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Social workers key role in transformation of future services: O’Neill

13 December, 2016 - by Michelle O'Neill


Health Minister Michelle O’Neill has spent a day learning what it takes to be a social worker.

The Health Minister joined social work teams in the Northern Health and Social Care Trust to learn more about their role and the challenges they face. 

The Minister was able to spend time learning about how social workers support older people, children and young people to live independently as well as meeting service users to hear personally how the service they receive benefits them.

The Health Minister commented: 

“Social workers play an invaluable role in our communities and I was very keen to learn more about the work they do. I was fortunate to have experienced this first hand today and to see the positive impact they are making to people’s lives in the community here.

“I have already stated that the way we design and deliver our services need to change. Improving and Safeguarding Social Wellbeing: A Strategy for Social Work was published in 2012 and is the first ever strategy for social work in the north. The aim of the strategy is to strengthen social work as a means of improving the outcomes and experiences of the people social workers support day and daily." 

The Minister continued: 

“My vision for the transformation of the Health and Social Care system in the north reflects both the priorities and focus of the strategy. We are strengthening the links of social work with social wellbeing and we are putting improvement at the heart of social work and social care. I want to support every social worker in working towards continuously improving people’s lives to achieve better outcomes.”

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