Since qualifying in 2003, I have worked in the front line in Adults teams, I have been fortunate to have met a range of genuinely nice people and worked alongside some tremendous professional work colleagues. I am a reflective practitioner and have always treated people how I would like to be treated, putting myself into the persons shoes, always considering how would I like to be spoken to? what would I think? what would I want this social worker to do for me? when am I going to get the service? how much is it going to cost? if I am running late always ensuring to contact the person or family member informing I am going to be late as I am aware this prevents anxiety. I have been an active Practice Educator where I have promoted the values in social work to each of my students. I am pleased several students are now employees in Havering. Last year I gained the position as the Practice Learning leadership Excellent Consultant (PLLEC) for Havering where I have been able to share my experiences with students from London Met Uni and University of East London.
The reason for my object is, when I was studying whilst working within the Mental Health team a very courteous gentleman found 3 Buddha’s and gave them to me to wish me luck. I have always sat them on my desk where ever I have been based and they have always led to a conversation with colleagues and students over the years. My plan when I do retire is to share the luck and give them to 3 workers who have made my career such a memorable career.