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David Minto, Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Team Leader of the Year, Adult Services



David’s ability to stay in touch with frontline practice while continuing to effect positive change at a senior level made him a standout winner for this category.


In his role as operations manager of a complex adult social care service in West Northumberland, David has mastered the challenges of integration and ensured that both he and his team are respected and valued by their NHS colleagues. He is committed to service improvement – even finding the time to complete an MSc on the topic alongside the demands of his day-to-day role – and has facilitated a range of opportunities to share best practice.


Another recent achievement has been David’s work to enhance social work support for people at the end of their lives. After recognising the need for improvements in this area, David successfully secured funding from Macmillan Cancer Support to create a specialist palliative care team. His colleagues commented that David’s “excellent social work reasoning” played a key part in this development.


The importance David places on the morale and professional development of his staff also shone through his entry. As one judge put it, David’s contribution to social work “goes way beyond” what you’d expect of a leader.


What was said about David:

“David has shown that you can make a real difference to people’s lives through leadership and service design. He is clearly an effective team leader who is highly regarded by a wide range of professionals. His entry showed a contribution to social work that was way beyond what you would expect of a leader.” - Ruth Smith, Publisher, Community Care


“David’s entry highlighted his strong understanding of social work practice and values and the importance he places on continuous professional development for experienced and newly qualified workers.” - Mandy Nightingale, Principal Social Worker, Essex County Council


“David is sincere and supportive and treats each client with great respect and dignity. He is a very good listener, is focused, and takes responsibility and ownership of all outcomes.” - Relative of service user


“David and I have worked closely over the last few years to improve integration between primary and secondary care and I count him as a valued member of our hospital team. His communication skills are excellent and he has a sound ability to coordinate and organise the various members of his team.” - Dr. Paul Edmonds, Site Clinician Director, Hexham General Hospital



  • Ruth Smith, Community Care
  • Jill Manthorpe, Social Care Workforce Research Unit
  • Annie Hudson
  • Andrew Williamson CBE, NHS Coastal West Sussex Clinical Commissioning Group & Exeter Primary Care            
  • Mandy Nightingale, Essex County Council  



  • David Minto, Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust in partnership with Northumberland County Council - GOLD AWARD WINNER
  • John Dhamrait, Derby City Council - SILVER AWARD WINNER
  • Simon Murray, Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust in partnership with Northumberland County Council
  • Gian Saini, Birmingham City Council
  • Amanda Jones, Birmingham City Council