National award success for Stockton-on-Tees social workers
Two social workers at Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council have scooped national awards for their work with adults and their families.
Peter Smith, Service Manager, who worked in social care for more than 40 years, received the Gold Lifetime Achievement Award at the Social Worker of the Year Awards 2018.
Caroline McCormack, Adult Safeguarding Social Worker, picked up the Silver Award in the Newly Qualified Adult Social Worker category.
During his time at the Council, Peter was instrumental in creating and overseeing the Council's award winning Reablement Services and the LiveWell Dementia Hub.
Caroline works hard to protect some of the Borough's most vulnerable residents, having been commended by colleagues and partners in the Police and NHS.
Staff at the LiveWell Dementia Hub were also shortlisted as finalists in the Team of the Year category.
Councillor Jim Beall, Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council's Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Health, said: "I would like to congratulate Peter and Caroline for winning these prestigious awards, they are well deserved recognition for their individual achievements. It is a testament to their commitment to improving services and support for residents.
"The awards provide a great opportunity for us to celebrate the work of all our staff. Only 93 finalists were chosen nationally across 16 categories, so to come away with two winners is an excellent achievement and reflects the brilliant work that takes place in the authority."