Co-Director Margaret Lougher has a wealth of experience in mental health service practice and management in both the public and private sectors. She is still a practising AMHP (and previously an ASW) and has proven experience in teaching and supporting students at Master’s level study.
Her current specialist areas of interest are links between Mental Health Act 1983 (2007) with other relevant legislation, national and local policy and guidance, in particular the Children Acts 1989 and 2004, the Human Rights Act and Mental Capacity Act. The service user experience and developing updated methods to integrate those key messages into service delivery are central to her perspective.
Co-Director Heather Edwards has 17 year’s experience in mental health social work, both as a practitioner and manager. Prior to that she was a Probation Officer for over 10 years. She has undertaken research for her Master’s degrees, into probation orders with conditions of psychiatric treatment, and the management of regional forensic mental health social work services.
She is an experienced Practice Assessor for social work students, a role she continues to hold. Her particular areas of interest include mentoring and supporting social work staff and students, and the interface between mental health and criminal justice services.