It's World Mental Health Day 2019. Our Chief Social Workers for Adults Mark Harvey and Fran Leddra are proud to host the first of today's blogs marking this important day of awareness raising. We begin with expert by experience, Toni Saliba, who explains how one social worker in particular helped her to manage her own mental health issues.
In our third and final blog marking World Mental Health Day, the inimitable Mark Trewin shares reflections on his travels across the country speaking to mental health social work students about the vital role they will play in delivering person-centred support to those who need it. Their positivity is inspiring!
In the second of our special guest blogs to mark World Mental Health Day, we hear from frontline adult social worker and practicing Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP) Ingrid Richardson. She explains the important role of social work in connecting people with services, breaking down barriers within and between organisations and the power of personal experience in professional practice.
Mark Harvey and Fran Leddra are extremely excited to be taking on the role of Chief Social Workers for Adults and to continue the great work Lyn Romeo has led over the last six years.
In this first joint blog since taking up the post, they talk about what social work means to them, the values they share and their aspirations for the profession.
Dedicated readers of this site will know that this will be Chief Social Worker for Adults Lyn Romeo's last blog for the next 12 months. This provides a natural opportunity to reflect on her experiences in the role to date, consider collective achievements, and look ahead to future challenges and possibilities.
One of the Chief Social Worker for Adults Lyn Romeo's priorities for the year has been social work in mental health. Social work and mental health lead for DHSC Mark Trewin has provided essential support in this very important area. Significantly, Mark has been involved in the development of NHS England's recently announced Community Mental Health Framework (CMHF) and sets out the results of that hard work in this blog post.
It's that time of year again, when new students are settling into their degree programmes and making plans for the academic year ahead. Lyn Romeo, Chief Social Worker for Adults is sending welcome wishes to them and a big thank you to the academic staff teaching them.
Lyn Romeo: The introduction and establishment of the Principal Social Worker in Adult Social Care has made a significant impact in improving the focus on professional practice and social work values as vital ingredients in improving adult social care and …
You may have noticed this blog has changed its title and is no longer in my name, Lyn Romeo.
The reasons for this are threefold: firstly to align with the format of other GOV.UK blogs, secondly to emphasise its main focus, but thirdly to signal a temporary but significant change in my personal and professional circumstances.
The Carers Action Plan (CAP) and its implementation is a cornerstone of social care policy and social workers have a vital role to play in delivering its benefits.
The Department of Health and Social Care's carers policy team have worked hard to make sure carers have co-produced the Carers Action Plan and the actions within it really do deliver positive differences in their lives.
Our dedicated departmental colleague Anita Wadhawan highlights progress to date...
Chief Social Workers Lyn Romeo and Isabelle Trowler are delighted the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) have published new guidance for social workers supporting young people into adulthood. SCIE’s Hugh Constant has the background.