Tamsin Waterhouse


Teaching Fellow

Applied Social Studies

Tamsin Waterhouse, Teaching Fellow, School of Social Policy

Contact details

School of Social Policy, SPSW
Muirhead Tower
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT


Tamsin Waterhouse is a Teaching Fellow 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 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 Interest 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.


  • Post Qualifying Award 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 Interest Assessor.


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.

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