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Lincoln social worker elected to College of Social Work board

An NHS social worker from Lincoln will now serve on the national board of the College of Social Work for mental health.

Rob Goemans, who is a social worker for Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, will join a team of 12 to help improve the organisation’s work with their expertise.

He was elected to the new board after a ballot by the College in December, where members had to choose a candidate from a range of practice and academic backgrounds to represent their interests in the three different faculties.

Goemans said: “I am looking forward to working with a fantastic group of dedicated, experienced and knowledgeable social work representatives.

“The mental health faculty will work to ensure professional social work and social perspectives on mental health and distress are seen as central to the quality and effectiveness of mental health services.”

College chair, Jo Cleary, added: “The College’s strength and authority is based in part on the unique contributions of social work practitioners, managers and academics.

“Our new faculty members will bring great diversity and richness of expertise and knowledge to the faculties, building on the College’s work to raise standards and be a strong voice for social work.”

The new faculties will meet for the first time shortly to clarify key priorities and projects for the year.