NHS to recruit 600 more mental health social workers

The NHS plans to recruit 600 more social workers into mental health services by 2023-24 to help it deliver on its long-term plan.

The majority of these posts (360) are due to be in adult mental health and community care services, while 170 social workers would be recruited to work with children and young people, and 70 allocated to support services for people who are homeless.

An NHS England spokesperson said social workers would be a “key staff group” in these services and would be working in “new and improved models of community-based care”.

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