Social care plays a key role in leading the social inclusion of people with mental health problems. 

People who use mental health services will often face discrimination, stigma, by victims of abuse or harassment, or may be at risk of homeless or unemployment. Some vulnerable adults face complex and multiple difficulties and face particular barriers to being active participants in community life.

The vision is:

  • Everyone is supported to access the opportunities available within the many communities to which they belong.
  • Everyone understands and appreciates the mutual benefits of contributions made by people with mental health problems towards creating and sustaining a positive community.
  • Mental health services will work with individuals and communities to promote active civic participation and effective social support.
  • There will be equal opportunities for active citizenship, increased social capital and less unwanted service dependency.

CPFT plays a key role in enabling this vision for those who reside in Peterborough or Cambridgeshire. The decisions made about how to treat a person can have an extreme effect on their social inclusion. For example, an admission to hospital can lead to loss of accommodation, employment, a disruption to every day activities and the support of family and friends. Facilitating social inclusion is a key aspect of working in a recovery focussed way. Through care planning, treatment and care a person can be supported in the least restrictive setting, where possible at home, and through social support develop opportunities to sustain a healthy life.

Effective care planning for social inclusion would include goals and outcomes that sustains positive relationships outside of services, makes good use of support and services in the person’s local community such as leisure, support, education, and works to enable the person to live in independent accommodation.

Where a person has social care needs that are substantial or critical, it is possible that they may be eligible for social care funded personal budget to enable creative ways to develop their potential and wellbeing.


Social care leads monitors the work that CPFT does to ensure that vulnerable adults are kept safe.

Personalisation and self-directed support

Personalisation means thinking about care and support services in an entirely different way. This means starting with the person as an individual with strengths, preferences and aspirations and putting them at the centre of the process of identifying their needs and making choices about how and when they are supported to live their lives. It requires a significant transformation of adult social care so that all systems, processes, staff and services are geared up to put people first. Put simply, personalisation is about:

  • Tailoring services to individuals needs
  • Enabling access to advocacy, information and advice to support the person to make choices
  • Working in collaboration
  • Developing partnerships with others in local communities
  • Supporting friends, family and carers to support the person
  • Through universal services and community support, enable the person to develop a network of support in their own community

Self-directed support is mechanism of paying for social care services. Both Cambridgeshire and Peterborough local authorities have implemented personal budgets for people. The person’s level of need indicates a social care budget, and this is used to purchase support or services to enable them to improve their quality of life. The aim is to out the person in control of the process of their care and support by empowering them to purchase what they need.

Social care funding continues to be available for only the most vulnerable people and in order to be eligible for a personal budget, the person must have critical or substantial social care needs (as defined by each Local Authority Fair Access to Care Criteria).

Personalisation is a key aspect of recovery approaches in mental health service provision, underpinning collaborative care-planning processes.

Approved Mental Health Professionals

The Approved Mental Health Professional is a statutory role set out in the Mental Health Act 2007. The local authority is responsible for the appointment of Approved Mental Health Professionals. In Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, the councils delegate the responsibility for training and managing AMHPs to CPFT.

The role of the AMHP is to provide an independent decision about whether or not there are alternatives to detention under the Act, bringing to bear a social perspective to bear on their decision.

Traditionally, social workers undertook this role and becoming an AMHP is still seen as the key career progression for mental health social workers. In the 2008 regulations supporting the 2007 Mental Health Act, qualifying health professionals can now train as AMHPs.

Professionals undertake a masters level course, a supervised placement and shadow experienced AMHPs before being approved in the role.

For more information about the AMHP role please contact a social care lead.

The page was last updated on 10 August 2017 by Mark.Cole.


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