Mental health social work leadership

COVID-19 updates

To access the latest information and guidance on COVID-19 for social workers, principal social workers, mental health social workers, approved mental health professionals and employers, please see our COVID-19 social work area.

With the fast moving situation, we’ll do all we can to keep this page as up-to-date as possible.


This area is managed by the New Roles in Mental Health team, and is supported by Health Education England. We will review and update the content monthly and welcome any ideas about how to improve and develop this area so please get in touch.

Do you work in mental health services that provide, deliver or manage mental health social work and/or approved mental health professional (AMHP) services, including people who work in local authorities, the NHS, Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), and voluntary sector and private providers?

Access latest news, resources and bulletins, to help you to keep up-to-date with best practice and developments.

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 programme

Find out more about this programme 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.  

AMHP training

Access a range of training and development information for AMHPs.


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. 

Forensic mental health social work 

This section of the website is under construction and will be available soon.


The Independent Review of the Mental Health Act 

Keep up-to-date with news and developments about the Independent Review of the Mental Health Act and how it affects social work and AMHP services.

Equality and diversity in mental health social work 

Access guidance for leaders who want to support equality and diversity in their workforce and consider the needs of service users from diverse communities. 

NICE social care mental health information and guidance

Find key information and guidelines from the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE), for mental health social workers and AMHPs.



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

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

  • Cormac, R. (2020). It takes a village to deal with mental health: How to integrate theory, practice and social policies. Psychreg Journal of Psychology, Vol 4, No. 2, pp. 99-103 - Read more
  • Series, L. (2020). ‘Chapter 6 – disability and human rights’ in Watson, N. and Vehmas, S. (eds). Routledge Handbook of Disability Studies (2nd edition). - Read more
  • Reimagining the Mental Health Paradigm for OurCollective Well-Being -This article will be of interest to mental health social workers. The recent special rapporteur for mental health and his colleagues here argue for a new paradigm for mental health based on human rights and social/civil society. - Read the editorial.

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

  • Principal Social Worker (PSW) weekly emails 

These weekly emails are a round-up the latest news, updates and events specifically for PSWs. If you are a PSW and would like to 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. 

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