Northumberland social workers shortlisted for national awards

16 Oct 2017

Social workers from Northumberland have been selected as finalists in the Social Worker of the Year Awards 2017.
 
Billy Melvin has been shortlisted for the mental health social worker of the year award, and the Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP) Team has been shortlisted in the Team of the Year, Adult Services category.
 
They will find out whether they have won at an award ceremony in London in November.
 
They are among 81 finalists across 16 categories and the winners from each category will compete against each other to be named the Overall Social Worker of the Year 2017.
 
Northumberland County Councillor Veronica Jones, cabinet member for Adult Wellbeing and Health, said: “Social workers play an invaluable role in empowering some of the most vulnerable people in society to live well and safely at home in their communities with the right support tailored to meet their needs. I am delighted to see this work has been recognised at a national level.”
 
Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust delivers a range of adult social care services in Northumberland in partnership with Northumberland County Council.
 
Daljit Lally, interim Chief Executive at Northumberland County Council and Executive Director of Delivery at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Our social workers are constantly striving to help and support people to overcome obstacles they may face and to achieve their full potential.
“Their work exemplifies the high quality social care services delivered across Northumberland on a daily basis.”

The awards ceremony recognises the achievements and successes of the profession’s most innovative and dedicated social workers.
 
James Rook, Managing Director of the awards’ headline sponsor Sanctuary Social Care, said: “These awards are crucial in recognising the outstanding work of social workers from across the country; not just government funded landmark projects, but the exceptional day-to-day work of local practitioners who are making a real difference to their communities. It’s great to see Northumberland County Council and Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust shortlisted for these awards; these nominations highlight just how crucial integrating health and social care is.”
 
The awards were judged by leading influencers including the Chief Social Workers Isabelle Trowler and Lyn Romeo and Maris Stratulis (England Manager, British Association of Social Workers).
 
The Social Worker of the Year Awards are supported by headline sponsor Sanctuary Social Care; corporate partner the British Association of Social Workers, and individual category supporters, Barnardo’s, UNISON, iMPOWER, The Open University, OLM Systems and Community Care. The awards are also supported by the local authorities of Calderdale, Bradford, Devon, Hampshire, Gloucestershire, Kent and Essex as well as the Tees Valley Local Authority Children’s Services – a partnership between the local authorities of Middlesbrough, Hartlepool, Darlington, Redcar & Cleveland and Stockton-on-Tees.
 
For more information about the Social Worker of the Year Awards please see www.socialworkawards.com.