Department of Health Named Social Worker Baseline Report

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The Department of Health have asked Innovation Unit and Social Care Institute for Excellence to work with 6 sites to develop, implement and evaluate a Named Social Worker for people with Learning Disabilities, Autism and mental health needs. This is a project funded by the Department of Health.

The Department has initiated this programme in order to build an understanding of how having a named social worker can contribute to individuals achieving better outcomes; specifically that they and their family are in control of decisions about their own future, and are supported to live with the dignity and independence which we all strive for.

This report (the first of three) looks at the approaches that each site is taking to this challenge and shares some observations from across the programme.