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Hospital social worker wins top award

Published 10/12/2014

A social worker at the Royal Derby Hospital has won a top accolade at a national awards evening.

Jeanette Jackson, who works for Derbyshire County Council, has won silver in the Best Adults category at the Social Worker of the Year Awards.

The annual awards aim to improve the reputation and understanding of the social work profession and recognise the outstanding work of teams, individuals and departments across the country.

Jeanette qualified as a social worker 22 years ago and is currently responsible for the safe discharge of patients, many with complex needs, at the Royal Derby Hospital.

Jeanette is part of a multi-agency team based at the hospital, ensuring that people are cared for at the right time, in the right place, by the right people.

She liaises closely with health professionals to help patients get home with the help and support they need after a hospital stay. 

Jeanette says “I enjoy my job and work hard to try to make a difference to people. Where possible, we are helping people to go back home after a stay in hospital, whereas in the past residential care may have been the only option. It’s all about improving relationships and working more closely together, and changing perceptions about what is possible.”

She says news of her award win came as a surprise “I was overwhelmed when they read my name out at the ceremony as I wasn’t expecting it. I work with a brilliant team and it wouldn’t have been possible without them.”

Last Modified 10/12/2014