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Most mental health social work services are integrated, in some way, with their local Mental Health NHS Trust and Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs).

Useful for commissioners and senior managers in local authorities and CCGs, and team managers working to implement partnership working.

The level and nature of the partnerships may vary across each region, but mental health has been one of the most integrated parts of health and social care for many areas.

The nature of these partnerships is changing, as health and social care services work to overcome the challenges of austerity and engage with people in a more personalised way. This webpage shares best practice guidance and case studies about what works well, to help you to develop and improve integrated partnerships within your local Sustainable Transformation Partnerships (STPs) and Integrated Care Systems (ICSs).


Guidance and useful resources to help managers and commissioners to develop positive partnerships

Achieving Integrated Care, Local Government Association and Social Care Institute for Excellence 

This resource shares the 15 most important aspects for successful partnership working, to support local systems to fulfil their ambition of integration. It is based on sector research and best practice examples to help local systems to identify areas for improvement and introduce the required changes.


Leading for Integration, The Kings Fund

This report shares learning from 16 chairs and leads of STPs and ICSs on the challenges that they face and some of the ways to overcome them. It includes areas of learning, such as the skills needed to create ICSs, relations with local government and others, governance and future challenges.


Social Work: Essential to Integration, Department of Health, PSW Network and ADASS

This advice note aims to support and inform local and regional health and social care integration initiatives by explaining the critical contribution that social workers make to integrated services. It describes the necessity of support to ensure integration succeeds in providing the services that local people need and to support social workers working in integrated teams.