Derby City Council’s Hospital to Home (H2H) Team has been honoured at a civic reception having received a silver award for team of the year at the Social Worker of the Year Awards 2017.

81 social workers and social work teams from across England were selected as finalists across 16 different categories, celebrating the achievements of practitioners in both children’s and adult services.

The Social Worker of the Year Awards is the leading celebration of its kind in the sector, recognising the success of the profession’s most innovative and dedicated social workers.

Sadly, the H2H Team has recently experienced the loss of one of their team members. Sharron James suddenly passed away unexpectedly on 9 November 2017. Sharron was a loved and valued member of the team and was passionate about hospital social work.

The H2H Team has been based within the Royal Derby Hospital (RDH) since December 2016.  It aims to reduce the time people remain in hospital for, instead allowing them to recover in their own homes, taking care of their emotional and physiological needs.

Often in hospital the focus is on beds, not people, with patients being moved from one bed to another. H2H recognises that patients recover and respond best to rehabilitation within their home, where their lives have been lived, where their treasures and belongings are and where they are able to resume their lives.


Cllr Martin Repton, Cabinet Member for Integrated Health and Care said:

The Hospital to Home scheme is a vital and important part of the services we offer to get people out of hospital and back into their homes as quickly as possible, when it is safe and appropriate. I am really proud of the team and their immense dedication to making a real difference to people’s lives. This award is well deserved and highlights the remarkable work they do each day and for me it has been a real privilege to witness the work they do first-hand.”