Northern Trust staff honored with social work awards

Their work has been recognized in the Northern Ireland Social Care Council’s Professional in Practice Awards 2022.

The ceremony recognizes social workers who have completed their professional in practice award and reflects their commitment to learning and their dedication to delivering outstanding social work practice throughout Northern Ireland.

Four prizes were awarded: the Consolidation Prize, the Specialist Prize, the Leadership and Strategy Prize, and the Advanced Fellowship Prize.

NI Social Welfare Council Award

The theme of this year’s ceremony was to celebrate inclusion and diversity in the social work profession and is an opportunity for the Social Care Council, as it reaches its 21st year, to celebrate the richness of people and their life experience.

Northern Trust staff awarded in the Consolidation Award category were: Jade Agnew, Emily Elliott, Josephine Fullerton, Mairead Glass, Clair McElhone, Megan McElwee, Claire Needs and Sivanesan Ramamoorthy.

Members of the Northern Trust were honored in the Specialist Award category: Denise Bermingham, Roisin Connolly, Sharon Cummings, Deirdre Diamond, Sean Falls, Gemma Ferguson, Paul Grainger, Gillian Jackson, Christina Kearney, Catherine Malone, Jordana McKittrick, James Mulholland, Jessica Mulholland, Sarah Jane O’Donnell, Ciara O’Kane, Lyndsay Peden, Elizabeth Peoples, Emma Scullion and Donna Toner.

Edel McToal and Stephanie Patterson of the Northern Trust were among the winners of the Leadership and Strategy Award.

The virtual awards ceremony also saw the Department of Health launch the Social Work Leadership Framework. The framework aims to emphasize professional leadership in the profession and the Social Care Council will play a key role in its implementation.

Speaking at the ceremony, Sean Holland, Chief Social Worker at the Department of Health, said: “I am encouraged to see the level of winners this year.

“Each winner has gone through a learning journey and had their practice assessed against the internationally recognized professional framework of practice for social work in Northern Ireland.

“I congratulate everyone who won awards today. Each has demonstrated excellence and is setting the benchmark by contributing to high-quality experiences for people who use social work services.”

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