Journal of Practice Teaching & Learning

The Journal of Practice Teaching and Learning* covers all aspects of practice teaching ('field education') in workplace settings in health and social work. It also considers the policy context, and the changing expectations of service users, Government and the public. Material is practically relevant to what trainers, managers and workers actually do in health, social work and social care. A main theme is the effectiveness of training and education as preparation for work in these fields.

The Journal will interest anyone striving to develop excellent practice teaching and field education programmes:
  • Trainers and educators
  • Managers
  • Policy makers
  • Personnel and staff development specialists.
The Journal sponsors the annual International Practice Teaching and Field Education Conference. The thirteenth event in this series took place online, 13th-14th October 2021. A special conference issue of the Journal was published later this year.

Special issues on Practice teaching and learning across Ireland
The first issue has been published. The remaining articles will appear during October and November 2023.

Free Zoom seminar on Practice Teaching in Ireland, 14th December 2023, 14:00hrs GMT

This seminar will look the lessons from work reported across two special Issues of the Journal on 'Practice Learning across Ireland' – the largest special we have ever published.

This will be an opportunity to hear from the Editors and authors about their work and its significance. Ireland and Northern Ireland have two distinctly different systems of health and social care provision. But there is also much in common. In particular, strong traditions of inter-agency and inter-professional collaboration, and a willingness to develop new approaches. The work reported here will be be relevant to health and social work educators internationally.

The event programme is below.

Places are limited. So please book as soon as possible at:

Free webinars on Writing for Publication for the Journal of Practice Teaching in Health and Social Work
The latest webinar in this series took place 25th May 2023, lead by Professor Jo Finch.
At these events we offer practical guidance to those new to writing or reviewing, but also hope that more seasoned authors will find the seminars helpful. To receive notifications about future events, email

A recording is now available of the first webinar in our series: Writing for the Journal of Practice Teaching and Learning. This covered all aspects of writing for the Journal. (See below).

The presentation on Reviewing for the Journal of Practice Teaching and Learning is also available below.

NOTES FOR REVIEWERS Notes for reviewers are now available for download below. If you would like to review for the Journal, please contact us on

ADDITIONAL NOTES FOR REVIEWERS Helena Low, our Deputy Editor for Health and Interdisciplinary Papers has produced some helpful additional notes for presenters - see below'

Information for authors is available on the Author Resource pages of this website (link above).

(* Previous title The Journal of Practice Teaching in Health and Social Work. Current print ISSN 1759-5150, previous print ISSN 1460-6690)

Dr. Prospera Tedam Associate Professor, Department of Social Wellbeing, United Arab Emirates University, and Honorary Visiting Fellow, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge

Helena Low
Independent Consultant in Interprofessional Education

Jenny Peddar NOPT (National Organisation for Practice Teaching)

  • Professor Mark Doel Emeritus Research Professor of Social Work, Sheffield Hallam University
  • Dr Jo Finch Reader in Social Work, and Deputy Director - Centre for Social Work Research, Cass School of Education and Communities, University of East London
  • Professor Jonathan Parker Associate Dean of Social and Community Work and Director of the Centre for Social Work and Social Policy, Bournemouth University (Editor Emeritus)
  • Sue Rourke Associate Head (Academic), School of Health and Care Professions, University of Portsmouth
  • Dr Dale Sheehan Retired. Formerly Coordinator of Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Teaching and Supervision, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
  • Dr Michael Sy Senior Researcher, Institute of Occupational Therapy, School of Health Sciences, ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Zurich, Switzerland 
Articles, Practice Notes, and Reviews to be considered for publication should be submitted through our online manuscript processing system here.
Questions about editorial issues should be directed to the Editors
'Technical' questions about the submission system should be directed to the Publisher:

More information about requirements for articles etc can be found here.

Below you will find our Library Recommendation Form. Please complete and send it to your Library Serials Department. We offer range of introductory offers, which may be of interest to your library.
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