I work in the post-qualifying (CPD) team within the Social Work section of the Faculty of Social Sciences and am involved in the MSc Applied Professional Studies (Management and Leadership in Social Services) and the Certificate in Management in Social Services as well as a range of short courses developed in response to the professional learning needs of managers, supervisors and practitioners in Scottish social services. My own professional background is in adult health and social services with a specialist focus on adults with learning disability and young people with disability making the transition from education into adult life. My working life has spanned the statutory and voluntary sector social services and I have a particular interest in the possibilities and the challenges of cross sector working. I worked for many years as a social work practitioner including experience as a Practice Teacher and Mental Health Officer. I was then involved in management roles in a range of organisational settings and cultures.I have a strong commitment to the supervision and development of staff working in all aspects of social care and to the fostering of personal leadership skills across the workforce. I have worked within the Social Work post-qualifying team at University of Stirling over the past nine years. I value the opportunity this role offers to support social services managers and practitioners to enhance their own learning through critical reflection and dialogue.
Fellow of Higher Education Academy Higher Education Academy
Senior Fellow of Higher Education Academy Higher Education Academy
Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice The Open University
MSc Social Work Management University of Stirling
BA (Hons) Applied Social Studies University of Bradford
External Examiners and Validations
External Assessor Northern Ireland Social Care Council (NISCC)
Leadership in Social Work Qualifying Education
Research to identify how leadership issues are addressed within social work qualifying education (as part of the SSSC review of Social Work Education).
Development of a supervision practice guide for workers in Scotland’s social services
The practice guide is relevant to all staff working in social care and social work including both supervisors and supervisees. It is designed as a learning resource with optional reflective exercises and suggestions for further reading. The guide also offers a structured learning pathway at SCQF Level 9 which could potentially be assessed as part of an accredited award.
Research to identify what good leadership looks like in Scotland's social services Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services
The objective of this project is to investigate and describe the characteristics of effective leadership in Scotland’s social services, how this is recognised in practice, and how the impact of good leadership can be measured. This research is intended to evidence if the leadership activity undertaken to date across the different sectors of Scotland’s social services is making a difference to outcomes for people who use services and the social services workforce.
Advanced Award in Social Work
Post Qualifying Award in Social Work
SFELTE Associate (Stirling Framework for Enhancing Learning and Teaching Excellence)
Patterson F (2019) Supervising the supervisors: What support do first-line supervisors need to be more effective in their supervisory role?. Aotearoa New Zealand Social Work, 31 (3), pp. 46-57. https://doi.org/10.11157/anzswj-vol31iss3id647
Patterson F & Whincup H (2019) Making the transition from practitioner to supervisor: reflections on the contribution made by a post-qualifying supervisory course. In: Hafford-Letchfield T & Engelbrecht L (eds.) Contemporary Practices in Social Work Supervision Time for New Paradigms?. Abingdon: Routledge. https://www.routledge.com/Contemporary-Practices-in-Social-Work-Supervision-Time-for-New-Paradigms/Hafford-Letchfield-Engelbrecht/p/book/9780367190538
Patterson F & Whincup H (2018) Making the transition from practitioner to supervisor: reflections on the contribution made by a post-qualifying supervisory course. European Journal of Social Work, 21 (3), pp. 415-427. https://doi.org/10.1080/13691457.2017.1318833
George C, Patterson F, Stocks-Rankin C & Pemble C (2016) Enabling Leadership: Research to identify what good leadership looks like in Scotland's social services. Scottish Social Services Council. Scottish Social Services Council. http://www.sssc.uk.com/about-the-sssc/multimedia-library/publications/209-research/enabling-leadership
Westwood J, Pemble C & Patterson F (2016) Leadership in Social Work Qualifying Education. Scottish Social Services Council. University of Stirling. http://www.sssc.uk.com/about-the-sssc/multimedia-library/publications?task=document.viewdoc&id=3200
Patterson F (2015) Transition and Metaphor: Crossing a Bridge from Direct Practice to First Line Management in Social Services. British Journal of Social Work, 45 (7), pp. 2072-2088. https://doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bcu034
Patterson F & George C (2015) Middle managers in Scotland’s social services: leadership learning framework. Scottish Social Services Council. http://www.sssc.uk.com/about-the-sssc/multimedia-library/publications/2016-middle-manager-leadership-learning-report
Patterson F & George C (2014) Middle managers in Scotland’s social services: A scoping analysis for the Scottish Social Services Council by University of Stirling. Scottish Social Services Council. http://www.sssc.uk.com/about-the-sssc/multimedia-library/publications?task=document.viewdoc&id=1476
Patterson F (2010) Leading Together: An Analysis of Leadership Activity and Development Needs in Scotland's Social Services. Scottish Social Services Council. University of Stirling, Voluntary Sector Social Services Workforce Unit, and the Changing Lives User and Carer Forum. http://www.sssc.uk.com/doc_view/1630-leading-together-linked-reports