Social work: essential to integration

Department of Health, March 2017

The document should be used to support and inform local and regional health and social care integration initiatives. It explains:

  • the critical contribution that social workers make to integrated services
  • how social work is essential to the whole system
  • the necessity of support to ensure integration succeeds in providing the services people need

It also includes ‘top tips’ for directors of adult social services and for principal social workers to assist in progressing the integration agenda.

Click here to access the document.

Revised Standards of proficiency for social workers in England

Health & Care Professions Council, January 2017

These standards set out what social workers in England should know, understand and be able to do when they complete their social work training in order to register with the HCPC. They also set out clear expectations of a social workers’ knowledge and ability whilst practicing.

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The forensic mental health social work: capabilities framework

Department of Health, November 2016

This framework sets out progression and developments for forensic mental health social workers. It builds on the capabilities set out in the framework for social workers and it outlines pathways for post-qualifying progression and development for social workers practising within forensic mental health settings.

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Mental health integration past, present and future: A report of national survey into mental health integration in England

Health Education North West, February 2016

This report looks at the impact the Care Act  on the integration of health and social care in mental health services. This was done through the use of a comprehensive survey of a range of professionals, and interviews with local and national leaders across England involved in both mental health provision and social care along with a review of published literature.

Click here to read the full report.

Learning resources: Mental Capacity Act 2005 (MCA) in social work

Department of Health, October 2015

These resources provide guidance for adult social care workers on the Mental Capacity Act and how it relates to their continuing professional development.

Click here for further information and to download the resources.