September 2010 – Policy on Social Work in Multi Disciplinary Mental Health Teams – executive summary
A series of consultation events, combined with a literature search found the following:
The concept of integration and the actual degree of integration varies across the country
Multi disciplinary mental health teams improve services to people who use mental health services when there are clearly defined professional roles and good quality professional support for each professional speciality
Whilst there were examples of good integrated practice, where the social work role is valued and supported, there were numerous examples of poor practice
That the recent introduction of Payment by Results (PbR) is having a profound impact on social work, with strong evidence of services being disaggregated as a result of its introduction
There are fears that the anticipated budget cuts in adult social care may target multi disciplinary working, partnerships and integrated working. This will lead to a loss of the social care perspective, which will reduce the quality of services that service users and carers receive
There are significant concerns about the impact of the Health White Paper on multi disciplinary and partnership working
Published : 30th September 2010*
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