LGA Peer Challenge Team
Margaret Barrett – Head of Adult Care Services and Principal Social Worker, at Gateshead Council
Margaret Barrett is an experienced social worker and manager, having lead on management of change involving structures, workforce skills, and process improvement. She has 30 years of Local Government experience in Adult Social Care, with 7 years’
experience at Senior Management (Head of Service). Margaret has senior management experience in Adult Social Care covering Social Care Assessment, Care management, Provider Services and Commissioning. She has also taken a lead on service,
performance and financial improvement.
She has working knowledge of the locality/networks/regional work and won the title of Principal Social Worker of the Year at the National awards in 2014, sponsored by the college of social work.
Margaret has supervised the implementation of the Modernisation Strategy to improve services for Older People, and a customer contact centre for Adult Social Care (Adult Social Care Direct), which was moved from vision to reality within one year (2009). She is Chair of a number of key partnerships, including Personalisation and Older people and Carers partnership. These partnerships involve partners from statutory and non statutory organisations. She has also led on innovative work that was undertaken in conjunction with partners re BME work; Dementia; continuing care agreements. Margaret has led the Development of the Council’s strategies regarding Carers, Older people and Dementia, Autism. She has experience of the Line management of Assessment and Care management teams, and of the negotiation of costs of care with residential and nursing home providers and initiating work on Quality model and ongoing monitoring/driving up of quality in provider services.
Margaret is a Registered Social Worker with the HCPC (Health and Care Professions Council) and recently featured as lead article in the college of Social work magazine “Social work Matters “March 2014 regarding her role as Principal Social worker, and has recently been asked to write an article for the Guardian newspaper on her views about the Care Act and what it means for carers (March 2015 ).
She has an active interest in the further development of social workers and students, and is currently undertaking Post graduate study to be a Practice Educator.