Tamsin Waterhouse

Tamsin Waterhouse, Teaching Fellow, School of Social Policy

School of Social Policy

Contact details

Department of Social Policy and Social Work
Muirhead Tower
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Tamsin Waterhouse is a Lecturer on the Post Qualifying Social Work programmes. She is also the Director of the (Advanced) Certificate in Mental Health and Deafness. She is a registered Social Worker, and joined the University in 2012.


  • Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice, University of Birmingham (2014)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership and Management for Social Work, University of Birmingham (2012)
  • Post Qualifying Higher Specialist Award in Leadership and Management, University of Birmingham (2012)
  • Best Interest Assessor Training Programme, Wolverhampton University (2009)
  • Post Qualifying Award in Social Work, GSCC (2004)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Social Work Education, Wolverhampton University (2001)
  • Practice Teaching Award, CCETSW (2001)
  • Mental Health Social Worker Award, CCETSW (1997)
  • Masters in Social Work, Keele University (1995)
  • Diploma in Social Work, Keele University (1994)
  • BA (Hons) Geography, Leeds University (1990)


Tamsin qualified as a Social Worker in 1994. Since then she has worked in mental health and training. She has practiced as a Senior Social Worker, an Approved Social Worker (more latterly an Approved Mental Health Professional), a Practice Teacher and a Best Interests Assessor. Prior to starting work with the University she co-managed a Professional Development Unit, taking particular responsibility for the training and development of qualified Social Workers in adult services.


  • Practice education Stage 1 and Stage 2
  • Best interests assessor module
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Social Work with Adults
  • (Advanced) Certificate in Mental Health and Deafness
  • Postgraduate Diploma Post-Qualifying Award in Higher Specialist (Social) Work in Mental Health Services

Other activities

Tamsin is a Mental Health Act Commissioner with the Care Quality Commission.

Tamsin also works independently as a Best Interests Assessor.


Murr, A and Waterhouse, T (2014) 'The impact of space and place' in Matthews, S, O'Hare, P and Hemmington, J, Approved Mental Health Practice; Essential Themes for Students and Practitioners. London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Waterhouse, T, Murr, A and McLagan, S (2011) 'From Practitioner to Practice Educator; What supports and what hinders the development of confidence in teaching and assessing student social workers' in Practice, Vol 23, pp95-110.