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Our care awards: Its time to fill in the nomination form

Blog Post 19 march 2018

Our care awards: It’s time to fill in the nomination form

There are some things in life of which we can be justifiably proud: The achievements of children and grandchildren, the remarkable resilience of those with life-defining problems and – not least – how excellent care is delivered against overwhelming odds.

But in our reserved ‘Britishness’ we sometimes fail to recognise such things. Not that we’re not appreciative or blind to achievements . . .not at all; we’re generally just too busy or too embarrassed to go large and go public.

Currently my West Midlands Care Association is receiving nominations for care awards which will be presented at our annual conference on Thursday, April 17.

The response so far has been good, but I believe there are still people out there who deserve a mention and my message is simple: In the final countdown to this event, please take the effort to ‘blow your own trumpet’.

The deadline for online nominations is 5pm, March 29 and it will be on in a flash,

As care providers, this is your opportunity to expose the great work that is all too often hidden from the public.

Winners will be presented their engraved awards at the conference at the Portway Lifestyle Centre, Oldbury,

The three award categories are Excellence in Care Award – Manager, Excellence in Care Award – Carer; and Excellence in Care Award – Other Staff, to include administrators, co-ordinators, cooks, gardeners and other supporting roles.

Nominees will need to evidence of the following:

  • Actively seek to support service users in achieving their outcomes
  • Support service users to take as much control over their day to day life decisions as they are able
  • Provide consistently high standards of care and support to service users and colleagues
  • Respect the uniqueness of service users and actively promote dignity, choice and independence
  • Work effectively as part of a team in showing exemplary skills and dedication and commitment to their work

 

Entrants cannot nominate themselves and a panel of independent judges will select winners.

On my travels I have heard many stories of exemplary work in all the streams of social care. Frankly, if we don’t shout about the outstanding things we achieve and expose the excellence, no-one else will. It’s time to fill in the nomination form!

The conference will focus on empowering the workforce and staff retention, finance and how to maximise opportunity and working in partnership without compromising putting service users first.