Accolades

 

Winner of Winners 13/14

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Skills for Care understands the importance of recognising workforce quality and development. All too often our sector doesn’t draw the nation’s attention to our sector’s successes but the Accolades provide an opportunity to do just that.

The Accolades, which are now in their twelfth year, reward the best of the best in adult social care. They are not awarded to individual care workers but rather to organisations and employers who are committed to delivering high quality care and developing their workforce. The Accolades also give us an opportunity to share best practice so we can continue to make innovative improvements that make a difference to those who need care and support. 

Submission forms for the Accolades 2014/15 will be available on Thursday 1 May 2014.  For more information on the Accolades 2014/15 click here


Best employer of under 250 Staff – Amber Trust

Best employer of over 250 staff – Cornwall Care Limited

Best individual employer who employs their own staff – Lisa-Marie Eastwood

Best provider of learning and development – Tyne and Wear Care Alliance

Best employer support for Apprenticeships – Oxfordshire County Council Health and Social Care Apprenticeship Scheme

Best employer support for the Assessed and Support Year in Employment - Southampton, Hampshire, Isle of Wight & Portsmouth (SHIP) Social Work Education Network (SWEN)

Best recruitment initiatives – The Westminster Society for people with learning disabilities

Most effective new approach to service delivery – MacIntyre

Winner of Winners - The Westminster Society for people with learning disabilities

The Westminster Society provides services for people with learning disabilities in Westminster and other London boroughs. Their services include registered care, supported housing, day opportunities, floating support and domiciliary care. The people they support have a range of needs including profound and multiple disability, autism and complex needs.

What the verifier said…The Westminster Society have worked with the people using their service and developed a values into practice statement and ten top tips for selection of staff. An assessment centre approach for recruitment purposes was instigated in 2012 which enables candidates to demonstrate their behaviours, attitudes and values through a series of practical exercises and assessment tools.

People receiving care and support from the organisation are fully involved in hosting the assessment day, taking photographs of candidates, chatting with them informally and

observing the practical exercises. The photographs are to remind them of the candidates when making decisions about whether they should be recruited. This has increased their self-esteem and given them the power to help shape their services. The organisation has a strong learning culture with staff encouraged and supported to achieve qualifications and specialist learning and development. Action learning sets have been developed to support managers to learn through experience and develop their practice. This has resulted in improved retention rates.

We are delighted to announce our finalists for the 2013/14 Accolades. Please find list below.

Best employer of under 250 staff

  • Half Acre House
  • Amber Trust
  • Cherish Care Ltd

Best employer of over 250 staff

  • Cornwall Care
  • Choices Housing Association
  • Local Solutions

Best individual employer who employs their own staff

  • Edwin Dalby
  • Lisa Arger
  • Mark Chipperfield
  • Valerie Longmore

Best provider of learning and development

  • DH Associates
  • St Lukes Hospice
  • Tyne and Wear Care Alliance

Best employer support for Apprenticeships 

  • Hertforshire County Council
  • Oxfordshire County Council
  • St Mungo’s

Best employer support for ASYE

  • Southamption, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth Social Work Education Network (SHIP)
  • Creative Support
  • Hertfordshire County Council

Best recruitments initiatives 

  • Extra Care Charitable Trust
  • Greensleeves Homes Trust
  • Westminster Society for Learning Disability

Most effective new approach to service delivery

  • Making Space Bury 
  • The Abbeyfield Society
  • MacIntyre

There are ten categories in the Accolades and you can nominate yourself/own organisation or another organisation/individual in any of the ten categories.

The categories are:

  1. Best employer of under 250 staff
  2. Best employer of over 250 staff
  3. Best individual employer who employs their own staff
  4. Best provider of learning and development
  5. Best employer support for Apprenticeships 
  6. Best employer support for the Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE)
  7. Best recruitment initiatives
  8. Most effective approach to integration and innovation
  9. Most effective user of workforce intelligence
  10. Best employer promoting carers as expert partners in care

Submission forms will be available from Thursday 1 May 2014. 

Judging is a four-stage process, which identifies a winner for each Accolade category and from those, a winner for an additional Accolade – the Winner of Winners award.

The procedure is as follows:

Stage 1 – initial judging

  • A judging panel of Skills for Care staff assesses the submission forms.
  • Each panel considers the submissions for one category and selects three finalists to be shortlisted for the next stage.

Stage 2 – verification visits

  • A member of the judging panel will visit the short listed finalists to verify the information submitted in the nomination form to ensure it is valid, reliable and authentic. A report will be submitted to support each verification visit.

Stage 3 – national judging

  • A judging panel of social care experts will then use the submission forms and the verification visit reports to select a winner for each category.

Stage 4 – Winner of Winners judging

  • The winner of each category then goes before a panel of sector leaders who decide which of the category winners should receive the Winner of Winners award.

To achieve an Accolade proves an organisation’s success in achieving the highest standards of workforce development within social care. As well as celebrating best practice, the Accolades provide an excellent platform in which to showcase best practice to the wider sector - especially when an applicant describes a new initiative or way of working.

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