AMHP speaker profiles

The speaker profiles

Information about the speakers at the  AMHP Partnership  CPD Programme 2020

Simon Foster

Simon Foster is a freelance legal consultant and trainer. A former local authority solicitor, he was previously head of the legal unit at Mind. In 2004-5, he helped redraft the Mental Health Act Code of Practice and in 2009 he worked on the Ordinary Residence guidance for the Department of Health. From 2011-12 he was interim Head of Legal Support Services at Sense, the deaf blind charity. In 2017-19 he led workshops on s.136  MHA and other mental health issues in all the hospitals across London.

Simon has also taught social care law at South Bank and Middlesex Universities, and incapacity law at Queen Mary University of London.  

Hari Sewell

Hári Sewell is founder and Director of HS Consultancy and is a former executive director of health and social care in the NHS. He is a writer and speaker in his specialist area of social justice, equalities and ethnicity, race and culture in mental health. Hári is honorary Senior Visiting Fellow at the University of Central Lancashire and was the co-founder of the national Social Care Strategic Network (Mental Health) and  was chair until November 2010.  Hári has had various books, articles and book chapters published, with new material emerging regularly, usually ever year. 

Hári worked with another local campaigner to secure services for survivors of sexual violence and currently runs a campaign “Men Supporting Women’s Rights” including “Men Against Rape”.  He is increasingly studying forms of masculinity and the possibilities in practice and employee relations to recognise the intersections between masculinity and other aspects of identity.

Chloe Whittall

Chloe is a qualified HCPC registered Social Worker. Chloe has been qualified for over 19 years and has held a range of therapeutic and managerial roles in both voluntary and statutory sector organisations. Chloe originally specialised in community and criminal Justice Substance Misuse Services supervising Medical Staff, Social Workers and Support Staff and acting as a national and local lead for Safeguarding Children.

Immediately prior to joining the DBC team Chloe was employed as a Consultant Social Worker within a Local Authority Safeguarding Children's Team holding responsibility for 100 cases at a time including Early Help, Child in Need, Child Protection, Care Proceedings and Looked After Children. Chloe has 15 years’ experience as a Practice Educator for Social Work Students and has been an ASYE Assessor for 5 years.

Chloe has 10 years’ experience as a Social Work trainer across a wide range of topics. Chloe undertakes assessments in respect of prospective Special Guardians, Foster Carers and with children who are being considered for adoption in respect of sibling separation and attachment issues.

Martin Walsh

Martin is a retired Forensic Social Worker and Trainer. He is a former  AMHP and BIA .

Martin holds the qualifications of  Msc Learning Disability Studies, Dip SWHSSW Mental Health,  PQSW and  CQSW

He is an Associate Hospital Manager Birmingham NHS Specialised Services, and Consultant Social Worker/Trainer for Cheshire East Council. He has taught on the Cheshire West Partnership for a number of years; subjects being Social Supervision of Restricted Patients, Mentally Disordered Offenders, Autism, Learning disability and risk assessment. Martin trains for various Local Authorities, NHS Trusts and the private sector in England and Wales - MCA, DoLSMHA and Forensic Service.

Martin’s academic history includes Senior Lecturer University of Birmingham MSc Learning Disability Studies, visiting lecturer, visiting Lecturer City of Birmingham University (Legal AMHP / BIA and John Moore’s Liverpool University MSc Police Studies.

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