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‘Named Social Worker’ Scheme to be Piloted by 6 Councils
A project which aims to reduce admissions of people with learning disabilities is being backed by the government.
The scheme which is being piloted by 6 councils, will give people with learning disabilities and their families a named social worker to advocate for them and have an input into the decisions about their care.
The pilot scheme, which is costing £460,000 and will be run for 6 months will be flexible for each council taking part (Calderdale, Camden, Hertfordshire, Liverpool, Nottingham and Sheffield) and will give them the freedom to design the specifics of the role.
Lyn Romeo told Community Care “I am delighted that the department has supported this initiative as I believe that social workers are well placed to work collaboratively across the health and social care system to ensure the person’s needs are always at the centre of decision making,”
The Department of Health hope the scheme, which was first proposed in the learning disability green paper in March 2015, will help to reduce admissions of people with learning disabilities, and also increase support for them and their families.