Lecturer in Social Work
School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work
6 College Park
Direct line: 028 9097 5966
Fax: 028 9097 3943
BA (Honours) - University of Ulster (1993)
PG Diploma in Social Work - University of Ulster (1996)
Practice Teaching Award in Social Work (2000)
Post Qualifying Award in Social Work (2000)
Advanced Counselling Award (2002)
MSc in Social Work – University of Ulster (2003)
Advanced Award in Social Work (2005)
Research Methods in Social Work – University of Ulster (2008)
NI Specialist Award in Social Work (Research) – University of Ulster (2009)
I was employed as a community social worker in adult services for 10 years, and specialised in palliative and end-of-life care. I then worked for a further two years as a Senior Social Worker in Marie Curie Hospice, Belfast. In 2007, I was seconded for 18 months to undertake a national bereavement research project for Marie Curie Cancer Care. This involved developing, implementing and monitoring a new national bereavement service model and writing associated policies and procedures. This work is outlined in the BJSW and Palliative Medicine publications listed below.
In 2009, I became the first Research Facilitator for Marie Curie Cancer Care. During this post, I had a leading research role for Marie Curie in Northern Ireland. Responsibilities involved establishing links with local academic units, voluntary agencies and Health Care Trusts; developing research proposals for external grant applications; co-ordinating research studies; managing research budgets; supervising research staff; co-ordinating ORECNI applications; administering research in conjunction with funders, Trust governance, ORECNI and regional research groups; and writing papers for publication in peer-reviewed journals or for presentation at national conferences.
I worked as an external tutor with undergraduate BSW students (2005-2009), prior to joining the School as a lecturer in Social Work in 2010.
My research interests focus on palliative and end-of-life care, bereavement and lung cancer. I am particularly interested in understanding the psychosocial impact of living with a life-limiting illness such as lung cancer, and how people make decisions about their treatment and care. I am also interested in exploring bereavement needs assessment, how people cope with loss and grief, and what interventions are most effective to active and bereaved family carers.
I am currently undertaking my doctoral research (part-time) with Queen’s University and South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust. The purpose of the research is to explore end-of-life care decision-making by patients diagnosed with advanced lung cancer. This research is part-funded by the Irish Hospice Foundation, Dublin and Queen’s University.
SWK3007 Practice learning (level 3)
Other teaching responsibilities:
SWK1001 Introduction to social work
SWK1003 Theory, skills and preparation for practice (UGR)
SWK2002 Practice Analysis and Evaluation
SWK2007 Theory, skills and preparation for practice (RGR)
SWK2008 Social sciences for social work
SWK2009 Research, policy and practice
SWK3004 Social work in adult services
SWK3006 Evidence based practice
My main administration role is lead practice learning coordinator. This involves coordinating the allocation practice learning opportunities for level three students and attendance at regional coordinator meetings, practice learning reviews, and NISCC and Degree Partnership meetings. I am also responsible for chairing BSW tutor meetings and coordinating relevant practice teacher and tutor workshops.
Agnew, A., Bickerstaff, D., Haynes, T., Heneghan, P. and McDowell, P. (January 2011) ‘Marie Curie’s multi-visit service for palliative care patients in Northern Ireland’ European Journal of Palliative Care, vol. 18 (1), pp. 18-20.
Agnew, A., Manktelow, R., Haynes, T. and Jones, L. (January 2011) ‘Bereavement assessment practice in hospice settings: challenges for palliative care social workers’. British Journal of Social Work, vol. 41 (1), pp. 111-130.
Agnew, A., Manktelow, R. and Jones, L. (2010) ‘Bereavement needs assessment in specialist palliative care settings: a review of the literature’. Palliative Medicine, vol. 24 (1), pp. 46-59.
Agnew, A. Duffy, J. (2010) ‘Innovative approaches to involving service users in palliative care social work education’. Social Work Education: the international journal, vol. 29 (7), pp.744-759..
Agnew, A. and Duffy, J. (2009) ‘Effecting positive change with bereaved service users in a hospice setting’. International Journal of Palliative Nursing, vol. 15 (3), pp. 110-118.
Devlin, B. and Agnew, A. (2008) ‘An evaluation of a domiciliary blood transfusion service for palliative care patients in Northern Ireland’, Community Practitioner, vol. 81 (7), pp. 32-35.
Agnew, A. Manktelow, R. Donaghy, K. (2008) ‘User Perspective on Palliative Care Services: The experiences of middle-aged partners bereaved through cancer known to social work services in Northern Ireland’, Practice: Social Work in Action, vol. 20 (3), pp. 163-180.
Agnew, A. and Sadler, A. (2007) ‘Audit of delays in discharge from Marie Curie Hospice Belfast and Preferred Place of Death’, Regional Audit Gleanings, vol. 19, pp. 17.
Roulston, A. (Agnew, A.) and McColgan, M. (1997) ‘An examination of the role of observation in supervised access and its implications for child protection work’, Child Care in Practice, vol. 4 (1), pp. 17-27.