Abigail Edwards

Social Worker | Adults & Young People
within 2 hours travel time
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Experience

  • Experience of working and liaising with other members of MDT
  • Experience of working with clients with ABI and Spinal Injury
  • Extensive experience of allocating and managing support packages
  • Mental Health
  • Over 15 years’ experience of working in Health and Social Care

Key Skills

  • Strong advocate for clients
  • Excellent report writing skills
  • Defining clear goals and outcome reporting
  • Compassionate and empathetic
  • Dynamic with strong communication skills
  • Social Worker who is also a trained physiotherapist

Profile

I have gained extensive experience of working with individuals and their families with ABI/TBI to assess their needs and requirements to provide a holistic package of care and support.

My time in the physical disabilities team has enabled me to support individuals who have sustained brain injuries through various life events including road traffic accidents, drug overdose, sports injuries, violent assaults, and health issues such as strokes, brain aneurysms etc.

I understand the importance of multidisciplinary team working and I regularly work alongside speech and language therapists, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, psychologists, and specialist neuro rehabilitation consultants to ensure a holistic approach is taken which addresses all aspects of a person’s care. I also work alongside organisations such as Headway and BIRT.

I am very thorough in my approach and have excellent communication skills which enables clients and their families to identify and engage with the process and communicate their individual situation, their wishes, desires, and goals which enables me to provide the care and support they require.

Previous Clinical Experience

November 2021 – April 2022, Senior Social Worker – Physical Disabilities Team – Cambridgeshire County Council

  • Managing complex caseload for clients aged 18-75
  • Providing support in highly complex situations which involve risk, complexity for the safety of the client and others
  • Providing written and verbal reports which are concise and informative
  • Completing specialist support planning with individuals to ensure outcomes are met
  • Leading and guiding other team members.
  • Induction and supervision

January 2021 -November 2021, Social Worker: Physical Disabilities Team – Cambridgeshire County Council

  • Specialist assessment of care and risk assessments with clients
  • Safeguarding lead
  • Team leader for Continuing Healthcare
  • Provide specialist social work practice skills and knowledge to make independent decisions
  • Work in partnership with other disciplines and organisations to achieve positive outcomes for the client

August 2019 – January 2021, Domestic Abuse Social Worker – Women’s Aid, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk

  • To provide specialist and confidential domestic abuse support to women in the community
  • Undertake risk assessments, produce safety plans, and liaise with statutory and other agencies
  • Work with clients to produce crisis plans where appropriate

December 2014 – January 2016, Social Worker: Physical Disabilities Team – Cambridgeshire County Council

  • Provide written and verbal reports which are concise, informative, and based on analysis of complex evidence
  • Assess and balance risk and protective factors within a safeguarding framework
  • Act as professional lead on adult safeguarding investigations and provide expert knowledge of safeguarding processes, policy and case law
  • Work in partnership with other organisations at a strategic level to achieve positive outcomes for service users and carers

December 2010 – December 2014, Student Social Worker – Cambridgeshire County Council

September 2008 – December 2014, Care Manager: Physical Disabilities Team – Cambridgeshire County Council

March 2008 – September 2008, Clinical Research Assistant: Sleep Clinic – Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

  • Independently led clinical research trials within sleep clinic
  • Provided written reports based on analysis of complex data

September 2005 – March 2008, Mental Health Support Worker – Suffolk County Council/Suffolk NHS MH Trust

  • Developed extensive skills and experience working with individuals with significant mental health and/or drug issues
  • Supported clients with activities of daily living
  • Supported and empowered clients to live full and meaningful lives
  • Supported clients to move on into their own accommodation in the community

Professional Qualifications & Affiliations

  • Registered Practitioner, British Association of Brain Injury and Complex Case Management (BABICM)
  • BSc Psychology
  • MSc Rehabilitation Science
  • BA Hons Social Work

Maintaining Excellence

Abigail is committed to maintaining her skills and abilities and engages readily in varied training supported by Independent Living Solutions Ltd which includes the following areas:

  • Capacity and Consent
  • Safeguarding Training: Adults 24/05/22
  • Recruitment and Employment
  • Litigation
  • Management of Risk
  • Moving and Handling
  • GDPR