The Department of Health has published Social work: essential to integration. This document is intended to support and inform local and regional health and social care integration initiatives. It explains the contribution that social workers make to integrated services; how social work is essential to the whole system; and the necessity of support to ensure integration succeeds in providing the services people need.
It also includes ‘top tips’ for directors of adult social services and for principal social workers to assist in progressing the integration agenda.
It was developed in collaboration with the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services, the Principal Social Workers’ Network and the Department of Health.
The document can be downloaded here