Geraldine Nosowska, MA, DipSW, United Kingdom
Geraldine (Gerry) Nosowska is a social worker registered in England, UK. She is currently Chair of the British Association of Social Workers (BASW), the UK professional association for social work. Gerry’s interest is in ensuring all older people can fulfill their potential to live well in later life, in particular increasing their control and choice, improving the quality of their experiences and outcomes, and combating ageism and discrimination. She aims to provide a social work perspective to the Association and to provide a link to the International Federation of Social Workers.
Gerry’s practice experience includes working directly with older people and managing services in health and community settings. She is currently involved in an observational research project of social work practice with older people.
As the founder and Director of Effective Practice, Gerry works with practitioners, managers and leaders to improve social care policy and practice. She has a particular focus on developing evidence-informed practice with older people, including people who may lack capacity, have multiple complex needs, experience safeguarding concerns or are at end of life.
BASW advocates for human-rights based social work and the full involvement of experts by experience in social work development. Gerry led on BASW’s development of a Capabilities Statement for social work with older people in England and is the spokesperson for BASW on adult social care policy.
Gerry co-presents the Helpful Social Work podcast for social workers with a focus on relationship-based work, empowerment and inclusion.