About us

Our partnership

Cheshire & Merseyside Social Work Teaching Partnership (CMSWTP) comprises 15 Primary Partners and 1 Secondary Partner. Primary Partners include: 4 Higher Education Institutions, 8 Local Authorities, 2 NHS Trusts and 1 voluntary sector organisation. Secondary Partners comprises of 1 NHS Trust covering Liverpool City Region, West Lancashire, Warrington, Cheshire West and Chester.

Our vision

The Vision of the CMSWTP is to improve the life chances of children, young people, vulnerable adults and their families by improving the recruitment, retention and the training and development of social workers and their practice.

Our aims

The aims of the partnership are:

  • Effective management of the membership and administration of the partnership, including maintaining agility to respond to local, regional and national initiatives.
  • Further enhance the training, development and utilisation of Practice Educators in order to build and sustain sufficient quality placements.
  • Further enhance ASYE support and development in order to ensure quality and consistency of approach across the region taking into account of additional demands brought about by Covid.
  • Nurture the co-production of knowledge between practitioners and academics across the Social Work landscape, to influence change at practice and systems level.
  • Provide access to Post-Qualifying Social Work training and development, based on shared partner priorities.
  • Ensure a commitment that all Students on Social Work Programmes receive a timely and high quality placement in their preferred area of learning and receive appropriate support, directed to help them achieve the learning outcomes.
  • Widening participation and engagement across all aspects of pre- and post- qualifying education, training and practice.