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Two Months Left to Enter 2013 Social Care Accolades!, 04/12/12 [W]

There are now just two months left to enter the Social Care Accolades 2013 which recognise best practice by those working in social care, social work and early years and childcare services in Wales.

Led by the Care Council for Wales, the biennial Accolades are awarded to teams and organisations who have invested in the learning and development of their staff to deliver excellent services and support for communities.

There are six categories to enter and the deadline for entries is February 1, 2013 with the winners announced in a ceremony on June 21, 2013.

Care Council for Wales Chair, Arwel Ellis Owen, said: “There are now less than two months left to enter the Social Care Accolades and we would urge everyone to take the time to put forward the good work which is transforming social care for people in our communities.

 “For 2013, the entry categories for the Accolades are focused on attracting submissions that demonstrate how initiatives are meeting the agenda of the Welsh Government’s policy paper, Sustainable Social Services for Wales: A Framework for Action by investing in their staff and creating a new level of professionalism.

“We know there is much innovative work taking place across Wales to transform social care so it can meet peoples’ needs, and this is the time to celebrate and share this good practice.”

More than 70 entries were received for the previous Accolades and it is hoped that the 2013 awards will attract even more submissions.

The six categories for 2013 are:

·         Leadership to achieve confident, competent and professional workers, which is sponsored by Educ8 Training

·         Citizens controlling services

·         Better outcomes through working together

·         Developing a sustainable workforce

·         Excellent outcomes in the care of older people, which is sponsored by Barchester Healthcare

·         Excellent outcomes in the care of younger people/children/early years

Previous winners in 2011 included Gwynedd Council for the development of a bilingual computer software package that could be used remotely by community care workers and Cardiff Council for its project to address recruitment and retention challenges in its children’s services department.

Monmouthshire County Council, who won for work to improve support and guidance for young people with a disability to move into adulthood, said the win had been a real boost for staff.

Mike Logan, Transition Project Manager, Monmouthshire County Council, said, “The whole team had a real confidence boost when we won a Social Care Accolade.

“It is such a great achievement that underlined the commitment our staff have to delivering excellent social care services to young people that will make a real difference to their lives.

“It has also inspired us to keep pressing for more improvements in this area across South Wales and I’m so glad we entered as it’s really easy to do but brings so many benefits when you win!”

The Accolades are open to all teams, groups and organisations across the social care sector in Wales; private, voluntary or statutory.

The judging panel for the 2013 awards is made up of representatives from the Association of Directors of Social Services Cymru; Care Forum Wales; Children in Wales; the National Leadership and Innovation Agency for Healthcare; the Social Care Institute for Excellence; the Social Services Improvement Agency; the Wales Council for Voluntary Action; as well as the Care Council.

Entry forms are available from the Care Council website www.ccwales.org.uk.

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*For further information please contact Malcolm Williams on 029 2078 0634, or email malcolm.williams@ccwales.org.uk