Ms Farrukh Akhtar

School: Allied Health, Midwifery and Social Care

Job Title: Senior Lecturer


Phone: 020 8417 5105

Location: Kingston Hill


Farrukh is a qualified social worker with 20 years' experience in the field including teaching on undergraduate and postgraduate social work programmes, as well as post-qualifying training courses.

She has experience of working in mental health and with children and families, including working residentially with adults with mental health problems, within a therapeutic community with severely disturbed adolescents, and in statutory work with children and families (Referral and Assessment teams as well as Looked After Children teams).

Farrukh has also worked as a supervising social worker, supervising foster carers and assessing prospective carers, and has been a fostering team manager. She has worked within organisational development and has been responsible for the learning and development needs of the children's social care workforce.

She is currently module leader for Applied Professional Ethics and a tutor for level 4 and 5 students. Her main teaching interests include: children and families; fostering and adoption; narratives and storytelling in social work, and use of theory.

Farrukh is also an independent mentor and life coach.

Academic and professional qualifications

  • PgCert, Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (distinction), Kingston University
  • MA, Professional Education & Training in the Human Services, Kingston University
  • MA, in Social Work (CQSW), Sussex University
  • BSc, (Hons) in Psychology, Bradford University

Professional registration and membership

  • Registered Social Worker, Health and Care Professions Council

Research interests

Promoting evidence-informed practice in social work, notably in the following areas: evaluating effectiveness of training; improving social workers' ability to analyse information; their use of 'self' including ethnicity, gender, sexuality and the impact of these on practice.
Different approaches to diversity.
Narrative and storytelling.


Farurukh is an independent social worker and consultant.


Number of items: 15.


Akhtar, Farrukh, Greenwood, Nan, Smith, Raymond and Richardson, Angela (2017) Dementia cafes : recommendations from interviews with informal carers. Working with Older People, 21(4), pp. 236-242. ISSN (print) 1366-3666

Greenwood, Nan, Smith, Raymond, Akhtar, Farrukh and Richardson, Angela (2017) A qualitative study of carers' experiences of dementia cafes : a place to feel supported and be yourself. BMC Geriatrics, 17(164), ISSN (online) 1471-2318

Akhtar, Farrukh and Livingstone, Wulf (2016) Social work beyond borders. Professional Social Work, Oct, pp. 21-22. ISSN (print) 1352-3112

Richardson, Angela, Pedley, Gillian, Akhtar, Farrukh, Pelone, Ferruccio, Chang, Jacqueline, Muleya, Wilson and Greenwood, Nan (2016) Psychosocial interventions for people with young onset dementia and their carers: a systematic review. International Psychogeriatrics, 28(9), pp. 1441-1454. ISSN (print) 1041-6102

Akhtar, Farrukh (2015) Reclaiming the "wounded storyteller": The use of peer feedback as a pedagogical tool in creative life writing. Writing in Practice, 1, ISSN (online) 2058-5535


Akhtar, Farrukh (2013) Mastering social work values and ethics. London, U.K. : Jessica Kingsley. 168p. (Mastering Social Work Skills) ISBN 9781849052740

Book Section

Akhtar, Farrukh (2016) Preparing the ethical toolkit: balancing rights and responsibilities. In: Davies, Keith and Jones, Ray, (eds.) Skills for social work practice. London, U.K. : Palgrave. pp. 40-65. ISBN 9781137390264

Conference or Workshop Item

Akhtar, Farrukh (2018) Beyond marketisation : happiness, resilience and community : essential elements of the HE experience? In: Advance HE Teaching & Learning Conference 2018 : Teaching in the Spotlight : Learning from Global Communities; 03-05 Jul 2018, Birmingham, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Akhtar, Farrukh (2017) How close are you to burn out? Introducing 'Simple Pleasures'. In: Department of Social Work and Social Care Annual Conference 2017 : New Directions in Social Care; 24 Mar 2017, Kingston, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Akhtar, Farrukh (2017) Giving thanks to our unsung heroes. In: Department of Social Work and Social Care Annual Conference 2017 : New Directions in Social Care; 24 Mar 2017, Kingston, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Akhtar, Farrukh (2017) Transformation and change in social work : a reflective workshop. In: Department of Social Work and Social Care Annual Conference 2017 : New Directions in Social Care; 24 Mar 2017, Kingston, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Akhtar, Farrukh (2014) Stories into social work - A collection of inspirational posters celebrating the extensive careers of selected practitioners. In: JSWEC 2014: Social Work: Making Connections; 23-25 Jul 2014, Egham, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Akhtar, Farrukh (2013) Developing international perspectives around diversity. In: JSWEC 2013: Positive Practice in Hard Times: Social Work Fights Back; 10-12 Jul 2013, Egham, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Akhtar, Farrukh (2013) Stories into social work. In: Kingston Connections 2013: Our Story Begins...; 22-30 Jun 2013, Kingston, U.K.. (Unpublished)


Akhtar, Farrukh [Compiler] (2012) Life writing for transformation: facilitators manual. (Manual) Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre. 92 p. (Unpublished)

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