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Social Care Accolades 2013 Finalists Revealed! 07/05/13 [W]

Improving care for people with dementia, working more closely with young people to ensure services meet their needs and developing community centres for older people, are just some of the projects that have made the finals of this year’s Social Care Accolades.

A record number of entries were received and the 17 finalists reveal a high standard of diverse and innovative work that is helping to professionalise the workforce and transform social care, early years and childcare across Wales.

The winners of the Accolades, which are led by the Care Council for Wales, will be announced on June 21, 2013.

Arwel Ellis Owen, Chair of the Social Care Accolades judging panel, said: “We were delighted to receive so many high-quality entries from across Wales. This shows that organisations are investing in the development of their staff, leading to well-designed initiatives that provide high-quality outcomes for those receiving services and support.

“We know that quality services delivered by skilled staff can transform people’s lives for the better, through working directly with individuals and families, and in their communities.

“The Accolades are an opportunity to recognise good practice and ensure it is shared with others to improve services across Wales. I would like to thank everyone who entered and wish good luck to all those who have made the finals.”

The biennial awards, which are now being held for the fifth time, are presented to teams, partnerships and organisations which have improved social care and early years and childcare by investing in the learning and development of their people.

With 71 entries received, the highest since the Accolades began, the judging panel had the tough task of selecting the 17 finalists in the six award categories:

Better Outcomes Through Working Together (sponsored by Deloitte)

  • Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council – for its work with young people to raise awareness of how anti-social and discriminatory behaviour can affect vulnerable people in the community.
  • Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council – for the development of a project to help people with dementia rehabilitate successfully following discharge from hospital.
  • Flintshire County Council – for the development of a range of support services to help adults with severe mental health problems live more independent lives.

Citizens Controlling Services

  • Caerphilly County Borough Council – for its work with a voluntary group of looked after young people to produce an information pack on the rights of looked after children and young people to ensure their voice is heard.
  • Anglesey County Council – for a partnership project with Agewell Hywliog Môn to develop three community centres for older people, offering a range of services and activities to reduce social isolation and help maintain independence for as long as possible.
  • Flintshire County Council – for working closely with service users to develop social care support that meets their needs.

Developing a Sustainable Workforce (sponsored by Morgan Cole)

  • Pendine Park Care Organisation, Wrexham – for its five-year plan to improve staff training and professional development, and ensure service users are fully involved in decisions about their care
  • Conwy County Borough Council – for modernising its community support services to improve working practices and ensure better outcomes for people who used the services.
  • Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council – for developing its own early years training centre, enabling it to offer NVQ qualifications in childcare to early years practitioners within the local authority. It is the first local authority training centre in Wales to offer work-based qualifications for early years practitioners.

Excellent Outcomes in the Care of Older People (sponsored by Barchester Healthcare)

  • Carmarthenshire County Council – for the development of a convalescence bed service in two local authority care homes, enabling older people to gain confidence and progress with their recovery before returning home.
  • Rhondda Cynon Taf Social Care Workforce Development Partnership – for its ‘Sing to Remember – Remember to Sing’ project, which used musical activities to help people with dementia.
  • Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council – for a year-long partnership project with Dementia Care Matters and Clydach Court Care Home to improve care for residents with dementia.

Excellent Outcomes in the Care of Younger People, Children and Early Years

  • Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council – for a project delivered by Gellideg Family Centre that ensured staff worked alongside families to ensure they received services and support that best met their needs.
  • Prospects for Young People – for the development of person-centred planning across all 11 children’s homes within its organisation, enabling children to have a voice in planning of services to ensure it is meeting their needs.

Leadership to Achieve Confident, Competent and Professional Workers (sponsored by Educ8 Training Limited)

  • Bridgend County Borough Council and ABM University Health Board – for the creation of the Dementia Care Training Team which delivers specialised training for staff so they can deliver the best possible care and support for people with dementia.
  • Community Lives Consortium – for its Connecting Learners in the Third Sector project, which supports work-based learning opportunities for staff and volunteers in the community and voluntary sector, with a focus on literacy, numeracy and IT.
  • Care Without Compromise Ltd, Neath Port Talbot – for its leadership programme to train staff in positive behavioural support skills to improve care and reduce the need for physical intervention with young vulnerable adults.

Around five per cent of the total workforce in Wales is involved in some form of social care, or early years and childcare, equivalent to a workforce of around 88,000, working with people of all ages who have different needs.

The Social Care Accolades were launched in 2005 to showcase examples of excellence and good practice in this sector.

The winners will be announced in a ceremony at Cardiff City Hall on June 21, 2013.