Question and Response:For the purposes of this request for information, the following definitions should be applied:
Social worker - Employee in a post requiring a professional qualification where that qualification is recorded as social worker OR employee in a non-qualified post who holds a professional qualification recorded as social worker Mental health provision - A service or role where service user eligibility is based upon mental health need
Q.1 How many social workers employed directly by the Local Authority work within mental health
A.1. 11 people; 9.58 whole-time equivalents. Please note that most social workers funded by Northumberland County Council are employed by the NHS, and are not included in these figures.
Q.2 Does the number above include the Approved Mental Health Professional workforce? If yes, how many social work Approved Mental Health Professionals are employed by the local authority?
A.2 It includes some of them, but others work in settings which do not meet your definition, such as our out of hours emergency duty team. In total we have 15 active (authorised and approved) AMHPs. 8 of these are included in the figure above, and work wholly as AMHPs; the other 7 work in our out of hours team.
Q.3 Are the mental health social workers employed directly by the local authority (please indicate
all which apply):
☐ Based in local authority teams
☐ Based in NHS teams under direct local authority line management
☐ Based in NHS teams without direct local authority line management
A.3 Since you have not supplied a definition of an “NHS team”, we have answered this question in prose. All the staff listed are managed within a structure within a partnership with an NHS FT. Management arrangements are closely intertwined, with some senior posts employed by the Council and others by the FT. At the most senior level, the services are the responsibility of a postholder who has a joint role as Chief Executive of the Council and an Executive Director of the FT. Formally, her managerial responsibility for these posts is part of her role in the FT.
Q.4 What formal or informal arrangements does the local authority have with local NHS providers for the provision of mental health services (please describe)?
A.4 At the request of the NHS FT with responsibility for mental health services, the Section 75 partnership arrangement which was previously in place, which included integrated teams with a single line management structure, was dissolved from 2013, and social workers working in mental health services are now managed within and in most cases employed by an FT responsible for acute and community services. Some elements of our former partnership with the mental health trust have remained in place, including an automated overnight exchange of records about services users for whom we have shared responsibility.
Q.5 Does the local authority commission any mental health social work provision from a third party
provider? If yes, which services are externally commissioned?
Date information compiled:
Contact details for final report:
A.5 Our arrangements are based on a Section 75 partnership rather than being provided as a commissioned service. Date information compiled: Data based on establishment as at November 2018. Contact details for final report: Stephen.email@example.com