Dr Helen Hingley-Jones


NameDr Helen Hingley-Jones
Job titleAssociate Professor in Social Work
Research institute
Primary appointmentMental Health & Social Work
Email addressh.hingley-jones@mdx.ac.uk
ORCIDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-5228-1244
Contact categoryResearcher

Biography

Biography

Prior to becoming a social work educator and researcher, I worked for several London boroughs as a child and family social worker, specialising in work with disabled children and their families. My posts included senior practitioner and team manager posts and I continue to hold professional registration with Social Work England. Early in my career, I became interested in clinical social work practice which led me to gain a diploma in psychodynamic counselling. Later, I studied at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, where I obtained my professional doctorate in social work, moving to Middlesex University to take up a senior lecturer post in social work during this period.  Subsequently, I worked for several years at the Tavistock, leading the MA Social Work programme, carrying out clinical practice in the Adolescent Department, plus teaching postgraduate research students on the professional doctoral programme. Since my return to Middlesex, as Associate Professor in Social Work (research and education), I have held programme leader and director of programmes roles and am currently professional lead for social work. I am research degrees coordinator for the Mental Health and Social Work Department; an active researcher also engaged in knowledge exchange activities. 

Teaching

As Associate Professor in Social Work (research and teaching) my roles include Director of Programmes for MA and PGDip Social Work and BA Social Work (years one and two) qualifying programmes. I am professional lead for Social Work, corresponding with regulator Social Work England in relation to the six qualifying programmes based at Middlesex University, and chair the Faculty Social Work Fitness for Practice Committee, plus am a member of key Faculty committees (APQC, FLTC).

I teach across a range of knowledge, skills and research modules for Social Work, at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. This includes social work research (SWK4604); social work theories and interventions (SWK4801; SWL3408); life course (SWK1004; SWK4605); readiness for practice skills teaching (SWK4800); children and families (SWK3334). I also supervise MA dissertations. As part of the North London Social Work Teaching Partnership, I have co-led cross-disciplinary modules on MBA/MA Leadership and Management programme, delivering teaching to local authority senior managers, and have run research and reflective teaching sessions in the partnership.

As Research Degrees Coordinator for the Mental Health and Social Work Department, I support admissions and progression of PGR students within the department, chairing panels and working as a reviewer and examiner internally and externally.  I also supervise PhD students and run methodology seminars at doctoral level. 

Current doctoral supervision includes:

Rahaman Mohammed: ‘Becoming a Social Worker: Learning Social Work Practice in the Placement Learning Environment’.

Emilie Edwards: ‘How can we better support and retain autistic healthcare students: an analysis of current experience’

Mary Shannon: ‘Family Support, Prevention and Early Help: endurance and erosion. A decade of writing through policy and practice’.

Education and qualifications

Professional Doctorate in Social Work

Thesis title: Trying Transitions: Researching the Identity Development of Severely Learning Disabled

Adolescents; A Psychosocial, Observational Study

01 Dec 2008
University of East of London and Tavistock Centre & Portman NHS Foundation Trust.
Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education
01 Sept 2010
Middlesesx University
Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling
01 Jul 1994
Highgate Counselling Centre
CQSW
01 Sept 1989
Royal Holloway & Bedford New College (University of London)
MSc Social Work
01 Sept 1989
Royal Holloway & Bedford New College (University of London)

Grants

Practice Educator research project

Small funded research project concerning experiences of PEs in N London Social Work Teaching Partnership (£5K)

01 Feb 2022
North London Social Work Teaching Partnership
Think Ahead

Member of team involved in design and presentation of the successful Middlesex University bid (£1.4m).

01 Sept 2018
DHSC
North London Social Work Teaching Partnership

Member of design and delivery team (£550,000 DfE funding gained), plus renewals in 2022, 2023.

01 Sept 2018
DfE
Evaluation of Mentor Scheme for Black, Asian and Global Majority Students

Collaborative research with N London Social Work Teaching Project

01 Feb 2022
North London Social Work Teaching Partnership
Exploring the use of connected person’s placements and Special Guardianship Orders across three local authorities’

Small grants funded project in Mental Health and Social Work Dept.

01 Sept 2016

Prizes and Awards

Research outputs

North London social work teaching partnership practice educator research project

Hingley-Jones, H., Apeah-Kubi, D. and Gleeson, H. 2023. North London social work teaching partnership practice educator research project. London, UK Middlesex University.

Young people on the 'edge of care': perspectives regarding a residential family intervention programme using social pedagogic and systemic approaches- striving for 'humane practice'

Allain, L., Hingley-Jones, H., McQuarrie, T., Gleeson, H., Apeah-Kubi, D., Ogunnaike, B. and Lewis-Brooke, S. 2023. Young people on the 'edge of care': perspectives regarding a residential family intervention programme using social pedagogic and systemic approaches- striving for 'humane practice'. Journal of Social Work Practice. 37 (2), pp. 247-261. https://doi.org/10.1080/02650533.2022.2162490

‘…Be the change, you want to see…’: Evaluation of a pilot mentor scheme for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic social work students

Hingley-Jones, H., Apeah-Kubi, D., Quaife, M. and Gleeson, H. 2022. ‘…Be the change, you want to see…’: Evaluation of a pilot mentor scheme for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic social work students. London, UK Department of Mental Health and Social Work.

Austerity, social work ethics and relationship-based social work with children & families

Hingley-Jones, H. 2019. Austerity, social work ethics and relationship-based social work with children & families. Austerity, social work ethics and relationship-based social work with children & families. Middlesex University Hendon Campus 11 Feb 2020

"Roll back the years": A study of grandparent special guardians' experiences and implications for social work policy and practice in England

Hingley-Jones, H., Allain, L., Gleeson, H. and Twumasi, B. 2020. "Roll back the years": A study of grandparent special guardians' experiences and implications for social work policy and practice in England. Child & Family Social Work. 25 (3), pp. 526-535. https://doi.org/10.1111/cfs.12718

Concluding thoughts: observation looking forward

Allain, L., Parkinson, C. and Hingley-Jones, H. 2017. Concluding thoughts: observation looking forward. in: Hingley-Jones, H., Parkinson, C. and Allain, L. (ed.) Observation in Health and Social Care: Applications for Learning, Research and Practice with Children and Adults London Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Introduction

Parkinson, C., Allain, L. and Hingley-Jones, H. 2017. Introduction. in: Hingley-Jones, H., Parkinson, C. and Allain, L. (ed.) Observation in Health and Social Care: Applications for Learning, Research and Practice with Children and Adults London Jessica Kingsley Publishers. pp. 1-14

From observation, via reflection, to practice: psychoanalytic baby and young child observation and the helping professions

Hingley-Jones, H. 2017. From observation, via reflection, to practice: psychoanalytic baby and young child observation and the helping professions. in: Hingley-Jones, H., Parkinson, C. and Allain, L. (ed.) Observation in Health and Social Care: Applications for Learning, Research and Practice with Children and Adults London Jessica Kingsley Publishers. pp. 1-25

Relationship-based practice revisited [editorial]

Bryan, A., Hingley-Jones, H. and Ruch, G. 2016. Relationship-based practice revisited [editorial]. Journal of Social Work Practice. 30 (3), pp. 229-233. https://doi.org/10.1080/02650533.2016.1215978

‘Back to our Roots?’ Re-visiting psychoanalytically-informed baby and young child observation in the education of student social workers

Hingley-Jones, H., Parkinson, C. and Allain, L. 2016. ‘Back to our Roots?’ Re-visiting psychoanalytically-informed baby and young child observation in the education of student social workers. Journal of Social Work Practice. 30 (3), pp. 249-265. https://doi.org/10.1080/02650533.2016.1215974

‘Stumbling through’? Relationship-based social work practice in austere times

Hingley-Jones, H. and Ruch, G. 2016. ‘Stumbling through’? Relationship-based social work practice in austere times. Journal of Social Work Practice. 30 (3), pp. 235-248. https://doi.org/10.1080/02650533.2016.1215975

From theory to practice and from practice to theory - the use of peer review and case discussion with postgraduate social work students

Hingley-Jones, H. 2016. From theory to practice and from practice to theory - the use of peer review and case discussion with postgraduate social work students. Academic Practice Forum. Middlesex University, London, United Kingdom 13 Apr 2016

Using observation to research the experiences of teenagers with severe learning disabilities

Hingley-Jones, H. 2016. Using observation to research the experiences of teenagers with severe learning disabilities. in: Ruch, G. and Julkunen, I. (ed.) Relationship-based research in social work: understanding practice research Jessica Kingsley Publishers. pp. 107-125

Female genital mutilation: the social work perspective

Allain, L. and Hingley-Jones, H. 2016. Female genital mutilation: the social work perspective. FGM Conference, Middlesex University. Middlesex University 20 Feb 2016

Exploring the rise in connected person’s placements and the use of special guardianship orders across three local authorities

Allain, L. and Hingley-Jones, H. 2015. Exploring the rise in connected person’s placements and the use of special guardianship orders across three local authorities. JSWEC 2015 Joint Social Work Education Conference: Social work education and research across boundaries. The Open University, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom

‘Trying transitions’: researching the identity development of severely learning disabled adolescents; a psychosocial, observational study

Hingley-Jones, H. 2008. ‘Trying transitions’: researching the identity development of severely learning disabled adolescents; a psychosocial, observational study. DProf thesis Tavistock & Portman NHS Foundation Trust & University of East London Dept of Education & Training

Managing everyday lived experience: observational research with children looked after by the State

Ruch, G., Hingley-Jones, H., Lefevre, M., Price, H., Solomon, R. and Wakelin, J. 2014. Managing everyday lived experience: observational research with children looked after by the State. 1st Annual Conference of the Association for Psychosocial Studies: Psychosocial Connections: Practice, Policy and Research. University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK 16 - 17 Dec 2014

Understanding the experience of parents of pre-pubescent children with gender identity issues

Gregor, C., Hingley-Jones, H. and Davidson, S. 2015. Understanding the experience of parents of pre-pubescent children with gender identity issues. Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal. 32 (3), pp. 237-246. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10560-014-0359-z

New factors in child protection and well-being: the impacts of migration on practice, making connections between research and practice

Briggs, S. and Hingley-Jones, H. 2014. New factors in child protection and well-being: the impacts of migration on practice, making connections between research and practice. JSWEC 2014 Joint Social Work Education Conference: Social Work Making Connections. Royal Holloway, University of London, London, UK 23 - 25 Jul 2014

Exploring the potential of psycho-social research: what happens when we look beneath the surface?

Ruch, G., Cooper, A. and Hingley-Jones, H. 2014. Exploring the potential of psycho-social research: what happens when we look beneath the surface? JSWEC 2014 Joint Social Work Education Conference: Social Work Making Connections. Royal Holloway, University of London, London, UK 23 - 25 Jul 2014

Exploring contemporary uses of baby and young child observation

Parkinson, C., Allain, L. and Hingley-Jones, H. 2014. Exploring contemporary uses of baby and young child observation. JSWEC 2014 Joint Social Work Education Conference: Social Work Making Connections. Royal Holloway, University of London, London, UK 23 - 25 Jul 2014

The experience of gender dysphoria for pre-pubescent children and their families: a review of the literature

Gregor, C., Davidson, S. and Hingley-Jones, H. 2016. The experience of gender dysphoria for pre-pubescent children and their families: a review of the literature. Child & Family Social Work. 21 (3), pp. 339-346. https://doi.org/10.1111/cfs.12150

Emotion and relatedness as aspects of severely learning disabled adolescents’ identities: contributions from ‘practice-near’ social work research

Hingley-Jones, H. 2013. Emotion and relatedness as aspects of severely learning disabled adolescents’ identities: contributions from ‘practice-near’ social work research. Child & Family Social Work. 18 (4), pp. 458-466. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2206.2012.00865.x

Exploring the role of observational methods in practice-near research

Briggs, S. and Hingley-Jones, H. 2013. Exploring the role of observational methods in practice-near research. 14th Joint Social Work Education Conference. Royal Holloway College, University of London 23 - 25 Jul 2013

Using systemic thinking to promote the development of intervention skills with social work students on a qualifying course

Hingley-Jones, H. and Mandin, P. 2013. Using systemic thinking to promote the development of intervention skills with social work students on a qualifying course. 14th Joint Social Work Education Conference. Royal Holloway College, University of London 23 - 25 Jul 2013

Reconsidering adolescent subjectivity: a 'practice-near' approach to the study of adolescents, including those with severe learning disabilities

Briggs, S. and Hingley-Jones, H. 2013. Reconsidering adolescent subjectivity: a 'practice-near' approach to the study of adolescents, including those with severe learning disabilities. The British Journal of Social Work. 43 (1), pp. 64-80. https://doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bcr167

The use of role-play and drama in interprofessional education: an evaluation of a workshop with social work, midwifery, early years and medical students

Villadsen, A., Allain, L., Bell, L. and Hingley-Jones, H. 2012. The use of role-play and drama in interprofessional education: an evaluation of a workshop with social work, midwifery, early years and medical students. Social Work Education. 31 (1), pp. 75-89. https://doi.org/10.1080/02615479.2010.547186

An exploration of the use of infant observation methods to research the identities of severely learning disabled adolescents and to enhance relationship-based practice for professional social work practice

Hingley-Jones, H. 2011. An exploration of the use of infant observation methods to research the identities of severely learning disabled adolescents and to enhance relationship-based practice for professional social work practice. Infant Observation. 14 (3), pp. 317-333. https://doi.org/10.1080/13698036.2011.616305

Safeguarding children: the complexities of contemporary practice and the importance of working with emotions

Hingley-Jones, H. and Allain, L. 2011. Safeguarding children: the complexities of contemporary practice and the importance of working with emotions. in: Cocker, C. and Allain, L. (ed.) Advanced social work with children and families Learning Matters/Sage.

Policy and legislative frameworks in contemporary child and family social work

Allain, L. and Hingley-Jones, H. 2011. Policy and legislative frameworks in contemporary child and family social work. in: Cocker, C. and Allain, L. (ed.) Advanced social work with children and families Learning Matters/Sage.

A view from abroad: messages about safeguarding and child protection from overseas qualified social workers

Allain, L. and Hingley-Jones, H. 2010. A view from abroad: messages about safeguarding and child protection from overseas qualified social workers. 12th UK Joint Social Work Education Conference. University of Hertfordshire Jul 2010

Using peer review as scaffolding for student learning across the social work qualifying curriculum

Hingley-Jones, H. and Cartney, P. 2010. Using peer review as scaffolding for student learning across the social work qualifying curriculum. JSWEC Conference: The Future of Social Work. University of Hertfordshire Jul 2010

An evaluation of a service user/carer Symposium: what do I want from my social worker?

Allain, L. and Hingley-Jones, H. 2008. An evaluation of a service user/carer Symposium: what do I want from my social worker? 10th UK Joint Social Work Education Conference with the 2nd UK Social Work Research Conference. "Social Work: people, place and politics". Cambridge, UK 09 - 11 Jul 2008

Interprofessional learning using role play: engaging early years students and medical students, midwifery & social work students.

Allain, L., Villadsen, A., Bell, L. and Hingley-Jones, H. 2009. Interprofessional learning using role play: engaging early years students and medical students, midwifery & social work students. European Interprofessional Education Network (EIPEN) 2nd international conference. Oulu, Finland 17 - 18 Sep 2009

Developing interprofessional learning opportunities for social work, midwifery and early years.

Hingley-Jones, H., Bell, L. and Allain, L. 2009. Developing interprofessional learning opportunities for social work, midwifery and early years. The Dynamics of Difference: Making it Work. London, UK 01 Jul 2009

Interprofessional learning using role play: engaging early years, and medical students, midwifery & social work students

Allain, L., Villadsen, A., Bell, L. and Hingley-Jones, H. 2009. Interprofessional learning using role play: engaging early years, and medical students, midwifery & social work students. International European Interprofessional Education Network (EIPEN) Conference. Oulu, Finland May 2009

Developing practice-near social work research to explore the emotional words of severely learning disabled adolescents in 'transition' and their families.

Hingley-Jones, H. 2009. Developing practice-near social work research to explore the emotional words of severely learning disabled adolescents in 'transition' and their families. Journal of Social Work Practice. 23 (4), pp. 413-428. https://doi.org/10.1080/02650530903374952

Integrating services for disabled children and their families in two English local authorities

Hingley-Jones, H. and Allain, L. 2008. Integrating services for disabled children and their families in two English local authorities. Journal of Interprofessional Care. 22 (5), pp. 534-544. https://doi.org/10.1080/13561820802190830

An evaluation of a service user/carer symposium: what do I want from my social worker?

Allain, L. and Hingley-Jones, H. 2008. An evaluation of a service user/carer symposium: what do I want from my social worker? 10th UK Joint Social Work Education Conference. Cambridge University Jul 2008

An investigation of how two local authorities are integrating services for disabled children and their families: heading for ‘communities of practice’ or lost in the network?

Allain, L. and Hingley-Jones, H. 2007. An investigation of how two local authorities are integrating services for disabled children and their families: heading for ‘communities of practice’ or lost in the network? CETL Conference, ‘Embedding Interprofessional Learning in Higher Education and the Workplace. Middlesex University Jun 2007

Getting to the root of problems: the role of systemic ideas in helping social work students to develop relationship-based practice.

Hingley-Jones, H. and Mandin, P. 2007. Getting to the root of problems: the role of systemic ideas in helping social work students to develop relationship-based practice. Journal of Social Work Practice. 21 (2), pp. 177-191. https://doi.org/10.1080/02650530701371887

Different or the same? How two London boroughs are integrating services for disabled children

Allain, L. and Hingley-Jones, H. 2006. Different or the same? How two London boroughs are integrating services for disabled children. 8th UK Joint Social Work Education Conference. Cambridge University 25 Jul 2006

An exploration of the issues raised by living with a child with autistic spectrum disorder and a professional’s attempt to move beyond pity and blame.

Hingley-Jones, H. 2005. An exploration of the issues raised by living with a child with autistic spectrum disorder and a professional’s attempt to move beyond pity and blame. Journal of Social Work Practice. 19 (2), pp. 115-129. https://doi.org/10.1080/02650530500143677
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