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Social care team win top award for support

Published: 7 Dec 2013 13:300 comments

MEMBERS of a team that helps people after they have been in hospital were thrilled after winning a national award on Friday.

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Bracknell Forest Council’s Hospital ‘in-reach’ team was named the Team of the Year, Adult Services prize in the Social Worker of the Year Awards.

The team - which works with up to 100 older and vulnerable patients at any one time - helps patients when they leave hospital by providing care for them in their own homes, rather than leaving them in hospital longer than they need to be.

The judges praised team members Helen Ma, Luisa Thomas, Sarah Nixon, Charlotte Blackburn and Alex Stevens for their passion and enthusiasm and their willingness to go the extra mile.

Assistant care manager Sarah Nixon, said: “We’re so thrilled to receive this award.

“We’re very proud of the work we do for some of the most vulnerable people in our community and we’re pleased our efforts have been recognised by our peers.

“It was an incredibly exciting evening.”

Cllr Dale Birch, the council’s executive member for adult social care, health and housing, said: “Many, many congratulations to the team on this very prestigious and very well-deserved award.

“The team is a vital part of the community. Although it’s a small group, these dedicated professionals have successfully supported large numbers of people through the hospital discharge process.

“The service provided by the team is well received within the community as it it is a vital part of our integrated approach and helps to stop delayed discharges from hospital, allowing residents to go back to their own homes as soon as possible.”

The team collected its award at a ceremony at the Lancaster Hotel in London.

Glyn Jones, the council’s director of Adult Care, Health and Housing, said he was delighted for the team.

He said: “These awards are about recognising the best work in the profession and to win is an outstanding achievement.

“The awards aim to raise awareness of the challenging and diverse work social workers do and they are helping to improve the reputation of social workers everywhere.”

The event was organised by the Social Work Awards Ltd, a registered charity with the aim of improving the understanding and reputation of the profession.

They were founded in 2006 by independent social worker Beverley Williams.

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