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Northumberland social workers shortlisted for national awards

Tuesday, 20 October, 2015
Northumberland social workers shortlisted for national awards

Five social workers from Northumberland have been selected as finalists in the Social Worker of the Year Awards 2015 as a result of their outstanding work.

Adult social care senior managers David Minto and Simon Murray have been shortlisted for the team leader of the year, adult services award. Adult social care social worker Aissa Rice has been shortlisted 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 join colleagues from Northumberland County Council Children’s Services, social workers Janice Rainey and Adam Hall who have both been shortlisted for the team leader of the year, children’s services prize.

They will find out whether they have won at an awards ceremony which will take place in London in November.

They are among 68 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 2015’.

Daljit Lally, executive director of wellbeing and community health services at Northumberland County Council and Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Our social care staff do a remarkable job providing people in Northumberland with the support and help they need.

“I am delighted that the professionalism and dedication of these social workers has been recognised. Their work exemplifies the excellent and high quality social care services delivered across Northumberland on a daily basis.”

Northumberland County Councillor Susan Dungworth, cabinet member for adult care and public health said: “Our social workers are very positive and passionate about the work they are doing, putting people’s wellbeing at the centre of all their decisions.

“It is a well-deserved boost for staff to have their work highlighted at a national level.”

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 recognise outstanding work in adults’ and children’s social care by social workers who are dedicated to making a positive difference to the lives of the people they support. All social workers named as finalists should be very proud of their achievements.”

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, UNISON, NSPCC, Core Assets, iMPOWER, Local Government Association, ECL: The Care & Wellbeing Company, Barnardo’s, Kent County Council, Hampshire County Council and Devon County Council. 

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