Sidmouth social worker wins top prize for striving to break down barriers

PUBLISHED: 16:30 03 December 2017

Nicky Skinner was presented with her award by (L-R) celebrity chef and awards patron Lorraine Pascale; Margaret Willcox OBE, Director of Adult Services at award supporter Gloucestershire County Council and James Rook, Chief Executive at Headline Sponsor Sanctuary Social Care

Nicky Skinner was presented with her award by (L-R) celebrity chef and awards patron Lorraine Pascale; Margaret Willcox OBE, Director of Adult Services at award supporter Gloucestershire County Council and James Rook, Chief Executive at Headline Sponsor Sanctuary Social Care

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A social work manager from Devon – praised for striving to break down the barriers between health and social care – has won a top prize at the prestigious Social Worker of the Year Awards.

Nicky Skinner, who works in Sidmouth, Seaton and Axminster for Devon County Council, was named team leader of the year in adult services.

She was commended by the judges for her outstanding dedication, skill and person-centred focus when handling complex cases.

She was also praised by colleagues for her calmness under pressure, wisdom and ability to empower and support staff.

Nicky said: “It feels great to win this award. Just to be nominated was enough for me but to actually win makes me so proud. I’m just thrilled that my team nominated me.

“I’ve been a social worker for almost 30 years and it’s just one of the best jobs in the world, I’ve loved every minute

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