The finalists for Skills for Care’s Accolades 2018 have been announced who are competing to win a national award celebrating excellence in workforce development for the 1.45 million people who work in adult social care in England.
All the finalists submitted detailed entries showing why they should win one of the 10 categories, which were then scrutinised by an expert panel of judges before shortlists were selected that reflect the rich diversity of services on offer across the country.
Skills for Care CEO Sharon Allen said: “Yet again we had high quality entries from many different sorts of organisations who are all working hard every day to develop the skills and knowledge of workers so they can deliver high quality services in our communities.
“It proved to a really tough task for the judging panels as all our finalists are not only demonstrating excellence in how they develop the workforce, but also innovative ways of thinking about how they do it that can only benefit the people they serve in our communities. All our finalists really are the best of the best”
The winners will announced at the Accolades awards ceremony on Thursday 1 March 2018 in London.
The finalists in each category are:
Best employer of between 51 and 249 staff: Saracen Care, Middleton Hall Retirement Village, Old Hastings House (Magdalen & Lasher Charity).
Best employer of over 250 staff: Augustinian Care, Jewish Care, PossAbilities CIC
Best employer of under 50 staff: Good Oaks, Ebury Court Care Home, Extra Care Home Services Limited
Best employer support for your registered manager(s): Southern Housing Group, Care Management Group, Old Hastings House (Magdalen & Lasher Charity)
Best endorsed provider of learning and development: Consultus Care Training Centre, Lifetime Training, NAPA (National Activity Providers Association)
Best individual who employs their own care and support staff: Charley Zakrzewski, Christina Candey, Patricia Sadio, Claire Steeples
Best recruitment initiative: Love2Care and Wellbeing Teams, Castle Supported Living, Dimensions UK Ltd
Best social care apprentice employer: NorseCare Learning and Development Team, Premier Care, St. Mungo’s Apprenticeship Scheme, Anchor
Most effective approach to integrated new models of care: Overgate hospice, Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS trust, Calderdale Council, Stockton and Hartlepool Integrated Discharge Team, Making Space/Doncaster Admiral Service
Most effective approach to leadership and management: Somerset Care, Royal Mencap Society, Abbots Care Ltd, Old Hastings House (Magdalen & Lasher Charity)