Sukhwinder has a professional background in community social work and registered mental health practice. Prior to joining the University he worked in a number of acclaimed projects which developed responsive and inclusive services. This included Nottingham Black Initiative where he piloted and developed positive action social work training, the NHS Asian Services Directorate in Birmingham where he designed and delivered professionally accredited training on intercultural nursing and social work practice and The Frantz Fanon Centre for Mental Health where he managed inter-professional practice education.
Sukhwinder has a particular interest in the knowledge base of social work, regulatory and professional standards and the intersectional nature of social welfare practice. Currently he contributes to a range of teaching which addresses the use of empirical evidence in practice, research methodology, critical inquiry and professional practice in fluid policy contexts. As a social justice researcher, Sukhwinder is also involved in research which measures the educational outcomes of emancipatory teaching and the experiences of professional social work training.