Dr Jerry Tew

Dr Jerry Tew

School of Social Policy
Reader in Mental Health and Social Work and Head of Education

Contact details

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

Jerry is a Reader in Mental Health and Social Work and Head of Education in the School of Social Policy, Department of Social Policy and Social Work.


Jerry has over 20 years' experience as an Approved Social Worker, manager and training officer within Social Services Departments and the voluntary sector. He has lectured in Higher Education since 1998 and has particular interests in mental health, recovery and social inclusion, whole family approaches and service user involvement.


His teaching areas are in mental health, research methods and social work theories and methods – with a particular emphasis on collaborative working with service users, carers and other professional groups.

He has been national lead for social work for the Higher Education Academy Mental Health in Higher Education project and Mental Health Advisor for the Social Work and Policy Subject Centre.


Jerry is leading a national study funded by the School of Social Care Research on how whole family approaches may contribute to the reablement of people with mental health difficulties. He is also a co-investigator in national research projects on recovery approaches in mental health practice and the implementation of personalisation within the field of mental health - and has completed research on the community development approaches with minority communities.

He is currently involved in wider research collaborations to take forward research on:

  • Social interventions to promote resilience and wellbeing.
  • Impact on identity and sense of self of mental health difficulties and use of mental health services.
  • Role of arts activities and adult education in supporting recovery.
  • Student mental health and wellbeing.

He is the Social Care Lead for the Heart of England Hub of the Mental Health Research Network and is Research Lead for the national Social Perspectives Network.


Larsen, J, Ainsworth, E, Harrop, C, Patterson, S, Hamilton, S, Szymczynska, P, Tew, J, Manthorpe, J and Pinfold, V (accepted for publication), Implementing personalisation for people with mental health problems: a comparative case study of four local authorities in England. Journal of Mental Health.

Salkeld, R, Wagstaff, C and Tew, J (accepted for publication) Towards a new way of relating: delivering recovery training jointly to staff and service users. Journal of Mental Health.

Tew, J (in press) Theories of Empowerment. In M.Davies (ed) Blackwell Companion to Social Work. Blackwell.

Tew, J (2012) Recovery capital: what enables a sustainable recovery from mental health difficulties? European Journal of Social Work, DOi: 10.1080/13691457.2012.687713.

Tew, J, Ramon, S, Slade, M, Bird, V, Melton, J and LeBoutillier, C (2012), Social factors and recovery from mental health difficulties: a review of the evidence. British Journal of Social Work 42:3 443-460.

Tew, J (2012) Theory and mental health social work. In M Davies (ed) Social Work with Adults: From Policy to Practice, Palgrave Macmillan.

Wagstaff, C, Rose, J, Tew, J, Cooner, T and Greening, J (accepted for publication), Qualitative evaluation of learning between different professional groups. Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice.

Tew, J, Holley, T and Caplen, P (2011), Dialogue and challenge: involving service users and carers in small group learning with social work and nursing students. Social Work Education, Doi: 10.1080/02615479.2011.557429.

Tew, J (2011), Social approaches to mental distress. Palgrave Macmillan.

Slade, M, Bird, V, Chandler, R, Fox, J, Larsen, Tew, J and Leamy, M (2010), The contribution of advisory committees and public involvement to large studies: case study. BMC Health Services Research 10.

Tew, J and Nixon, J (2010), Parent abuse: opening up a discussion of a complex instance of family-power relations. Social Policy and Society 9(4).

Townend, M, Tew, J, Repper, J and Grant, A (2008) Involvement of Service Users in Education and Training: A Review of the Literature and Exploration of the Implications for the Education and Training of Psychological Therapists.  Journal of Mental Health 17(1)

Tew, J (2008)  Social perspectives on mental distress.  In T. Stickley and T. Basset (eds) Learning About Mental Health Practice London: Wiley.

Tew, J (2008)  Researching in partnership: reflecting on a collaborative study with mental health service users into the longer term impact of compulsory admission to psychiatric hospital.  Qualitative Social Work 7 (3)

Morris, K, Hughes, N, Clarke, H, Tew, J, Mason, P, Galvani, S, Lewis, A and Loveless, L with Becker, S and Burford, G (2008)  Think family: a literature review of whole family approaches.  London: Cabinet Office Social Exclusion Task Force.

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