Skills For Care Announce Finalists For Accolades Awards

skills_for_careSkills for Care has announced the finalists for their Accolades Awards celebrating the achievements of organisations committed to boosting the skills and knowledge of the growing adult social care workforce.

Now in its 13th year, the Accolades finalists shortlist is an eclectic mix of employers, training providers, local authorities and individual employers who have all demonstrated an innovative approach to developing learning and development opportunities for the 1.5m strong adult social care workforce in England.

Skills for Care CEO Sharon Allen said: “Adult social care needs to be much more confident about celebrating the excellence in service provision that happens day in and night out.   All the Accolades finalists are outstanding examples of how we can make sure highly motivated care and support workers can develop their skills and knowledge which leads to high quality care and support for people in our communities.

“It is also a chance in the continuing tough financial environment for us to share knowledge of how we can find, retain and train people with the right values to meet increasing demand for care and support so everyone who needs it can access truly person centred care.”

The finalists in the 9 categories will find out if they have won an Accolade at a glittering awards ceremony in Birmingham on Thursday 10 March 2016.

Best employer of under 250 staff

Aldingbourne Trust

Royal Association for Deaf People

Vida Healthcare

Best employer of over 250 staff


Future Directions CIC

Home Instead Senior Care


Best individual employer who employs their own care and support staff

Hayley Hellings

Janis Thomson

Nadia Clarke

Best provider of learning and development

Acacia Training and Development Ltd

DH Associates

Riccall Care Ltd (Training Department)

Best employer support for apprenticeships


Care Plus Employability Services

St Mungo’s Broadway

Best employer support for CPD for regulated professionals

Adult Social Care, Learning & Development Team, Somerset County Council

London Borough of Tower Hamlets (LBTH) – Reablement Service

Rochdale Borough Council Adult Care

Best recruitment initiative

Buckinghamshire Care

Lighthouse Healthcare

Portsmouth City Council

Most effective approach to integration and new models of care

Community Integrated Care, Halton CCG, Halton Borough Council


St Giles Care Agency

Most effective approach to leadership and management

Future Directions CIC


Sonnet Care Homes


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