Somerset County Council
Best employer support for CPD for regulated professionals
What the verifier said…
Somerset’s innovative approach to a First Year in Practice for newly qualified staff integrates social workers and occupational therapists in one supportive programme which meets the standards set for the social work Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE).
They have developed an equal level of support and assessment rigour to ensure the occupational therapists are offered the same level of professional development.
The programme is embedded in a wider approach to learning and development supported by professional practice educators, and its quality benefits from the specific involvement of people who use services and carers in the development and delivery of Reflective Practice in Supervision training.
What the judges said...
The judges saw how this local authority takes its CPD responsibilities for regulated professionals very seriously. Its effort to draw together the work of social workers and occupational therapists is important in the way it aids inter-professional working and understanding. The judges were pleased to see how the systems are embedded into the departmental working culture.