The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Social Work has launched  an inquiry into the state of mental health services in England. The APPG inquiry into mental health social work was called because of strong concerns among social workers mental health services, particularly social work.  The purpose of the inquiry is to establish what the current paths to accessing adult mental health services are and how they can be improved. The APPG is looking for evidence from as many directors of adult services as possible and hope that you will be able to provide the APPG with written evidence. The APPG is particularly interested in best practice, challenges, pathways to access, how pathways can be improved etc.


Please find attached the call for evidence as well as a summary of the APPG’s round table discussion which lead to the launch of this inquiry.


Written submission can be made until the end of March to Madeleine Jennings, email

Brief on evidence for submission:

APPG on Social Work Mental Health Inquiry: Adult social work and mental health from 18-65 years of age

The inquiry evidence should:

  • Establish the pathways for getting help
    (How people are assessed and referred)
  • Assess the service user journey from start to finish
  • Establish where gaps in current provision exist

In order to:

  • Influence achievable recommendations for how adult mental health services can fit with policy direction

Four sessions have been agreed as follows:

  • 23/02/16 Session 1:
    Directors of NHS Mental Health Trusts and other lead organisations
  • 08/03/16 Session 2:
    Service users and carers
  • 12/04/16 Session 3:
    Commissioners/policy makers for health and social care
  • 19/04/16 Session 4:
    Social workers

Written evidence will be welcomed from service user and professional organisations.

Evidence will not be open for individual written responses.

The final report will be issued in June. Provisional date: 21/06/16