Making Sense of the Professional Capabilities Framework

Friday 1 March 2013, 10.00AM to Midday

Speaker(s): James Blewett, Research Director, Making Research Count, King's College London; Daisy Bogg, University of York; Chaired by Dr Martin Webber, Reader in Social Work, University of York.

Making Sense of the Professional Capabilities Framework: A new approach to social work development and practice

Social work is currently in the midst of a period of significant reform. The Social Work Reform Board and other initiatives have led to a number of changes in the ways social workers are trained and regulated. These changes are occurring against a challenging policy backdrop. Besides the difficult budgetary environment across the public sector, in adult services personalisation has raised fundamental questions about the roles and tasks of social work in this sector in the 21st Century. In children’s services there are major changes occurring the in the aftermath of the Munro review and continued questions about the efficacy of the children’s social care system in meeting the needs of more vulnerable children including those in care and in need of protection.

The Professional Capabilities’ Framework emerged from the Social Work Reform Board as a new conceptual framework for understanding the profession. Situated in the College of Social Work, it is increasingly forming the basis of social work training and development, including appraisal and quality assurance processes. This seminar is an opportunity for all those involved in the training and development of social workers to come together and explore the knowledge and base and value base that underpins the PCF. We will consider how it can be used most effectively in agencies to support workforce development and therefore the better outcomes for those who use services.

The seminar will provide an opportunity to network with colleagues involved in managing services and workforce development across the region, and to consider local practice and developments in the wider national context. It will look at local attempts at innovation and the lessons that can be learned from each other in providing high quality learning opportunities for staff in these most challenging of times.

James Blewett is the research director for Making Research Count in the Social care workforce Research unit at Kings College London. He is national chair of making Reach count and has coordinated the project in London for 12 years. James has carried out extensive research in this area including the national evaluation of the NQSW and EPD programmes as well as the changing roles and tasks of social work. James is a registered social worker and continues to practice as an independent social worker including as an author for serious case reviews.

Daisy Bogg has worked within mental health and addiction services for the last fifteen years, both for the NHS and also for voluntary sector organisations, at all levels including most recently as Executive Director. A social worker by background, she has spent a large part of her career working within integrated health and social care environments, providing and developing professional leadership and integrated service improvement. She is also currently part of the development team for The College of Social Work and a practising Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP). Daisy is also currently undertaking PhD research at the University of York exploring the impact of AMHP attitudes on the access and outcomes for individuals presenting with co-morbid mental health and substance misuse difficulties.

Location: University of York

Admission: See flyer for details


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