Mental health social work leadership

This section of the website is for anyone that works in mental health services that provide, deliver or manage mental health social work and/or approved mental health professional services, including people who work in local authorities, the NHS, Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), and voluntary sector and private providers

It includes links to the latest news, resources and bulletins, to help you to keep up-to-date with best practice and developments in this area of work.

The website is hosted by Skills for Care and managed by the Social Work for Better Mental Health team and New Roles in mental health team – supported by Health Education England.

We’ll review and update the content monthly. We welcome any ideas about how to improve and develop this website – please get in touch with your ideas.

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Click on the headings below to find out more about these key areas. 

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New roles in mental health

Find out more about Health Education England’s plans to develop the different professional roles in mental health services, including social workers working across health and social care. 

Social Work for Better Mental Health initiative

Find out more about this initiative to develop social work across the mental health sector and ensure that the value of social work in integrated mental health services is recognised. 

AMHP workforce plan and standards

Find out more about the AMHP workforce plan and standards, including the role of AMHPs in mental health services and information about workforce development.  


The Independent Review of the Mental Health Act 

Keep up-to-date with news about the Independent Review of the Mental Health Act and the government’s response. 


The Community Mental Health Framework for Adults and Older Adults

Find out more about this framework and download guidance and case studies to help you to implement the framework.


New partnerships and integration models 

Find out more about partnerships and integration models, including case studies of best practice. 



Download useful resources and publications for mental health social workers and managers.

Social Workers as Members of Community Mental Health Teams for Older People: What Is the Added Value?

This research report explores the contribution of social workers that work with older people with mental ill-health in multidisciplinary teams.

What Do Service Users Want from Mental Health Social Work? A Best–Worst Scaling Analysis: British Journal of Social Work (2018) 0, 1–21

This study from Manchester University explores how people who use mental health services value their mental health social workers.


Keep up-to-date with latest news and updates through these regular newsletters.

  • Principal Social Worker weekly emails (PSW Network viaSkills for Care)

These weekly emails are a round up the latest news, updates and events specifically for PSWs. If you are a PSW but do not receive this, please email

  • Social work with adults - Department of Health and Social Care 

This webpage shares insights, updates and reflections from the Chief Social Worker for Adults and others working in the field. Visit it here.

  • Monthly social work briefing (Skills for Care)

This briefing shares the latest news and developments from the adult social care sector, including links to local events and developments. Sign up here.


This webpage is for anyone that works in mental health services that provide, deliver or manage mental health social work, including:

  • mental health social workers
  • team managers of mental health social work services
  • senior managers of mental health social work services
  • NHS managers who oversee integrated health and social care teams or services
  • approved mental health professionals
  • approved mental capacity professionals.

You might work in a range of organisations, including:

  • NHS mental health trusts
  • local authorities
  • clinical commissioning groups
  • private sector hospitals and agencies
  • voluntary sector hospitals and agencies
  • government agencies
  • health and social care organisations. 


The website is hosted by Skills for Care and managed by:

  • Mark Trewin, Mental Health Social Work Lead for the Chief of Social Workers Office
  • Karen Linde Programme lead for Social Work for Better Mental Health (SWFBMH)/Senior Associate Centre for Citizenship and Community
  • Karen Morse, Head of Area and Mental Health Lead at Skills for Care.