National Social Work Awards

At focus independent adult social work we pride ourselves on having some of the most enthusiastic and dedicated practitioners around and this has now been recognised at a national level!

Heather Fuller, Advanced Care Practitioner and Rebecca Jackson (Becky) Care Practitioner have both been shortlisted for awards at the national Social Work awards.

Heather Fuller is 1 of 6 people who have been shortlisted for the Social Worker of the year award. Heather was nominated for the award by Christine Jackson, Head of Case Management, Performance and Finance. Heather was involved with the development of the Social Work Pilot (SWP) within North East Lincolnshire and for a period of time chaired the staff advisory group for this purpose. She was a strong advocate for an SWP recognising the opportunity to promote social work values and develop a truly person centred service. As the SWP developed, new challenges for it to become a social enterprise came to fruition and one important factor was the development of a Professional Practice Governance Committee which Heather’s peers voted for her to be chair of. The fact that her peers had voted for her to undertake this work demonstrates the respects she holds within the organisation, the recognition of her professionalism and her untold commitment to social work which radiates throughout her practice.

In the application Christine said “Heather has shown herself to be a conscientious and loyal employee of focus and one who has no qualms in going the extra mile for the people she is working with. Her practice demonstrates social work values through and through and she challenges others views and opinions with sensitivity and authority.”

Heather said she was flattered and very excited to have been nominated. “I was only doing my job but it’s nice to be recognised”

Becky Jackson is one of 3 finalists in the Newly Qualified Social Worker of the Year category. Becky was nominated by Sarah Middleton Advanced Care Practitioner.

Rebecca’s role as Care Practitioner in the A3 team is to complete face to face assessments with individuals and carers, often presenting in crisis and with at times very complex social and health needs. Becky has developed positive and respectful relationships with individuals, families, colleagues in focus and other professionals. She has faced and dealt with challenge in a calm and professional manner and demonstrated real tenacity to ensure an individual’s wishes were upheld in the face of opposition from a number of other professionals. She has shown herself to be a strong advocate for individuals’ choices and rights by working in a way that optimises the individual’s autonomy and control appropriately supporting positive risk taking to facilitate this.

Sarah Middleton said “In the relatively short time that Becky has worked here she has proven herself to be a real asset to the team and has demonstrated ownership and commitment to the organisation’s vision and values.”

Rebecca said she was never expecting the nomination “I’m so chuffed just to be nominated but of course I’d love to win!”

The awards ceremony takes place on Friday 28th November 2014 at the Lancaster Hotel, London, and we at focus wish both Heather and Rebecca the best of luck in each of their categories.

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