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Welcome to the final issue of Social Work Connections

As you may be aware, the General Social Care Council (GSCC) is closing on 31 July 2012 and our regulatory functions are transferring to the Health Professions Council (HPC), to be renamed the Health and Care Professions Council from 1 August.

This will be our last issue of Social Work Connections and it contains information you need on what to do next in light of the transfer, whether you are a UK qualified social worker or a social work student.

We reveal the poll results from the March edition, which tells us which GSCC policy you think has had the biggest impact over the last 10 years, and we hear from our Head of Registration about the highs and lows of making social work a regulated profession.

Our Chief Executive Penny Thompson takes this opportunity to say goodbye and share her thoughts on the future of social work regulation.

The Social Work Connections microsite will continue to be available until the end of July. From August past editions will be available on The National Archives website, in case you need to access any old articles for historical information. If you want to continue to be updated with sector-related news and information, have a look at our directory page which has a list of useful organisations.

The HPC publishes a free e-newsletter called HPC In Focus every two months. Each edition includes registration renewal reminders and a range of news and information including details of consultations, forthcoming events, conferences and exhibitions either organised by the HPC or which they will be attending, key Council decisions, diary dates, partner appointments and more. It is not currently automatically sent to all registrants, you must opt-in to receive it and do not need to be registered with the HPC to subscribe. To sign-up now email [email protected] .

Finally, from all of us on the editorial team, we hope you enjoy our last issue and would like to thank you for your readership over the past four years. All your comments and poll responses have ensured we were kept well-informed on the opinions and thoughts of the social work profession. Now we will rest and watch the christmas angel movie.

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Important transfer information for social workers and students
Photo of an illuminated information sign - (c) MrSchuhReeds As long as you are on the register at the end of July then we will pass your details to the Health Professions Council (HPC) and they will write to you in August with details on what you need to do next. In the short term please make sure we have up-to-date contact details for you. Details on how inform us of any changes to your personal information can be found below.

Community Care Live 2012
A delegate visits the GSCC stand at Community Care Live - (c) Karen Welsh On 16 and 17 May we exhibited jointly with the HPC at the annual Community Care Live conference in London. Over the two days our stand was flooded with delegates wanting to know about the forthcoming changes to social work regulation.

HPC transfer events
Delegates attend a HPC event - (c) Health Professions Council Ahead of the regulation of social workers in England transferring from the GSCC to the Health Professions Council (HPC) on 1 August 2012, the HPC is running a series of information events for social workers.

Health Professions Council (HPC) consultation on the registration of social work students in England
Delegates register at an event - (c) Niall Kennedy At the Health Professions Council’s (HPC) Council meeting on 10 May, the outcome of the consultation on the registration of social work students in England and the students of other professions was announced.

The College of Social Work
Since work began on establishing The College of Social Work more than two years ago, it has made significant strides towards achieving its goal of leading and representing the profession.

Who to contact from 1 August 2012
After the GSCC closes on 31 July, you may still have questions about your registration, which will transfer to the Health Professions Council, or be interested in being kept up-to-date with sector news and information. We have put together a list of organisations that may be able to help you going forward.

Conduct hearing outcomes
Please note that this information relates to hearings concluded from 24 February 2012 to 24 May 2012


Farewell from Penny Thompson, GSCC Chief Executive
Photo of Penny Thompson, Chief Executive of the GSCC - (c) authors own As I’m sure you know this is the final edition of your quarterly e-newsletter, Social Work Connections. The GSCC will close on 31 July and our regulatory functions will transfer to the Health Professions Council (HPC). So from 1 August the renamed Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) will be the new social work regulator.

The GSCC: A 10-year review
A selection of GSCC products - (c) Trisram Dawahoo The General Social Care Council (GSCC) was established on 1 October 2001. Born out of the Care Standards Act 2000, it took 25 years of campaigning for the GSCC to come into being.

The GSCC policy with the biggest impact on social workers
To mark the closure of the General Social Care Council and celebrate the work we have done to regulate the social work profession, in the last issue of Social Work Connections (March) we asked “Which GSCC policy has had the biggest impact over the past 10 years?”*

Case study: Gail Gibson, Head of Registration at the GSCC
Photo of Gail Gibson, Head of Registration at the GSCC - (c) Trisram Dawahoo Gail has been at the GSCC from it’s inception in 2001 and was previously at CCETSW (which transferred into the GSCC) for 12 years, heading-up the registration function since 2003.

A look back through the thoughts and views of social workers
Submitting a vote on the Social Work Connections poll feature - (c) Trisram Dawahoo The poll has been a feature of every Social Work Connections (SWC) edition and since it was launched in 2008. The polls have encouraged debate, highlighted dilemmas and provoked comment. In this, our last issue of SWC, it is fitting that we take a look back at some of the poll questions and findings which exercised our readers most.

GSCC learning and research reports
One of the GSCC learning and research reports - (c) Trisram Dawahoo The GSCC will have been in existence for almost 11 years when it closes on 31 July 2012. Throughout this period of time we have learnt a significant amount both about the social work profession but also about how to regulate the profession successfully.

Memorable quotes
To mark the closure of the GSCC we have pulled out some memorable quotes from sector leaders, social workers and service users. Here’s what they have said about us over the past decade...

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