Accolades

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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. 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. 

You can enter the Accolades by clicking on the category below and downloading the form, the closing date for this year's entries is Thursday 4 September 2014. For more information on the Accolades 2014/15, including the judging process, rules of entry and sponsors click here

Before entering the Accolades read our top tips

This will give you an idea of how to make your entry stand out from the crowd and how to select the right category for you. 

 

Here's what some of our winners have to say about entering the Accolades:

"This is a fantastic achievement and to have been awarded this prestigious award is a great honour…The recognition by an organisation such as Skills for Care has endorsed the work we have been doing and gave us an opportunity to thank our staff and members. In addition we have been able to share our experiences with other organisations and commissioners with the Accolades as a validation of our work as an example of best practice."  Gabby Machell CEO and Mandy Crowford Director of Adult Services at The Westminster Society for people with learning disabilities, Accolades 2013/14 Winner of Winners


We were thrilled to win such a prestigious award and recognised nationally for our achievements, we would recommend any employer to enter!”  Carina Monnelly-Owen, Friendship Care and Housing, Accolades Winner 2011/12

"Securing the award [an Accolade] raised the profile and validated the work we do at the Pod. I would recommend any employer applies - best practice needs to be recognised and celebrated"
Christine Eade, The Pod, Coventry City Council, Accolades Winner 2011/12

“Winning a national award has really helped raise the profile of our business... I would recommend any employer to enter as it has had a hugely positive impact across our organisation.”
Andrew Azzopardi Managing Director at Sunnyside House, Accolades 2011/12 Winner of Winners

In challenging times it is critical that employers invest in developing the skills and knowledge of theirworkforce to provide high quality social care.

This category invites entries from employers who can demonstrate a planned and effective approachto developing a capable, confident and skilled workforce.They should champion a personalised approach to social care services.

Who should enter this category: organisations that employ 250 staff or less.

In challenging times it is critical that employers invest in developing the skills and knowledge of theirworkforce to provide high quality social care.

This category invites entries from employers who can demonstrate a planned and effective approachto developing a capable, confident and skilled workforce.They should champion a personalised approach to social care services.

Who should enter this category: organisations that employ 250 staff or more.

The number of individual employers is growing rapidly. With the benefits and flexibility of employing their own staff comes the responsibility of being an employer.

This category invites entries from individual employers who can demonstratean effective approach to developing capable, confident and skilled staff.This can include demonstrating good methods of recruiting the right people, training and developing them so they can provide excellent care andsupport to you.

An individual employer is someone who buys their own care and support, usually by employing one or more personal assistants. They are sometimes called direct employers. Often, an individual employer will have been assessed by social care as eligible to receive funding (often by means ofa ‘direct payment’), but sometimes they will pay for their own care (knownas self-funding) or through Personal Health Budgets. Either way, they havechoice and control about how they are supported.

Who should enter this category: people who employ their own staff.

In an ever changing sector, employers need learning and development that meets current and futuredemands. This requires learning and development providers to respond flexibly to the needs ofemployers when delivering the range of new units and qualifications available.

This category invites entries from learning and development providers who demonstrate that theyprovide learning opportunities to meet employer and learner needs. They should champion apersonalised approach to social care services.

Who should enter this category: publicly accessible learning and development providers/assessment centres and in-house learning and development teams.

This year has seen record number of Apprenticeships in social care. With an Apprenticeship individuals are offered a broad development programme that will equip them with the skills and knowledge to offer a high standard of care.

This category invites entries from employers who can demonstrate their investment in apprentices and the positive impact this has had on their business.

Who should enter this category: any employer or individual employer who runs an adult social care Apprenticeship programme.

Newly qualified social workers require a range of support. The Assessed and Supported Year inEmployment (ASYE) implemented in September 2012 makes good quality support and assessment available through employers in the first year in employment.

It aims to improve confidenceand readiness to practice, building on the skills and knowledge developed through qualifyingprogrammes.

Who should enter this category: adult social care employers who can demonstrate effectivesupport for new social workers in the ASYE.

Good recruitment strategies lead to higher rates of retention. Taking the time to attract the right people and carrying out a thorough recruitment process will increase the chance of retaining better quality staff for longer.

Who should enter this category: those who have established an effective recruitment initiativethat encourages new and returning people into the workforce. This includes providers and individual employers.

Adult social care is evolving rapidly. The movement towards personalised services has led to theworkforce, employers, commissioners, carers and people in need of care and support, interacting inmany creative ways.Skills for Care’s ‘Most effective new approach to integration and innovation’ Accolade, recognisesexamples of excellence, in which organisations or individuals have found new and creative ways towork in partnership, which deliver learning that changes how people are supported.

Nominations are encouraged from all parts of the adult social care sector including: local authorities, organisationsfrom the independent sector (such as user-led organisations (ULOs)) or individual employers (someone who buys their own care and support, usually by employing one or more personalassistants).Skills for Care recognises that effective approaches to integration and innovation do not just existbetween one social care organisation and another; applicants may have worked with partners fromother sectors including - but not limited to - housing, the arts, spots, health and public health.

Who should enter this category: organisations, individual employers, ULOs, local authorities and partnerships.

Workforce planning using detailed workforce intelligence from the National Minimum Data Set for Social Care (NMDS-SC) is now being increasingly undertaken by social care providers to improve services.

This Accolades category invites entries from small and large providers of social care who can demonstrate a planned and effective approach to using workforce intelligence from NMDS-SC to better meet the care and support needs of people who use their services.

Who should enter this category: care providers.

Skills for Care has recognised the importance of developing the workforce to support carers. Skills for Care’s common core principles (CCPs) for working with carers, as well as the suite of resources aviailable, promote the need to work with carers as expert partners in care.

This Accolade is given as a recognition of where employers are making sustained improvements or changes in the way learning and development is delivered so that workers at all levels are skilled to specifically support the CCPs for working with carers. Skills for Care recognises that approaches to learning can often be developed in partnership, between organisations that have complementary skills. In the case of this Accolade, this may be partnerships between carers organisations and others. Therefore, it is possible to enter the Accolades jointly, where this has been the case.

Who should enter this category: organisations and individual employers.

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