Social worker at Macmillan Unit in Christchurch nominated for national award for her “passion” for helping young people through the loss of a loved one from cancer
A CHRISTCHURCH social worker has been nominated for a national award recognising her “passion” for working with youngsters affected by cancer.
Barbara Parker is a specialist palliative care social worker based in the Macmillan Unit at Christchurch Hospital.
She cares for youngsters whose parent or caregiver is receiving end-of-life care and also supports them afterwards through their grieving.
Barbara works for University Hospitals Dorset and has been shortlisted for Children’s Social Worker of the Year.
Lucy Short, patient and family support team leader in the Macmillan Unit, said: “Barbara is an exceptional social worker. The families she supports – at one of the most challenging times of their lives – are supported to find their own strength, resources and often hope beyond the loss.”
Well known for her creativity Barbara uses a wide range of play therapy, arts and crafts and creative writing in her work.
Barbara has worked as a children’s and young people social worker for over 30 said: “I am very proud to have been shortlisted and this showcases how brilliant the whole team is.
“Young people need realistic reassurance and I am driven to give children the tools they need now to navigate their loss throughout their life. I love my job and I am proud to be a social worker.”
One of six finalists, Barbara will find out if she has won at a special awards ceremony in London on 3rd November.