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

Accolades 2019

This year's Accolades awards is now closed.  Thank you for everyone who has entered.

The timetable is as follows:
 
Judging takes place   10 September - 12 October 2018 
Verification visits  25 October - 23 November 2018
Gala event bookings open      Monday 26 November 2018 
National judging day To be confirmed
Gala event Monday 29 January 2019

There were nine categories to enter which are listed below along with further information about the nomination questions.

Best employer of under 50 staff

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

High quality, personalised care and support can only be a reality when the workforce is properly supported. We’re looking to identify and celebrate those care providing organisations/services that are leading the way in their approach to:

  • recruiting the right people 
  • developing their staff to meet the needs of the people they support
  • demonstrating 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/services across all sectors in England that employ less than 50 staff.

 

Best employer of between 51 and 249 staff

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

High quality, personalised care and support can only be a reality when the workforce is properly supported. We’re looking to identify and celebrate those care providing organisations/services that are leading the way in their approach to:

  • recruiting the right people
  • developing their staff to meet the needs of the people they support
  • demonstrating 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/services across all sectors in England that employ between 51 and 249 staff.

Best employer of over 250 staff

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

High quality, personalised care and support can only be a reality when the workforce is properly supported. We’re looking to identify and celebrate those care providing organisations/services that are leading the way in their approach to:

  • recruiting the right people
  • developing their staff to meet the needs of the people they support
  • demonstrating 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/services across all sectors in England that employ over 250 staff.

Best individual who employs their own care and support staff

This award recognises the achievements of individuals employing their own care and support staff (personal assistants).

We’re looking for individuals who can show an effective approach to developing the skills and knowledge of their PAs. This includes good methods of recruiting and induction as well as how you manage your PAs and support them to enable you to live your personal, social and/or professional life according to your wishes and interests. You should give examples of things you have done that makes you stand out as a good employer.

Who should enter: people (individual employers) who directly employ their own care and support staff (personal assistants) in England.

Best employer support for your registered manager(s)

Skills for Care are the membership organisation for registered managers. We offer, champion and promote support for registered managers and our members belong to a community of professionals dedicated to improving the quality of care.

This award recognises organisations, employers, owners or individuals who can demonstrate their commitment to providing excellent support to their registered manager(s).

We’re looking for organisations or individuals who can show how they support their manager(s) through a blend of on-going support which is effective, responsive and which allows their manager(s) to keep up-to-date and access information. This might include direct support or providing a manager with opportunities to engage with peers or external networks.

Those entering will need to evidence the impact of the support provided for registered manager(s) and how this supports the provision of high quality services and person-centred care. They should also consider how they champion the role of the registered manager.

Who should enter: adult social care employers and organisations who employ registered managers; individual owners, registered managers or nominated individuals can also nominate their organisation/employer.

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.

 

Best recruitment initiative

This award recognises employers who have established effective recruitment initiatives which encourages new and returning talent into their workforces.

We’re looking for employers who can demonstrate their effective recruitment processes. From how they target and attract new and returning talent. They will need to explain the methods they used and be able to demonstrate the positive impacts (for example, reduced vacancy and turnover rates).

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.

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 well 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 and the impact this has had.

Who should enter: education, training and/or learning and development providers both; individual and organisations who are part of Skills for Care’s Endorsement Framework. This includes service providers who deliver their own internal training.

 

Most effective approach to integrated new models of care

This award recognises effective approaches to integrated, collaborative, partnerships which 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 partnerships 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 learning.

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

Who should enter: collaborates 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.

 

 

Rules for entering

View the rules of entry and supporting information for entering the Accolades awards.

Congratulations to our 2018 winners

The winners were announced at our awards ceremony in London on the 1 March 2018.

Click here to see who won the Accolades 2018 and why they won

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