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Welfare Reform on the Web (March 2005): Mental Health Services - UK

PEAK CONDITIONS

E. Forrest

Health Service Journal, vol.115, Feb. 17th 2005, p.28-30

Eight of the 12 three-star rated NHS Mental Health Trusts have applied for foundation status. Applicant trusts believe that this will enable them to raise the profile of mental health and remove stigma. However, some observers fear that the financial uncertainty associated with foundation status could endanger trusts.

SEATS OF LEARNING

S. Walker

Community Care, Feb.10th-16th 2005, p.30-31

Social workers are being encouraged to undergo specialist training as mental health workers to improve child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS). Author argues that the newly established training courses are unlikely to attract enough applicants to address the shortfall in numbers of CAMHS workers and that expectations placed upon the new role are unrealistic.

WE'RE AT THE CROSSROADS

M. Blinkhorn

Community Care, Feb.3rd-9th 2005, p.34-35

Discusses the evolving role of social work in adult mental health services in the light of complex changes brought about by government policy.

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