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School of Health and Society

Frank Cusack

Lecturer in social work


I started working with young offenders in Belfast, continuing this for 2 years, before moving to Manchester as assistant manager working with street homeless people. I worked in this post for 2 years, whilst at the same time working PT for Manchester Youth service for. I moved to Bolton and managed a young people’s housing scheme for 16-25 year olds for 6 years. From this I worked at an adoption agency supporting birth parents, adoptees and adoptive parents for 2 years in Manchester. I moved back into mental health work and became assistant director at 42nd Street, a young persons mental health charity for 3 years. This included managing 2 CMHT’s, managing a suicide prevention and self-harm team, managing a counselling team and responsible for all men’s work. I then moved to a Local Authority Community Mental Health Team as an ASW/ AMPH for 6 years, 3 years working as senior practitioner in Early Intervention in Psychosis team working with 14-31 year olds.


I taught full time, as a lecturer, at Stockport College on the BA social work for 6 years. I have been teaching at University of Salford for last 3 years. During my career, I have been a Practice Educator for 22 years and enjoy this area of work as well. I undertake work in practice each year as this assists me in building my practice currency.

I currently teach on:

  • Introduction to professional social work – L4 includes OSCE (20 credits) Preparing to study social work L4 (20 credit)
  • Co-teach – Developing Critical SW practice L6 (0.5x 20 credit) Leads Mental Health Module
  • Part-time Intro to Professional SW 20 credits

Research Interests

Mental health work and various aspects of restraint within the mental health field

Qualifications and Memberships

Diploma in Management of Care Services 1995 Wigan College

Diploma in Social Work1998 Stockport College

Diploma in Hypno Psychotherapy 2001 Salford College

PQSW 2003 including ASW award Manchester University

Bsc Psycho Social Interventions 2006 Manchester University


Msc Health and Social Care 2012 Huddersfield University

HCPC registration number SW 22699


International Journal of Law and Psychiatry 2016, Restraining good practice: reviewing evidence of the effects of restraint from the perspective of service users and mental health professionals.