Vicky Soutar

Programme Co-ordinator, PG Cert Advanced Professional Studies Mental Health (MHO Award)

  • Social Work
  • School of Social and Political Science

Contact details



2.03, Chrystal Macmillan Building, 15a George Square

Post code


  • Wednesday PM; Thursday all day; Friday AM


I studied Social Work at Edinburgh in 2002, and have subsequently spent eighteen years as a local authority social worker primarily in the adult care field, for the last fourteen years as a senior practitioner and Mental Health Officer in a specialist mental health team.  I'm currently seconded from City of Edinburgh Council for part of the week, to act as Programme Co-ordinator for the East of Scotland MHO Award (The Award is one of three in Scotland that provide the necessary training to qualified social workers, in readiness for appointment as Mental Health Officers). I work closely with the University Programme Director for the award, Pearse McCusker, and my Co-ordinator role is job shared with Cath Fergus-Allen, who works on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.  



MA(Hons) Sociology 2000;

Master in Social Work 2002; 

MHO Award 2005; 

PG Cert Counselling and Psychotherapy 2009; 

Cert.Practice Education 2016

Edinburgh Teaching Award FHEA 2020



Responsibilities & affiliations

SSSC registered social worker

General Member of the Mental Health Tribunal for Scotland 

Member of Scottish Association of Social Workers

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy 


Postgraduate teaching

I teach on all four courses of the PG Cert Advanced Professional Studies (MHO Award) - Mental Wellbeing and Mental Disorder; Assessment and Management of Need, Care and Risk in the MHO Role; Working with Mentally Disordered Offenders; and Mental Wellbeing and the MHO Role in relation to adults- working across and between relevant legislation.