Celebrating the role of social workers in the NHS this World Social Work Day

Sussex Partnership is putting its social workers centre stage this World Social Work Day in recognition of the vital role they play in supporting people with mental health illnesses.

The Trust, which provides specialist mental health and learning disability care for all ages in Sussex as well as services for young people in Hampshire, has nearly 200 social workers – many of which are directly employed by the Trust, and others who are seconded to work in the organisation from local councils across the area.

Social workers work alongside clinical and education colleagues, supporting patients and service users – as well as their families and carers – as they recover from their mental health illness.

Sometimes this can be by advocating for someone to ensure that they get the specialist medical support that they need, and in other cases it might be helping to protect and safeguard someone who is vulnerable.

Acosia Nyanin is Chief Nurse at Sussex Partnership and responsible for the Trust’s social workers.

Acosia said: “Today is World Social Work Day and an opportunity to celebrate these professionals who play a pivotal role in the care of people with mental health problems.  Social workers offer us an important perspective working with patients. They will focus on the impact of poverty, discrimination, social injustice, family and community. This helps us understand the context in which a person lives, the strengths they have and the additional challenges they face in respect of their social situation and in their communities. 

“We thank our social workers for their ongoing commitment to equality, human rights and for their tireless advocacy for carers and family. Happy World Social Work Day!”

Bryan Lynch, Deputy Director of Social Work at Sussex Partnership, added: “We are really committed to supporting our social workers and the vital job that they do to help the people who use our services, as well as their families and carers.

“As a social worker in mental health your perspective is very holistic, looking at the whole person: their story and the circumstances in which they find themselves. The work that we do can help people to manage the social factors in their lives—like relationships, money and housing and thereby empower individuals to lead fulfilling, independent lives within their community. We recognise that we can’t do this in isolation and a huge part of our role is about building relationships with people and other organisations that can provide help and support when people most need it.

World Social Work Day is Tuesday 19 March 2019.