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Transitions Team wins University of Worcester Award

Thursday 22 November 2018 2.21pm

Herefordshire Council and Hoople Training and Education are delighted to announce that the council’s Transitions Team has won an ‘Outstanding Practice Learning Environment Award’ in the University of Worcester’s Annual Mentor Awards.

The team was nominated by University of Worcester’s final year student social worker, Zoe Jones. In her citation, Zoe commented: “From the moment I joined the team  … I felt supported, welcome and valued. (The team) took time to discuss with me what I wanted to achieve on placement, all understood the value of learning in practice … They took time out of their busy day to encourage me to reflect on the work I had been doing, underpin theory and supported me to challenge my thinking and learning.”

The Transitions Team is headed by Mel Davies, a highly experienced Social Worker, and her team of two support staff. Mel and her team have supported a number of student social workers in the past several years, and were thrilled to have been nominated.

Mel Davies said: “The Transitions Team is a good environment in which social work students can learn as it straddles children’s and adults’ social work and therefore provides great insight into both fields. I like to give students broad experience and a variety of case loads. They are with us to learn and grow and I see my role as supporting them to do so.

“We were thrilled to hear that the team had been nominated. It’s so nice to be recognised and even better to win the award!”

The awards ceremony was held at the University of Worcester in October 2018 at a black tie event attended by over 40 other awards winners and their guests. Unfortunately, the team was unable to  attend due to having to support a social work emergency, but the commemorative plaque and award certificate now take pride of place in the Transitions Team office.

Placements for student Social Workers within Herefordshire are coordinated by Ruth Leak, Practice Educator at Hoople Training and Education. Ruth places nearly 40 social work students each year within a variety of local authority and voluntary sector Ruth Leak, Practice Educator at Hoople Training and Educationsettings.

Zoe was placed within the Transitions team at Herefordshire Council by Ruth and was a regular attendee at Ruth’s monthly student development groups

Mel is hoping to continue to support Ruth by offering placements within the Transitions Team for future student social workers.