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Paul brakeman

Paul Blakeman

Principal Lecturer

School of Social Sciences

Staff Group(s)
Social Work and Health


Paul is the MA Social Work Course Leader. He is also a Module Leader for three modules. These are Critical Thinking in Forensic Social Work (MA Advanced Social Work Practice), Theories, Methods and Models (MA Social Work) and Delivering Professional Social Work Practice (BA Social Work). Paul teaches on several other modules throughout the three programmes, is a Personal Tutor and also peer reviews for several academic journals. As part of his role, Paul is an active part of the N2D2 Social Work Academy of Excellence and is the Independent member of the Nottingham City Safeguarding Adults Board Safeguarding Adult Review sub-group.

Career overview

From 1995 onwards, Paul has worked as both a nurse and social worker in the field of adult mental health. He has practiced in primary, secondary and tertiary areas of speciality, and also in in-patient and community settings. Paul is a qualified psychological therapist and has practiced as such within Early Intervention in Psychosis teams, as well as with people accessing Clinical Psychology within secondary mental health services. He has worked predominantly with people who experience complex difficulties who access secondary care mental health services.

Research areas

Paul is planning to start his PhD in 2018. This will be in the area of  using low-cost virtual reality to improve risk assessment training.

External activity

  • Registered Social Worker with Health and Care Professions Council
  • Peer reviewer for several academic journals
  • Independent member of the Nottingham City Safeguarding Adults Board Safeguarding Adult Review sub-group
  • N2D2 Academic Delivery & Curriculum subgroup representative

Sponsors and collaborators

Paul works within the N2D2 teaching partnership Social Work Academy of Excellence, which is comprised of several local agencies from health and social care, and both Nottingham Trent University and the University of Nottingham.