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Rewarding adult social care employers committed to delivering high quality care.

Skills for Care’s Accolades reward adult social care organisations who deliver high quality care.

The awards provide an opportunity to recognise the great work being done in the sector and share best practice.

Entries for the 2016/17 awards have now closed.

Finalists will be announced at the end of November 2016 with the winners announced at our awards ceremony in Liverpool on Thursday 9 March 2017.

 

  • Best employer of under 50 staff

    This award recognises employers that invest in developing the skills and knowledge of their workforce to offer high quality, person centred social care.

    We’re looking for organisations who can show an effective approach to recruiting the right people, developing their staff to meet the needs of the people they support and who demonstrate leadership and management best practice.

    Those entering should be able to provide examples of initiatives and excellence in their work and pride themselves on a personalised approach to social care services.

    Who should enter: adult social care providing organisations across all sectors in England that employ less than 50 staff (including regulated professionals).

  • Best employer of between 51 and 249 staff

    This award recognises employers that invest in developing the skills and knowledge of their workforce to offer high quality, person centred social care.

    We’re looking for organisations who can show an effective approach to recruiting the right people, developing their staff to meet the needs of the people they support and who demonstrate leadership and management best practice.

    Those entering should be able to provide examples of initiatives and excellence in their work and pride themselves on a personalised approach to social care services.

    Who should enter: adult social care providing organisations across all sectors in England that employ between 51 and 249 staff (including regulated professionals)

  • Best employer of over 250 staff

    This award recognises employers that invest in developing the skills and knowledge of their workforce to offer high quality, person centred social care.

    We’re looking for organisations who can show an effective approach to recruiting the right people developing staff to meet the needs of the people they support and who demonstrate leadership and management best practice.

    Those entering should be able to provide examples of initiatives and excellence in their work and pride themselves on a personalised approach to social care services.

    Who should enter: adult social care providing organisations across all sectors in England that employ 250 staff or more (including regulated professionals)

  • Best individual who employs their own care and support staff

    This award recognises individuals who directly employ their own care and support staff and the responsibilities that come with it.

    We’re looking for individuals who can show an effective approach to developing the skills and knowledge of their personal assistants. This includes good methods of recruiting, and how you manage your staff and support them to provide care and support that meets your needs.

    Who should enter: people who directly employ their own care and support staff in England

  • Best employer support for registered managers

    This award recognises organisations who can demonstrate their commitment to providing excellent support to their registered managers.

    We’re looking for organisations who can show how their support is effective, responsive and robust, and how it benefits other staff. This also includes how they champion the role of the registered manager and show a commitment to the provision of on-going support.

    Those entering will need to evidence the impact of the support provided for registered manager(s) on the provision of high quality services and person-centred care.

    Who should enter: adult social care providing organisations across all sectors in England who employ registered managers. Individual registered managers or nominated individuals can also nominate their organisation.

  • Best employer support for Apprenticeships

    This award recognises organisations who invest in Apprenticeships in social care and the positive impact this has on their business.

    We’re looking for organisations who can show an effective approach to setting up an Apprenticeship programme and recruiting and supporting apprentices. They should be able to provide examples of how they use apprentices to drive good practice and explain how they plan to use Apprenticeships in the future.

    Those entering will need to evidence the benefits of using Apprenticeships to staff and the people they support.

    Who should enter: any organisation across all sectors or individual employer who runs an adult social care Apprenticeship programme in England

    Where an organisation has an internal training department or separate training arm, the scores will be based on the support given by the employer, not the learning provider.

  • Best recruitment initiative

    This award recognises employers who have established an effective recruitment initiative that encourages new and returning people into the workforce.

    We’re looking for employers who can demonstrate their thorough recruitment process explaining how they establish their recruitment needs, the methods they use to promote vacancies, the application and selection process and the support provided for new starters.

    Those entering will need to evidence the impact the initiative has had on the quality of the service and the benefits for the people they support.

    Who should enter: any organisation across all sectors or individual employer with an effective approach to recruiting staff in adult social care in England

  • Most effective approach to leadership and management

    This award recognises employers who have a commitment to effective leadership and management at every level of their organisation.

    We’re looking for employers who can demonstrate how their leaders and managers drive the vision, values and the direction of the organisation, how they are supported in their role and how they identify or recruit managers.

    Those entering will need to evidence the benefits their leadership and management approach has on the care and support provided.

    Who should enter: adult social care providing organisations across all sectors or individual employers in England

  • Most effective approach to integration and new models of care

    This award recognises effective approaches to integration to bring together workers from different settings to coordinate and/or deliver services focused on the individual, not the organisation or profession.

    We’re looking for organisations who can demonstrate how they developed and sustained the new way of working, how they identified workforce development requirements and explain what evaluation has been done to modify and share the outcomes.

    Those entering will need to evidence the benefits of the integrated way of working on the people they support.

    Who should enter: organisations and partnerships across all sectors who can demonstrate effective integrated ways of working, including - but not limited to – health, housing, the arts, sports, public health and voluntary or community groups.

  • Best endorsed provider of learning and development

    This award recognises learning providers who are part of Skills for Care’s Endorsements Framework for their commitment to providing high quality learning opportunities to meet employer and learner needs.

    We’re looking for providers who can demonstrate how they engage with stakeholders to develop and deliver the learning and development and how they ensure it’s suitable for learners and remains current.

    Those entering will need to evidence the benefits of the learning and development provided to learners and the people they support.

    Who should enter: education, training and/or learning and development providers who are part of Skills for Care’s Endorsement Framework

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Congratulations to our 2015/16 winners

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

See who won each category and what the judges said about them.

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To find out more email accolades@skillsforcare.org.uk.

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