Two Derby City Council social workers have been selected as a finalist in the Social Worker of the Year Awards 2018 as a result of their outstanding work with vulnerable adults.

Jane Haywood, a team manager , who has worked at Derby City Council for 18 years, has been nominated for the Team Leader of the Year, in Adult Services.

Meanwhile, in the Newly Qualified Adult Social Worker category, Claudia Lancashire, social worker, who qualified in 2016 and joined Derby City Council in 2017, has also been shortlisted.

Results will be announced in November 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 and Claudia are two 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.”

Speaking about her nomination, Jane commented:

“I am so proud to be nominated by my team to receive this award, and excited to represent Derby and hospital social work at the awards ceremony. The success of my nomination is illustrative of the commitment and assistance I receive each day from my team; and the support of my manager,  my  colleagues in Home First, the Integrated Discharge team  and  adult social care locality teams.”

Claudia added:

“I am grateful for the nomination. I count my lucky stars every day that I got the opportunity to be part Hospital to Home team so early on in my career. My growth in knowledge and confidence is down to the advice, guidance, support and feedback given to me, so the nomination is really for the team as a whole.

Special thanks to Binda Gill for persevering with me through the ASYE process despite the difficult winter pressures.”


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 is being recognised. Given that there is an estimated 1.45 million people working in adult social care in the UK, the nomination alone 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.”

Fiona Brown, Executive Director People Services at award sponsor Sunderland City Council, said:

“This award recognises an outstanding team leader in adult services. All the finalists have outstanding leadership skills and the ability to inspire and support their team to deliver exceptional support to vulnerable adults.”

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).