Glasgow Local Practitioner Forum
Note of Planning Meeting held on
Tuesday 25 October
At 11.30 am
Meeting Room, Centre for Sensory Impaired People, Gullane St
Eleanor Kennedy Social Worker CSIP North West
David Crawford Executive Director of Social Citywide
Alan Carmichael Social Worker OPPD South
Anne-Marie Bell Social Worker OPPD South
Audrey McPhail Social Worker C&F Disability North West
Mark Taylor SO Learning and Citywide
Joanna Payne (Minute Resource Worker Refugee Citywide
Taker) and Asylum Services
Jane Muir Social Worker OPPD South
Elaine Millar SO Learning and Citywide
Catherine Carey Social Worker CJ South
Kelly Fowler Social Worker CJ South
Ann Cull Social Worker C&F North East
Saima Sheikh Social Worker C&F South
Harminder Ghatorae Senior Officer City-wide
Mohsina Rai Social Worker C&F North East
Janine Fraser Social Worker C&F North East
Jim Bryden Social Worker CJ North East
Jane Muir Social Worker OPPD South
Adam Tarbet Social Worker C&F Disability North West
David Prentice Social Worker ALDT North West
Eleanor agreed to chair the meeting and effected introductions.
2. Minute of Previous Meeting
The minute of the previous meeting was approved with one amendment. Mark noted
that he was present but his name is not on the attendance list. Joanna to update and
3. Update from Local LPFs
Eleanor updated the meeting on the LPF open day held in North West on 29
September. The event was attended by around 20 people. Mike Burns, Head of
Social Work in North West and Tim Parkinson of SASW spoke to the attendees. The
event was successful and seems to have generated some interest.
South have yet to hold a distinct LPF, although there is a Criminal Justice LPF which
continues to meet and the Castlemilk office are nearly ready to hold a LPF there.
North East are organising LPF meetings in their area.
4. Review of the Information Protocol
The meeting went on to discuss communication with the Governance Board and
the recent misunderstanding between the Research and Practice Development
Sub -group (R&PD Group) and the LPF representation.
David suggested that any issues which the LPF have discussed and think merit
going to the Governance Board should be run through the R&PD Group. This will
give the LPF a better chance of finding out if there are initiatives in place to
address particular issues and allow all R&PD Group members to contribute to the
He also suggested focussing on smaller areas in which a difference can be made
rather than large, overarching issues.
It was noted that the main advantage of LPFs is that it offers practitioners the
chance to meet others in the organisation in an informal way. Links can then be
better formed between teams and communication should flow more effectively.
David informed the meeting that Mike Burns is leading work on supervision at the
moment and suggested that the LPF contact Mike with a view to presenting views
of practitioners to inform the strategy he is working on. Discussion followed
around supervision and various issues including:
Managers may have only experienced poor supervision themselves and
are then expected to provide good supervision
Measures of “good” and “poor” supervision need to be clearly set out
Health managers are still supervising social work staff in C&F and OPPD
Could a certified course for managers be developed and delivered?
Discussion turned to the Governance Board and its membership. David advised
that the Governance Board has been set up to review practice audits, policies
and procedures and membership consists of representation from the three SW
areas and Centre based senior management. Academic institutions also have
representation and there is a move to invite Mark Hendrickson who is the Lead
Inspector for the Care Inspectorate to attend on a regular basis as well as Dr
David Watson of Glasgow University and Andy Kendrick from Caledonian
University. David commented that because Glasgow is the largest local authority
in Scotland, we have great potential to influence and inform the national Social
Now that organisational changes have settled down for the time being, the Senior
Management Team are more able to focus on the professional agenda and
improving policy implementation.
Mark raised the formal induction for new Social Workers which is taking place on
7 November at Nye Bevan House. It was suggested that the LPF provide
material for the induction pack for the next round of formal induction.
5. Date of Next Meeting
The next meeting date was set for Thursday 24 November at 10 am to 12 pm in
the Centre for Sensory Impaired People (CSIP), 17 Gullane St, Partick G11 6AH.
Joanna to send out meeting invitation and circulate minutes.