Dr Darren Hill, Reader

Dr Darren Hill


Darren's contemporary academic deployment is situated within the School of Health and his primary teaching resides within the Social Work & Community Studies Group. Darren also contributes to Youth Work, Nursing and Mental Health awards through the inclusion of substance use related teaching.

Darren’s professional background includes community social care experience within housing support, mental health, family support and community drug treatment services. Darren is also available for bespoke CPD training, he regularly delivers commissioned motivational interviewing and psychoactive substances training for a range of community-based services at a regional and national level.

Current Teaching

  • BA & MA Social Work
  • BSc Social Care Justice & Recovery
  • MSc Child & Adolescent Mental Health
  • Working with Dual Diagnosis (Mental Health & Substance Use)

Research Interests

Darren undertakes research and evaluation within health and social care services as both an independent and commissioned researcher. He favours qualitative research methods using an ethnographic approach within practice. Darren also acts as a Director of Studies and Supervisor for postgraduates undertaking research awards.

Dr Darren Hill, Reader

Ask Me About

  1. Addiction
  2. Social work
  3. Mental Health
  4. Community

Selected Outputs

  • Hill DJ; Agu L; Mercer D (2018) Exploring and Locating Social Work: A Foundation for Practice. Basingstoke: Palgrave - Macmillan.

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  • Hill D; Penson B; Charura D (2015) Working with Dual Diagnosis A Psychosocial Perspective. Palgrave Macmillan.

  • Hill DJ; Frost N (2018) Social work in England: regulation, competition and change. In: TRABAJO SOCIAL EN EL SIGLO XXI: Desafíos para la formación académica y profesional. Social Work in the XXI st century: Challenges to educational and professional training. Dykinson: Madrid.. Madrid: Dykinson,

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  • Hill DJ (2015) Heroin. In: Boslaugh SE ed. The SAGE Encyclopedia of Pharmacology and Society. SAGE Publications, Incorporated,

  • Hill DJ (2015) Heroin Assisted Treatment. In: Boslaugh SE ed. The SAGE Encyclopedia of Pharmacology and Society. SAGE Publications, Incorporated,

  • Hill D; Bell M (2021) Implementing social control and advocating for social justice: A short history of English mental health social work practice. In: European Conference for Social Work Research, 5 May 2021 - 7 May 2021, Bucharest (Virtual).

  • Hill DJ (2019) Radical-relationship based social work practice as a response to political and economic austerity in the UK. In: European Conference for Social Work Research, 10 April 2019 - 12 April 2019, Leuven.