Social worker up for national award

Maureen Jaimin, adult social care team manager at Northumberland County Council .
Maureen Jaimin, adult social care team manager at Northumberland County Council .

A DEDICATED Northumberland social worker has made the finals of prestigious national awards.

Morpeth resident Maureen Jaimin has been shortlisted in the Social Worker of the Year Awards for her work in hospitals and the community.

The professional, who has 20 years’ experience in the field, is Adult Social Care Team Manager at Northumberland County Council and works with adults with a mental illness, including high risk offenders.

Her efforts have led to closer working relations between medical and social care staff in multiple agencies to improve support for vulnerable adults with complex needs.

She has helped to develop new team procedures and training to assess and deliver care that promotes independence while keeping people safe.

Ms Jaimin has been nominated for the Adult Social Worker of the Year category.

She said: “I feel very humbled and honoured to have been shortlisted for this award.

“The support from senior management has been paramount in the successful development of this newly-formed team. I see this not as an individual achievement, rather as recognition by the judges of excellent teamwork and commitment to social work values to give people more choice and control over services whilst keeping them safe.”

Northumberland Corporate Director of Adults, Housing and Community Health Daljit Lally said: “We are delighted that Maureen’s work has been recognised nationally.”

The awards, which have been judged by leading national care professionals, will be presented at a ceremony at the Lancaster Hotel in London on Friday, November 29.