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Social Workers In Primary Care

The Primary Care Social Work Special Interest Group (PCSW SIG) provides a forum for discussion and leadership in the promotion of Social Work within Primary Care. Primary Care is widely accepted as the appropriate setting for meeting the needs of 90-95% of the population’s health and social services needs. Social Workers in Primary Care across Ireland continuously demonstrate their pivotal role not only in meeting clients needs, but also in the ongoing development of Primary Care Teams (PCT’s) as core team members.

Origins of the PCSW SIG:

Commencing in August 2008, a number of Social Workers working in Primary Care in Dublin and Wicklow began meeting to discuss practice issues and avail of peer support.  In September 2009, this group was formally recognised as a SIG by the IASW.  The SIG held its inaugural meeting on the 1st of October 2009.  One of the group’s key goals was to make links with as many Social Workers working in the area of Primary Care as possible and to raise awareness of the SIG.  This goal was achieved with the creation of a database and email distribution list.


Objectives of the PCSW SIG:

  • To provide a forum to discuss, explore and exchange ideas on matters affecting practice.
  • To identify and organise Continuing Professional Development (CPD) training and education appropriate to the development of PCSW all members.
  • To advocate for structures that support professional standards and objectives in the development of the Social Work profession within Primary Care. 
  • To develop IASW policy in relation to primary care.
  • To produce position papers, submissions and responses to issues affecting marginalised communities, as identified, both by those communities and by members of the SIG.


The incoming committee for the year 2017/2018:

Chair - Éadaoin Ní Bhroin

Vice Chair - Michelle Losty

Secretary - Áine Delaney

Training Officer - Barbara McDonough

Non-executive Officers - Catriona McMahon, Louise Timmins, Conor Fitzpatrick.


2018 Meeting Dates are:

24/01/18 – 10am Wicklow Health Centre

18/04/18 – 10am Portarlington Health Centre

25/07/18 – 10am Naas Vista Health Centre

09/11/18 – Conference and AGM – most likely in The Aisling.