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Sarah Matthews The Open University, University of Manchester, UK

Sarah Matthews is a qualified, registered social worker. She has worked extensively in Adult Social Services, primarily within mental health, practising as an Approved Social Worker and Senior Manager in an inner city multi-disciplinary setting. Sarah was, for 9 years, an Area Commissioner for the Mental Health Act Commission. Currently, Sarah heads the Social Work Degree programme for the Open University in the North West of England and in Yorkshire. She is undertaking a part time PhD in Social Work at the University of Manchester investigating the role and experiences of the Approved Mental Health Professional.