Newly Qualified Adult Social Worker of the Year


Ella Waughman

ORGANISATION: Cambridgeshire County Council

AWARD(S): Newly Qualified Adult Social Worker of the Year

Ella Waughman stood out as a social worker who is already achieving results for the people she supports that go far beyond the expectations of a newly-qualified practitioner.


After graduating from Anglia Ruskin University in 2018 with a first class master’s degree, Ella was recruited to the Huntingdon Older People’s Team – where she had completed her final student placement. In this role, she has navigated a variety of complex cases, many requiring her to consider mental capacity and best interest decision-making.


One quality that came up repeatedly in Ella’s nomination was her calm and measured approach to her work, which has clearly been instrumental in how she builds relationships with service users and their families, and the good outcomes she achieves for them.


Alongside the day job, she actively promotes the wellbeing of her colleagues, by providing a 4pm tea round and arranging regular pub quiz and team walks. She also volunteers as a mentor for a rehabilitation charity and as a cricket coach for a local adult and youth team.


Ella was credited by her colleagues as making them feel “confident in the future of social work” – and she obviously has a very bright future ahead of her too.


Ella is off to an incredible start in her social work career. She brings with her experience in a range of areas and a maturity that will serve her and her clients well. She has achieved so much already and it is exciting to see what Ella will bring to the profession in future.

Jennifer Staude, Adult Social Worker of the Year Award Winner 2018

Wow what a woman! Academic excellence, community minded, team spirit, developed and led on service wide projects. Brilliant.

Jane Haywood, Team Leader of the Year, Adult Services Award Winner 2018

Thank you so very much for everything you have done for our dad. He thought you were lovely. Thank you from me doesn’t seem enough for being my brick, but also for showing us and dad so much kindness, compassion and understanding.

Feedback from family supported by Ella

I am proud to have Ella as part of my team, I am inspired by her intelligence, her ethics, her knowledge, enthusiasm, dedication, compassion and discretion. Ella encompasses social work, with her and likewise individuals I have confidence in the future of social work. In my view Ella is ‘just great’!

Julie Dalton, Team Manager, Cambridgeshire County Council


Lily Hopkins

Rob Mitchell


Charlotte Norris, Focus Adult Social Work

Ebenezer Arhin, Luton Council


Hannah Creasy, Livewell Southwest

Johannes Groenewald, Suffolk County Council

Zachary Bishop, Cornwall Council

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