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 last year.

Information for authors is available for download below. Authors should submit papers here.

Call for abstracts: Empowering Global Futures: Strategies for School Social Work, Anglia Ruskin University 9-10th September 2024
This event is organised by SWISIC (Social Work in Schools International Collaboration). The organisers seek abstracts (no more than 300 words) for papers, workshop and poster presentations. Theoretical considerations, case studies and research reports are welcome from any country in the world. The deadline for submission of abstracts is 8th April 2024.
Abstracts should be emailed to Maria Kjellgren of Umeå University Sweden (
Whiting & Birch are supporting this event. A special conference issue of the Journal of Practice Teaching and Learning will be published next year.
More details and booking form here.

Special issues on Practice teaching and learning across Ireland
All articles are now online here.

Seminar on Practice Teaching in Ireland, 14th December 2023
This seminar looked the lessons from work reported in two special Issues of the Journal on 'Practice Learning across Ireland' – the largest special we have ever published.
The four keynote presentations from the seminar are now available below.

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, led 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 are now available for download below. If you would like to review for the Journal, please contact us on

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

Professor Prospera Tedam (SFHEA) Professor of Social Work, School of Social Policy, Social Work, and Social Justice, University College Dublin

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
  • Lyn Dorney BSW Team Member, Dept of Applied Social Studies, University College Cork
  • Professor Jo Finch Professor in Post Graduate Research, School of Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Suffolk (Editor Emeritus)
  • Dr Erna O'Connor Assistant Professor in Social Work, and Director of Teaching and Learning, Postgraduate School of Social Work and Social Policy, Trinity College, Dublin
  • 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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