Peter recently started PhD studies at King’s, where Professor Manthorpe is his first supervisor (and his second is Prof. Anthea Tinker in the Institute of Gerontology). Peter’s area of study is the lived experience of vulnerability amongst deafblind older people and the implications of this for safeguarding.
‘I am focusing particularly on older people who have been deafblind for the majority of their lives, rather than those who have acquired dual sensory loss in later life. Whilst this is an area of academic interest of mine, the interest was sparked when I was working as a social worker for D/deaf and deafblind adults in the Midlands.’
Peter left social work practice in January 2010 and joined the Social Work and Advice Studies department at Staffordshire University, where he taught on the BA Social Work course and also on PQ, largely focusing on adult social work law and community care.
Peter is now Senior Lecturer in Social Work at Birmingham City University.
In early 2013 Peter Simcock was awarded a grant from the British Association of Social Workers (BASW) to support his PhD studies at King’s. The BASW Social Workers' Educational Trust provides grants to qualified social workers, to develop knowledge and skills, and to support research in social work practice and education. He was delighted to receive the grant, which has been used to fund transport costs, membership of Deafblind International and equipment for recording interviews with deafblind people.