Adult Social Worker of the Year


Jennifer Staude

ORGANISATION: Westminster City Council / Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

AWARD(S): Adult Social Worker of the Year



Jennifer Staude stood out to the judges as a truly inspirational practitioner who has shaped the role of social work within an integrated health and social care service.


Jennifer trained in Australia but came to London to practise four years ago, taking up a senior post at Charing Cross Hospital’s neuro-rehabilitation unit. Here she works on a single, complex ward supporting people with acquired brain injury – both during their stay for rehabilitation and following discharge, as they readjust to life back in the community.


Jennifer is the first social worker to hold this post and her colleagues say she has shown the service “how invaluable social work is to excellent care”. She has developed her complex care planning role to meet a wide range of social need and has worked extensively to ensure the unit is well-equipped to identify and support key areas of social work practice, including mental capacity, safeguarding, and substance misuse.


Jennifer is a tenacious social worker and was praised for always fighting for the best outcomes for her clients, especially at a time of severe budget cuts. Against all odds, she has enabled a huge number of people to retain their independence in the community.

This social worker exemplifies what is required of social workers today! She is an inspiration and having shaped and developed this social work service as the first one to hold the post, has won the confidence of the other professionals and most importantly service users! Brilliant.

Lyn Romeo, Chief Social Worker for Adults

Jen shows the importance of community inclusion and positivism when working with this group of people. I should know, I am the survivor of a Traumatic Brain Injury.

Caroline Waugh, Think Local Act Personal

I’ve been in UK 11 years and I’ve heard stories from other friends who haven’t had much help from social workers. But with me every time, I had the opposite experience. I learned a lot from my social worker. Now I can do more things, I can understand better and I’ve learned the right questions to ask.

Service user feedback

Jen is a dedicated and committed social worker, and an integral member of our specialist neuro-rehabilitation multi-disciplinary team. She has a warm, collaborative approach and an unrelenting commitment to representing the interests of every one of her clients.

Sarah Daniels, Lead Therapist – Neurorehabilitation, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust


Caroline Waugh

Lyn Romeo

Sally Percival

Samantha Keith

Vidhya Biju


Dan Morton, London Borough of Hillingdon


Jess Adams, Gloucestershire County Council

Jo Doughty, Gloucestershire County Council

Louise Redsull, Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council

Lucy Hunt</b., Devon County Council

Steve Foster, Hampshire County Council

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