Accolades awards

Winner of Winners - Accolades

Skills for Care’s Accolades reward adult social care organisations for their commitment to delivering high quality care and developing their workforce. 

Entering the Accolades gives you the chance to recognise the great work you do and also to share best practice across the sector - so we can continue to make improvements to help those who need care and support.

Nominations will open for the 2016/17 awards on Thursday 9 June 2016.

Who are the awards for?

The Accolades are awarded to adult social care organisations in all sectors and individual employers in England.

2016/17 awards categories

  • Best employer of under 50 staff
  • Best employer of between 51 and 249 staff
  • Best employer of over 250 staff
  • Best individual who employs their own care and support staff
  • Best recruitment initiative
  • Best employer support for registered managers
  • Best employer support for Apprenticeships
  • Most effective approach to leadership and management
  • Most effective approach to integration and new models of care
  • Best endorsed provider of learning and development

Nomination forms will be available to download from Thursday 9 June 2016.

The closing date for entries is Friday 23 September 2016.

Winners will be announced at our awards ceremony in Liverpool on Thursday 9 March 2017.

Benefits of entering

Winning an Accolade shows you are the best of the best. It gives those working in adult social care a chance to show what you’ve achieved.

It gives teams a rare and very public opportunity to pat themselves on the back for their work in improving the lives of people who need care and support. 

Congratulations to our 2015/16 winners

The winners were announced at our award ceremony in Birmingham on Thursday 10 March 2016.

Click here to see who won each category and what the judges and verifiers said about them.

Our 2015/16 Accolades finalists are:

Best employer of under 250 staff

  • Aldingbourne Trust
  • Royal Association for Deaf People
  • Vida Healthcare

Best employer of over 250 staff

  • Belong
  • Future Directions CIC
  • Home Instead Senior Care
  • Regard

Best individual employer who employs their own staff

  • Hayley Hellings
  • Janis Thomson
  • Nadia Clarke

Best employer support for Apprenticeships

  • aVida
  • Care Plus Employability Services
  • St Mungo's Broadway

Best employer support for continuing professional development (CPD) for regulated professionals (including social work, nursing, occupational therapy, physiotherapy)

  • Adult Social Care, Learning & Development Team, Somerset County Council
  • London Borough of Tower Hamlets (LBTH) - Reablement Service

Best provider of learning and development

  • Acacia Training and Development Ltd
  • DH Associates
  • Riccall Care Ltd (Training Department)

Best recruitment initiative

  • Buckinghamshire Care
  • Lighthouse Healthcare
  • Portsmouth City Council

Most effective approach to leadership and management

  • Future Directions CIC
  • ROC
  • Sonnet Care Homes

Most effective approach to integration and new models of care

  • Community Integrated Care, Halton CCG, Halton Borough Council
  • ROC
  • St Giles Care Agency

The winners were announced at our award ceremony in Birmingham on Thursday 10 March 2016.

Our sponsors help to make the Accolades the great success it is. As well as having promotional opportunities, being a sponsor allows you to attend the awards ceremony and meet all of our fantastic finalists.

There are different sponsorship opportunities available for a range of budgets, including exclusive category sponsorship.

To find out more about the options available please email

The awards ceremony will take place on the evening of our annual conference. For more information about sponsorship options for the conference please email

Thanks to our 2015/16 Accolades sponsors who are already supporting these prestigious awards.


Connect 2 Care

Connect2Care trains professional staff in residential care and nursing homes throughout the country. Connect2Care is a wholly owned subsidiary of leading training provider Hospitality Industry Training (HIT Training), and the two organisations frequently work together in the same care organisations with HIT working with the catering, cleaning, housekeeping and administrative staff while Connect2Care trains their care teams.

At Connect2Care, we have sourced and developed what we believe are the most effective courses and qualifications which provide employers with results, value for money and peace of mind, while ensuring learners of all levels enjoy their learning and fulfil their potential to deliver the best care.

The Guardian

The Guardian

The Guardian and Guardian Jobs have a proud and longstanding commitment to social work. Through our dedicated Society editorial team and our social care professional networks we aim to provide a balanced view of the sector.

If you are looking to recruit high quality candidates there is no better place to advertise your roles.

We reach active and receptive candidates who are responsive to Guardian Jobs advertising. In fact 83% of our audience on said that they would respond to jobs advertising if it was relevant.


Social Care Institute for Excellence


SCIE is the leading improvement support agency working with adults’, families’ and children's care and support services across the UK. We also work closely with related services such as health care and housing.

We provide training and consultancy services, alongside our freely available resources. We can help you to:

  • review and improve practice in line with developing evidence
  • develop the skills and knowledge of your workforce
  • implement key national and local policies such as the Care Act and the Mental Capacity Act
  • meet Care Quality Commission inspection standards
  • implement NICE guidelines and quality standards.




Tribal provide bespoke solutions specialising in automating data collection, presenting and manipulating data, streamlining business processes and providing reporting and business intelligence.  We developed and operate NMDS-SC for Skills for Care.

In addition, Tribal is a leading provider of systems and solutions to the international education, training and learning markets. We focus on helping our customers to deliver excellence by implementing systems that improve efficiency and data quality.

Our extensive and in-depth expertise, together with our collaborative style, have made us a trusted partner to our customers. We have 1,300 staff and our work spans five continents.


Unique Training Solutions

Unique Training SolutionsUTS are a national provider of training and qualifications to the Health, Housing and Social Care sector. Our key objective is to raise the quality of care and support being provided within all settings by offering quality development, consultancy and support to the health, housing and social care workforce.

Our expert teams can create and deliver innovative programmes to:

  • Engage, inspire and motivate people
  • Help people realise their full potential
  • Develop skills, knowledge, practice and behaviours
  • Drive the performance of your people and your organisation.
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