A Bolton social worker has been selected as one of seven finalists in their category at the national Social Worker of the Year Awards.
Amanda Stewart is a mental health social worker for the North Bolton Community Mental Health Team (CMHT), which is run by Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, in partnership with Bolton Council. Amanda was chosen as a finalist for Mental Health Social Worker of the Year Award. The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in London on Friday 29 November.
The Social Worker of the Year Awards is a national initiative that happens annually, with awards spanning 16 categories, recognising social workers and teams in children’s and adult’s services, mental health and the charity sector. Among the 16 different categories is the Mental Health Social Worker of the Year.
Jo-Anne Padgett, Operational Manager for Functional CMHTs, said: “Amanda is a team player and her knowledge and experience shows in her calm approach to working with our service users in often challenging and sometimes unique situations. We are proud in Bolton to work in an integrated service where health and social care staff are committed to work together for the best outcomes for our service users.”
Amanda was nominated for this award by one of her service users, who she has worked with for over five years. The mental health service user has said: “Amanda thoroughly deserves this award as she always has the service users best interests at heart, she always goes the extra mile. I am a complex case and Amanda works with me regarding positive risk taking and thinks outside the box, nothing is too much trouble”
Amanda commented: “I was quite shocked! Mental health services often don’t get the credit they deserve, so it’s nice to feel appreciated; it’s especially nice when the nomination is from a service user.”
Rachel Tanner, Director of Adult Services at Bolton Council, said: “Amanda is a brilliant example of the many committed social workers we are lucky to have here in Bolton.
“Amanda was nominated by a service user she has known for many years, which shows just how much she is valued by those that she works with.
“Every day, our mental health workers do an incredible job in challenging circumstances and just to be shortlisted for this award is a remarkable achievement.”
Founder Beverly Williams established the Social Worker of the Year Awards in order to “celebrate the outstanding achievements of practitioners and teams up and down the country”.