Sandy Wells

Sandy is a Senior Social Worker, Cambridgeshire County Council and was nominated by Ella Waughman.

Sandy Wells
Sandy Wells, Senior Social Worker

In the years Sandy has worked in the team, she has progressed through the structure and is now a senior social worker. Sandy brings a wealth of experience and knowledge from her years of practice. Sandy is often the “go to” person in the team due to the confidence we all have in her ability. Sandy has a sound knowledge of legislation, theory and local policy, agencies and initiatives. As this is matched with an equally high skill set of interpersonal skills, it is unsurprising that Sandy has such positive outcomes for the service users with whom she works. The skills and knowledge Sandy has have been demonstrated in various initiatives and projects that she has been invited to be part of.

Sandy has been a member of a local prison board, supporting those on their release. She also was invited to take part in a working group to improve the way in which reviews take place in care homes – ultimately producing a countywide aide memoir document to be shared. Sandy has also been a member of a Technology Enabled Care group, aiming to improve the provision of Technology for older people across the county. Her enthusiasm for these projects is obvious and she shows such commitment to these groups. Sandy is able to share her skills within our team; she is a very present member of the team and is able to offer support whenever colleagues require help. Sandy also delivers group supervisions and presents in Professional Development Group meetings. By imparting her knowledge in a very accessible way, she helps others in the team to grow and learn. The importance of helping others to learn is reflected in Sandy’s practice educator role.

Alongside full time work, Sandy undertook the qualification to become a mentor for students and newly qualified social workers. Within this role, she has a prominent role in supporting the learning and development of others. Those fortunate enough to work alongside Sandy are able to benefit from her gentle and nurturing approach, her genuine enthusiasm for the job and her years of practice knowledge. Since completing her qualification, Sandy has had a number of students and newly qualified social workers successfully finish their course. Sandy’s conscientious spirit is reflected too in this role and she prioritises portfolio and report writing. As well as helping others to learn, Sandy recognises her own development opportunities.

Sandy attends training sessions and workshops and seeks opportunities to learn from others in the team. This helps everyone in the team to feel valued and respected and fosters a collaborative approach. Sandy will encourage others to share their learning and knowledge in team meetings and supervisions which again evokes a positive sense of development within us all. Sandy feels strongly about community. This is not only shown in her conduct within the team and the sense of cooperation she has but also in seeking creative and innovate networks for her service users. Sandy does not think of formal care provision as an automatic answer but always tries to promote societal resources.

Sandy fights for social justice; she advocates for the rights of service users and is not afraid of asking questions and challenging opinion. However, this is always done in such a respectful manner, Sandy always is able to develop strong working relationships with colleagues and other professionals and is admired far beyond our team. Sandy is a fantastic role model; she is professional, hard-working, measured and intelligent. She shows such empathy, warmth and kindness towards service users, their families and her colleagues. Everyone needs a Sandy in their team.