A Derby City Council social worker has won the coveted Team Leader of the Year award, at the Social Worker of the Year Awards 2018.

Jane Haywood, a team manager for the Council’s Hospital to Home service, has worked at Derby City Council for 18 years. Her Team Leader win in the Adults Services category, is a result of her outstanding work with vulnerable adults, and for her work leading our Hospital to Home team in partnership with the Royal Derby hospital.

Results were announced at a prestigious awards ceremony – the leading celebration of its kind in the social care sector – that recognises the achievements and successes of the profession’s most innovative and dedicated social workers.

Jane was one of 93 finalists across 16 categories. The winners from each category will compete against each other to be named the “Overall Social Worker of the Year 2018.”

Delighted with her win, Jane said:

“I am so proud to receive this award for leading such a fantastic team as Hospital to Home.

“I am overwhelmed by the messages of congratulations I have received from my health and social care colleagues both in Derby and elsewhere.

“Leading a busy team in the pressurised hospital environment brings many challenges and each day the support I receive from my partners in health, Home First and the locality teams help us to keep social work values at the forefront of all we do.”

Councillor Roy Webb, Cabinet Member for Adults, Health and Housing expressed his thanks to all of the people in the city, who contribute to keeping people safe:

“I’m thrilled that Jane’s hard work has been recognised. Given that there are an estimated 1.45 million people working in adult social care in the UK, this is an outstanding achievement and one that she should be very proud of.

“We have a huge number of extremely talented social workers here in Derby, working with some of the most vulnerable people in the city, and I want to thank each and every one of them for the unbelievable work they do every day.”

The awards are judged by people who have received support from social workers, as well as leading influencers in the social work sector; Chief Social Workers Isabelle Trowler and Lyn Romeo, Children’s Commissioner for England Anne Longfield OBE and Maris Stratulis (England Manager, British Association of Social Workers).