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Impact of Social Work Reforms on Health Employers

Over the last two or three years, a lot of energy has gone into looking at how social workers are educated, supported and developed, to ensure that they can more effectively meet the needs of vulnerable adults, children and their families. Social work happens in a range of settings, including the NHS and other health employers. With a greater understanding of the impact of social issues on health provision, this trend in employment is likely to increase. This briefing is intended to ensure that health organisations are aware of their responsibilities, in terms of employing social workers, as well as the opportunities they offer and that health employers know where to access more support as needed.

Social workers within your workforce can help you meet the expectations of people who use your services, ensuring that social issues affecting people who come into contact with health services are effectively dealt with and allowing resources to be focused on medical necessity.