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Survey of mental health social workers regarding integrated working

Members of the BASW mental health reference group have been receiving reports from members about a move across England to pull mental health social workers out of being based in Multi Disciplinary Mental Health Teams. (Generally a revocation or withdrawal of section 75 agreements of the National Health Service Act 2006 ). Members have expressed considerable concern about the negative impact of these developments for both social workers and people with mental health problems, although it should also be stated that not all social workers were opposed to the move. The impression given was that the role of social workers in some mental health services was poorly defined and social workers were poorly supported.

The reference group agreed to undertake a survey to gain more information. This presentation summarises the findings.