Connecting the dots: mental health and social work

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.

Shared endeavour, values in common and a passion for practice

Fran Leddra (l) and Mark Harvey (r)

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.

Revitalising community mental health services

A head filled with tree branches suggesting growth and collaboration in mental health services

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.

Caring in action

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...