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

Focusing upon:

  • Coronavirus Act 2020 (COVID-19)
  • Mental Health Act 1983(2007)
  • Mental Capacity Act 2005
  • Mental Health Act Review & Amendments
  • Mental Capacity (Amendment) Act 2019
  • Health and Social Care Workforce development
  • Policy & Legislation for Social Work practise
  • Care Act 2014 - Safeguarding Adults at Risk

Current subject and departmental responsibilities relate to:

  • Graduate Student Outcomes
  • Enterprise 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

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


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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