Jan’s current role as Head of Health and Social Care oversees the suite of nursing and social work provision in the portfolio. Having previously been course lead for the BA (Hons) Social Work programme and course lead for the Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care, Jan has first-hand experience on leading education provision for the health, social work and social care sectors.
Jan has continued to maintain her professional registration as a social worker, having previously worked in statutory children and families services, holding child protection, court and complex caseloads. Jan also has vast experience working in health and education settings. She is able to utilise her expertise of teaching and supports the student experience by ensuring theory and practice and linking to policy, research and professional practice is integrated into the delivery of the programmes. 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, with social work at Solent 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. Jan is dedicated to driving forward initiatives in the pursuit of excellent university education that enables all learners from all backgrounds to become enterprising citizens and responsible leaders.
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.
She 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.
Jan has taught on modules in social work, health, and social care during her employment at Solent University. She 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.
Jan is currently studying for a PhD. Her interest is in developing resilience with social work trainees.
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).
Alongside studying for a PhD, Jan is interested in simulation as a learning aid for social workers and community social work.