Simon Bratt


School of Health, Science and Wellbeing

I am a part-time lecturer at Staffordshire University and practising Social Worker. I have a mixed background working in children services, forensic services and mental health services.

I spent most of my younger life in the armed forces and was privileged to have travelled the world meeting people from different several different cultures. Following working in some of the world's poorest countries, I developed a keen interest in social justice. On leaving the armed forces in 2006, I started a career in social care, working in residential care homes with young people, moving to children services duty and assessment, and NSPCC. On qualifying as a social worker, I initially worked within the prison service with people who had committed offences against children—moving then into the area of mental health.

Working in the area of mental health has become my main focus and area of interest. I am interested in mental health crisis and the importance of developing a rapport and instilling hope.

Professional memberships and activities

  • Registered with Social Work England
  • Member British Sociological Association

Academic qualifications

  • PhD ‘Exploring the challenges faced by people with co-existing mental health difficulties and substance use difficulties and their impact on treatment and recovery.’ (Staffordshire University) *2023*
  • PGDip in Mental Health Science (Open University)
  • PGCert in Higher Specialist Work in Mental Health Services (Birmingham University)
  • PGCert in Behavioural Forensic Psychology (University of Central Lancashire)
  • BA (Hons) Social Work (Staffordshire University)


  • Mental Health (Law)
  • Mental Health (Crisis Intervention & Assessment)
  • Grounded Theory Methodology
  • Relationship-based practice

Research interests

  • Mental Health
  • Co-existing mental health and substance use
  • Substance use
  • Relationships in education
  • Social Worker ‘burnout’
  • Compassion fatigue

Enterprise and commercial interests

I currently working for the NHS within the field of mental health. I have developed professional training in the area of mental health for social care and health staff.



  • Mental Health Law and Policy
  • Theories in Social Worker
  • Research Skills
  • Study Skills
  • Ethics and Morality
UK University

StudentCrowd University Awards 2022

for Job Prospects

StudentCrowd University Awards 2022

for Student Satisfaction

Complete University Guide 2022

for Social Inclusion

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023

for Course Content

StudentCrowd University Awards 2022

of Research Impact is ‘Outstanding’ or ‘Very Considerable’

Research Excellence Framework 2021