Dr Kev Stone
Profiles

Dr Kev Stone

Associate Professor of Social Work (Lead Social Worker)

School of Health Professions (Faculty of Health)

Kev can be contacted through arrangement with our Press Office, to speak to the media on these areas of expertise.
  • Social work
  • Mental Health Act
  • Mental Capacity Act
  • Liberty Protection Safeguards
  • Deprivation Liberty Safeguards
  • Approved Mental Health Professional
Biography

Biography

DSocSci, MBA, MSc, LLB (Hons), BSc (Hons), DipSW, SFHEA, FRSA

Dr Kevin Stone is an Associate Professor at Plymouth University, and a sitting Magistrate within the South West.

Dr Stone is an active researcher in the field of mental health law and health and social care practice and as an author has published widely. He has been a social work academic for the past 10 years teaching health and social care law, social work skills and social sciences. 

Dr Stone is a student centered and a practice-facing academic holding a Senior Fellowship with the HEA. He is able to relate and apply the law to real life scenarios as he draws on his experience of nearly 30 years of experience working in the voluntary, statutory and NHS sectors. 

Providing Education to Industry Partners

  • Plymouth Council
  • Bristol City Council
  • South Gloucestershire Council
  • North Somerset Council
  • Bath & North East Somerset Council
  • Wiltshire Council
  • Swindon Council
  • Bristol Street Pastors
  • The Salvation Army


Editor of 'The International Journal of Mental Health and Capacity Law' https://www.northumbriajournals.co.uk/index.php/IJMHMCL/about/editorialTeam

 

Chair of the Mental Health Social Work Special Interest Group

https://www.eswra.org/mh_sig.php  

 

UWE Early Career Researchers Award 2017

https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9842-7755

Qualifications

  • Doctorate in Social Sciences - DSocSci
  • Master of Business Administration - MBA
  • Master of Science - MSc
  • Bachelor of Science Social Work - BSc (Hons)
  • Bachelor of Law - LLB
  • Graduate Diploma in Social Work - PGDip

Professional membership

  • Higher Education Academy - Senior Fellow
  • Social Work England - Registered Social Worker
  • Social Work England - Education Quality Assurance Inspector
  • British Association of Social Workers (BASW) 

Roles on external bodies

  • BASW - Mental Health Group
  • Social Work England - EQ Inspector 

Teaching

Teaching

Teaching interests

Dr Stone teaches across the social work curriculum but specialises in:

  • Mental Health Act 1983(2007) Practice and Policy
  • Approved Mental Health Practice and Policy
  • Best Interest Assessors Practice and Policy
  • Social Work Practice and Policy

Research

Research

Research interests

Current Research Studies

  • Decisions on risk and mental health hospital admission by Approved Mental Health Professionals.
  • The views of Approved Mental Health Professionals towards the Nearest Relative role under the Mental Health Act 1983
  • Experiences of the Nearest Relative under the Mental Health Act 1983(2007) and the Implications for Approved Mental Health Practice.
  • Approved Clinicians / Responsible Clinicians changing medical roles

Publications

Publications

Key publications

Key publications are highlighted

Journals
Articles
Vicary S, Stone K, Hemmington J & Leah C (2020) 'Research informed practice; Practice informed research' Practice Social Work in Action 32, (4) 247-251 Author Site Publisher Site , DOI
Vicary S, Stone K, McCusker P, Davidson G & Spencer-Lane T (2020) '“It's about how much we can do, and not how little we can get away with”: Coronavirus-related legislative changes for social care in the United Kingdom' International Journal of Law and Psychiatry 72, (September–October) Author Site Publisher Site
Stone K, Vicary S, Scott C & Buckland R (2019) 'Ethical approval and being a virtuous social work researcher. The experience of multi-site research in UK health and social care: An approved mental health professional case study' Ethics and Social Welfare 14, (2) 156-171 Author Site Publisher Site , DOI
Dixon J, Stone K, Wilkinson-Tough M & Laing J (2019) 'Treading a tightrope: Professional perspectives on balancing the rights of patient's and relative's under the Mental Health Act in England' Health and Social Care in the Community 28, (1) 300-308 Author Site , DOI
Stone K (2019) 'Decision making by approved mental health professionals, approved social workers, and mental health officers' Professional Social Work magazine
Stone K (2018) 'Nurse AMHPs: an exploratory study of their experiences' The Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice 4, (2) 86-95 Author Site Publisher Site , DOI
Laing J, Dixon J, Stone K & Wilkinson-Tough M (2018) 'The nearest relative in the Mental Health Act 2007: Still an illusionary and inconsistent safeguard?' Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law 40, (1) 37-56 Author Site Publisher Site , DOI
Stone K (2018) 'Approved mental health professionals and detention: An exploration of professional differences and simularities' Practice Social Work in Action 31, (2) 83-96 Author Site Publisher Site , DOI
Books
Stone K, Vicary S & Spencer-Lane T (2020) Approved Mental Health Professional Practice Handbook. Bristol Policy Press Author Site Publisher Site
Hubbard R & Stone K (2018) The Best Interests Assessor Practice Handbook. Bristol Policy Press Author Site Publisher Site
Chapters
Stone K 'New and emerging roles' Author Site
Conference Papers
Stone K (2019) 'Experiences of Relatives Acting as the ‘Nearest Relative’ Under the Mental Health Act (England & Wales, UK)' International Academy of Law and Mental Health
Stone K (2019) 'Mitigation of Risk' International Academy of Law and Mental Health
Stone K (2019) 'Experiences of Nearest Relatives: implications for mental health practitioners & law reform' AMHP: Reserach informed Practice - Practice Infomed Research
Stone K 'Decisions on risk and mental health hospital admissions by approved mental health professionals' XXXIVth International Congress on Law and Mental Health Open access
Posters
Stone K Stone K 'Decisions on risk and mental health hospital admissions by approved mental health professionals' Open access
Stone K Stone K 'An Emotional Rollercoaster: The Involvement of Families during Compulsory Hospital Admissions in England' Open access
Stone K Stone K 'Approved mental health professionals researching their own profession, the benefits, pitfalls and limitations' Open access
Stone K & vicary S Stone K & vicary S 'Can the social approach survive mental health legislation (in review or in action?)' Open access
Stone K Stone K 'Decisions on risk and mental health hospital admissions by approved mental health professionals' Open access
Stone K & Vicary S Stone K & Vicary S 'Demystifying practitioner led research' Open access
Stone K, Vicary S, Scott C & Buckland R Stone K, Vicary S, Scott C & Buckland R 'Practitioner led research; negotiating turbulent ethical waters' Open access
Stone K Stone K 'The nearest relative' Open access
Stone K & Dixon J Stone K & Dixon J 'The use of mental health law by relatives with patients with mental health problems: The case of the Nearest Relative' Open access
Stone K & Laing J Stone K & Laing J 'The views of approved mental health professionals to the nearest relative role in England' Open access
Other Publications
Hemmington J, Graham M, Marshall A, Brammer A, Stone K & Vicary S (2021) Approved Mental Health Professionals, Best Interests Assessors and People with Lived Experience - An Exploration of Professional Identities and Practice. Social Work England Open access
Stone K Advanced roles for social work: The approved mental health professional. Compass Open access
Stone K & Vicary S Decision making by approved mental health professionals, approved social workers, and mental health officers.
Stone K Decisions on risk and mental health hospital admission by approved mental health professionals.