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Re: Calling all Social Workers
« Reply #855 on: April 14, 2014, 12:17:56 PM »
Can anyone who has worked in the UK explain how program evaluation and auditing works in the UK? My most recent experience in social care was working as a program evaluator, auditor, and clinical risk manager for a very large mental health nonprofit in NYC. I'd like to continue working in that area but I don't know how to search for similar positions, or what type of agency does these things. Ie: in NY state agencies have in-house staff or consultants, and the state oversight agency also has staff that perform this duty for all licensed agencies.

How does it work here? Does anyone know? I don't mind starting in a direct care capacity as I have done before, if I must.
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Re: Calling all Social Workers
« Reply #856 on: April 14, 2014, 12:36:22 PM »
sputinka, try the Care Quality Commission:

Inspecting and regulating mental health services
http://www.cqc.org.uk/public/news/inspecting-and-regulating-mental-health-services

Social Care Institute of Excellence explains some of the policy context:
http://www.scie.org.uk/topic/people/peoplewithmentalhealthproblems

CWrummy, hospital discharge is meant to be coordinated by hospital and LA teams in cases of complex care.

http://www.nhs.uk/NHSEngland/AboutNHSservices/NHShospitals/Pages/leaving-hospital.aspx

Age UK has several Factsheets which may break it down more easily for you:

http://www.ageuk.org.uk/home-and-care/help-at-home/care-after-leaving-hospital/

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Re: Calling all Social Workers
« Reply #857 on: April 14, 2014, 12:47:52 PM »
Thank you so much, mapleleafgirl!!
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Re: Calling all Social Workers
« Reply #858 on: April 14, 2014, 12:49:37 PM »
Thanks MLG...I've gotten some great help from some UKYers :)  Think I'm on the right path these days (for now anyway)~
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Re: Calling all Social Workers
« Reply #860 on: April 23, 2014, 05:11:24 PM »
Just wanted to let everyone know about the Social Work Action Network:

http://www.socialworkfuture.org/

It's the only annual social work conference that I know of that includes social work practitioners, academics, students and social welfare service users. Attending is reasonably priced, as well.

It also has some information and resources that are free to access (and some that cost money, as well).

Great to network and challenge one's thinking!  :)


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Re: Calling all Social Workers
« Reply #861 on: April 27, 2014, 04:27:24 AM »
Just wanted to let everyone know about the Social Work Action Network:

http://www.socialworkfuture.org/

It's the only annual social work conference that I know of that includes social work practitioners, academics, students and social welfare service users. Attending is reasonably priced, as well.

It also has some information and resources that are free to access (and some that cost money, as well).

Great to network and challenge one's thinking!  :)


Thanks so much! I have bookmarked the page for future reference


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Re: Calling all Social Workers
« Reply #862 on: July 20, 2015, 05:56:05 PM »
Could anyone here describe working conditions for social workers in the UK? As there is a shortage are you working a ridiculous amount of hours?
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Re: Calling all Social Workers
« Reply #863 on: July 21, 2015, 08:08:56 AM »
At the moment, most posts are in Children and Families / Child Protection, as the welfare state is being cut back. I'll try and answer in a more detailed fashion later.


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Re: Calling all Social Workers
« Reply #864 on: July 21, 2015, 05:42:34 PM »
Could anyone here describe working conditions for social workers in the UK? As there is a shortage are you working a ridiculous amount of hours?

Okay, hyacinth. I'm back from work, so I'll try and answer your question better than this:

At the moment, most posts are in Children and Families / Child Protection, as the welfare state is being cut back. I'll try and answer in a more detailed fashion later.

At the moment there are a lot of changes going on in the UK welfare state, both legally and in terms of funding cuts, both to the social welfare system and the disproportionate impact of spending cuts on lower income families, women and disabled children.

For current research in this area, see the Economic and Social Research Council research project, Poverty and Social Exclusion in the UK:
http://www.poverty.ac.uk/tags/government-cuts

and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation:
http://www.jrf.org.uk/

The College of Social Work published a report on how budget cuts are affecting eligibility thresholds for care that you can download:
http://socialwelfare.bl.uk/subject-areas/services-activity/social-work-care-services/collegeofsocialwork/collegesocial13.aspx

The Centre for Welfare Reform published a Briefing on How Cuts Are Targeted:
http://www.centreforwelfarereform.org/library/by-date/briefing-on-how-cuts-are-targeted.html

The Guardian's section on public sector cuts and social care:
http://www.theguardian.com/society/public-sector-cuts+social-care

The main social work magazine, Community Care's article, Social worker or benefits adviser? Examining the impact of welfare reforms:
http://www.communitycare.co.uk/2013/05/07/social-worker-or-benefits-adviser-examining-the-impact-of-welfare-reforms/

And Community Care's articles on workforce issues:
http://www.communitycare.co.uk/workforce/

Most recently, Community Care's article 'Exhausted social workers on the edge of burnout but still achieving positive change'
http://www.communitycare.co.uk/2015/07/14/social-workers-on-the-edge-of-burnout-but-still-achieving-positive-changes/

I'd say if you can afford the pay cut, I prefer working in the voluntary / non profit sector. It allows more direct practice and freedom to get back to social work's roots, with less bureaucracy, in my experience.

More about social work in the UK:
http://www.prospects.ac.uk/social_worker_job_description.htm
https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/advice/planning/jobprofiles/Pages/socialworker.aspx

Other alternatives that use a social work degree:
http://www.prospects.ac.uk/options_social_work.htm

Make sure you get registered to be able to practice:
England:
http://www.hpc-uk.org/apply/international/
Scotland:
http://www.sssc.uk.com/registration/what-qualifications-do-i-need/non-uk-qualifications-for-social-workers
Wales:
http://www.ccwales.org.uk/register-as-a-social-worker-qualified-outside-the-uk/
Northern Ireland:
http://www.niscc.info/index.php/registrants/applying-to-register

Hope that gives you the flavour of the climate that you were after.  :-\\\\

PS the shortage is in posts are in Children and Families / Child Protection  (April 2015 UK Government Shortage list for Tier 2 visas):
https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/423800/shortage_occupation_list_april_2015.pdf

Where in the UK and on what visa basis will you be coming to the UK?
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Re: Calling all Social Workers
« Reply #865 on: March 20, 2016, 08:44:52 AM »
Can anyone list the legislation for social workers now in adults since the care act has repealed and replaced all or parts of previous legislation that guided our work.
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Re: Calling all Social Workers
« Reply #866 on: April 18, 2016, 03:12:22 PM »
I was reading the post regarding social work in the UK. I have a bachelor of arts degree in Sociology here in the United States. I have experience working in the Social Services Agency here and currently work as a Case Manager for Community Long Term Care Agency for the elderly/disabled and hiv/aids clients. My husband is British and currently living in the Uk at this time. I am thinking of joining him in the UK to live with my 3 children. I wanted to know if I would have trouble finding social work in the UK since I dont have bachelors in SW just bachelors in Sociology. Also I read about social care workers? Are they like personal care aides?


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Re: Calling all Social Workers
« Reply #867 on: April 19, 2016, 09:30:09 PM »
I was reading the post regarding social work in the UK. I have a bachelor of arts degree in Sociology here in the United States. I have experience working in the Social Services Agency here and currently work as a Case Manager for Community Long Term Care Agency for the elderly/disabled and hiv/aids clients. My husband is British and currently living in the Uk at this time. I am thinking of joining him in the UK to live with my 3 children. I wanted to know if I would have trouble finding social work in the UK since I dont have bachelors in SW just bachelors in Sociology.

In the UK, you must have a qualification in social work and be registered with the HCPC to work as a social worker. It is a protected title here. Unfortunately, a degree in sociology does not fulfill this requirement, even with work experience in the field.

I would suggest looking into charities (non-profits) as a lot of these roles do not have to be filled by qualified social workers. Or maybe as a "support worker" with local authorities or other organisations. 
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Re: Calling all Social Workers
« Reply #868 on: May 14, 2016, 05:11:36 PM »
Hello, Thanks for this very useful thread. Can anyone comment on their experience with the language requirements for the HCPC? My wife is a social worker who has a BSW and MSW from the US. She actually worked as a social worker in London in the early 2000s before this HCPC stuff existed.

Although she is a US citizen my wife's first language is Spanish. We are concerned that getting 100 out of 120 might be a stretch for her. (That's not a criticism by the way - my Spanish is horrendous!...) Does anyone have any advice on how to approach this disturbing hurdle?


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Re: Calling all Social Workers
« Reply #869 on: June 06, 2016, 06:47:44 PM »
I'm not sure what you mean, Craig.

If she did her BSW and MSW at a US university and the degrees were conducted in English, I can't see the issue. Was she on the GSCC register or does she have a CETSW letter? These documents may also expedite things.

Hope that helps.


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