A social worker from Chester has received national recognition for her support of vulnerable adults.
Kate Moorhouse, who works for Cheshire West & Chester Council, was named runner up in the category for Newly Qualified Adult Social Worker of the Year and took home a silver award during the Social Worker of the Year Awards in London.
Kate is a social worker in a hospital social work team, supporting people to return home after an illness, operation or spell in hospital. The judges described her as an ‘inspiring’ social worker and were impressed with her confidence despite being at a relatively early stage in her career.
Speaking just after she collected her award, Kate said: “It’s absolutely fantastic to have won this award. It was an honour to be nominated and then to be shortlisted, so to then come and receive the silver award is wonderful – I’m so proud.”
Acting managing director of award sponsor ECL Mike Fitzgerald said: “Kate is an inspiring social worker which is a hugely impressive feat for someone who is newly qualified. She is showing great skills and potential and can be very proud of everything she has achieved so far in her career.”
Kate was presented with her award in front of an audience of 370 social workers and representatives of the profession. The Social Worker of the Year Awards were founded in 2006 by independent practitioner, Beverley Williams, with the aim of improving the understanding and reputation of the profession.