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13.11.19

Mental Health Social Worker of the Year nominee from Bolton

A social worker from the North Bolton Community Mental Health Team (CMHT) has been shortlisted as one of the seven finalists in their category at the national Social Worker of the Year Awards.

The nominee is Amanda Stewart, a mental health social worker for the North Bolton CMHT which is ran by Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, in partnership with Bolton Council. The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in London on Friday 29 November.

Amanda was nominated for this award in particular by one of her service users, who she has worked with for over five years. This 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”

The Social Worker of the Year Awards is a national initiative that happens yearly, with awards across 16 categories, which recognise social workers and teams in children’s and adult’s services, mental health and the charity sector.

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 herself said: “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.”

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