Celebrating, developing and supporting our approved mental health professionals

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Approved Mental Health Professionals (AMHPs) have one of the most challenging and stressful jobs in mental health. They work 24 hours a day to organise Mental Health Act assessments - a voice of respected professional challenge. Skills for Care are hosting a day of debates, presentations and workshops in their London offices to share best practice and establish a cross-agency action plan for AMHPs. Read on to find out more!

You never stop learning as a social worker - but a good start helps

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Our Chief Social Worker for Adults Lyn Romeo recently attended the London Borough of Bexley Adult Social Work forum where she met consultant social worker, Nicola Shawyer. Nicola's story of continuous professional development to improve her practice, that of the students she supervises, and its impact on improving outcomes for vulnerable people, is exemplified in an innovative induction pack of her own devising. Social workers in training? Start here!

Gambling related harm is no longer in the shadows

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Gambling related harm does not exist in the margins of society. Only now are we beginning to fully appreciate its reach and social work’s power to mitigate it and transform many more lives. Jim Rogers, senior lecturer at the University of Lincoln, with a practice background in addiction services, explains how social work has a vital role in challenging its ubiquity.