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Withdrawing social workers from NHS mental health teams will hamper personal budget integration, says guide

Social Care Institute for Excellence guide urges staff to support people in positive-risk taking around personal budgets
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How NHS England justifies its claim of a ‘real terms’ rise in mental health spending

December 4,2014
Last week NHS England told us spending was rising beyond inflation. We asked for the evidence. Here’s what we were sent
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Mental health trust investigated by health watchdog after racking up £1.7m deficit

December 3,2014
Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust to be investigated after concerns over finances and leadership
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The top ten social work stories of 2014

December 18,2014
All your favourite articles of the year in one handy compilation
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Government approves ‘temporary’ fix to best interests assessor training dilemma

December 12,2014

College of Social Work endorsement scheme will be used as vehicle to approve new providers wanting to set up BIA courses until January 2016

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Government back-to-work schemes ‘failing’ people with mental health problems

December 12,2014

Campaigners call for creation of specialist employment support programme better suited to mental health as Work Programme 'ineffective' for client group

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NHS pilot schemes to review CAMHS thresholds and out-of-area placements

December 11,2014

Eight local areas to take part in NHS England funded programme to test improvements to children’s mental health services

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Faye won the Outstanding Contribution to Social Work award at this year's Social Worker of the Year Awards

BASW’s Faye Wilson: ‘I live and breathe mental health’

December 5,2014

BASW’s mental health chair, Faye Wilson, reflects on her 40 year career after winning the ‘outstanding contribution to social work’ accolade at the Social Worker of the Year Awards

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Government to spend £150m ‘transforming’ mental health services for young people with eating disorders

December 2,2014

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has announced that the government will spend £150m over 5 years to develop community-based services for young people with eating disorders

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Mentally unwell teenager admitted to adult psychiatric ward after two days in cell

December 2,2014

In February, NHS England said it was ‘totally unacceptable’ to admit children to adult wards in most cases

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Deaths linked to mental health beds crisis as cuts leave little slack in system

November 28,2014

Investigation reveals health secretary was alerted to danger of delays in admission in Dec 2013

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Develop your social work career with Community Care’s Careers and Training Guide

November 20,2014

Find training courses and find out more about how to progress your social work career in our free 52-page Careers and Training Guide

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Social workers given advice on using powers of entry to protect adults at risk

November 20,2014

Guidance sets out legal provisions that practitioners can use in cases where access to a vulnerable adult is restricted

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Employment rate falls for people with severe learning disabilities or mental health needs

November 19,2014

Department of Health report on adult social care outcomes framework highlights issues with employment support for the two groups

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How is stress impacting the UK’s social workers?

November 19,2014

Help Community Care highlight how stress is affecting social workers by taking part in our anonymous survey

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Confusion for social workers as judge urges Supreme Court to reconsider deprivation of liberty stance

November 18,2014

Judge says mentally incapacitated people should not be considered deprived of their liberty in their own home if they are physically incapable of leaving

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Community Care’s Andy McNicoll named journalist of the year at mental health awards

November 18,2014

Mind media award shared with BBC's Michael Buchanan for investigations that revealed crisis and cuts in mental health care

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‘Streamlined’ system for court authorisations of deprivation of liberty comes into force

November 17,2014

New process will allow court to make initial decisions on cases on paper evidence alone without the need for an oral hearing

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Best interests assessor numbers in Wales to be boosted by £137,000 training fund

November 17,2014

Cash injection is direct response to Supreme Court ruling in March that triggered a nine-fold hike in deprivation of liberty safeguards cases

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