Nicky Skinner, Team Leader of the Year in Adult social care

Nicky Skinner, Team Leader of the Year in Adult social care

Posted on: 11 December 2017

Devon County Council social work Manager, Nicky Skinner, has been commended for her outstanding dedication, and awarded a top award for work in her field.

Nicky, who works in Sidmouth, Seaton and Axminister, was named Team Leader of the Year, in adult social care services.

The award recognises outstanding individual team leaders who can show clear leadership skills and the ability to successfully manage a team.

Nicky, whose career in social work spans almost three decades, was commented by judges for her outstanding dedication, skill and person-centred focus when handling complex cases.

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

Nicky and team

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.”

Councillor Andrew Leadbetter, Devon County Council’s Cabinet Member responsible for adult social care, said:

“This is a tremendous achievement for Nicky.  Very well done and very well deserved.  Her dedication and commitment to improving the lives of people she works with is recognised at a national level, and I’m enormously proud of her and the work she does for Devon County Council.”

Jennie Stephens, Devon’s Chief Officer for Adult Care and Health, said:

“Congratulations to Nicky. This national award is well deserved, and a true illustration not only of her own dedication, but that of the excellent team Nicky leads so effectively, working with colleagues across health and social care.”

Margaret Wilcox OBE, Director of Adult Services at award supporter, Gloucestershire County Council, said:

“I was thrilled to present Nicky with the Gold award for Team Leader of the Year in Adult Services. Nicky is a truly committed and dedicated manager who is clearly held in high regard by services users, colleagues and other professionals.”

Nicky was presented with her award by celebrity chef and awards patron Lorraine Pascale in front of an audience of over 400 social workers and representatives of the profession. The Social Worker of the Year Awards were founded in 2006 by independent practitioner, Beverly Williams MBE, with the aim of improving the understanding and reputation of the profession.

To find out more about a career in social work in Devon visit or for social care visit the Proud to Care Devon website.

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