Mental health

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.

World Mental Health Day: a very personal perspective

World Mental Health Day poster

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.

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.

Celebrating, developing and supporting our approved mental health professionals

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Approved Mental Health Professionals (AMHPs) have one of the most challenging and stressful jobs in mental health. They work 24 hours a day to organise Mental Health Act assessments - a voice of respected professional challenge. Skills for Care are hosting a day of debates, presentations and workshops in their London offices to share best practice and establish a cross-agency action plan for AMHPs. Read on to find out more!

Lessons learned from the named social worker programme

This week sees the launch of the final publications of the Named Social Worker programme, launched by the Department of Health and Social Care two years ago and involving nine local authorities from across England over its two phases. Next …