Mental Health


The Principal Social Work (adults) network is co-ordinated by Colin Ashcroft Principal Social Worker and Organisational Development Manager, Cheshire West and Chester Council and provides peer support to PSWs in each authority. It will monitor the implementation of employer and practice standards for adult social work in the region and provide a key regional link to the national network and the office of the Chief Social Worker in the DH. It will develop a key professional link to the range of ADASS networks and groups and be formally represented on the ADASS Workforce Group chaired by Sharon Barber, Assistant Director, Wigan Council. It will also link in to the Learn to Care (workforce leads network) and the regional Social Work Forum facilitated by Skills for Care.

For further information please contact : Colin Ashcroft

An Invitation to Partner and Strengthen Mental Health Services

Think Ahead is a charity that works in partnership with community mental health services to improve efficiency and outcomes by strengthening the contribution of social work.

They run a programme, funded by the Department of Health, to give mental health service providers excellent social work recruits, give their existing staff free training, and work alongside managers to transform the role that social work plays in the service. Some more information about what they do can be found in their partnering brochure online.

They are currently working with 52 services across England and are looking to expand their network of partners in the North West. They’re keen to have a chat and explore whether the programme might be of use in your area.

If you’d like to discuss the programme in more detail, please contact their Programme Manager, Rebecca Hall

Policing & Crime Act 2017 : MHA Briefing
A summary of changes to the MHA1983 brought about by the Policing & Crime Act 2017 is available Here 

We’re Hiring!

We don’t stand still here at North West Employers. We’re looking for a dynamic Head of Service Delivery to join our new Management Team and be part of something exciting.

10 Keys To Happier Living: Connecting With People

In todays hectic and fast paced world filled with distractions, it can sometimes be hard to make the right amount of time for yourself and others around you. All too often you will board a train or bus and see a sea of people all staring down, absorbing themselves into a digital world, whilst seemingly forgetting that there is a whole world going on around them full of knowledgeable and interesting people that have the ability to change moods, educate you and make you smile.

New Consent Model for Data Sharing Workshop

The Caldicott Review into Health and Social Care will propose a new consent/opt-out model for data sharing. This event will enable people to make an informed decision about how their personal confidential data will be used to inform health and social care provision. This could have a major impact on improving integration of services. The session is going to be practical, with hands-on testing of the models and exploring the conversation prompts that would be used with the public.

Connected Working for Better Results

North West Employers have always had a long standing relationship with the Leadership Academy and this is just one more collaborative working project to extend the reach of the Interchange programme to the North West region and beyond.

Ministerial Praise for ‘Northern Power Woman’ Donna Hall

The chief executive of Wigan Council has been commended by a government minister as among the country’s “greatest talents”. Donna Hall was praised by the Government’s Northern Powerhouse minister James Wharton after she won the Transformational Leader award in the first ever Northern Power Women Awards last month.

Social Prescribing at a Glance

The document has been designed to promote consideration of the necessary issues to better understand and harness social prescribing assets. HEE hope it will help increase awareness of the type of social prescribing activity being delivered across a range of sectors, and will help encourage more collaborative action in order to promote individual and community wellbeing.

The North West Randomised Coffee Trial

we are going to be facilitating a randomised coffee trial across the North West to help to connect leaders across sectors and professions. We hope that by doing this people will make lasting connections that will help to spread improvement and innovation.

The GM Commissioning Academy

2 FREE events as part of the GM Commissioning Academy series of events helping to bring ideas and good practice together across the North West.

The Edge – Free Events in Health & Care

The Edge is brought to you by the Horizons Group of NHS England. The Horizons Group is a small team that uses radical thinking to explore change and transformation in health and care. It aims to support colleagues in health and care to think differently about how effective change practice can lead to better outcomes for patients.

Celebrating Achievement Across The North West

Last night (16.03.16) saw the annual Local Government Chronicle (LGC) Awards take place at the prestigious Grosvenor House, London. The LGC are responsible for running the first national awards to be launched for local government, recognising those excelling and making real change in their area.