Dr David Sims

Dr David Sims DipSW, BA Hons, MA, EdD

Dr David Sims

Dr David Sims
DipSW, BA Hons, MA, EdD

Principal Lecturer, Social Work

Department of Psychology, Social Work and Counselling

Faculty of Education and Health

Dr David Sims is a Principal Lecturer for Social Work in the Department of Psychology, Social Work & Counselling at the University of Greenwich.

David is a registered social worker and has worked in higher education as a senior lecturer, programme leader, Head of Division and professional lead since 1994.

His current post at the university oversees the development of the social work discipline as well as lecturer, link tutor and providing MA degree/PhD research supervision. Prior to joining the university he led a joint programme in learning disability nursing and social work for four years and managed a department of social work and primary care.

In social work practice, David's range of work had involvement in children and adults with learning disabilities; young people not in employment or education; as training officer on a Youth Training Scheme for vulnerable young people; and as manager of day services for people with learning disabilities in both the NHS and Social Services.

He has carried out book reviews for a well-known publisher and conducted consultancy work with other universities regarding the development and review of their social work programmes.

Posts held previously:

  • 1998–2001, Head of Division and Principal Lecturer, South Bank University
  • 1994–98, Programme Leader and Senior Lecturer, South Bank University
  • Principal Lecturer, Social Work, Department of Psychology, Social Work & Counselling
  • Link tutor
  • Supervises MA degree/PhD research projects
  • Peer reviewer: Journal of Inter-professional Care; and for Social Work Education-the International Journal
  • Member of the Joint Universities International Committee for England
  • Member of the London Skills for Care Social Work Education Network
  • Registered Social Worker with the Health and Care Professions Council
  • External examiner: Programme and module examiner, MSc Social Work and BSc Hons Social Work, University of Hertfordshire

David has a strong interest in working with people with learning disabilities, and a key area of his work in practice and research, with a focus on professional education for social work, service user involvement, inter-professional working, the personalisation agenda, international social work and the Global Agenda for Social Work. Dave has written a number of papers and book chapters in respect of social work education.

Sims, D., de Chenu, L. and Williams, J. (2014). The Global Agenda: Developing international perspectives and critical discourse in UK social work education and practice. International Social Work, 57(4), pp. 360-372.

Sims, D. (2012). Intercultural consolidation: exploring the experiences of internationally qualified social workers and the English post qualifying framework. European Journal of Social Work. 2012, 15(2), pp. 241-255.

Sims, D. (2011). Reconstructing professional identity for professional and interprofessional practice: A mixed methods study of joint training programmes in learning disability nursing and social work. Journal of Interprofessional Care, July, 25, pp. 265-271.

Sims, D. (2011). Achieving collaborative competence through interprofessional education. Lessons learned from joint training in learning disability nursing and social work. Social Work Education: The International Journal, 30(1), pp. 98-112.

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Sims, D. (2012).On Social Work and Social Development,Joint World Conference, 8-12 July, Stockholm.

Sims, D. (2012). The Social Work Global Agenda. Social Work and Social Development International Conference, EASSW and IASSW.

Sims, D. (2011). Local Practice and the Global Agenda. Joint Universities Council Social Work Education Committee Conference. University of Manchester.

Sims, D. (2011). Personalisation and people with learning disabilities: Developments so far and their impact on the role of social workers. Universities Council Social Work Education Committee Conference, University of Manchester. 

Sims, D. (2011). Disabled People and Active Citizenship: Promoting Autonomy and Independence Through the Policy of Personalisation. International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities. University of Granada, Spain.

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