Skills for Care

Managed by the New Roles in Mental Health team, and supported by Health Education England.

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.

Keep up-to-date with latest news and updates

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 to the social work briefing.

Social work with adults (Department of Health and Social Care)

Share insights, updates and reflections from the Chief Social Worker for Adults and others working in the field. 


AMHP training

Access a range of training and development information for Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP).

AMHP workforce plan and service standards

Find out more about the Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP) workforce plan and standards, including the role of AMHPs in mental health services and information about workforce development.

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.

Guidance to support mental health social workers and AMHPs

This guidance sets out eight organisational requirements for effective support of social workers in mental health services wherever they may work.

New Roles in Mental Health

Explore the 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

This programme is designed to develop social work across the mental health sector and ensure that the value of social work in integrated mental health services is recognised.

New partnerships and integration models between health and social work

See partnerships and integration models, including case studies of best practices.

NICE social care mental health guidance

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

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.

The Community Mental Health Framework for Adults and Older Adults

The Community Mental Health Framework describes how the Long Term Plan’s vision for a place-based community mental health model can be realised, and how community services should modernise to offer whole-person, whole-population health approaches, aligned with the new Primary Care Networks.