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Jan  Parker

Jan Parker MSc, PQSW, BA (Hons), DipSW, SFHEA

Course Leader

School of Sport, Health and Social Sciences

023 8201 2033 ext. 2033


Jan’s current role as a senior lecturer also includes the role as course leader for the BA (Hons) Social Work programme, having previously been course leader for the Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care. She has previously worked in statutory children and families services holding child protection, court and complex caseloads and has also worked in health and education settings. Jan is able to utilise her expertise of teaching theory and practice and linking to policy, research and professional practice. This incorporates supporting students to develop a professional value base within an informed practice and reflective framework.

Jan’s leadership skills have driven forward exceptional standards of student satisfaction in higher education, social work at Solent being ranked No 1 in the country (National Student Statistics, 2019). She is currently leading on programme development to prepare students to succeed in a fast-changing competitive world.

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Further information

  1. Industry experience

    Jan has knowledge and experience in management and leadership roles working within the context of organisations and has over 20 years practice experience working with children and families in health, education, social care and social work settings.

    Having worked for Southampton City Council as an operations manager and Hampshire County Council as a workforce development officer, Jan implemented the first year of ASYE for the local authority and developed a model for group reflective supervision for newly qualified social workers. Jan has undergone joint training with the police for Hampshire County Council in trauma and the role of the family liaison officer in times of national disaster

    Jan has pledged an ongoing commitment to social justice in the region developing and sustaining imaginative working partnerships with stakeholders, service users and carer organisations. In 2013 she initiated a Healthy Communities Conference at Solent, bringing together service users, health and social care organisations and academics to share ideas and develop research in much needed areas

  2. Teaching experience

    Jan’s teaching style incorporates a broad range of delivery that includes group work, seminars, lectures, presentations, task focused and creative learning environments which involves formal and informal focused groups, student online forums and IT technology in the form of the development of an electronic work-based portfolio.

    Jan was previously employed as a senior teaching fellow at the University of Southampton, delivering modules to MSc, BSc and post-professional graduate students enrolled on social work programmes. During this time she was the school lead for inter-professional learning within the SE region. Jan has also been involved in the design of a curriculum and implementation of teaching for newly-qualified social workers across four local authorities in the SE region.

    Jan is a qualified practice teacher exercising her broad wealth of knowledge in social work practice. She is able to support the social work degree and postgraduate programmes due to her extensive experience and professional background working with risk and safeguarding related situations.

  3. Research interests

    Jan is currently pursuing a PhD studying the development of resilience in social work trainees.
  4. Recent publications

    Jan's recent publications include academic journal articles and research projects. For more information, follow the link below.

    Cescutti-Butler, L. Hussain, H. Pourzanjani, P. Parker, J. (2019) Poster Presentation. Using simulator dolls to enhance understanding of the effects of alcohol and drug abuse on prenatal development: a comparative study. Solent Learning and Teaching Conference, Solent University

    Knight, A. Aspden, C. Esser, A. Carmicheal, H, Parker, J. Shaping the Future assistant/associate practitioner workforce: A Hampshire Case Study. March 2015 Vol 09 No 03, British Journal of Healthcare.

    Aspden, C. Cross, N. Day, A. Harrison, K. Knight, A. Henderson, S. Macadie, S. Mountfield, J. Parker, J.(2015). Confident Carers Poster Presentation Healthy Communities: Transforming Lives through Innovation, Collaboration and Participation Conference, Solent University 

    College of Social Work Advisor to 2 year national project ‘Engaging fathers in child protection’ led by the fatherhood institute and funded by national government following reforms to social work 2010. To achieve an e-learning training package for Local Authorities to implement for the ongoing training and development needs of workers engaged in child protection work. (2012)

    Qualitative and quantitative research undertaken for a local authority south east region on the supervision experiences of newly qualified social workers. (2009)

  5. Awards

    Jan has received a number of awards. Follow the link below to find out more.
    • Senior Fellowship Higher Education Academy
    • MSc Professional Studies
    • CCETSW Practice Teacher Award
    • Post Qualifying Higher Specialist Award in Social Work
    • Post Qualifying  Child Care Social Work
    • BA (Hons) Social Work Studies and European Perspectives
    • Diploma in Social Work
    • CCETSW Nursery Nursing Education Board
  6. Work in progress

    Alongside studying for a PhD, Jan is interested in simulation as a learning aid for social workers and community social work.