis is placed on the development of the reflective and ethical practitioner.

  • SW-M04W Moeseg a Gwerthoedd mewn Gwaith Cymdeithasol

    Mae¿r modiwl hwn yn darparu dealltwriaeth feirniadol o¿r foeseg a¿r gwerthoedd sy¿n berthnasol i ymarfer gwaith cymdeithasol. Cyfeirir yn benodol at y prosesau cymdeithasol sy¿n arwain at eithrio cymdeithasol yng Nghymru a¿u heffaith ar fywyd o ddydd i ddydd a darpariaeth gwasanaethau. Mae¿n mynd i¿r afael hefyd â gwerthoedd a darpariaeth gwasanaethau gwaith cymdeithasol gan gyfeirio¿n benodol at gysyniadau stigma, grymuso, cydraddoldeb ac arferion a deddfwriaeth gwrthormesol. Ystyrir esblygiad hanesyddol, athroniaeth a pherthnasedd moeseg a gwerthoedd gwaith cymdeithasol ynghyd â Chôd Ymarfer Cyngor Gofal Cymru ar gyfer gweithwyr gofal cymdeithasol mewn perthynas â rhoi ymarfer ar waith gyda grwpiau gwahanol. Rhoddir pwyslais ar ddatblygu ymarferwyr myfyriol a moesegol.

  • SW-M07 Dissertation in Social Work Research and Evidence for Practice

    This module encourages the development of research mindedness and prepares students for evidence informed practice by way of a self directed dissertation study into an area of social work interest. Students will be expected to work independently with guided supervision to produce a small-case research project (document and literature-based) into a chosen area of interest relevant to social work audiences and professional practice. Students will be nominated a supervisor to support their learning and guide their research over the course of the academic session.

  • SW-M07W Traethawd Estynedig mewn Ymchwil Gwaith Cymdeithasol a Thystiolaeth ar gyfer Ymarfer

    Mae'r modiwl hwn yn annog myfyrwyr i ddatblygu meddylfryd ymchwil ac yn eu paratoi ar gyfer ymarfer a gyfeirir gan dystiolaeth ar ffurf traethawd hir hunangyfeiriedig ar faes o ddiddordeb gwaith cymdeithasol. Disgwylir i fyfyrwyr weithio'n annibynnol dan arweiniad goruchwyliaeth er mwyn cynhyrchu prosiect ymchwil graddfa fach (yn seiliedig ar ddogfennau a llenyddiaeth) mewn maes o ddiddordeb a ddewiswyd sy'n berthnasol i gynulleidfaoedd gwaith cymdeithasol ac ymarfer proffesiynol. Enwebir goruchwylydd i fyfyrwyr i gefnogi eu dysgu a thywys eu hymchwil yn ystod y sesiwn academaidd.

  • SW-M08 Critical Practice in Adult Care and Law

    This module provides students with relevant skills, knowledge and critical understanding in the application of the best current evidence to social work practice in adult care. Policies, theoretical perspectives, services and strategies in Wales relevant to the provision of care, safeguarding, well-being and citizen-directed support of particular adult groups are considered. Particular attention is given to partnership and inter-disciplinary working, principles of assessment, positive approaches to risk and outcomes-focused care with a range of service users and carers. The module considers the history and current application of law and policy in adult community care in the Welsh context. The module incorporates practitioner, carer and service-user perspectives.

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Undergrad and Postgrad Programme Academic Assessment Coordinator - College of Human and Health Sciences, Swansea University

    2008 - Present

Career History

Start Date End Date Position Held Location
2008 Present Senior Lecturer in Social Work Swansea University
1997 2008 Principal Lecturer in Social Work & Human Services Nottingham Trent University

External Responsibilities

  • External Examiner, MA Social Work Programme, Cardiff University

    2013 - 2017

  • Book proposal reviewer, University of Wales Press, Palgrave Macmillan

    2011 - Present

Key Grants and Projects

  • Provision of inclusive and anti-discriminatory services to older lesbian, gay, bisexual-identifying (LGB) people in residential care environments in Wales. 2011 - 2013

    NISCHR Social Care Research Award, with P. Willis, T. Maegusuku-Hewett, P. Nash, P. Miles, £144,354

Research Groups

  • Sexuality in Social Work Special Interest Group

    Network of social work educators and researchers

  • Centre for Innovative Ageing

    The Centre provides the infrastructure, focus and leadership for ageing research and scholarship across the University’s College of Human and Health Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. It hosts the Older People and Ageing Research & Development Network, and the Wales Stroke Research Interest Group and has strong links with Wales Dementias and Neurodegenerative Diseases Research Network (NEURODEM Cymru).