The 2018 Social Worker of the Year awards took place in London on Friday 30th November. Entries for this year's awards open in April 2019. #SWA18

Jane Haywood

Team Leader of the Year, Adult Services



Jane Haywood is not only a leader with a natural flair for managing the fast-paced environment of hospital social work, she is also one who has demonstrated great strength and resilience in the face of testing times for the Hospital to Home team she heads up.


Jane has practised in a hospital setting since qualifying in 1999, when she was one of the first social workers in the county to achieve the full post-qualifying award and train as a best interests assessor. She was appointed to her current post at the Royal Derby Teaching Hospital in 2016, where she has led on developing the Hospital to Home service.


In the past year, Jane’s team have experienced a harsh winter, with an unprecedented influx of admissions to the hospital, as well as the sudden loss of two very dear colleagues and friends. Jane’s nomination described how she navigated her team through these challenges with “confidence and calmness”, working positively with NHS colleagues to ensure the best outcomes for patients, and supporting her staff through their grief.


Jane’s colleagues credited her as a tenacious and sensitive manager, whose leadership has kept the show firmly on the road throughout an incredibly difficult time.


What was said about Jane:


Andy Butler, Lifetime Achievement Award Winner 2017: “This nomination is a great endorsement for Jane. There is much evidence of her leadership skills and successful team management through difficult times. Her support to the team through the loss, and their bereavement, of two team members, whist managing her own grief was exemplary. An inspirational nomination!”


Cath Gormally, Director of Social Care, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust: “Jane is a strong and supportive manager who shows flair and creativity in motivating and supporting staff to excel. She also demonstrates strong social work values and uses her influence, hands-on, as a manager to get the best outcomes for service users.”


Lyn Lidsey, Community Care Worker: “Jane has the ability to make you feel important and valued. She brings out the best qualities in each team member, provides us with confidence and creates a happy working environment where the team enjoy coming to work and want to work hard as we feel so appreciated.”


Julie Knight, Head of Service – Home First: “I cannot imagine a more deserving recipient of the Team Leader of the Year Award. The past 12 months have been challenging both professionally and emotionally for Jane and the Hospital 2 Home team, and it is only because of Jane’s tenacity, resilience, focus and sensitivity that the team, and our service within the acute pathway has pulled through. We are lucky to have her and would be lost without her.”



  • Andy Butler, Lifetime Achievement Award Winner 2017
  • Cath Gormally, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
  • Nicky Skinner, Team Leader of the Year, Adult Services Award Winner 2017
  • Tony Zaman, London Borough of Hillingdon



  • Cheri Pearson, Livewell South West - SILVER AWARD WINNER
  • Jane Haywood, Derby City Council
  • Kelly-Ann Page, Gloucestershire County Council
  • Nicholas Edwards, Trafford Council
  • Tracey Bage, South Tyneside Council