A social worker has won a national award for her innovative work in mental health at Kent County Council.
Yasmin Ishaq received the Gold award for Creative and Innovative Social Work Practice at the prestigious Social Worker of the Year Awards.
A social worker for more than 25 years, Yasmin has recently been using an open-dialogue mental health treatment model which originated in Finland, in Kent.
Judges of the awards said the work was ‘genuinely innovative’ and said Yasmin was the only social worker in the country leading on this work.
Speaking after she received her award, Yasmin said: “I’m very shocked and humbled to win this award. Social workers work really hard with some of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged people and I always find it a privilege to work with them day-in-day-out to help them find their own strengths and assets.”
Yasmin’s work involved the same practitioners maintaining a consistent relationship with a service user’s family and friends throughout their care, so that all the decisions are made between the client, their support system and the professionals.
Crisis interventions within 24 hours are designed to keep people out of hospital and reduce reliance on traditional services and medication by drawing on support from family and in the community.
Penny Southern, KCC director of Disabled Children, Learning Disability and Mental Health, said: “We are very proud of the work Yasmin has done and this reward is well deserved.
She will continue to support the development of this innovative model through her new role in Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust.”