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HPFT social workers scoop silver and gold at national awards

04 Dec 19 - 04 Dec 20

Ingrid Richardson and Thea Radburn, social workers at Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT),  have won silver and gold in the national finals for Mental Health Social Worker of the Year 2019.

l-r Kate Linhart, Ingrid Richardson, Thea Radburn and Jane Padmore

The Social Worker of the Year Awards were established in 2006 to recognise and celebrate the achievements of social workers, promote social work and incentivise individuals and teams in the social work profession to achieve excellence.

Gold winner Thea Radburn said: “It was a real honour to attend the awards and hear about all the amazing social work going up and down the country. It was a bit of shock to win, but a privilege. I was so glad to be able to share the experience with those who have supported me in the Trust since I started here as a student. To win alongside Ingrid felt like a real celebration of social work in HPFT, and I’m so proud to work in an organisation that champions the role of social workers and what they can bring to supporting people with mental health problems.”

Ingrid Richardson, who won silver said: “The Social Work Awards was a fantastic opportunity for the profession to come together and share stories of good practice. In such challenging times, social work has a more important role than ever to play in supporting the rights of some of the most vulnerable members of society, and the passion in the room to get this right was evident. It was an honour to receive this award, and I am also so incredibly proud of Thea who is a real asset to the Trust – it is certainly worth noting that my social work career wouldn’t have been possible without such a supportive organisation.

Kate Linhart, Head of Social Work and Safeguarding said: “To be shortlisted out of so many entries in this category was already a huge achievement, but words cannot describe how I feel about Ingrid and Thea winning both the silver and gold awards. I’ve always thought that we have the best social workers supporting people with mental Illness in Hertfordshire and this confirms it!”

HPFT’s Executive Director for Quality and Safety and Chief Nurse Dr Jane Padmore attended the awards and said: “There are around 90,000 social workers on the HCPC register and having two finalists, from HPFT recognised at these national awards is a fantastic achievement in itself.

“Winning silver and gold is just phenomenal and I couldn’t be more proud - we are lucky to have such amazing people working at our Trust. Ingrid and Thea are both such positive role models, who consistently promote our values and are passionate about supporting our service users. They demonstrate the unique contribution the social workers in the Trust bring to ensuring our service users have a good experience. “

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