Nicola Howard, Co-Director, completed the Diploma in Social Work and qualified in 2004 at Swansea University. Nicola has practiced as a Social Worker in Child Safeguarding Statutory Services, a Community Mental Health Team and is currently working for an Emergency Duty Team as a generic Senior Social Work Practitioner.
Nicola is a practising Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP) and has held the Qualification for 10 years. Nicola has interests in mental health crisis and support, Children and adolescents access to mental health services and ensuring the views of people accessing services are listened to.
Post qualifications include PQ 6, Practice Assessor award and Team Manager Development Programme. Nicola is joint investigation trained in child and adult safeguarding. Nicola is a Deprivation of Liberties (DoLs) Assessor, Best Interests Assessor (BIA) and is also an Adult Protection Support Order (APSO) Authorised Officer.
Nicola has trained in Applied suicide intervention skills training (ASIST).
Nicola has worked in social work education at Swansea University since 2016, and is currently also a lecturer on the undergraduate programme and is one of the Practice Learning Opportunity Tutors.
James Thomas, Co-Director, has been practicing social work for the past 30 years, initially as a probation officer but for the last 25 years as a mental health social worker. James’ first 10 years of practice were in London where he learned the skills and values of social work across several different London Boroughs.
He qualified as an ASW (forerunner to the AMHP) in 1998 practicing in London, Caerphilly, Newport and Powys. Throughout his career, James has been interested in teaching/training and development in mental health social work.
In 2007 he researched, wrote and delivered training on the amended MHA (83), which served as conversion training for ASW/AMHP and awareness training for allied professionals.
James has been involved with ASW/AMHP programmes as a trainer, PA and ALP for the last 25 years and it is now his privilege to become part of this sole recognised programme for Wales. James looks forward to meeting you as students and assisting with your development in the role of AMHPs.