Tamsin Waterhouse

Tamsin Waterhouse

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.