A social worker whose empathy delivers hope: this week’s hero

Ramadam Ahmeti, in Kent's south coast community mental health team, never lets a diagnosis interfere with his focus on the individual

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Ramadam Ahmeti, a social worker in Kent’s south coast community mental health team is this week’s social work hero.

Despite having only joined the team in February this year, with virtually no experience of community mental health, Ram has since become a much valued and admired member of staff, according to Nick Esson, his operational team leader.

Focused on the individual

“Ram manages a very large, demanding, and complex case load. Despite the recent pressures he has endured, which have included client bereavement, he has continued to operate as a person centred, empathetic social worker who focuses on the individual rather than a diagnosis.

“Ram continually reminds me how privileged he feels to be able to provide a social work service to the people of Shepway. His sincerity is a beacon in these days of austerity.”

Nick says he was impressed, in one particular case, where Ram had managed to engage with a service user who had alienated every agency who had tried to support him.

A sense of hope

“During this period of intervention he managed to engage and practically improve not just the physical environment of an individual but also the innate sense of hope that all of us need to strive and attempt to overcome the negative inner narrative that prevents fulfilment.

“The man is a true diamond with a great heart who really deserves some recognition.”

Well done Ram! You’re a #swhero. A box of chocolates is on its way to you now to say ‘thanks’ for all your hard work.

Do you have a social work hero you’d like to nominate? Comment on this article, tweet us @CommunityCare #swhero #StandUp4SW, tell us on Facebook, Instagram (Community_Care) or email us judy.cooper@rbi.co.uk. We’ll pick a winner each week and send them a box of chocolates as a little “thank you” for all their hard work.

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One Response to A social worker whose empathy delivers hope: this week’s hero

  1. Sam mwesigye December 12, 2015 at 4:09 pm #

    Well done done Ram for your immense contribution, once again it reminds us of how social workers strive to bring those at the margins of society back to life.

    I call that true relationship based Social Work . continue with the good work