Learning Network West


A unique organisation in the West of Scotland supporting social work education.

Learning Network West

Supporting leadership education,
skills and knowledge in social services.


Learning Network West


Mental Health Officer award
programme Development in practice teaching.


Learning Network West


Developing practice learning opportunities with statutory and third sector

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****Practice Learning Post Learning Network West*****

Learning Network West is pleased to offer the following details for available Practice Learning Post(s) at the network

Learning Network West is a unique organisation in the West Scotland supporting Social Work education. We are funded through 12 local authorities and 5 Universities providing the undergraduate and post graduate qualification in Social Work.

LNW secured additional funding from Scottish Government to increase the resource of practice learning opportunities for social work students in the west of Scotland.

Therefore we seek to recruit Practice Learning Development Officers to specifically undertake the challenge of securing, developing and quality assuring placement opportunities for Social Work students to meet the required standards in social work education: https://learn.sssc.uk.com/siswe/siswe.html

The network is committed to the ongoing development of both new and existing placement opportunities, we acknowledge that this a considerable task and additional personnel would support our efforts to develop placements in three distinct areas:

1. School and educational establishments.

2. Third sector providers of social work and social care

3. Innovative hub and alternative models of placement provision.

The post(s) of Practice Learning Development Officer is for one year to sustain practice learning opportunities within social work education across the social services sector and our partner organisations. The role(s) are offered as a 35 hour full time post(s) however can be flexible to include local authority secondments/part time / job share options. Please enquire at application.

See the Job Description and Person Specification for further details about the role.

More information This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and  Application pack available from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Deadline for application Friday 15th April. Interviews w/b 24th April


Anne Conlin  MCMI


Learning Network West

117 Brook Street

Glasgow G40 3AP

Tel: 0141 550 7756

Mb:0789 432 5540



Recruitment Independent Practice Teachers - Advanced Skilled Module January 2022


Learning Network West is seeking to recruit self-employed Practice Educators to contribute to the delivery of the Advanced Skills: Simulated Practice Learning Module.  This module has already been delivered in Jan 2021 and is to be repeated in Jan 2022 by Glasgow Caledonian University and  University of the West of Scotland.  You should have a professional Social Work qualification, a qualification as a Practice Educator, and either be registered or be eligible to register with the Scottish Social Services Council.  You should also have experience of delivering practice learning activities at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Application Pack, Role Expectations and PE brief attached. Previous applicants need not reapply instead please confirm your expression of interest in position

Please send completed applications/expressions of interest to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by close business Friday 26th Nov with confirmation of appointment w/b Monday 10th Jan. Further information available upon request.

Download Application pack 

Download PT Brief

Practice Educators should be available for two workshops, w/b 17th Jan and date and time will be confirmed

Please forward throughout your networks if appropriate.

With my regards




Message from Anne Conlin: Manager Learning Network West: September 2021

Hello Colleagues and Partners. Learning Network West and its staff continue to work through these challenging times to provide the best service and support to our local authority, third sector and University partners in the delivery of Social Work Education.

Throughout, our staff who are at home working, have sustained and delivered a comprehensive programme of activities to fulfil the networks three core functions.

The face to face taught programme of Professional Development Award in Practice Learning has been successfully modified to be delivered on line and most recently we have started our third cohort of social work candidates since the pandemic started. We are also using Moodle an electronic platform for submissions and assessment of the award.

It has not been without it challenges and we would like to thank the Open University for their ongoing support and facilitation for the programme.

Likewise we continue to drive best practice as one of the three programmes in Scotland delivering the Mental Health Officer Award Qualification. In partnership with Strathclyde University we have resumed the programme on line and will participate this year in a full review of the award required by both Strathclyde University and the social work regulator Scottish Social Services Council.

Last and by no means least the network has been at the forefront of contingency measures to support practice learning opportunities in the west of Scotland which have and continue to be severely curtailed and challenged by Covid-19. Examples of good practice include student hubs, advanced skills modules and extended placements for final year students.

In June we extended our Board membership and currently awaiting confirmation from all partners of continued funding to 2024.

We are also extremely grateful to the Social Work Education Partnership for their support to enable the network to continue to successfully deliver our services to partners.

We look forward to ongoing work with all our partners and Learning Network staff thank you for your support, investment and friendship over these last 18 months.

For any information on the work of Learning Network West please contact:

Practice Learning: Tony Hayler: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

PDAPL: Darren Chapman: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

MHOA : Mary Jo Furlong: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Manager LNW: Anne Conlin: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.




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