A social worker from Worcestershire has been selected as a finalist in the Social Work Awards 2017 as a result of her outstanding work with vulnerable adults.
Jill Hughes, who works for Worcestershire County Council, has been nominated for the Team Leader of the Year, Adult Services category and will find out if she has won at an exclusive awards ceremony which will take place in London in November.
Jill is one of dozens of finalists competing across 15 categories.
The prestigious awards ceremony is the leading celebration of its kind in the social care sector and recognises the achievements and successes of the profession’s most innovative and dedicated social workers.
Jill, who started working at the County Council back in 2008 as a newly qualified social worker, said: "I am overwhelmed and so pleased to be nominated and ecstatic to be shortlisted.
"All credit to my wonderful team, who have taken the time to organise this application and manage to keep it a secret from me."
In the past nine years Jill, who works with children and adults in Worcestershire, has worked her way up to Team Leader in the Transitions Young Adults Team and PLOT.
Cllr Adrian Hardman, Worcestershire County Council's Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, said: "It's fantastic to hear that Jill has been shortlisted for this award.
"We have a team of dedicated social workers in Worcestershire who support vulnerable children and adults in the county.
"It's a fantastic achievement to just be nominated for one of these awards and I wish Jill all the best of luck at the finals."
The awards will be judged by leading influencers including the Chief Social Workers Isabelle Trowler and Lyn Romeo and Maris Stratulis (England Manager, British Association of Social Workers).
The Social Work Awards are supported by headline sponsor Sanctuary Social Care; corporate partner the British Association of Social Workers, and individual category supporters, Barnardo’s, UNISON, iMPOWER, The Open University, OLM Systems and Community Care. The awards are also supported by the local authorities of Calderdale, Bradford, Devon, Hampshire, Gloucestershire, Kent and Essex as well as the Tees Valley Local Authority Children’s Services – a partnership between the local authorities of Middlesbrough, Hartlepool, Darlington, Redcar & Cleveland and Stockton-on-Tees.
For more information about the Social Worker of the Year Awards please see www.socialworkawards.com