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Northumberland social workers shortlisted for national awards

Monday, 24 October, 2016
Northumberland social workers shortlisted for national awards

Four social workers from Northumberland have been selected as finalists in the Social Worker of the Year Awards 2016 as a result of their outstanding work.

Kate Elsdon has been shortlisted for the mental health social worker of the year; Lisa McCluskey has been nominated for the team leader of the year, adult services award; Heather Kent has been nominated for the adult social worker of the year award, and Jennifer Charlton has been nominated for the newly-qualified adult social worker of the year award.

They work for Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust which delivers hospital and community health services in Northumberland and North Tyneside and adult social care services in Northumberland in partnership with Northumberland County Council.

They will find out whether they have won at an award ceremony in London in November.

They are among 78 finalists across 15 categories and the winners from each category will compete against each other to be named the ‘Overall Social Worker of the Year 2016’.

Daljit Lally, deputy chief executive at Northumberland County Council and executive director for wellbeing and community health services at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Our social care staff do a remarkable job providing high quality social care services to the people in Northumberland. These awards celebrate the very best in social work and I am delighted that the contribution of these social workers has been recognised.”

Northumberland County Councillor Susan Dungworth, cabinet member for adult care and public health, said: “Our social workers constantly strive to make a positive difference to the lives of the people they support, providing outstanding help on a daily basis to people in Northumberland and it is great that this is being acknowledged.”

The prestigious awards ceremony is the leading celebration of its kind in the social care sector, and 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 Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust shortlisted for a number of awards; the trust’s 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, Devon County Council, Hampshire County Council, Calderdale Council, The Open University, Essex County Council in partnership with Servelec  Corelogic, Kent County Council, Gloucestershire County Council, UNISON, Barnardo’s and the Local Government Association.

For more information about the Social Worker of the Year Awards please see