Dr Kevin Stone

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  • Qualifications:DSocSci, MSc, BSc (Hons), DipSw, FHEA, FRSA
  • Position:Associate Head of Department for Law
  • Department:FBL - Law
  • Telephone:+4411732 88473
  • Email:Kevin2.Stone@uwe.ac.uk
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About me

Dr Kevin Stone, DSocSci, MSc, LLB (Hons), BSc (Hons), DipSW, SFHEA, FRSA

Dr Kevin Stone is the Associate Head of Department for Law at UWE, Bristol with responsibility for joint-awards and the Graduate Diploma in Law, and is a sitting Magistrate within the south west.

He has been teaching health and social care law for the last eight years within the university and to its partners. 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.

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 over 20 years of experience working in the voluntary and statutory health and social care sector.

Area of expertise

Current teaching interests related to:

  • Policy & Legislation for Social Work practise
  • Safeguarding Adults at Risk
  • Service User & Carer participation in professional education
  • Care Act 2014
  • Mental Health Act 1983(2007)
  • Mental Capacity Act 2005
  • Mental Health Act Review & Amendments
  • Mental Capacity (Amendment) Act 2019

Current subject and departmental responsibilities relate to:

  • Graduate Student Outcomes
  • Enterpise and Innovation
  • Mental Wealth & Resilience
  • Student Performance

Current research interests related to:

  • The Impact of the Nearest Relative on the functions of the Mental Health Act 1983(2007). 
  • Comparative mental health social work policy and practice.
  • The Approved Mental Health Professional and decision making under the Mental Health Act 1983(2007). 
  • New roles in the local authority and NHS workforce.

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

Chair of the Mental Health Social Work Special Interest Group


UWE Public Health and Wellbeing Research Centre Member


HAS Faculty Research Ethics Committee Member


UWE Early Career Researchers Award 2017


Authored books

The Approved Mental Health Professional Practice Handbook, Policy Press Bristol

The Best Interest Assessors Practice Handbook, Policy Press Bristol.

Providing Education to Industry Partners

Bristol City Council

South Gloucestershire Council

North Somerset Council

Bath & North East Somerset Council

Plymouth Council

Wiltshire Council

Swindon Council

Bristol Street Pastors

The Salvation Army


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