David Bosworth photo Sept 2014David Bosworth

Director of Social Work Education

Dip SW, Social Work BA (hons), PQSW, PQ Practice Teacher Award, MA Post Compulsory Education and Training (PCET)
Fellow of the HEA and HCPC SW registrant


Telephone: 0114 222 6409 (external), 26409 (internal)
Room: Elmfield, G31


David joined the Department in 2014, having come from Sheffield Hallam University where he was both a Principal Lecturer in Social Work and Academic Delivery Manager for the Dept. of Social Work, Social Care and Community Studies. Prior to that, David worked for Nottingham City Council as a social worker in a Community Learning Disability Team and as a Practice Learning Co-ordinator.

David qualified as a social worker 1995 and his professional background is in adult-care with a specific focus upon people with learning disabilities. David has also worked in the areas of youth work and youth offending. His academic background is in social work and latterly, in adult education and higher education management.


David has been involved in a number or projects focused upon working with people with learning disabilities. More recently, David has engaged in projects focused upon student learning and have developed a specific interest in constructivist theories of learning and how adults learn in practice.

Research profile


1997 - Involved in research regarding the efficacy of using an Essential Lifestyle Planning approach when assessing people with learning disabilities.

1997/8 - Evaluating the success of innovations in day care provision in Rushcliffe.

2010/11- small scale project considering the efficacy of experiential learning within placement activity for students on the 1st year of the combined award at Sheffield Hallam University.

2011- Funded project revisiting the year one students above in their final year placements to examine the impact of the learning environment experienced on the Experiential Placement.


McClimens, A, Bosworth, D, Brewster, J & Nutting, C (2012) 'Contemporary issues in the training of UK health and social care professionals — Looking after people with a learning disability' Nurse Education Today 33(7) pp.817-821.


2005-2014 - International Conference of social work Utrecht Hogeschool, The Netherlands - various contributions over the years focused upon aspects of social work provision in the UK.

2012 - Nursing Education Today (NET) International Conference 'networking in healthcare education' - presentation of paper 'Contemporary issues in the training of UK health and social care professionals — Looking after people with a learning disability.'

2010 & 11 - Sheffield Hallam University, ‘Learning, Teaching & Assessment’ conference’ - ‘Constructivist paradigms within a practice learning environment.’

2011 - Nursing Education Today (NET) International Conference 'networking in healthcare education' - Symposium 'Constructivist paradigm within a non-traditional learning disability nursing placement'.


David teaches on the following social work programmes:

MA Social Work

MA Advanced Professional Practice


David teaches at the ‘International Conference of Social Work’ held annually at the Utrecht Hogeschool, The Netherlands.

Postgraduate supervision

David has a continuing interest in supporting professional development in areas focused upon:

  • Disability and mental health;
  • The personalisation agenda;
  • Mental Capacity and Human Rights;
  • Empowering and strengths based theories of intervention;
  • Learning disabilities practice and person centred models.