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About Social Workers

LPFT currently employ over 140 social workers within our Adult Community Mental Health Teams, Inpatient and Specialist services. Social Workers play a critical role in the delivery of high-quality preventative, early help and complex support services.

Social Workers are crucial in multi-disciplinary teams in applying their skills, knowledge and expertise in delivering a quality service and contributing to supporting people to live well in their communities. The Social Work profession understands families and their communities and work in a person-centred way to enable and encourage service user and carer involvement with our services. Social work is a valued contributor in delivering the LPFT vision and values. 

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Strategic Social Work Lead




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Social Work & Professional Development Coordinator





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Professional Leads Administrator

Social work training opportunities

The Social Work team support the social work professional development and ensure quality assurance measures are in place for this growing profession within the Trust.

We offer placements to students, pathways to train through the Think Ahead and Social Work Apprentice programmes, and support newly-qualified social workers (NQSWs) with an established Assessed & Supported Year of Employment (ASYE) programme. We also support Continuining Professional Development (CPD) requirements and Post Qualifying Training opportunities. We support many social workers to train as Practice Educators.

The team lead on the Assessed & Supported Year of Employment (ASYE) supports newly qualified social workers (NQSWs) to develop their skills, knowledge, capability and strengthen their professional confidence in the first year of employment.

We also support restoration for those who would like to return to the profession.

About the Think Ahead programme

The Think Ahead graduate programme in mental health social work provides services with talented new staff, gives the recruits and existing staff advanced training in social interventions, and supports organisations to integrate these approaches across their services.

Think Ahead’s paid, two-year programme combines on-the-job learning, a master’s degree, and leadership training for graduates and career-changers looking to make a real difference to people with mental health problems. As a mental health social worker you would support people living with severe and long lasting mental illnesses, such as severe depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia, empowering them to reach their full potential and navigate these all important life issues.

Applications for the next cohort are closing soon for the programme which starts in July 2022. There are still places available in Lincolnshire.

Benefits of the programme

  • Paid two-year fast-track route into mental health social work.
  • Make a real difference to adults with mental health problems.
  • Take on a challenging, varied, and rewarding role.
  • Learn on the job.
  • Study for a fully funded master’s degree.
  • Develop your leadership skills.

Entry criteria

  • Applicants need a 2:1 undergraduate degree or above in any subject except social work, and at least a grade C GCSE in Maths and English or English Language (not English Literature), or an equivalent level 2 qualification.
  • Applicants do not need prior experience in mental health or social work.
  • Year one: Participants qualify with a postgraduate diploma in social work.
  • Year two: Participants are employed for at least one year as qualified social workers and gain a master’s degree in social work.

More information

To find out more and apply, visit the Think Ahead website at and should you have any questions, please feel free to contact Think Ahead’s Recruitment Team at or Angela Sheerin, Strategic Social Work Lead, at or Jenny Perrin, Head of S75 Social Care, at

The Trust have supported three cohorts of learners to undertake the BSc (Hons) Social Work Integrated Degree Apprenticeship.

We are hoping to offer more places in September 2022 for future cohorts to train via this route with the University of Lincoln. Further opportunities & information will be shared on SHARON and NHS Jobs. If you are interested in this route to train as a social worker and would like more information or to express your interest, please contact Angela Sheerin at

The Social Work Degree Apprenticeship is a three-year practice-based programme combining learning and development through academic study and through social work practice in the workplace and alternative practice placements, leading to a degree and professional registration, fully approved by Social Work England.

Social Work England

Social Workers are registered with Social Work England, the specialist regulator for Social Workers in England. It is an independent public protection body, setting professional, and education, training standards for Social Workers. Read more about Social Work England on their website at 

Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF) British Association of Social Work (BASW)

The PCF is the Social Work profession owned, overarching framework of social work education and professional development in England (BASW, 2020). Read more on their website at

Contact us

For more information about starting your career in social work, please contact Angela Sheerin, Strategic Social Work Lead, at


Staff case studies

For World Social Work Week 2022, we asked our Social Workers and Social Work Apprentices to share their experiences of training and work in the profession.

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