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Social Work Visions from Around the Globe by Anneli Pohjola, Pirkko-Liisa Ranhalon, Teppo Kroger, Anna Metten

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Changing Practice: Involving Mental Health Service Users in Planning Service Provision

David M. Rea, PhD

SUMMARY. Changes to professional work now ensure that social care and health care workers should be accountable to service users, and not only to their professional colleagues. This paper seeks to explore how this may eventually be realised in new working relationships that will profoundly affect mental health social work.

These changes are driven by factors that are external to the social work profession–in policy initiatives that introduce measures of performance that incorporate the service user in both evaluating and planning services, in efforts to build new relationships, and in a breakdown of barriers between social work practitioners ...

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