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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. Social workers contribute to supporting people to live well in their communities.

The social work profession understand families and their communities. It works 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. 

Meet the team

Angela SheerinAngela Sheerin

Strategic Social Work Lead




Alison RobertsAlison Roberts

Social Work & Professional Development Coordinator





Lucy Holt.jpgLucy Holt

Professional Lead Administrator


Social work training opportunities

The Social Work team support the social work professional development. The team ensures 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
  • support to newly-qualified social workers (NQSWs) with an established Assessed & Supported Year of Employment (ASYE) programme.

We also support Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements and Post Qualifying Training opportunities. We support many social workers to train as Practice Educators.

The team lead on the ASYE programme supports newly qualified social workers (NQSWs) to develop their skills, knowledge, capability and strengthen their professional confidence.

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

Think Ahead

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
  • 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
  • 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
  • schizophrenia,

empowering them to reach their full potential and navigate these all important life issues.

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.

Contact information

Think Ahead website

Email Recruitment Team :

Social Work team LPFT: Email 

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, education and training standards for Social Workers. Read more about Social Work England 

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

The PCF is the profession-owned, overarching framework of social work education and professional development in England. More information

During World Social Work Week 2022 we asked our Social Workers and Social Work Apprentices to share their experiences of training and working in the profession. Click on the button below to find out more.

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